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December 26th, 2007


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01:31 pm - My Christmas (and a link to an interesting journal I found)
Overall, I had a good Christmas, despite the fact that I stayed in L.A. and didn't get to visit my hometown or see my family over the holiday, and that most of my "chosen family" friends were out of town this year.


The day started, predictably, when my cell phone rang at 7am. My siblings, ringing me up early in the tradition that I began back when I was quite young (kids in our house not being allowed up before 6:30 am on Christmas Day, I made sure we got things ready before the parents were up, and the tradition continues). Which was lovely, and made me feel close to them.

The morning was spent with my roommate E., one of her female friends, and our backyard neighbor J. (who is really quite a cool guy; unfortunately for E. or myself, he is both gay and taken *g*) Christmas breakfast was sausage and gravy on biscuits (not the sweet kind, my non-American friends), plus fancy coffee, and it was delicious.

During this time, I got a text message from my brother W., whom I had bought a "random" present, since he refused to give me a list of things he wanted: a Fifth Doctor adventure on DVD. He's not a fan (yet), but the text read: "I approve. *g*"

And there were presents opened, and then the guests left for a while (to return for dinner later), and E. and I opened the rest of our presents that were under the tree, mostly from family.

Then I called my family and talked to everybody, including my paternal grandmother; about an hour and a half worth of conversation. It was lovely to speak to them (one of my sisters was so excited she could barely talk straight; and everybody seemed to love the presents I'd sent, which made me happy), but it also made me a bit homesick.

Then I hopped in the car and drove down into Orange County to visit kalquessa and her hubby mathphilebill, and their families. Apart from a bit of nerves due to being around many people whom I did not know, I had much fun, especially since kalquessa's in-laws are all geeks, and will discuss SG-1, Doctor Who, Numb3rs, etc, at the drop of a hat. :-) In fact, since I had brought the loan of Numb3rs season 3 to them, we watched the first 2 episodes together, which was delightful and full of random commentary (and sadness over Don's really-too-short hair that season).

I drove home to the rockin' music of a mix CD put together for me by feliciakw, of songs used on Supernatural. I really think "Carry On My Wayward Son" (Kansas) is my new favorite song, and "Fight the Good Fight" (Triumph) is right behind it.

Then I was so tired from my Christmas that I slept through my alarm and was 40 minutes late to work. *facepalm*



Aw, people were very good to me this year.

From my roommate amandajpowderly: a bathrobe and slippers, concessions to the fact that my bedroom is upstairs but the bathroom I'm assigned in our household is downstairs. :-)

From E.: notecards, a pencil, and very pretty dangly earrings of a pale gray stone.

From my parents: a wall mirror for my bedroom, so I can still get dressed and do my makeup if both bathrooms are full. Also, a lovely framed version of a particular prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas.

From my brother W.: The City of God and The Confessions, both by St. Augustine of Hippo. I've been meaning to read these for years, and now I own them, and may do so at my leisure.

From my brother T.: A beautiful hardcover collector's edition of The Hobbit.

From my brother P.: CSI season 2 on DVD! *dances* I'd never be able to excuse this purchase myself, so having it gifted to me was very exciting. This season holds several of my all-time favorite episodes ("Altar Boys" being among them).

From my two sisters old enough to give gifts (I didn't really expect anything from the 4-year-old, you know): two pairs of earrings, one gold and brown, the other gold and greenish-blue glass. Both of which I will be wearing soon (in fact, I wore the brown ones yesterday).

From feliciakw I got a lovely, lovely brown sweater (made in Bali? is that right?), which is going to look amazing on me. Thank you so, so much! And, of course, the Dean's Tunes cd mix, as well.

From tammy: a pretty snowflake LJ gift. You can see it on my profile!

From kalquessa a CD of choral music. I didn't bring the CD into work with me, so I'll have to edit this post to give the name of the composer and the singing group; but I'm going to love listening to it, I know already.

maevebran sent me an angelic card. Thank you, dear!

If I've forgotten any, please comment below so I can edit; I'm having craziness at work today, which is muddling my brains a little.


ETA: Sheesh. I left off one of the best gifts I received! The World of the Dark Crystal, by Brian Froud. My friend Dan gave me this, full of the artwork and concept designs for the film, and it's amazing! :-)

In other news, check out the LJ of billminus30. Especially if you're interested in the idea of time travel (heh). He's doing an interview meme right now, and I bet my flist could come up with some interesting questions to ask him. :-)
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 26th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
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Sorry we made you so tired you slept through your alarm. *laughs* We're enough to wear anyone out. It was so much fun having you, though! I hope you enjoy the CD, the composer's one of my favorites to sing and to listen to.

Also, I wikied Nothern Exposure, and I really want to see it now. Maybe I can add that to the Anderson Family Netflix Que.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 26th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
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My exposure to Northern Exposure was erratic, which meant it was a bit confusing. I think it's one that would definitely benefit from seeing it in order. But what I did see of it, I mostly liked. Certainly has lovely quirky memorable characters. I'm rather fond of Chris-in-the-morning.
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 27th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)

NX is love

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Northern Exposure (NX) is love. I did not fully appreciate it when it was in first run. I don't remember seeing any of the first season, and I only saw here and there of the second season, so I wasn't really involved with the characters come third season. As kerravonsen says, you really need to see the show from the beginning to get the full backstory of the characters and the premise of the show. It's extremely well written and well played; they just don't make shows like that anymore.

I've got several posts regarding my love of NX, if you're interested in such things.
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From:billminus30
Date:December 26th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Huh, I didn't think anyone would notice.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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It's LiveJournal. Weird people encounter one's journal; I have no idea how it happens, it just does. :-)
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From:jd3000
Date:December 26th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Sausage gravy over biscuits. Ahhh, it's been far, far too long, my lethal breakfast friend.

-JD
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From:kerravonsen
Date:December 27th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
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Christmas breakfast was sausage and gravy on biscuits (not the sweet kind, my non-American friends)

I'd been told that American "biscuits" are the equivalent of scones, but they aren't. One doesn't eat scones with gravy. And the one time I had American biscuits, they seemed also very salty to me.
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From:kalquessa
Date:December 27th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
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Yeah, scones are sweet, biscuits are salty. Buttery, actually. Lots of butter. Mmmm....butter.
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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
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What you said. Double-MMMMMmmmmmm..... *wants biscuits and gravy now*
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From:jd3000
Date:December 28th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Confound it, now I'm going to need to stop for sausage and biscuit dough on the way home and I really shouldn't eat...the savory...goodness...

-JD
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 27th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
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I really think "Carry On My Wayward Son" (Kansas) is my new favorite song, and "Fight the Good Fight" (Triumph) is right behind it.

Of the songs used as (recap) accompaniment on the show (as opposed to music that is actually "in" the show, like Dean's tape collection and stuff they hear on the radio), these two songs are the essence of SPN. I'm totally with you on the music love.

lovely brown sweater (made in Bali? is that right?),

Erm . . . I think it was made in Indonesia. Though it might have been Bali. It's hard to keep track of where everything in the store is from, 'cause it's from all over. :-)

And you're very welcome. :-)

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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
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Huh. "Fight the Good Fight" was used in one of their recaps? Well, that'd make sense; I listened to it once and was like VID NOW PLZ! :-) When did that recap air, which ep?

I need to check the tag on the sweater. Man, it's beautiful; I can't wait to wear it, and I put is away as soon as I opened it so the cats couldn't use it for a bed.
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From:feliciakw
Date:December 27th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
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*toddles off to check Supernatural.TV . . .

Will have to check the DVD to confirm (though you could check yourself, if you were so inclined, as it's a S1 song). I'm 90% sure that it was the recap music at the beginning of "Devil's Trap."

Good thinking about the sweater. :-) I'm sure kitties would love it. I'm glad you like it. If possible, I'd like to see piccies of how it looks on you. I saw it and said, "That would look great on Sarah."


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From:izhilzha
Date:December 27th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
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That sort of makes sense...I know I saw the beginning of "Salvation" (though not the entire episode at the time it aired) because I remember Pastor Jim dying; but I think I missed the opening of "Devil's Trap" (although again, I know I saw some of the episode.)

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