Friday, December 19, 2008

sigh of relief

finally, all four finals are done. i got three A's and one B, the B being in math, which i hate, so i'm pretty pleased. christmas shopping is over too, thank God. i must say i'm pretty bummed because i had originally planned to make all my gifts this year but then i realized i'd be short on time due to school and had absolutely no idea what to make the guys on my list, so i buckled and shopped. oh well, i think everyone will be pleased with their giftings and that's important to me.

i'm feeling very pleased about school at the moment. i did some calculating and determined that, if i continue taking 4 classes a semester and take two classes each summer term (four in all) that i will graduate spring of 2010. this is a much more specific 'end in sight' for me, so i'm excited. it would be fantastic if i could somehow cram more classes into my schedule and finish earlier but i'm not sure i could handle the stress.

tonight eric and i are going to That Fun Place, which is greenfield's version of chuck e cheese. that's right, we're playing ski-ball and eating pizza and if we're lucky we'll jump in the ball pit. we're such kids sometimes. tomorrow i'm going to my girlfriend allie's house to lunch on pizza and make homemade spa gifts to give to friends and family. i love that girl, we have the same heart in many ways.

next week is christmas! who knew? it creeps up so fast. i'm very excited for christmas eve where eric and i exchange gifts and my family watches movies and drinks holiday beverages and eats finger foods and plays games into the night. best part of the holiday season.

merry christmas, y'all!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

carry through

despite much stress, i am still more or less "happy." i'm enjoying colder weather and the friends it brings- warm beverages, baking, homemade candy, fingerless gloves, presents, craft time, etc. last week we had our annual christmas party at work, and when i got my present, i couldn't tell if it was candy or fake vomit. one of the doctors assured me it was homemade peanut brittle, even if laying the sheet candy flat on the floor looked 'suspicious'... last night was our church's christmas party. for the white elephant exchange, i gave away my copy of Sister Act on VHS that i watched incessantly when i was about 11 or so. i got a crystal chip n dip on a lazy susan that i gave to my mom that had been through a few rounds of re-gifting. it was a fair trade.
i've been taking some anxiety medication to help with the clenching of my jaw, and thank God for that, because if i wasnt i might start to buckle under the sobering realities that flock to my household. large ER bills, no insurance, dad still being out of work, mom's exhaustion, my (current) lack of money, etc... it is indeed "sobering," but my faith carries me through. i've always been a fan of living below my means and i am, in a sense, excited to find new ways to define that. i just hope my parents can share in that somehow.