- 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