Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas numbers two and three

Last Saturday we went to visit my dad's side of the family! 'Twas great... we were on the road for a looong time, and I was in the throes of a substantial winter cold, but I still had fun. Played wacked ping-pong among other things; with so many cousins and just one ping-pong table, you can't settle for a one-on-one game for long; it becomes a six-person game, with two on each end and one on each side to cover the wild balls. :-)

I wasn't feeling too well that evening, so I spent most of my time in either a blue easy chair which afforded great comfort to my poor little stuffed-up head, or in one of the dining table chairs minimally participating in whatever conversation was going on.

Fortunately, by Christmas Eve I was a little better, so I was able to sing "I Wonder as I Wander" for the church service. Admittedly, I felt like I needed to hack throughout the song, and I wasn't in my best voice, but I guess I didn't sing too badly. (Mom had rewritten the chords in a different key so I could sing it!) A sophomore religion major from church gave the sermon, and was actually pretty good. He'll turn into a regular pastor someday. Funny thing is he's dating our pastor's youngest daughter; I suppose she'll be stuck with being in the pastor's family all her life. She doesn't seem to mind it though because they've been dating for two or three years!

And of course, there was yesterday, Christmas morning. That was our little family gathering. :-) We first read the story of Christmas from my sister's Bible (which was the handiest--mine was still packed away from our trip to Grandma's), then distributed presents; the opening of which was by age, from oldest to youngest. I enjoyed watching everyone open their surprises!! I got my brother a cap gun.

And today we'll visit more cousins!! I can't wait!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christmas day number one

As before, I will be celebrating three Christmases: one at each set of grandparents' and one at home. The first was yesterday.

Of course, to start the day off, I was working more on wrapping gifts (for a later Christmas, fortunately; yesterday's had been finished on Wednesday). The fun part about this year is that I used paint to write the recipient's name on each package... when the little nozzle wasn't clogged up, which it happened to do once yesterday, fairly badly. I bent over it, squeezing hard...

While unbeknownst to me, my mom had lit a small, itty-bitty candle and set it in the middle of the dining room table where I was working.

My hair isn't really short....

And you can probably guess where this is leading. A few strands of my hair caught on fire, startling me and causing me to wave it around so it would go out quickly (which it did, leaving no noticeable damage to my haircut).

Fortunately the package on which I was writing suffered no harm at all. :-)

So after the little affair of the burnt hair (which smelled awful, by the way; hair apparently stinks when combusted), we (my family, that is) made our way to my grandparents'. On the way we amused ourselves with some of the library's cast-off issues of "Mental Floss" magazine, especially with the quizzes therein containing useless but nonetheless fascinating trivia. (You have no idea how much my family enjoys quizzes! Word Power from Reader's Digest is a good one. )

We enjoyed ourselves at my grandparents', since two sets of cousins were also there. I got to see my grandmother (the one who's been in the hospital lately), and saw that despite her planning for her own funeral and such, she's getting better. She was tired, yes, but much more like herself than she ever was at Thanksgiving. My aunt thinks that even though my grandmother doesn't particularly want to get better, she is going to. :-)

Grandma gave me her older sister's guitar! (My great-aunt passed away a few years ago, and Grandma took the guitar off of her nephew's hands. I played it one time when we were up visiting, so Grandma thought I should have it.) It's a really nice acoustic one, with a good full sound and lower action than my mom's old six-string has. Makes it a little easier for me to play, that's for sure!

I finally saw Transformers last night. Not too bad, I guess. Entertaining.

Hmm, there was something else I was going to post about yesterday.... AHA!

It has to do with dance. See, I've been teaching my brother the Hustle, right? So I taught him two or three more moves in the church gym while Mom worked a little on the bulletin yesterday (between the hair incident and the trip to my grandmother's). He's getting pretty good, and the dance relieves a little of the hankering to keep up the enjoyable hobby. :-) I'm very proud of my brother, and will probably teach him another move or two next week after we get back from my other grandparents'. :-) Thing about the Hustle, though--you can't do it too long, or you'll get too tired and out of breath to keep going, and your legs will hurt!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

And now... a real update!

So I've been at home on break; it's quite nice. I'm getting pretty lazy though, or at least I'm not nearly as busy as I have been at college. I hope to remedy that soon. I have lots of projects up my sleeve.... books to read, journal entries to write, songs to copy into my songbook, meals to cook, Christmas shopping to do, relatives to visit, a Christmas letter to write, blogs to keep up on (*grin*), photographs to take, poems to memorize, and something in the bottom of my suitcase that I'm forgetting at the moment... dangit, I wish I could remember what that was! I remembered last night... and my sis would probably help me remember, but she's not around at the moment. Grr.

I'm keeping up on my (relatively) new dancing hobby. I taught my brother the basic steps and two moves of Hustle today, believe it or not. He's one of the last people I would have thought interested enough to learn. But he wasn't bad at all, and admitted it was fun once you got the basic stuff right and could do it without having to concentrate too hard.

It turns out that on Thursday my family (including myself) will end up visiting my maternal grandparents, the result of a phone call last night and a frantic rearranging of plans. (Because we still have to do almost ALL of the shopping!) So tonight my mom and I will be doing lots of Wal-Mart browsing.... a yearly tradition, between the two of us, that I have come to enjoy. (My sister could not possibly be convinced to go on any shopping trip, much less one of lengthy duration!)

I made my mom promise to make her wonderful cheeseball for New Year's!

Tomorrow is the youth group progressive dinner... great fun... I'm tagging along, though I'm technically not in the 7thb-12th grades anymore. :-)

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Answer: A Song?

Instructions: Pick one artist/band. Using only SONG NAMES from that ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions...no repeating song names...

I picked Simon and Garfunkel. And I had to get some help from an alphabetical list of S&G songs... but I know most of these, truly!

1) Are you a male or female?
Cecilia

2) Describe yourself?
The Only Living Boy in New York

3) Describe your day?
Homeward Bound

4) Describe where you currently live?
At the Zoo

5) If you could go anywhere, where would you go?
Scarborough Fair

6) Your best friend is:
Mrs. Robinson

7) Your favorite color is:
A Hazy Shade of Winter

8) You know that:
The Times They Are A-Changin'

9) What's the weather like?
The Sound of Silence

10) If your life was a television show, what would it be called?
The Dangling Conversation

11) What is life to you?
Bookends

12) What is the best advice you have to give?
Keep the Customer Satisfied

13) Describe your ex?
Old Friends

14) Your current love interest?
The Boxer

15) What's your favorite hobby?
Fakin' It

16) What do you think of your friends?
Bridge Over Troubled Water

17) What do your friends think of you?
I Am A Rock

18) What does your current love interest think of you?
Blessed

19) You always travel with?
A Most Peculiar Man

20) The best way to end a long day?
Save the Life of My Child

Friday, December 14, 2007

I'm leaving in two hours.

I'm officially finished with my first college semester. Isn't that weird?

Just yesterday I was homeschooled, in high school, at home, etc...

Now I'm a "college kid"!

In other nonnews, I have three candy canes sitting on my desk as of this moment; and I don't like candy canes. Not much anyway. I even had one a few days ago to make sure I still didn't like them, and I was right. So these three lonely little candy canes are going to my siblings, or maybe to some friends down the street. Whoever will take them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Finals?

This is finals week, and I'm not stressing out. Is that a sin?

I do have two exams tomorrow morning, one of which might be the hardest of the three I have to take this week; and I've studied this morning and a little this afternoon. But I don't think excessive studying is going to do anything for me; I already know most of the material, and what little I don't quite remember is probably going to stick after glancing at the computer screen on which it was posted (mine) a few times. That's how I remember that John Lasseter was the founder of Pixar and developed the digitization of animation (basically, he directed/produced Toy Story).

See, it's the little things that I occasionally forget. The important stuff, like the four eras of journalism and the means by which TV stations get revenue, etc., is practically impossible to forget - especially since the questions are always in some sort of jog-my-memory form like multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank.

We played a form of Jeopardy at the honors party last night. Enjoyable, of course!

Friday, December 07, 2007

A question from my research paper.

Would you trade your right to vote for a new car?

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Grandma part two

Well, for those of my readers who aren't related to me... :-) (i know for a fact that both my brother and Mom have picked up on how to use the RSS feed for this blog!)

Mom and my siblings went to visit my grandmother today, and Mom called when they got back. Grandma is doing better today; apparently yesterday was a bad day for her, and today has been an improvement. She's still in the hospital though, weak and with a cough; she's hoping to get out soon. The problem this time wasn't her heart, as it's been before; it was her kidney. She might have to go on dialysis.

But... as Mom put it in a prayer request to our church, "she is fairly adamant in not talking about eternity."

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

My grandmother

I mentioned over Thanksgiving that my grandmother wasn't doing too well... and she's worse. Earlier she was extremely weak, and coughing. Now she's in the hospital, for the fifth time in two months, and my mom's not sure how much longer she has to live. Grandma's not a Christian, so please pray.