Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

The day after Christmas: Not much to say, is that okay?

December 27, 2008

This post is late late late, at least significantly later than I’d like it to be, but I still have the same amount of nothing to say so it seems perfectly alright to me.

Today my Uncle Ray came over. I usually only see him once or twice a year, pretty much the same routine, only this time he brought along his girlfriend, Anne, possibly his soon-to-be fiance, according to the adults, aka my parents and grandparents. She was nice. She laughed a lot, but that’s not necessarily a negative. Positive people are often marvelous.

The funny thing is, if they did end up getting married, she would be Auntie Anne. Actually, we don’t call our aunts Auntie, so she would just be Aunt Anne, but still. Funny, funny thought.

Oh, so anyway, with Uncle Ray it’s the exact same group of questions. I believe I’ve mentioned this awhile back, but I’ll recap for anybody who hasn’t heard it before. The questions are: “What’s your boyfriend’s name?/How many boyfriends do you have?” (as if I have one, much less more than one. encouraging polygamy, eh? ha ha), and “Do you play any sports?” (no way jose, they’re still ridiculous and of no interest to me). Oh, he also always asks what grade I’m in, how old I am, and other such questions. Pretty ridiculous, eh? Yup yup.

Uncle Ray bought us movie gift certificates for Christmas. Everybody says we’re going to see Marley and Me but I really desperately want to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, so maybe by dad and Jake and I, or something, will see that while my mother and the littles sees the other, at least, I hope so. Speaking of Jake, I think tomorrow night I’ll be going to one of his band “gigs,” which sounds ridiculous, like a lot of things lately. The word, not the idea of a band gig. Gig gig gig. Weird, I tell you. Anyway, so it’ll be at some pizza joint. Loud, it shall be, but interesting and somewhat cheery music, so it should be fun.

It’s late and I still have to take a shower, so I bid you all farewell. Tomorrow we’re going to my grandmother’s house bright and early (actually, at around 10:30 am). My aunt (Megan) is going to have a baby in a few days and my family’s pretty much all sick so we’re literally all going to be wearing doctor/surgeon masks. No, really. Wouldn’t want anybody to get sick. Everybody will be wearing one. It’s one of the most hilarious and ridiculous ideas I’ve ever heard, like something out of a movie, but

I activated my new cellphone this morning. Same number as before.

Farewell, goodbye, try not to cry (sorry, that’s a rhyme– I could not resist). Love you all.

EDIT: Oh oh oh, and guess what came today?  It was a Christmas present that hadn’t come in time– a flip and tumble reusable bag!

In case you have no clue what that is, here’s a photo of it in all its glory (same color as I got, too):

And here it is once it’s scrunched up (yup, it scrunches up to the size of a peach!!!):

Amazing, eh?  Go to flipandtumble.com to buy your own.

Pshaw

December 26, 2008

I could type for hours and still not even touch on how absolutely lovely today was. Firstly, though, I’m going to touch on the not-so-lovely part of today, which happened this evening not too long ago.

Okay, so Jake often sort of pretends to punch people. This type of ‘punching’ is up close to one’s face, too close for comfort. I’m always sure he’s going to miss and accidentally punch me for real, and that is exactly what happened. Clara was (still kind of is) crying and nearly hyperventilating. Her nose might be broken. I’ve never been that scared after somebody gets hurt.

Now, I’m not going to say another word about the incident because I don’t want to keep remembering it over and over again. I saw it happen.

On to the holiday festivities (speaking of which, we still need to light the menorah):

Most of my family woke up bright and early this morning, or at least before 9 am, and then we of course proceeded to wake those who were not yet up, consisting of Jake and Lydia. Then it was time for the obligatory kids “walking to the presents” picture. We stand in a line in the hallway, oldest in the back to the youngest up front, and my mother takes a picture. Shockingly, she only took one this year. I guess she’s starting to realize that we don’t like standing still for oodles of photos in order to get the “right one.”

Next, of course, it was present time. I ended up getting so many presents over the course of the day that I couldn’t believe it. I was under the impression that this Christmas would be much smaller, but it sure seemed grander than ever. Maybe I received to many because the things on my list were all relatively low in price. Either way, here is some of what I received and some pictures from the websites to go along with them. I am pleased as punch right now.

^Lovely earphones, I think, but my mother hates them. Says they’re creepy and that she’s noticed that a lot of my presents this year are disturbing.

^It’s a music player! It’s a phone! Could it be…both? Yes indeed, and it was free after having my old, beloved phone for two years. It’s real spiffy.

^These are the most adorable little miniatures! Super detailed and I love them!

^All four are thigh high socks from welovecolors in gold, royal, emerald, and red (funny how they’re the four “basic” colors, eh?). My knee highs are always falling down (to my knees, which makes sense, but still) so I thought I’d get some taller ones.

^ Oh my goodness, that stuff is amazing! With my luck, of course, there was nothing really sour in the house to try it with, but we did have some clementines. I ate like, three of those. They tasted like candy! Delicious, healthy candy! Marvelous, it was.

^It just looks like a pile of floating books, but it’s actually a hidden bookshelf. Awesome stuff.

^That was my gift from Santa. It actually broke shortly after being opened, so we’ll be returning it for a non-broken one. It knits i-cord.

^It’s an ornament and much cuter in person. That is the best picture I can find.

^Micro Spy Remote– a universal television remote that’s tiny.

^On a t-shirt

^AMAZING! I saw it in theaters and loved it and I’ve watched it already. Absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended.

^The milk chocolate ones. It’s a tradition for my dad and me to each get a box of them.

Oh, and I also received some The Office related things, sticky notes and pens and such, including a stress ball of Dwight’s head.

Aaaand for Secret Santa it turns out Emma had me. She gave me an amazing purple umbrella and mini peach rings. I had Clara and gave her purple eyeliner and gold eyeliner. Last night I also received pajamas with lovely little triangular trees all over them.

Well, this post is long enough, I think, and it’s getting late. It’s been a long, fun day and a happy holiday indeed. As Travis from YouTube said (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nQJdQUX8uw), Merry Whatever.

Love you all to pieces.

EDIT: (I tried to add this last night shortly after posting, but the computer was being a douche again)

I also got an amazing dinosaur plant, as seen below:

It really is amazing.  It grew in three hours.

As one site says, it is:

  • A Prehistoric evergreen that keeps coming back to life!
  • Grows in one day! Unconditionally guaranteed to grow!
  • Can “sleep” for fifty years and spring back to life in one day!

So, yeah, it is pretty amazing.  It actually looks a lot greener and leafier than in the picture.

Bye now.

Typing this up early…

December 24, 2008

Usually I go to bed early on Christmas Eve and, what with Secret Santa and Hanukkah and all in a little while, I figured I’d post now just in case I don’t have a chance to later. I’ll add to this if I have time.

Also, because of Christmas tomorrow, I might not have a chance to post then either.

Now, now, what on earth have I been doing today?

First of all, I knit another soap sack, this time for my grandmother, the one that lives with us.

Secondly, I baked, Christmas-related, of course. I helped Emma make chocolate chip cookies first. She is very stubborn in that she wants to do everything herself, even though she’s never baked cookies herself before. She refused my help and instead tried to bake them herself. Like I figured she would, she messed up. Not even following the directions, she put all of the ingredients in the mixer at once instead of mixing them two or three at a time and then gradually adding more ingredients. Luckily, they were more or less saved, but they are kind of salty and taste as if whole wheat flour were in them instead of regular old flour. Not necessarily a bad thing, but still.

The second thing I baked was a few dozen butter balls. Yeah, that’s seriously what they’re called. Not my decision. I’ve made them once before and I don’t like them all that much, strange considering I usually go for any type of cookie. The rest of my family, however, reacts rather enthusiastically to them and enjoys them immensely so I figured, what the hey, it’s the holiday season, the time for giving and all of that jazz. To change things up a bit, I put a single chocolate chip in the center of the little cookies and I think they turned out rather nicely.

The third thing I baked, or just made, rather, not really baking, was chocolate covered pretzels for my father. He loves those, and usually we make them to give as gifts and he looks at them longingly. They have red and green sprinkles and are refrigerating now.

Oh, and I received Maureen Johnson’s cheer card in the mail today! Basically, it’s an autographed holiday card. Maureen Johnson is a fabulous young adult author, in case you’re out of the loop, in which case I shun you. Only kidding.

Now, now, the holidays are cheering me up a bit tooo much (if that’s possible) and I need to get off the computer. My hands are shaking with excitement, practically.

Oh oh oh, and I finished the ornament I was making! It’s titled The Life and Death of a Human because the top of it is shiny and cheerful, youthful and pure, and then, gradually, as the pretty colored sequins ran out, the colors become duller until, at the very end, they are drab as can be, as if aging. At the very bottom is a single bright colored sequin, a last sparkle before death. Very sad, but I am proud of it, and it has meaning, always a good thing.

Farewell my lovelies. I hope you all have very merry Christmases or Hanukkahs or Kwanzaas or whichever holidays you happen to celebrate. If nothing, then I hope you have marvelous upcoming days, anyhow.

Miss you.

Love,

Hope.

************P.S.: Anwar/HAHA.sg has a new submission up on Threadless. What, you ask, is so awesome about it? Well, he used portraits of faces of people who volunteered in it! 34 people, in fact! And I am one of them! I am on the right side closer to the bottom than the top, reading a book of course, with long bangs. If you have an account on Threadless, 5 and buy, I tell you! Here’s the link:
http://www.threadless.com/submission/189792/INSPIRATION?streetteam=HAHA.sg#lastcomment

Frozen Computers Frustrate Me

December 24, 2008

If you hadn’t guessed it by the title, the reason I failed to post yesterday was that my computer was frozen. I only wish outside were becoming as white-Christmas as the PC. *cue Christmas songs*

Blegh, sorry, I know, that was completely uncalled for. Christmas songs are heard enough around the holidays as it is.

Speaking of the holidays, just as the last time I posted: boy, am I excited! Tonight was the third night of Hanukkah– we got a new menorah, replacing the one we got as a gift before I was born and which we have to jab the wax out after each use in order for it to actually hold new candles. We also got some chocolate covered oreos in festive Hanukkah colors. Blue and silver, blue and silver, blue and silver. What comes next? Silver!

Gee, am I really still in the Child Development preschool/pattern mood? Guess so.

Oh, and so yesterday was the second day/night of Hanukkah. Baskin-Robbins gift certificates galore and a fruit basket along with that! It’s a sort of running joke in my family that every year my father ends up getting summer sausage from somebody. Guess what? There was summer sausage in the fruit basket! And fudge shaped like a tree! And an apple with a Merry Christmas stamp on it! Ironic, eh? Jolly good fun for all.

Speaking of which, I never even wrote about the first night of Hanukkah! Sorry, I’m a bit scatter-brained at the moment. We got the Wall-E movie. I still have yet to watch it– that and Elephant Man, and The Incredible Hulk, for that matter. I love movies but it’s difficult to find time to sit down and watch one. I get distracted easily.

Over the past few days, I’ve knit up three soap sacks. Yup, supremely snazzy indeed.

Oh oh oh, guess what all the things I received from friends as presents were? (verbose sentence alert!) Well, there were plenty of candy canes, of course, and a scrumptious cookie from Daniel, and then a bag of holiday-color-wrapped Reese’s peanut butter cups from Kaitlyn from yesterday (and possibly some from Friday). Then, today, I got a piece of peanut butter fudge, and MORE Reese’s peanut butter cups from my bus driver, and a super adorablicious pink and green turtle from Rachel, and two marvelously adorable real (as opposed to fake?) handmade crystal animals, a dog and an elephant (a puppy-sized elephant! except not! half-dollar sized, perhaps?). Great great great presents. Thanks, everybody.

If I get around to it (and it’s on the official List of things I have to do over the holiday break), which I most absolutely definitely will, I will be bringing in gifts after the break, not only because I didn’t get around to collecting gifts beforehand, but also because it’ll be nice to give things after the holidays, once everybody’s suffering post-break depression and all.

Oh, and today I was working on an AP Euro project in the library (what a shocker– usually it’s lecture lecture lecture lecture test) and I came across a few carts full of old books that the library was going to get rid of to make room for new books. Naturally, I couldn’t let them go unnoticed, and I plucked three of the spined, word-filled creatures to take home with me. Two of them were those corny scary story sort of books for more or less middle school aged kids, so I brought them to Clara and Emma in case they were interested. The third book, far more superior in every way to the other two, is a lovely old-book-scented being titled The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes. Sound familiar? Amazing, that book is. I’ve only had a chance to read the first tale of mystery and I’m as hooked as ever. Doyle, Doyle, Doyle, fantastic human you are.

Though, naturally, the computer’s basically frozen again and so if this doesn’t end up being posted for a while, then you will know the reason, though it will be too late to wish about it anyway by then.

Wow, I’ve practically written up one fiftieth of a NaNoWriMo-sized novel! Crazy, that is.

Golly gee wow, Christmas is the day after tomorrow! The year is nearly halfway through!

Oh, good, the computer’s sped up again. Maybe this will end up being posted straightaway just as planned after all.

Well, I’d better post it before it’s too late.

Sayonara, por favor. (ooh, getting cultural now, are ya? two languages at once? does it even make sense? that is doubtful. does the writer care? also doubtful.)

Sleep tight, sapes. Lovely weather we’re having, eh? Cold and windy, not a hint of snow? Come along, white fluff, we love you.

P.S. Let It Snow is in the school library! I, for one, was SHOCKED, with a capital S.

EDIT: Wow, I just viewed this post and found that it is the longest in quite a while.  Now, cheerio for real.

Things and things alike (my English teacher hates that word)

December 11, 2008

So, for English (going along with the title and all), we have to bring in something tomorrow that represents us (for instance, my teacher loves Disney World and works there during the summers, so he has a mickey hat).  We’re supposed to put our item in a box and then tomorrow they will all be mixed up and then matched back to their owners.   I am not going to say what I’m bringing on the slight chance that somebody from my English class is reading this, but I’m hoping that whoever gets it will actually be able to match it back to me.  I am very quiet in that class, so I don’t think so.

Besides the English assignment:

The cookies went over well today.  They’re all gone, so that must be a positive sign.

Wednesday Club was great, as always, though while I was pretending to be asleep Wallie twisted my arms repeatedly to get me to “wake up” and they’re still a bit red and sore.  Don’t worry, Wallie, I forgive you.  You can’t help being so violent.  (just joking, for anybody who takes this seriously– he’s really not violent)

We had white cheese quesadillas for dinner.  They were delicious.

Hmm, what else?  I know I have something to mention…

Ah, the holiday season: it is quickly approaching.  We’re having a smaller Christmas this year (I know I’ve mentioned that before, but oh well) and I don’t know if I’ll end up getting anybody anything at all.  I’m a bit broke at the moment (another reason I’m kind of anxious to turn sixteen: I’ll be able to get a job), so…

There is nothing more to say, other than (wow, I’ve really gotten into the habit of saying that, haven’t I?) that I hope your days are wondrous.

Until we meet again,

-Hope.

Nice day, eh?

December 2, 2008

The excitement of NaNoWriMo has started to wear off and the Post Nano Depression (or PND, as I have heard Nanoers refer to it) was begun to set in.  I suggested a name to my mother and father for the baby if she is a girl and, surprisingly, they both like it.  I am not going to say any of the names they are considering nor the one I suggested until after the baby is born, seeing as my parents have recommended me not to do so.

I have a Christmas list going, finally, after my father ended up setting a deadline.  The holidays are exciting, yes, but they just feel so far away.  We’re going to be having a smaller Christmas this year because of the financial crisis sweeping America, but that’s fine with me.  Mostly books are on my list this year.

Other than those few things, I have nothing more to say.  I had a good day, thanks, a fantastic day, in fact, though I wish I had some galoshes because it rained like crazy today and my shoes ended up all slippy sloshy.

Love,

Hope.

It seems like today was busy, but really it was not

October 25, 2008

Today was the Model UN Orientation. It was okay, I guess, though nobody (at least, none of my good friends who are in that club) was there. It was boring, but that was to be expected. They did something dumb for deciding who would pick their countries first, something like, “Whoever is wearing shoes made of leather gets to go in the line first,” and I do not even have shoes made of leather so of course I did not go in line. Then, though, pretty much everybody else went in the line regardless of not having leather shoes, everyone except me and about five or six other people. I ended up nearly at the end of the line and all of my six country choices were taken except for Malta, which I never really wanted anyway. I ended up with Swaziland, which, after research, I found out is in Northern Africa. The current king has thirteen wives and it has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the entire world. The life expectancy is only a little above thirty years. This country seems like the saddest one in the world.

After the orientation, we went right over to my crazier grandmother’s house for a brunch to celebrate all of the nearby birthdays. It was there that my grandmother announced that she will not be celebrating Christmas this year. Boo to that. I do not like this financial crisis and really hope the next president improves it.

We got a season of A Haunting from Netflix. I am ready to have nightmares.

Speaking of which, I am off to watch an episode now. Good night and farewell.