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Holiday goodies and events of note... - Paint It Black
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Holiday goodies and events of note...
I was going to say in this evening's update that good things do come in threes, but I would then have to limit it to just three bullet items. I've got a few extra things here that I didn't feel should be left out....

  • I had the pleasure of spending my five-day holiday break with the lovely ashryn and arphalia. It was nice to see the both of them again. This year I had the privilege of being able to hand-deliver their gifts, something that made me happy since I sprung it as a surprise. That really tickled me -- along with being there when they opened their presents. I'm still quite honored that I was invited to share in their Christmas.
  • During my stay in Madison I was treated to a very tasty Christmas dinner and subzero temperatures. What I used to call "hobo-killin' weather" has now been renamed to "eggnog-killin', glass-shatterin' weather." Yes, there's a story there.
  • My doorbell rang unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, mere moments before I left for Madison -- my truck was idling in the driveway and I was just grabbing the last bag for loading up before I departed. I wasn't expecting anyone, so I was understandably put out by what I imagined was going to be another distracting sales attempt to put new siding or a roof on my house. But when I opened the door who should I find but my mail lady with a bundle of paper for me. The reason she rang the bell? There was an envelope from DeVry University that said "Do not bend," so she wanted to hand it to me -- she figured it was important. She figured right! I took one look at the envelope and knew right away that it was my diploma, arriving at long last. I figured that it would have been here now (since I graduated in late October), but all that matters is that it arrived. Since returning home I've framed it and hung it up on my wall. It looks very nice, and I like seeing the words "Magna Cum Laude" under my name and program. I find myself considering the pursuit of a graduate degree, though I'm not sure just yet what I'd choose to get one in.
  • On Tuesday of last week I was awarded a payment of over $1,350 from my employer's annual profit sharing program. To call this "unexpected money" is something of an understatement, especially when you take into account how our financial and enrollment statements looked this quarter.
  • My mother sent me one of her delicious pound cakes for Christmas, so I had a tasty dessert waiting for me when I got home Sunday evening.
  • I also received the first ornament for the Christmas tree I haven't bought yet -- my parents sent a glass ornament that features a reclining black panther. I have no idea where she found such a thing, but I love it.
  • While in Madison, I listened to the Christmas CD that onceagainplease made. I wasn't surprised to hear him singing -- that was sort of the entire point behind the album -- but I was surprised to hear him sing a cappella. With himself. It was creepy, but cool.
  • I came home to a veritable flood of Christmas cards... and a CD of some sort from captain18 and spoothbrush. I am curious. Cautious, but curious. I'll be loading it up once I finish writing this. If I should perish amidst questionable circumstances while viewing the contents of this mystery disc -- well, somebody had better avenge my death.
  • I got a message on my Sidekick from harlee_one and it made me smile. Thank you!

There's other stuff, but I'll write about it later. I'm back on-call and there's a few hundred things at work that are currently demanding my attention.

Aurora borealis comes in view

Current Mood: pleased quite pleased
Current Music: Iris - The Way I Live My Life

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spoothbrush From: spoothbrush Date: December 28th, 2004 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
The disk is blank, but cool-looking. I was nervous about the idea of putting data on something that was going to be treated as it was... figuring that it would either trash the disk, or that the glitter/paint/etc on the disk would wreak a moderate amount of havoc on the drive.
neuracnu From: neuracnu Date: December 28th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)


I just got mine today and, without thinking, popped it in the DVD player in search of mpeg goodies. Curses! ];-) The monday night football crew loved the idea though!
brianblackberry From: brianblackberry Date: December 28th, 2004 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
You need to get online more, I never see you there.
harlee_one From: harlee_one Date: December 28th, 2004 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
*hug* You seem to have had a nice Christmas and a lot of surprises waiting for you too. :) You are quite welcome for the little message and I will try my best to put a little smile on your face when it is most needed and when it isn't also.:) Take care of you and hope to see you soon. *hug* *kiss*
From: ex_miang438 Date: December 28th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grumbles* One of these days, you're going to have to come visit Madison while I'm still in the city...

Glad you had a great break, though. ^_^ Sounds awesome.
feren From: feren Date: December 30th, 2004 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
[One of these days, you're going to have to come visit Madison while I'm still in the city...]

I think if that were to actually happen it is quite likely that time and space as we know it would be forced to collapse in upon itself. It is my current belief that the existence of the universe as we know it is dependent upon us never being in proximity of one another ever again.

The irony of this entire situation is that on Thursday morning arphalia and I spent an hour or so over at Blue Mountain Coffee, a place that probably going to become one of my regular haunts when I'm visiting. As an added bonus, the shop is just a 10 minute walk on University from your house. You should go up there -- the owner is very personable, there are some fine coffee blends available, the prices are reasonable and the store boasts wireless internet along with great nibbling food (muffins, cookies, etc).
shiver101 From: shiver101 Date: December 29th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Heyla from afar

Heyla, Feren. Just dropping a note to say hello and glee for the delightful christmas.
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