It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost here once again! Tomorrow marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Exams are winding down for those in school, and last-minute shoppers will soon be filling the stores to scrounge for the leftover items to give as gifts.
As for me, I just finished running a study, so I have some data to analyze, which makes me happy. That’s not to say I won’t spend some time relaxing during the holiday season! But of course, as always, it will never be long enough. Soon I’ll be back at school for another term. Running research, marking assignments, taking classes…the wonderful cocoon of academia. But I’ll be sure to enjoy the time spent with my family this Christmas.
Merry Christmas! Or Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus, if you prefer. I always enjoy this time of year. It’s a time to share time with friends and family, to show others that you care about them, and to exchange presents and, more importantly, love. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this time of year is a time where we all celebrate the wonderful things that come from being part of a community and part of a family.Continue Reading
Well, I just got back from my trip to Ottawa. I don’t think it was exactly what I was expecting, but it was fun all the same, I suppose. I had expected it to be more of a vacation and less of meeting relatives, but some of that was a little unplanned anyways. Let me run down what happened.
Day 1 – SundayThe Tozers had told me they would pick me up at my house at 10:00 AM. I called at about 11:00 when they still hadn’t shown up. It turns out they hadn’t slept most of the night and then decided to sleep in and just leave later. No problem, except they could have told me. Oh well, so Bethany told me they would be there about 11:45. They showed up half an hour later at 12:15 and we were off. It was about a 7-hour trip up there, taking a little longer than usual due to weather and traffic conditions. My Great-Aunt Iona lives in a small town outside of Ottawa called Manotick. Of course, as I mentioned previously, she was in Florida, so we were to have the house all to ourselves. That’s not really the way it worked out, but I’ll get to that later.
When we got there, my second cousins Carrie and Sherrie (I’m not really sure how you spell their names, but it’s close enough anyways) and their families were there to let us in. We got partially unpacked and ate some lasagna…Continue Reading
I wasn’t planning on posting here today, but since the Tozers are late yet again (what else is new?), I decided to head on down to the computer and engage in my two favourite pastimes: writing and listening to music. I just burned the newest Underoath CD since I’ve been planning to do that for a while now. I wanted to wait to see if I’d get it for Christmas, but I didn’t so I burned it. Jordan got it and last night at my aunt and uncle’s place, the anti-action was heating up, so we went out to the van and listened to the CD a couple times.
Last night was really boring. Everyone just sat their talking and I was starving – my stomach kept growling. Finally we all went for the food, and and it got boring again. Jordan and I went out to the van after the food. The van’s pretty sweet; it’s the van that the Tozers borrowed from one of their friends or co-workers or something for their trip up to Ottawa. They were supposed to pick me up at 10:00 today. It’s now 11:30… I called their house about 11:00 and Bethany said Aunt Lynn and Uncle Dave decided not to sleep at all last night, so then they decided that sleeping in was better than leaving early. So they should be picking me up about 11:45 – so I’ll go upstairs at 12:00 to be ready for them, I suppose.
Anyways, I…Continue Reading
Yay for Jesus! It’s awfully nice of Him to come down here to earth so we can celebrate His birth by buying and giving each other presents, isn’t it? It sure helps out those businesses with only a few million in their pocket to capitalize on yet another holiday that they can make a few more bucks on.
But I suppose that Christmas is what you make of it, right? It’s a time to reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice for us, giving up everything He had up in heaven to come down to earth and be incarnated in a tiny baby. Christmas is a season that encourages generosity and benevolence, where people aren’t as grouchy to each other and share with others. I mean, you don’t get much of that anymore. It’s great that there’s still one day a year (or if you’re lucky, the entire season) where people remember that it’s not all about them. Getting things isn’t what it’s all about; giving things is so much better – and Christmas is one of the few times that people can realize that.
Christmas is a time of relaxation, allowing most people (except those that we depend on, like police and firefighters, etc.) to get time off work and spend time with family. That’s another thing not encouraged in our society – family is downplayed so much in favour of materialism. It’s awesome that there’s a season that not only encourages sharing and giving and all that fun stuff, but also…Continue Reading
Isn’t it exciting? Christmas is almost here! There’s only one more sleep ’til Christmas (if you like counting that way; I’ve always preferred counting days). While I don’t get as excited as I used to about Christmas, I still love it. I remember waking up (well, getting up I suppose, since waking up requires you to have gone to sleep) with my sister really early, like at about 6:00 or 6:30 AM, and running into my parents’ room to jump on their bed and wake them up. We liked to do it as early as possible because they took a long time to get up (relatively speaking – each Christmas second is the equivalent of a hour), and so the earlier we got them up, the earlier we could open our presents.
It’s always been a family tradition to start with opening our stockings. My parents usually put small gifts in there, plus a lot of candy and a toothbrush to go along with all the candy. It got annoying to get a toothbrush every year, though, since toothbrushes really don’t wear out all that quick, but oh well. Stocking-opening is the prelude to the good stuff. Next we move over to the Christmas tree and start opening presents one by one. Usually I’ve been the person that gets to hand out all the presents. I just pick out a present for each person and hand them out one by one, waiting for the person to open theirs before giving…Continue Reading
Today was, thankfully, a much less eventful day than yesterday was. I got up and had a shower, then went downstairs and found that my sister was already on the computer. So I started wrapping my presents and got them all done and put under the tree. That was a huge accomplishment in itself; it was a big relief when I put the last one under the tree and realized that I was finally done everything I had to do for Christmas.
After that was done, I went downstairs and did all the usual stuff I regularly do on the computer, like checking my email and going through the list of bookmarked sites that I hit daily (whenever possible, of course). When that was finished, I got bored. So I worked on the project I started way back in the summer, I think. Perhaps it was in September, but anyways, it was somewhere around there.
At the risk of confusing everyone reading this since, as far as I know, you’re not web designers, let’s just say I’ve been working on a big project that allows you to organize files through a web browser. It works a lot like Windows Explorer, allowing you to move, copy, rename, and delete files. It’s been so much of a challenge, though. Most of the time I’ve spent working on the project has been to figure out how to get the list of folders on the left side to work properly. You have no idea…Continue Reading