Monthly Archives: December 2017

New Year

The New Year can mean a fresh start, some much needed change, or a continuation of success and happiness. No doubt this new year will bring some changes in my life. I just pray that they are good changes.

Moment of Zen: Star Wars

I went and saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi yesterday. Surprisingly, it was not just a rehash of other Star Wars. It had a pretty original story and was quite good. Nothing that was like “OMG Wow! I’ve got to see that again,” but it was good. I will say this, it’s very long. With previews and all, it clocks in at almost three hours. Overall, it was enjoyable.

Star Wars

I’m going to see the new Star Wars movie today. I’m more of a Star Trek fan than a Star Wars fan, but I still enjoy seeing the Star Wars movies. I’m hoping that this one will be good. I haven’t heard much about it, so I’ll form my own opinion after I see it. At least it gets me away from family for a couple of hours.


For most of the time I’ve been home, I’ve had a headache. I’m having to get used to the Central Time Zone again, which kind of has everything upside down. Nights are the worst because I want to go to bed so early. Mornings are better because I don’t sleep as late. The weather is vastly different too. Plus there is the added stress of family. All of that together gives me one massive headache. I’ve been staying with my parents, but on Friday I will go to my house and visit more with my cats, Edith and Lucy. I look forward to spending time with them and with my aunt. Hopefully, that will reduce my stress and alleviate my headache.

Humorous Hump Day

It’s Almost Over

Thank God, it’s almost over. I have to survive this morning’s breakfast and then they will be gone. They meaning my sister’s family. They have two wonderful children, who I love dearly; however, the inequity in how they treat the boy and girl is more than I can stand. Nothing my nephew does gets him into any real trouble, but everything my niece does gets her yelled at. She’s a normal 10 year old with ADHD, and her parents don’t make sure she takes her medicine. So when she doesn’t take her medicine and is hyper, she gets yelled at. My sister went ballistic yesterday because my niece spilled the punch I’d given her. This is just one example. I get very frustrated at the way they treat my sweet little niece, but I’m not allowed to say anything. It’s so very frustrating. Thankfully, they will leave after breakfast in the morning and things will return to something like normal around here.

I always get down here and wish I wasn’t here for the whole week, but I love being with family (most of them) at Christmas and I love New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is special in our family for its traditions, and I’d hate to miss it. I know if I get the job in Chicago, I won’t have the luxury of staying a whole week. Maybe next year, I’ll just come for New Year’s Day.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope each of you has a wonderful day. ‘It’s the season to be jolly. I know a lot of us are with family, and that can be rather tiring, especially if you aren’t out. The best thing to do is to make the best of the situation. Enjoy the fellowship, ignore the snide remarks or questions, and open your presents with glee. I’m staying mostly with my parents this holiday, and they constantly argue with one another. I’ve learned just to tune them out and focus on what I have to be joyful and thankful for in this life. Merry Christmas!

The Meaning of Christmas

Luke 2

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.

16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.

17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.

18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.

20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Moment of Zen: Merry Christmas

Back to Alabama

I’m headed back to Alabama today for Christmas and New Year’s. Thankfully the museum is closed during this time and I only had to take three vacation days. I look forward to seeing my family. They drive me crazy at times but I still love them and miss them. One of the drawbacks to possibly getting the job in Chicago is that I won’t get to see them for the full length of the holiday season anymore, but we all have to make sacrifices. By the way, still no word from Chicago.

I’ll be in the friendly skies when this posts. My plane left at 5:45 this morning, but that means I will reach Montgomery around 11.