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Thursday, December 25, 2008

What a wonderful Christmas

It's been a very good year.  So sad that Christmas season has come and gone so fast.  I love this time of year.  The music and spending time with family.  My brother flew in from Virginia on Thursday and his friend Cami came up from Austin to visit as well.  I don't realize how much I miss him until after he's gone.  I've gotta try to get more time with him before he leaves this weekend.

Christmas for our family really got started on Sunday.  My uncle, his wife, and son were travelling this week to visit her family in Kansas, so our usual Christmas Day gathering moved up to Sunday.  Pawpaw rode with mom and dad, my cousins were there too.  We all met at Aunt Lizzie's house and had a brief dinner followed by a brief gift exchange (we draw names in this family, keeps it simple) followed by a little football.

Monday was really nothing.  A bit of shopping, a bit of chauffeuring my car-less brother around town.  Tuesday night saw a gathering of close friends to my family with a big spaghetti dinner and a little exchange of presents.

Last night was my dad's side of the family.  Big Christmas Eve tradition is seeing all the Hursts in one house.  Sadly, my Aunt Suzie and Uncle Joel moved to Bellingham, WA this year, so they couldn't come.  They had a truly white Christmas on the West Coast, and they were missed greatly.  However, Uncle Mike and his family, Camille and her boyfriend Ben, Shane and his lovely fiance Nissa, Mandy and all her girls.  This was the first time meeting Ben and Nissa, but they jumped in with both feet and had a great time with all of us.  This year saw the return of the "kids' table," although I renamed it the "Under 30 or Facebook cult table" since all of us were on Facebook and under 30 (except one welcome member lol).  Ben introduced us to Malaysian Idol which is a lot funnier than American Idol.  Nissa is really cool!  She fits right is with the karaokeing, Doctor Who fans in our family. :-)  We were all laughing all night long.  Shane is directing a production of Pride and Prejudice in Lewisville, and I may go up and audition for a part on Monday, which should be fun.

After everyone went home at 11:30, I headed straight up stairs to wrap presents and watch the BBC America Christmas shows.  I watched the Queen's Christmas message this morning.  I thought it was a nice universal message in these tough times to live generously and be outgoing.

You wouldn't have been able to tell that there was an economic down turn in our living room this morning.  We all made off like bandits even though there was a significant cutback in spending.  The tradition the past 8 yrs in our family has been to get a gift for the house, and this year we got a Wii.  I foresee the return of Leslie and Dad gaming time. :-)

This Christmas season maybe over for some of you, but it only begins my celebrating.  My birthday is next Friday.  8 days of awesome... kinda like Hannukah, but not. lol

Like I said, I love this season.  Parties and families.  Christmas music and Christmas decorations.

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas everyone!

Lots of love!  Hope your day is blessed!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Hatchlings

I have an application on my facebook page called Hatchlings.  It's a digital easter egg hunt.  As more of your friends add the app, you go looking for eggs in their profiles.  The eggs can then be hatched and kept as digital pets.

The cool part is the eggs are different and contain different creatures than just what Mother Nature designated for that particular form of birth.  You can name them and dress them in hats.  The weird/sick part is that you have to feeds these digital pets other eggs.

I ask you, is digital cannibalism ok for the sake of killing time?  I try to keep from feeding my hatchlings eggs of the same type because I feel that's worse than feeding a digital llama a digital ducky egg.

I have to go now.  Don Burro, my blue tattooed donkey needs an egg.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rough road ahead.

I'm enjoying the quiet before the storm.  I'm fairly certain the 24hrs is going tear me to shreds.

In one hour, I'll be at work.  As soon as, I'm home from work, I'm crawling into bed and going to attempt sleep at 9pm.  I have to wake up at 3am to be at work by 4 for a live broadcast from Northpark tomorrow morning.

If you're out tomorrow morning around the ass-crack of dawn, have pity and hook your sister up with a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks.  I'll be the delirious one in the blue Movin tshirt on the Park Lane side of Northpark.

I have no idea what I'll do after I'm off tomorrow.  I'm sure that my mother will assign me something that will require consciousness.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pawpaw sitting.

I would have probably picked up a shift today and made some money, but mom is concerned about Pawpaw.  He's been a bit wobbly since the day surgery he had on Friday.  His pride has become a serious detriment to his health.  He won't let mom bring down the walker to aid with his mobility.  He complains that the house is too cold but doesn't think to put on an extra layer on clothes.  He sits around watching AMC and TCM all day and doesn't get any excercise.  Doctors tell him to lay off the salt, but he's an addict and nothing tastes right to him without it.  Thus, I am watching over a 70yr old who behaves like a 7yr old.

How do you reason with an unreasonable man?

Friday, December 5, 2008

I have weird dreams

My dreams are weird.  I'm not sure if that's because of the caffiene I drink or because I haven't gotten enough caffiene to stave off the caffiene-withdrawal mind trips that a lack of Coke or DP tends to do to my unconscious imagination.

Or maybe I'm just plain weird. lol Might explain a lot.

It was about a friend I hadn't seen in a while.  "A while" might be an understatement as I can't exactly remember how long it's been since the last time I saw him.  It's been 2+ years at least.  It was nice to see him and hang out though.

I always think it's interesting the things I dream about.  Sometimes it feels like they have real significance, and other times I can recognize the waking memories my mind is trying to process during REM sleep. [I read that dreams are your mind trying to "defrag" your memories. Score 3 nerd points for pc analogy.]  I think this one was a product of a REM defrag as I was cleaning out old subscriptions on Xanga yesterday.

In other news, I feel like I've stalled out.  Stagnated.  It's time for something new.  Perhaps it's good that it's the holidays, because the New Year is coming.  So is my birthday.  Time for plenty of new.  I'm not all that excited about turning 28.  That's a first, I'm usually excited about my birthday.  I like being 27 though.  27 is a good number.  28 just feels like I'm getting closer to 30.  30 seems like the age where I need to grow up.  Maybe it's time for that too.