friday randomness…

Just some random thoughts to share with everyone, on this cloudy, occasionally rainy Friday…

  • I know I’ve only had to work a three day week, but I’m so glad it’s the weekend. Did any of you moms out there ever realize, before you had children, what hard work vacation would be? Here in Australia, there’s a LONG vacation before Christmas. As my girls like to say, “we have 52 days left of vacation!”. That’s right, they don’t go back until January, and keeping up with five kids is HARD work. Go hug your own parents, and say thank you.
  • Just returned from seeing Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 for the second time. I just wanted to go to a movie (and seeing Smurfs again or Jack and Jill once, those were not an option), get out of the house, and enjoy my freedom. Oh, and for the record, I didn’t go to see Smurfs on purpose, I was asked to take the kids. The nauseating… schmaltz just about killed me several times. And I used to watch the Smurfs on TV. But back to Breaking Dawn… I still like how they did the movie, and look forward to the second part. Then, from the theater, I went and had a coffee and scone at Mickey D’s, while I read (pain-free) from my Kindle. Bliss.
  • Last night, I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so that means I finished the whole series in just under two weeks. Not bad, I’d say, considering I had to put one of my carpal tunnel braces on for three days, to get through. Several years after the first time I read them all the first time, I enjoyed them even more this time around. I was still just as enraged with the cruelty of Dolores Umbridge, who somehow seems more evil, because she pretends she is doing good. I’m still as heartbroken over the deaths of Fred (especially), Lupin, and Tonks. And yeah, having an understanding of Severus Snape, from start to finish, makes the whole story much more satisfying.
  • Despite a pile of books from the library, which seem to stare accusingly at me, my hands and wrists needed a break from real books, so I’ve started on my latest addition to my Kindle. I was delighted to find that a new P.I.G. guide was for sale on Amazon, so I am now reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire, by H.W. Crocker, III.  Not only do I read every P.I.G. guide I can get my hands on, Crocker’s Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War was awesome, so I know this’ll be great, too. Yes, I often break up my fiction binges by adding in some excellent non-fiction.
  • Christmas really is coming, though my brain refuses to believe it. Well, if you were enjoying the heat and humidity that I am, with occasional forays into my bedroom’s air conditioning, you wouldn’t believe it either. But my Aussie family have gotten out their Christmas decorations and the neighbors have their Christmas lights out. No, I’ve never before lived on a street with Santa and his reindeer on the neighbors’ roof.
  • My girls were unable to find their nativity set, so they decided to make their own. After borrowing my brand new markers to color with, and making ingenious use of paper and pipe cleaners, I think their new nativity is really awesome. Their dad did eventually find the other one, though.
  • I’m trying to get used to the fact that the Christmas tree is the same height as I am, since I’m used to a house with one 7 ft (I think) tree and one 5ft tree. My mom and I both have enough of our own ornaments to decorate both trees ourselves, but since mine are in a storage unit in PA, I guess they’ll all be hers again, this year. No Chewbacca ornament, either. I know you’re upset, Mom.
  • While shopping in Rockhampton, recently, I was tempted to get some beautiful white ceramic ornaments, but figured they’d be unlikely to survive the trip home in my suitcase. Besides, why spend all that money, when there’s an extreme likelihood of breakage? Instead, I got a nice little star-shaped ornament made of bells, and hung that on my door handle. I know, exciting… but my desk is too messy to make room for even a small Christmas tree.
  • With five curious kittens in the house, who, together, get into more mischief than my Bubby does, we’re hoping they’ll be adopted soon. If you know someone in the Emerald area who wants one, let me know. They’ve yet to do more than pull some tinsel decor down from the bottom branch of the tree, but I’m hoping it’ll be no worse. They like to get into my laundry baskets, and I found one lying on the table, when I walked in, earlier. Their climbing skills are improving, so just like my Bubby, they become curious about everything. And yet, one of their favorite hangout spots continues to a certain small red basket.
  • Bubby gets into plenty of her own mischief, though. I feel like I spend all day saying NO, and she knows exactly what I mean. If she hears me saying it from a distance, and then hears me moving towards her, she’ll run, knowing she’s about to get her hand swatted (or it’s highly likely). One way of trying to escape is to run to one of her sisters, so I had to play tug-of-war with Bea, earlier, because she didn’t know Bubby was in trouble, and wanted to play with her.
  • And as I stare Christmas in the face, far from home, I also realize that I’ve been here for 7 months… so that means I’ve got 5 to go. It’ll fly by, after the New Year arrives. But though I don’t wail about being homesick, the longing for home is starting to build up inside of me. For those of you who think I’m “oh so brave” for coming over here, or just plain invincible, please remember I’m only human, and I miss my family. Badly. If I went home for Christmas, I think I’d break, and never be able to come back. But when Christmas Day is almost here, if you don’t hear something cheerful and upbeat from me, it’ll be because I’m hanging onto my heart for dear life, holding myself together.
  • I am not brave. I am not invincible. Don’t put me on a pedestal, just because I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. Christmas is coming, and because it’s summer over here, I might just survive.
  • I’m listening to the Breaking Dawn soundtrack and loving it. Smile! Just because some of my random comments are serious doesn’t mean I’m depressed. Unless you’re Dani, go turn on some Christmas music and sing your head off. I hope to introduce my Aussie family, soon, to Christmas music by Celine Dion, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Hayley Westenra, and Bing Crosby. I just wish I had my Billy Gilman Christmas music on this laptop. Any chance you could e-mail it to me, Dad?

2 thoughts on “friday randomness…

  1. I love the nativity – so cute.

    I’m actually far less grumpy about Christmas this year! No clue why, though 😛

    Also, I’ve told my sister-in-law that I will read Twilight…mostly so that I have something else we can talk about and another way for me to connect with her. I make no promises about liking it, though! And I’ll probably write a blog post or so about them whenever I get around to it.

    Also, heart. 🙂

    • Well, I was thinking about you because of the Harry Potter mentions, not the Twilight mentions. I will continue to love you, whether you read Twilight or not. And of course, I can’t think of Christmas music without thinking of you. 🙂 I haven’t started listening to it, though, because it still doesn’t feel like Christmas here. Love you, too.

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