Happy New Year!

This Christmas was really wonderful, both in People I Loveness and Giftness.  I had a wonderful time in Flower Mound with Mom, Dad, and Jacqueline, who I had not seen since she moved to Tulsa in July for law school.  I also got to see my godmother, Aunt Chris, and her husband, Greg, for our annual holiday get-together.  We always eat food and play board games.  Usually it’s Beyond Balderdash but this year I’d bought Taboo, so we played Taboo.  Also this year I was initiated into Vanessa’s folks’ yearly Christmas Eve tamale party.  That family does not play around with their tamales.  A serious amount of yum and fun ensued, and Jameson’s parents were there so I got to meet them after years of friendship with their son, which was really cool.

Blair and Schex flew in from Albuquerque to surprise Blair’s mom, so I got to see them too!  I drove out to Plano at 10:30 at night after Chris and Greg left and we caught up for a few hours.  Yayness!

I fully expect to blog much more now that I have received a wonderful shiny camera for Christmas.  YAY!  I have been severely missing having a camera since my last one broke.  I have a shiny Sony SteadyShot DSC-S2100.  I really like it.  I spent an entire evening just fiddling with the settings and learning about my camera.  Here is the first good picture I took with it:

Of course the first thing I took a picture of is my dog. Gotta document the cute, right?

Another amazing Christmas gift I received is a welded Deathly Hallows symbol.  My dad welded it with creative input from my sister. In case you don’t know, the Deathly Hallows are from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have their origin in an old wizarding take called “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”  Read about it; it’s a pretty neat tale even if you don’t know or don’t care about Harry Potter.  The vertical line represents the Elder Wand, the triangle represents the Cloak of Invisibility, and the circle represents the Resurrection Stone.  Together, the three objects make the Deathly Hallows, and the person who possesses all three objects is the master of Death.  Dorky aside, but I hope it helps you appreciate the awesomeness.

The Deathly Hallows symbol

I’m trying to figure out how to display it.  My sister suggested a clear acrylic frame, but those look kind of tacky.  She also suggested a shadowbox.  That might look cool.  Maybe I’ll just take the thing to Hobby Lobby and see what works.

Andrew gave me an amazing gift.  The CD player in my car broke several months ago, so I was stuck with the radio.  Since the car is where I listen to most of my music, this was a major bummer.  I mentioned it in passing a few times, and then, surprise! Andrew bought me a replacement.  Except the one he bought me ALSO has an iPod input!  This is AMAZING because now I can listen to CDs AND I can go nuts on podcasts, which I have been doing.  This awesome gift will truly keep on giving.

Not to mention that my awesome mom and sister took me shopping to buy teaching clothes, so I got a whole new wardrobe of gorgeous, teacher-appropriate shirts, cardigans, and pants.  So.  Good.

I seriously don’t know how this Christmas was the anomalous Christmas of epically awesome gifts and way more parties than I’ve ever been to on a Christmas break, but it was.  Clinksies to that!

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3 Responses to “Happy New Year!”

  1. Your sister! Says:

    Yay!

  2. blair Says:

    First off, yay on your dad being adorable and welding you a gift. Secondly, we loved visiting with you. Thirdly, yay for the CD player. That sounds awesome. Fourthly, I would get two small nails and nail the symbol to the wall, possibly above a door frame. The small nails can sit on either side of the divider line in the middle of the triangle. Lastly, I get to see you in ABQ in three weeks. SQUEEE!!!

  3. Jameson Says:

    Put a chain through it and make some serious bling.

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