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Daily Post: Stroke of Midnight

Where were you last night when 2012 turned into 2013? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

I was in bed watching The Return of the King and falling asleep intermittently. Hubby was sleeping beside me already. I dropped off and woke up at a text message from a friend (as the Gates of Mordor opened) and noted that it was 12:07. Just missed it. Ah well. Happy New Year anyway!

Christmas Questionnaire

When do you start decorating for Christmas?
The weekend after Thanksgiving. (i.e. Black Friday) They come down New Year’s Day! (or shortly thereafter)
Christmas attire, casual or dressy?
Depends on the event!
Best gift you ever received?
Oh man…I dunno! I got an iPod one year that was the bomb.
Worst gift you ever received?
A used pair of earrings.
Snow, love or hate?
Favorite Christmas song? Least favorite?
Carol of the Bells is my favorite. I loathe “Santa Baby.” Yuck.
Best Christmas movie? Worst?
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I don’t know if it’s the worst Christmas movie, but the cartoon Frosty the Snowman is really creepy.
Christmas tree, real or fake?
We haven’t had a real tree since I was probably 12 or 13. I wouldn’t even know how to take care of one! Plus, buying a pre-lit tree is pretty swell.
Do you have a favorite ornament?
Cameron and I get a new ornament every year. At my parents’ house, my favorite ornament is the one of Lt. Worf in the….ship whose name I cannot recall for the life of me. It’s right on the tip of my tongue. Anyway, when you press the button, Worf says, “I wish you a most honorable holiday. Kaplak.” Yeah, we’re Trek nerds.
Family traditions?
My parents have a big to-do on Christmas Eve every year. Family and friends come over and we have snacks and drinks and my mom plays Santa and gives everyone a small gift. Usually after that party the family watches the George C. Scott version of “A Christmas Carol.” On Christmas morning we open presents and then have breakfast, and then we have a big dinner later that day. Recently Cameron and I have started the tradition of watching “Forrest Gump” every Christmas Day after opening presents.
The easiest and hardest people to buy gifts for?
I actually kind of pride myself on coming up thoughtful gifts for people even if it’s not exactly what they “wanted.” But that’s what makes Christmas special, to me. I kind of hate it when people ask what you want and get you exactly that. I love surprises and surprising people by being thoughtful.
Do you open presents Christmas Eve or Christmas?
Christmas. Usually we get a small gift on Christmas Eve from my mom, and if we have family over, presents from those family members will be opened that night since we might not see them the next morning.
Clear or colored lights?
White lights for the house. But I love putting colored lights on the tree.
Travel or stay home?
I’ve always preferred to be home on Christmas.
Themed or homey decorations?
Homey decorations with a motif! I, for example, have a reindeer motif along with all my other decorations.

If Winter is Coming, Can it Bring Name Tags?

I’ve been plugging my way through Game of Thrones for a couple months now. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried to make my way through it. I’m a huge fantasy lover, have been for a very long time, but there’s just something about this epic that is so very hard to get through. At the recommendation of a friend I started watching the HBO series to help put faces to names, and it’s helped a little, but there’s still so many that when I go back to reading it’s hard to keep the characters straight.


Seems that winter is coming to Estes Park – or maybe just fall. The last couple of nights have been delightfully cool, so cool that this morning we even cranked on the bedroom heater. There’s a little bit of a chill on the air in the early morning and it’s clear that autumn will be here before we know it.

I started my new job today at the bank. So far nothing thrilling, mostly computer training and paper work, but it’s great to have a normal schedule with Cameron. I’ve been able to plan out our weekly meals and actually cook dinner at night–what a blessing. After dinner we have a chance to take the dog for a walk, watch some tv, and wind down together before heading to bed. Now I have time to read a couple of chapters of Game of Thrones before I fall asleep because I’m not coming home at 11:00 completely exhausted. We can go hiking on the weekends before the season ends. Strange that having a normal life is kind of new and exciting for us….

Well, in the meantime, back to tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones. I’m borrowing the first season from a friend and limiting myself to one episode a night in the hope that I might be able to finish up the book before I get to the end of the season. I do so love a good surprise at the end of a book.

Till then!