Since my brother couldn’t bring his Meinl Professional tabla set on the plane with him and his wife when they fly in for their holiday visit, he has had them shipped to my address. I have been anxious for them to arrive so that I can let him know that they have arrived safe and sound, so that he can relax and focus on other things that require his attention right now. Any day now I hope to have two very large packages by the garage that I can bring in, open, and inspect and immediately call my brother.
This will be the first year that they have had to fly in for Christmas. They moved over the summer out west to Arizona and we haven’t seen them since then. There was no way that they were not going to be with their families at Christmas time and we have a large group of family members that always play music during that time, my brother being the drummer. So if shipping those drums in order to hear our Christmas music as we have being accustomed to, so be it.
I grew up listening to a wide variety of music that my parents listened to. I just love You Tube. I’ve found so many wonderful music videos to listen to and watch while I’m online. Check out this wonderful piece by Luciano, Pavarotti and Sting, it’s awesome and for some reason I just can’t get enough of it today!
The Charlie Brown Christmas episode has always been my favorite animated Christmas special. I watch it every year with anyone who I can get to watch it with me! Growing up, I would often watch it every day until my video tape was nearly worn out. I’ve always loved the story (as well as Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang) and can’t imagine a Christmas without it.
These days, I always wait for it to come on direct television and then make sure that I don’t have any other plans the night it will be on. This year, I watched it with my boyfriend, who was a little amused by my great passion for it. He remembered watching it as a kid, too, and was excited to see it again — but my levels of excitement still far surpassed his.
We made a special dinner at home that night and sat down to watch the show with hot chocolate. As soon as the opening notes of the first song started to play, I immediately settled into my chair with a big smile. We watched as Charlie Brown directed the play, brought back the little Christmas tree, and as Linus got everyone to understand the true meaning of Christmas. It’s such a classic show and I can’t wait to have my own kids watch it someday.
Isn’t it wonderful to hear that there are still some old romantics in today’s so impersonal world. My brother and I spent over an hour online last night looking at jewelry vortex titanium rings that he plans on surprising his girlfriend with on Christmas Eve.
Since our family is so spread out we have been trying to keep everyone at their own home on Christmas day to enjoy and try and hook up with other friends and family a day or two before and/or after Christmas. I made my kid brother promise to have the whole thing video taped so that we can all see the look on her face and hopefully she will say YES!
After working for my company for 15 long, dedicated years, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally been promoted to a senior-level position. And with that fancy new title comes a pay-raise and a bonus! My wife and thrilled since we’ve been talking about taking a fun vacation to Washington here in the next few months now we can have an extra-amazing time!
I think we’re also going to use some of the extra income to fund a project we’ve long-since desired to take on home redesign. We have this playroom in the basement that we kept for the kids when they were younger, but now that they’re all in high-school they rarely go down there since it’s pretty adolescent, what with all the old toys and things. We’re thinking of making it feel more like a nice living room extension, a lounge of sorts for them to hang out with their friends on. We’re hoping we can pull this project off as a surprise! The first step: go to homeproimprovement.com and get inspired. Then, we break ground!