- Sad the snow melted before we got to make a snowman (and snow woman)
- Made “world’s worst cookies” with sister in brother’s house.
- Brother’s bachelor pad reeks.
- Practicing country line dancing in the living room.
- Want to go swing dancing so badly!!! need a partner in Albuquerque. Any takers?
- All cats are felines.
- Magellan the cat is basically a girl – “Maggie”.
- Decorated Christmas cookies with the fam: NASA shuttles, Carl’s Jr. star, bio-hazard signs, “she-tree”, alien Santa, angel Frankenstein, “ghost of Christmas past”, three peas in a pod…all in sugar icing!
- Moved on to decorate all the graham crackers in the house and still had multi-colored icing left over!
- Too much sugar makes me feel ba-humbug.
- Teased my brother’s girlfriend too much.
- Brother’s g.f. might hate his sisters now. whoops.
- Disappointed that the old ladies I taught pilates to are fiercer and more fit than me!
- celebrating my “little brother’s” 21st birthday!!!
- being the d.d.
- Home in NM for two days and I’ve got my fill of red chili, green chili, tortillas, posole, and SNOW!!
- First year I beat Caleb and Elizabeth home for Christmas!
- 6 inches of snow this morning!
- Happy birthday Dad! note to self: stay out of the cake.
- Glad I got a hike up the mountain in before the snow.
- Home for two days and haven’t got out of my sweats or pajamas.
- 12 inches of snow and still coming down!
- Cooking up a storm with mom in the kitchen…
- 16 inches of snow and it’s still coming down!
- Maybe ‘trucking’ up to the post office a mile away in 2 feet of snow wasn’t the best idea…
- Trying to ignore all the songs about mistletoe, “baby it’s cold outside”, “all I want for Christmas is you”…
- Ba-humbug – being single for another Christmas.
- “Single men are like waffles, single women are like spaghetti”…unfortunately I feel more like a waffle.
- Remembering the Christ in Christmas.
- In love with a beautiful Savior.
- Romance me, Jesus!
- Love the glow of Christmas lights under the snow on the deck.
- Love the smell of wood burning stoves.
- Love hot chocolate.
- Hot chocolate doesn’t count as calories, right??
- Giving the cat a bath…if you hear screams from the bathroom it’s alright.
HA! for my ‘sugar addiction detox’. at least I’m only eating sweets now when I go out or am at other people’s houses, not baking cookies “for friends” (ya right. nice excuse) and eating them alone in my kitchen bemoaning my ‘loneliness’… but I don’t have to dwell in those feelings for long -and definitely not feed them. I have a lot of friends, I am so lucky…I just have to call the ones who, like me are still single to hang out rather than bemoan all my girl friends ‘lost’ to boyfriends, fiancées and husbands… one day that will be me and my friends will be missing me hopefully, if they’re not all already married… Anyway –
On to the holidays… I’m going home tomorrow morning, I mean in 7 hours. Yep. I don’t know why I’m writing like it’s a special event or something – I go home every Christmas. I guess this one I’m expecting to be extra special because I’m going home early and have a whole week to spend with mom before Caleb and Elizabeth are done with finals. This will be the first year that I’m not the only kid who lives out of the house and is coming back home for the holidays. All three of us are coming ‘back home’ and will have hews to share about our semesters and catch up on each other’s lives. My younger brother Caleb is turning 21 and his girlfriend already has big plans for the celebrations, so I’m looking forward to that. I’m not looking forward to going to Nebraska after Christmas, but it will be good to see the Krumel side of the family. It’s just so cold and windy and frigid and flat…did I mention cold?? One of the things I always look forward to going home to NM is hiking in the mountain trails near our house. Maybe we’ll go skiing and horse-back riding too. I know Caleb will want to try out the snow board he built.
I am looking forward to lots of rest and relaxation – not that I haven’t already caught up on sleeping in – our family is making gifts this year, so I need to get a start on crocheting or sewing or beading or molding ceramics or whatever I decide to do. I’ll probably spend a lot of time in the shop. And doing Pilates too – it was my goal to do Pilates every day over the break from Thanksgiving to New Years. I have missed a few days, but I’ll keep going. Other than that, I hope to read a lot of books I’ve been wanting to read all semester, and maybe do some writing, and listen to lots of instrumental music and start formulating ideas to choreograph a piece for this spring. I’ll try to practice playing piano again, although I haven’t since last time I was home this summer. I will have lots of time to Skype and chat and talk on the phone (hint hint) to my friends, but Christmas tends to be quiet and centered around family.
I want to spend some quality time with the Lord too. I get so caught up in the business of the semester I often put Him last and that is not the way my time needs to be prioritized. Blessings, blessings to all my friends. God is good. Praise Him for his wonderful gift to man. And praise Him for all the people He places in our lives, wonderful and not-so-wonderful – He died to save all of them.