Going home for the holidays…

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.



The books on a person’s personal bookshelf say a lot about them (or the magazines, or lack of books likewise). One rainy afternoon recently I was inspecting the books in the shelves of the cherry wood cabinet in my bedroom at my family’s house, and well, had make a revelation out of it. This cabinet is very special to me as it was passed down from my maternal grandmother, and I have tried to only put my favorite books in its lower shelf. It doesn’t get used much, only once or twice a year when I return home and its shelves mostly display my childhood awards and nick-knacks, most of them ballerina snow globes or figurines, jewelry boxes, teddy bears dressed out in costume array, and other trinkets. I was looking for children’s books for inspiration to write my own (my most recent creative scheme), and I knew my beloved Angelina Ballerina book was there somewhere. She was my favorite story book character when I was young, and my Mom likes to tell the story of how I would cry if we went to the library and all the Angelina Ballerina books were checked out.

I think one’s books give pretty accurate insight into the type of person they are, or have been. I find it quite interesting what my books say about me. I’ll let you see for yourself. This sounds so corny, but I’m going to keep on with my licentious ruminations until I have finished compiling this list.

  • A Collection of Classical Ballet Variations
  • Dance Writing Shorthand for Classical Ballet
  • To Dance, To Live
  • The Dancer’s Survival Manual
  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • New York City Ballet Workout
  • Angelina Ballerina
  • The Dancer’s Body Book
  • The Dancer’s Foot Book
  • How Thin People Think
  • Classical Ballet Terms Dictionary: Cecchetti
  • Cecchetti Method of Ballet books level 2-5
  • The Manual, Cecchetti Method of Ballet
  • 101 Stories of Great Ballets
  • Ballet Shoes
  • Anna Pavlova: Genius of the Dance
  • Portraits: Dancing Through Fire
  • Pilates Handbook
  • Words Can Describe
  • In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan
  • Jane Austin’s The History of England by a partial, prejudiced & ignorant Historian
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Scottish Histories’ Mary Queen of Scots
  • The Roots of Desire
  • Lonely Planet’s Europe on a Shoestring
  • Cecchetti Method Examination certificates
  • 3 magazine holders full of Pointe Magazine from 1999
  • Dance Magazines
  • Journals, composition books
  • Decorative Beading
  • Train Your Brain
  • The Sugar Solution Cookbook
  • Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2005
  • World’s Healthiest Foods
  • C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity
  • Jana’s Journal
  • Touch Points for Students, God’s Answers for Your Daily Needs
  • Joy & Strength devotional
  • Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
  • I Kissed Dating Goodbye, also by J. Harris
  • Sex, Love, &Romance (don’t get any ideas. It’s by A Beka Book)
  • Every Young Woman’s Battle
  • The Confident Woman
  • Peace Like a River
  • The Key to Zion, from
    Thoene’s The Zion Chronicles
  • The Assignment, Mark Andrew Olsen
  • J.R.R.’s entire The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • More Love to Thee, Elizabeth Prentiss
  • Stepping Heavenward, E. Prentiss
  • The Known World
  • Anne of Green Gables, Anne of the Island
  • Gideon’s Gift
  • SSLC Year book 2003/2004 and 2004/2005
  • Collection of State quarters I never finished
  • Psalms

So there it is! I think you should have a rough idea of what my interests are by now. Good thing I didn’t have any of my English literature and History books for university up there!