Which he did, but then I continued to give tips and then, at the very end when it got very intense and exciting, they went for it and got me. I then went on to explain, "See what happens when you play to win, Sean?" He loves it. So Julian continues to think he's a chess master and maybe he's right. Other Jen is a really good teacher.
The Christmas music is on basically 18 hours a day. I go to bed singing the songs and wake up singing them too. Normally this makes me batty and it still kind of does, but in a festive, jolly kind of way. How could you be unhappy if you woke up singing the Ronettes' Sleigh Ride? (ringalingalingalinga ding dong ding!) Later that same chess evening Sean and I were lazing in front of the tree talking about this and that and, as usual, our conversation went to Christmas music. I've mentioned before that I'm not a big fan of contemporary Christmas. I'm more oldies and Mannheim Steamroller. Maybe a little Sufjan Stevens. Also i added Ray Charles Christmas to my Pandora and it is fab. Somehow, no matter what station is on, Groban and Buble keep popping up no matter what I do. Tenacious pair, they are. And the conversation went as follows:
SEAN: Josh Groban just does not appeal to me intellectually.
JEN: Ha ha. What do you mean?
SEAN: I do not like his voice. So I don't understand why the rest of the world does.
JEN: Yeah. It's like James Taylor. He is trash.
SEAN: Yet so many people love him.
JEN: I can't explain it and never will. He came on the other day and I went into such an immediate blind rage, i snatched my phone and, in my haste and fury to shut him down, fumbled with it in my hands like a hot potato. Couldn't do it fast enough.
And with that, the coziest picture if Christmas Corner and of Julian waiting for me to come down and read him a Titanic book, which has experienced a bit of a resurgence, I'm happy to say. God bless us, everyone!