Well, I did two things, bot hof which I've been meaning to post but things are so insane with Anthony's dad and all that it keeps slipping my mind,
First, I know I've mentioned my sister before, and how it's all but impossible to give her a gift she will like. Well this year at Christmas, I DID IT. I know she likes to cook, and I know she collects hedgehog-themed stuff, so I found these : http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-kitchen/25797796.jsp
at a store in Big Mall. She LOVED them. She even brought them in from her car to show everyone at my aunt and uncle's. Victory!
Also, I had a thread about my Aunt Bitterhag, who is always making rude comments to me about my weight; a topic about which I'm very sensitive. I got some really good advice on that thread so at New Year's Day brunch, when she made another weight comment to me, I said (quite loudly) "Aunt Bitterhag, are you implying something about my weight??" With every eye in the room now on her, she sputtered, "I didn't! I didn't say that! That isn't what I meant!" I replied, "But you just said, 'GEH, I could fit into those pants of yours twice over!' What DID you mean by that?" She fumbled around for a minute looking for an answer that would cover for her rude comment, then quickly excused herself to go out for a cigarette.
I've since seen her at a couple other family events and she eyes me balefully from across the room, but won't sit near me and other than answering me if I speak to her directly, she doesn't seem to have anything she wants to say to me.