AirxLiban: Good luck on the GRE and applying to grad. school. I'm right there with you...I'm retaking the GMAT in about 3 weeks, and assuming I do well enough this time, it's on to biz. school applications, hopefully Seattle U. for my MBA, though Seattle Pacific U. would be perfectly fine as well.
Andz: Wow...that place looks great! I'd love to go down to CPT
one day. Enjoy the warm weather! I was in Melbourne 17 years ago for Christmas, it was like 85 degrees! For any Northern Hemisphere natives, you must spend at least one Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere...just for the vastly different weather!
Andersjt: I feel for you, buddy...wow. Hope all goes relatively well and that things work out for your sisters and their respective situations. Well, at least no one can bitch and moan to you that you didn't go home for Christmas this year. Sounds like the kids will be your savior this year. Enjoy your flights in UA
First! I am envious...should get a 777 on one or both of those legs I would think.
As for me, the festivities start tomorrow. I have to drop in to work for about 30-45 minutes as the banks are open, and I manage the cash. Basically, I have to reconcile everything, and I'm done. Work for me is in downtown Seattle, and on my way south to Oregon.
After work, it's on to my folks' place near Oregon City, Oregon, about 25 miles SE
. The latest plan is that just the four of us, Mom&Dad, myself and Sharon my sister will be together tomorrow. If he can get it, my Dad is going to pick up fresh, live dungeness crab for us for dinner tomorrow night! I love crab!
Tomorrow night (12/24) we'll probably have some holiday drinks and open our family gifts.
Christmas morning I'll open my stocking, to reveal the annual contents: an orange, shampoo, an Oregon lottery ticket worth nothing, a Hard Rock Cafe shot glass from somewhere (I collect those) probably some candy, and that's about it.
Breakfast. Big deal.
Saturday should be interesting. Normally, we have maybe 5-6 people total for Christmas festivities, this year we'll have 10 in all, which will include:
Sharon (my sister)
Sharon's boyfriend Joe
Joe's parents Patricia & Ray
Joe's brother Mike
We're having salmon for dinner, as that will most likely make everyone the happiest/least likely to bitch and moan. Joe's Mom Pat is making pies. Not sure what else we're having.
I'm somewhat nervous this year about the holidays, as I don't like big crowds, especially at family time. Here's my prediction:
Mom - she'll point out how much weight I've gained, criticize my choice of attire for the day, find something else to bitch about, and then tell me to get out of the kitchen after taking the desserts to the table.
Dad - he'll tell me all about his most recent trip to the rifle range, and the bullets he uses nowadays. Even more, he'll tell me how he made the bullets, how much powder he puts in each one and why, and how that affects the ballistic performance. After he exhausts that subject, he'll then move on to computers and tell me something I already knew, and once he's done with me, he'll talk to my Grandpa about the good 'ol days working at United and how things will never be the same and that I should be grateful for the job I have and to stop complaining about it, even though he has no idea what I do everyday and why I'm burned out.
Sharon - I see Sharon maybe once per year now. She'll spend maybe 5-10 minutes talking to me before she goes back to being with Joe and talking his brother Mike and their parents. Oh yeah, she'll criticize me too on my weight and choice of attire for the day, before moving on.
Joe - Joe's a great guy who's a great match for Sharon, and they went to high school together. I'm perfectly fine if they decide to marry. But, he's in the Airforce based in Lompoc, CA
, and then he's off to UK to do an assignment there. How long they stay together beyond next year or early '06 remains to be seen. Still, Joe's really an interesting guy that most people find very laid back and easy to talk with. As always, I'm looking forward to seeing Joe again.
Mike - I've never met Mike, but I'm interested in talking with him. He spent 7 years living in Berlin and studying, and loves Germany like I do. So, he and I will probably spend a lot of time talking about our beloved Deutschland and comparing notes. Probably a highlight of the day for me. Oh yeah, my Dad has German beer this year, another plus.
Pat & Ray: Joe's parents. I've met them once or twice now, can't say I really like them. Ray is negative and always moans about how things have really gone downhill for our country and there's no turning back. My time conversing him will be kept to a mininum. His wife Pat is an annoying busybody, and I will avoid interacting with her at all possible costs.
Grandparents: I get along with them, and look forward to seeing them. They've always believed in me and taken an interest in me, a lot more so than my sister. My Grandma will complain that Sharon never calls them, and then go on to talk about how things in England when she was young were so great (during the Depression and WWII, mind you) and that we're ungrateful and don't care about anything anymore. My grandfather will ask me how much I weigh now, how work is going, and then move on to talk about United Airlines with my Dad.
Sooooo.....yeah. Sure, I'll have another German beer, thanks!
Normally I like the holidays, but compared with younger years, it's really lost a lot of its luster.
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!