to atlanta and back

Sean and I got back last night from Atlanta. We went over there for the Christmas holidays so that we could spend time with his family, especially since his grandmother was in town for Christmas this year. It was wonderful to see his family again. I really enjoy spending time with his parents and his sister. Seeing his grandmother again was really nice, too, if a little taxing. Gram is a sweet soul who’s been through a lot this year. She lost her husband of about 50 years this year and, to say the least, it was a very hard loss for her. Her whole family is helping her get through it, but it’s still very hard. We made the most of having her around this Christmas, though, and still had a really wonderful time. It’s nice to be back home now, though. Our cats missed us (as witnessed by their constant attention last night and demanding spots on the bed to sleep with us last night) and I have to admit that it’s a wonderful feeling coming home to our house. Last night, Misty and Stephen came over for a few hours while I baked cookies and chatted and were excellent cookie testers for me as I baked yet another flaming assload of cookies.

Tonight, I get to go to my quilting class. I’m starting literally from scratch. I’ll pick out a pattern and fabric tonight and just start working on the quilt. I’m a little anxious about the class tonight, seeing as I’ve never quilted before, but at the same time I’m also really excited. This is going to be a fun time and I finally get to pull my sewing skills back out and flex them a bit. It’s definitely been a little while since I’ve sewn anything.

Tomorrow, I’ll start baking the ham and turkey early so that everything will be done by the time we have guests over at our house. Friends are gathering at our home tomorrow for dinner before heading to another house for gaming and overall goofiness (as per our usual gatherings). I’m quite excited about getting to see a lot of my friends again that I don’t get to spend a lot of time with otherwise. In the meantime, I have a turkey that needs brining back at home, so I’m off to pick up a few ingredients before going for a bit and then heading to my quilting class. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas/other various winter holiday!

something else to do

That’s it, I’ve done it. I’ve added something else to do in my already hectic life. Thankfully, I picked Christmas break to start, seeing as this way I can convince myself that I’ve got tons of time to work on my new hobby before next semester sneaks up behind me and gives me a boot to the head. On December 27, I’ve signed up to attend the UFO (UnFinished Objects) class at Lydia’s. Carol and Mary talked me into it by going, “Why, of course we have a machine to loan you and of course we’ll be able to help you pick out some fabrics for you to start a quilt on. No commitments whatsoever.” Riiiighhht. I’ve wanted to learn how to quilt for half of forever. Now, I’m actually going through with it. Chalk it up to temporary insanity. Carol’s husband has already volunteered to adopt Sean into the “Abandoned Husbands of Quilters” Society. I have a feeling that by the time I graduate this May, I’ll be completely addicted.

finished, and yet still running

Last night at 4:30pm, I left my last exam for the semester. I had started with my Fourier Analysis exam, which was absolute horror, and then I finished with my Computer Organization final, which was also absolute horror. My brain was fried. I could barely think hard enough to drive home last night. It took two hours before Sean could actually get me to smile at something. My exams were not easy this semester, but I can say one thing for them. They’re over. I get my life back for a few more weeks before I head back to school for the last semester I’ll ever take as an undergraduate in college.

So, what does everyone think I’m doing today? Taking a day off to rest and recuperate? Neh, resting’s for weenies. I got up this morning, went through my normal morning ritual and then headed to work. Man, talk about hitting the ground running. I didn’t even get a chance to log onto my computer until 10am and I got to work a little before 8am. Ahhh… But now, I can sit in front of my computer for a few more minutes and let my mind just veg for a second. After that, though, I get to log out of school mode and into work mode. Documentation’s got to be finished, polished and out the door with a deliverable by the end the month. We’ve still got a lot of work to do before that’s finished. *whew* Time to keep chugging away.

time for the holidays

It’s holiday time again. Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, however you want to name it. I think that this is one of my favorite times of the year. The world becomes quiet and although Alabama certainly doesn’t get blanketed with snow, we still get a blanket of calm and peace.

This past weekend Sean and I started to decorate the house for the holidays. Garland was hung outside with lights. We also hunted down a few more ornaments for our tree and almost finished our Christmas shopping (one more present to go!). The wreath will go up this weekend, along with, hopefully, a live Christmas tree. We’re going to go out hunting for one this weekend. It’ll be a pleasant way to take a break from studying for finals. Yes, I’m not quite done yet. Almost. My senior design class wrapped up on Tuesday night. I handed over the documentation for our project. The project was demo’ed with only a few problems (they were fixed, thankfully, before our instructor had to see it). Three more finals on Monday and Tuesday and school will be over. I’ll get a few weeks reprise to enjoy time with friends and family.

Last night was the SGA holiday party. It was nice to see SGA people outside of school, even if we were at UAH’s Lowe House. Little shop talk was spoken of. Instead, we were able to talk about finishing up classes and having time to go home for the holidays before heading back for another semester of school and SGA. December 14 is the office holiday party. Strangely enough, I actually enjoy going to these parties. I enjoy seeing coworkers and classmates outside of the normal places that I see them. It’s interesting to see the differences in how they interact when not in their usual situations.

Christmas this year will be spent with Sean’s family. We won’t be trying to drive back Christmas afternoon to spend it with two families. It just doesn’t work. Instead, we’ll celebrate Christmas with my family a few days early and then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with Sean’s family. Gram, Sean’s grandmother, will be there this year. That was why it was so important that we celebrate the holidays with them. I haven’t seen Gram since we went up to Seattle two summers ago. I look forward to seeing her again. Amy will be graduated by then, too. I’m sure she’ll be in high spirits about not having to go to school this spring. I don’t blame her.

It’s going to be a busy holiday season. I don’t think there’s a truly free weekend between now and the end of the year, but that doesn’t matter to me, because every weekend will be spent doing some activity that involves friends and family and that’s what matters most. Happy Holidays everyone.