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20 December 2007 @ 10:09 pm
This is me making an effort!  
Ugh, I'm terrible. I haven't posted anything in like...a month? Has it really been that long? Jeez. It's not like I don't have anything interesting or random to talk about. I mean, today, my cousin Nae tells me that she would like to perform a Navajo dance for me in her bedroom. Seriously, it doesn't get any weirder than that, folks. 

Anywho, this is me making an effort to post. I've seen this meme circulating, but I'm officially stealing it from sosmitten:

1. Hot chocolate or apple cider?
Hot chocolate. I love a good mug of cocoa. With marshmallows (sorry, tangent, but I just found out that there are kosher marshmallows. I had no idea. Thank goodness for my kind Jewish friend for not laughing too loudly at me. I may have her bested in Old Testament knowledge but she will always be able to teach me a thing or two about Jewish culture). Oh, I also like a good cup of wassail. Does that count as cider?

2. Turkey or Ham?
Hmm, I guess I would say ham, but we usually have different kinds of soup for Christmas. I do love soup.

3. Do you get a Fake or Real Christmas tree?
I have a fake tree in my Tucson house. I would love to have a real one, but it would be too much of a hassel to take down during finals week before I go home to my parents' house for Christmas break. Fortunately, my parents have a real one.

4. Decorations on the outside of your house?
Like the rest of my neighbors, the roomie and I are pretty boring (or just have no motivation to put up lights). I put a rusted tin snowflake on the front door, but you probably can't see it because of the screen.

5. Snowball fights or sledding?
I'd take both. Any excuse to play in the snow, since the words "Tucson" and "snow" do not generally go together (with the exception of the freak couple of inches of snow last January that didn't melt as soon as it hit the ground. Unfortunately, it melted the next afternoon, but for awhile there, everyone on campus was snow happy).

6. Do you like hanging around the fireplace because it’s warm?
Absolutely. That's my prime gift opening spot on Christmas Day.

7. Do you enjoy going downtown shopping?
Eh, there isn't very good shopping downtown. Crap, thanks for reminding me that I'm still not done with my shopping. In fact, a couple days ago, I looked at a calender and shrieked, "Holy hell! Christmas is Tuesday!"

8. Favorite Christmas song?
Oh, that's so tough. This is a bad question for a music geek. The song that I like to sing in church is "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." It's just so beautiful. I love, love, love "Christmas Wrapping." And Frank SInatra's Christmas album. And "We Are the Reason," by Avalon. And Michael Buble's version of "My Grown-Up Christmas List." I can't just pick one.

9. When do the Decorations go up? Come down?
I put the tree and nativity up the week after Thanksgiving to surprise the roomie when she came home from class. My mom just put her decorations up this weekend. Mom takes the decorations down New Years Day (sniff). I don't take my stuff down until classes start again.

10. How do you feel about Christmas movies?
I love Christmas movies. I love curling up and watching "Holiday Inn," "White Christmas," and "Meet Me in St. Louis." But, its not Christmas for me (and I'm almost ashamed to admit this) until I watch the "Muppet Christmas Carol" with chocolate covered oreos. A little tradition between my best friend, Sarah, and I.

11. When is it too early to start listening to Christmas music?
I think before Thanksgiving. When I lived with Sarah, she used to start playing Christmas carols on her violin in July. It used to drive me crazy. I love Christmas music, but there is a time and place.

12. Stockings before or after presents?
We usually do stockings first, and then presents.

13. Carolers, do you or do you not listen to them?
We don't get carolers at our house :( I used to do it in high school with my church and it was so much fun.

14. Go to someone else’s house or they come to you?
Depends on the year.. Fortunately, all my relatives on my mom's side (that we always spend Christmas with) live within a 3 mile radius, so we alternate houses. This year is our turn, then next year is my grandpa and his wife, then the year after that it's at my Aunt Robin's house, and then the year after that it's at my Aunt Kris' house (then the cycle continues). It's nice to go from house to house, but I always like it best when people come to our house.

15. Do you read the Christmas Story the night before Christmas?
My uncle, the pastor, usually reads the Christmas story from Luke before we open presents. I have always really liked that tradition.

16. What do you do after presents?
After presents in the morning, we get dressed and get ready for the rest of the famil to come over (at least this year). Then, we eat our soup lunch and open presnets from the rest of the family. Then, we just kick back and chill, maybe watch a couple of Christmas movies.

17. What is your favorite holiday smell?
Christmas trees and candy canes!

18. Ice skating or walking around the mall?
I love ice skating! We have a rink in Tucson, but the hours are always different and I never know when it's open. There is nothing but a mall when I go home to Yuma for Christmas, though.

19. Favorite Christmas memory:
A couple years ago, I secretly surveyed the family, telling them I was writing a paper on Christmas memories for a class (high school drama really payed off for me). I asked them about their favorite Christmas song, movie, and memory, and then I made one of those accordian-esque scrapbooks for each separate family with a square for each family member. I put a picture of them from a past Christmas, then typed up their favorites list, and then made a CD with all of our Christmas songs. I really loved working on it and seeing my family enjoy it. The scrapbook especially poignant this year because we are spending our first Christmas without our "adopted" family member, Jim (he was our family friend who always spent Christmas with us and he died this spring from cancer. It was very sad since he was still fairly young).

20. Favorite Part about winter?
Getting to wear my pretty coats. If only I lived where it got really cold...

21. Food you eat this time of year that you may not during the others seasons.
Fudge! It's the only time of the year that my family makes it. In fact, my uncle made some tonight.

22. Do you have winter sheets for your bed?
I have my flannel traveling gnome sheets. It keeps me warm and makes me think about Babette.

23. Do you eat ice cream in the winter?
Yes, I ate some tonight, actually.

24. Mittens or gloves?
 I like those mitten/gloves (miloves? glittens?), that are the mittens, but then you pull that part back and you can still use your fingers. Those are very handy (pardon the pun)

The me update: Nothing much to report. Finals are done, this semester is over (thank you Lord). I took the GRE on Wednesday and I did fairly well, but I think I can get a better score so I'm taking it again on January 4th (just in time for my January applications). Went to the midnight showing of National Treasure and now I'm a little loopy. I blame eggnog.

My goals for winter break are to get more clinical hours with my speech pathologist friend, go on a diet, and fill out all my grad school applications (yikes). Oh, and maybe I should update that pesky story of mine. Everytime I open that page up, I get distracted by something else and only get a couple of sentences in. I'm pathetic. 

I should probably hit the hay. I'm wearing my flannel pajama pants that look just like Luke's blue and black flannel shirt, so that makes me happy. 

Congrats to filoand Filo's McHubby and FiloDoughBoy! That's so exciting. What a great Christmas present, huh?
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
Current Music: "Christmas Wrapping"--The Waitresses
ಌ: Gilmore Girls; Luke&Lorelaiflatters on December 21st, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
hahaha. FIRST. I.AM.COOL.