New Year’s Resolutions

With the brand new year, it’s time to take stock of your life and decide what you would like to change. Or at least that’s what the media outlets and common wisdom would like us to believe. If you are in the market to change your life, January 1st is the nice, convenient, and way too easy to ignore date. If you are really looking to make a change, do it immediately and don’t wait for a nice round date.

Matt at WordPress has asked that everyone tag their 2007 resolutions and predictions so they can be easily tracked for others and for next year.

The only resolution that I’m going to make for 2007 is to get the house in order enough to be comfortable having people over to visit. Since the house is a wreck, and has been for longer than I’m happy about, its going to take some work.

So I’m going to sit here with my glass of bubbly and toast the New Year as it comes. All the best to you and yours!

Space images, Reach For the Stars!

There is a wonderful picture that was the first generated image in space. The picture is called Reach For the Stars! and it was created by Gilles Tran and Jaime Vives Piqueres.

I have to thank ubuntonista for the link to this wonderful image of the space and dreams.

Reach For the Stars! « Ubuntu Blog

It’s a marvelous picture of the dreams we’ve created for ourselves and reaching for them.

I’m in a wedding?


OK, I guess.

Let me back up. My Mom directs weddings occasionally. She’s got a good bit of experience working with people of all ages and pursuading them to co-operate and do what needs to be done, but in a pleasant manner. So a young lady at our church is getting married tomorrow, and had set it up with the priest that Mom would direct the wedding. But she never called Mom to verify it or talk about what she wanted and needed. So yesterday Mom called her to see if she was actually directing the wedding, or just not wanted.

Yes, the wedding is at 11:00AM. Yes, the bridesmaids know to be there at 8:00AM. Yes, the photographer is going to be there at 8:30 to start photos.Yes, her brother is picking up the flowers for the wedding. Does he know that the flowers need to be there in time for photos? She didn’t think about that. Did she want acolytes for the service? She didn’t think about that. If the wedding party has to be there at 8:00 AM, they’ll need something to snack on so they won’t pass out up at the altar during the service. Didn’t think of that either. Are there going to be lay eucharistic ministers for communion during the service? Forgot that too. She and her husband have gone through counseling with the priest, and have gotten a lot of other things lined up. But if she had talked to Mom earlier, she wouldn’t be quite so frazzled now.

So I get a call yesterday to be an acolyte during the service. No problem. I’m not committed elsewhere on Saturday. I was given the time for the rehearsal, and showed up tonight. As we are in the middle of the rehearsal, we get to the point where prayers are read after the vows, and the priest asks if the bride has someone to read them. She doesn’t and so the priest suggests me. He asks me if I want to, and I say it is up to the bride. She oks it, so now I’m reading those prayers. And we start to get to the eucharist portion of the service, and I ask about lay eucharistic ministers. Now, I’m licensed to be a LEM, and since I’m already up at the altar, guess who’s the LEM? You have 3, and the first 2 don’t count. snicker. So I get to be at church in the morning at 10:00AM. Whee!

Closer to fine

Well, the out of town family has headed home. I’m just not used to little ones for more than a couple of hours at a time. Four year olds and two year olds will wear you out in no time whatsoever.

While the kids were here, we took them to the McWane Center downtown. Although Grandma wanted to see the movie with the kids, Mom vetoed it since the 2 year old was running into naptime and the 4 year old was antsy. We just played in the Just Mice Size area before eating lunch, then went upstairs and saw the model train and science exhibits. Playing with the robots and the colored videos and the distorted room. The computer screens with the butterflies and colored amoeba like things were cool, even for the 2 year old. But the large sized plastic pins were the biggest hit for both. Kids faces and hands were replicated and both of them had the biggest time playing with those 2 foot square plates. The Rube Goldberg machine in the lobby is one of the coolest exhibits at the McWane Center. The kids (and adults, too) could spend hours just watching all the balls rolling through the different tracks, hitting the different objects that are tuned and bouncing through the jumps. If you have the opportunity, do visit.

And to all a good night

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope your day has been filled with family and good cheer. We are back from the day with family. My sister and her family are in town and having Christmas with a 4 year old and a 2 year old is quite interesting! We went over to my parents house at 7:15 this morning, surprisingly enough the kids were still asleep. That didn’t last for too long.

My niece got up about 15 minutes later. She was SO excited about what Santa left her underneath the tree. We did have to convince her to wait to get into the wrapped presents until everyone had woken up and gotten up. Fortunately for her, little brother didn’t sleep too much later and she was able to go wake uncle up downstairs. And while we were waiting for everyone to get up, DH and I put a quickie breakfast casserole together for everyone.

Once everyone got up and into the living room around the tree, things got fun. My niece was playing Santa’s helper, sort of. She started out handing out presents to people as her Mom read the labels to her. She delivered 3 presents to others, then the first present with her name came up. She stopped, sat right down there, and ripped into that present with gusto! After she got into the gift and either played a few minutes or put it on if it was clothing. So we managed to start distributing around her when she was occupied and got packages to everyone. Then the package destruction started in earnest! The 2 year old was more interested in the train in front of the tree than any of the packages that were under it. He needed some help realizing that those brightly colored packages in front of him were actually gifts.

I was pleased to recive the Harry Potter Schoolbooks box set: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages. The annotations in the margins of the Fantastic Beasts book are wonderful! And the movies Serenity and Pirates of the Carribean, Dead Man’s Chest were fun to get too! For those times when the mad scientist inspiration strikes, I got a pair of Girl Genius Mad Scientist Goggles. Bwahahaha!

After we all opened the presents, the breakfast casserole was finished and we had breakfast. We took our time and played with the kids throughout the day. And the main meal was a group effort, rather than one person’s hurculean task. We had a turkey breast, ham, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, tomato, mozzarella and basil salad, rolls, and other stuff. Dinner was at 4:00 PM, but we snacked and tasted most all day long.

Now I’m home with a cat on my lap. What better way to end the day. Have a wonder evening, y’all.

I love this quote of the day, Dr Suess. It sums it all up more than anything else.

Giftwrap time

So its time to wrap the gifts that are left.  I’m lucky to have a decent amount of wrapping paper here at the house.  And that’s a good thing, because I have no wish to brave the shopping malls or stores today.  I’m trying to stay dry until the rain passes.  That should be tomorrow, so I’m out of luck tonight when we’ll be heading out to church for Christmas Eve service. Its the kids service, so it is going to be absolutely crazy and loud. Whee.

Then tomorrow morning will be very early.  A 4 year old and a 2 year old are going to be getting up at the crack of dawn, so we’ll need to get over to Grandma’s quickly so they don’t make everyone there very cranky.  And the 2 dogs there will be in everything.  Kids, dogs, adults, and Christmas.  What else do you need? A good nights rest and alcohol, that’s what.  A sense of humor, of course!

Family Stuff today

Today was the day to go up to visit the DH’s family and have Christmas with them. So we had a road trip 1 hour and 45 minutes north of us to visit with them, exchange gifts and eat dinner.  We had a safe trip up and fun up there. Fun stuff from folks and good food, what else would you like? Then a safe trip home. Whee!

More family stuff tomorrow, this time with my family.

Have your self a merry little Christmas.

Its almost here, and I’m almost ready for it! Most of the presents are purchased, and family is starting to arrive in town. Half of those presents are wrapped. There are even presents for the pets gotten. It is coming together now.

I can deal with the Christmas music now. When some of the local radio stations went to the 24/7 Christmas music at the beginning of November, I wasn’t impressed. And the stores putting Christmas decorations out before Halloween? Why? There is a time for everything, and every season. Let us enjoy the holidays in their own time. Now I’m a parrothead, and Radio Margaritaville is playing Christmas music from the various artists that get airtime there. Jimmy Buffett doing Mele Kalikimaka and Jerry Jeff Walker doing Merry Christmas from the Family are fun ones. And more traditional tunes are also part of the lineup. The best part is that you can listen to it online!

And in 2 days Christmas’ll be here. Woohoo!