Tuesday, December 27, 2005

So for the past week or so my siblings and I have been off and on playing Monopoly. Come on, you know how that goes. It seems like a simply grand idea, then about half an hour into it, you realize the game is never going to end and it's just not fun and it SUCKS. For the first time ever, on Saturday, Alex and I finished a game of Monopoly. It took us four hours. Even winning was not worth it. It sucked. To quote Dane Cook,

"I used to play monopoly. Everybody did. Nobody liked it. Even if you think you liked the game - you didn't. And it's simple, why, cause this is anybody here two and a half hours into a game of monopoly --- 'Fuck this game. It's four in the morning grandma, YOU WIN. I'm sitting on Baltic with crap. I'm paying luxury tax up the ass. and I hate when you're the banker. Where'd you get the pink fifties you cheating whore - don't fucking touch me grandpa, nana is a cheating whore!'"

And so on. Anyway, after being endlessly bored with actually playing the game, today my siblings and I got the brilliant idea of creating our own Monopoly. Oh yeah, that's right, Parkopoly. Which, we all agreed, would undoubtedly be much more fun than the real Monopoly.

We bought a poster board at Eckerd, and then created the whole game. Each of the railroads is one of the cars we own. Luxury tax is alcohol money, income tax is car insurance, and so on. Board spaces are all different; one is my room, one is Alex's (and etc), and much more. Jail is Lana's cage. Community Chest & Chances include such specialties as "Hit Dale's Car, pay $500" and "Grounded, Lose a turn" and "Got a Job, get $100". Oh yeah. You wish you were me.

It's going to be a good 6-7 hours of family bonding fun tomorrow.

Moving onward to January 5th, at Hartwood Acres there is a "Fun Run Through the Lights". For $5 per student or $15 per family, you can jog through the lights at Hartwood. It's all for charity and I do believe Dan, Alex and I will be doing it. Lose some calories! Come join!

Lastly, Mark was the closest guess to how many cookies I made. Actually, he was the only guess. I made 20 dozen cookies. So, go to his site, and tell him he is awesome and stuff. Congrats, Mark!

That's about it. I hope you all are having a fabulous winter break.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Every single time I try to shop online at Dick's Sporting Goods, I always go to www.Dicks.com. And that's definitely not Dick's Sporting Goods' website. Thank god there's the disclaimer there. If that hadn't stopped me, would probably hurt my campaign for the presidency in 2024. It would be all over the tabloids.

But who knows, maybe that is presidentially acceptable now? Maybe George W. is a porn addict. It's a free country and whatnot.

Moving on to more exciting things, Dan was visiting www.weather.com one day. One of the sidebar links offered a free screensaver. Dan clicked on it.

It was a download from a winery (Redwood Creek: click on The Fireside, Click on Open, and then Fireplace Screensaver). It has a fireplace on it, and it's really quite pleasant.

All last week, we decided we wanted to sit by the fire and drink. So we'd turn off the lights, set up his laptop, and sit by the fire. Lame, yes. Creative, I think so. It was cute. It's the only fireplace we have available to us.

Today I spent my entire day baking cookies. Peanut butter, Sugar, Chocolate chip, chocolate chip with walnuts, Shakespeare's Oatmeal Raisin, Snickerdoodle, and the peanut butter things with Hershey Kisses inside of them. Whoever guesses how many cookies I made, wins a prize. (They are pictured above)

Nate had to draw a cartoon in his Sunday School class, displaying his own version of Jesus' birth. I tried to scan it, but our scanner doesn't really work. This thing is hilarious.

Scene 1 & 2 is an angel flying.

Scene 3: Angel: Don't be afraid!

Scene 4: Mary: This can't be! I'm a virgin!

Scene 5: (Mary and Joseph?) Following a map

Scene 6: Mary & Joseph: A baby! Woohoo!

And that's how it went. I thought it was funny.

It's finally feeling like Christmas, now that I'm home. And I'm so very lucky to have everything that I do and to have the family that I have. We've got a lot to be thankful for, and a lot of reasons to remember that we are really very blessed.

For a lot of my friends and for a lot of others, this will be a difficult week. Be strong, have faith, and keep up your spirit. Persevere, laugh, and keep on the best you can. As stated by Marian Wright Edelman, "You're not obligated to win. You're obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day." And if you need anything, anything, don't hesitate to get ahold of me at any time.

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder/president of the Children's Defense Fund.

Enjoy being home everyone!

Wednesday, December 07, 2005