I Taste Christmas In The Air


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It got cold this week here in AZ! The air has gotten quite nippy and I’ve been loving my sweaters and hoodies. My sister and I kinda convinced mom to ditch the traditional Thanksgiving this year, so we’re making up new traditions. We’ll probably put the tree up on Thursday! Beware, my Instagram followers!

(I’m very glad right now that I did not attempt NaNoWriMo this year. Very, very glad. I knew I needed this break but I didn’t know I REALLY needed this break.)

IMG_0442This past weekend I climbed into the attic to find Christmas lights to hang on the house with my sister–it was quite awkward crawling around on my four limbs and of course I had just put on my white Joker hoodie which promptly got very dusty–can you tell I think ahead? ;) First off, our attic is a disgraceful mess; very disorganized and junky. I, even I, who can live with a lot of messes, wanted to completely organize the whole space that minute. I spent way longer then needed trying to find the lights. But once I found them and some old stars and wreaths, the weekend improved.

IMG_0468Kayla and I had great fun seeing which lights still worked and Kayla made up a wreath! We trimmed the outside of the house with lights all by ourselves; the ladder kept wobbling and the nails kept bending but we took it all in humor and we laughed at the strange neighbors up the road who were arguing loudly at each other and we wondered if they could hear us laughing at them; it was just a great load of fun.

The lights have really brought the taste of Christmas into the air and I’m so excited to do more decorating/celebrating this year!! But, anyway, besides Christmas decorating, what else have I been doing?

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I finally finished Season Three of Doctor Who and moved on to Season Four. I know, I’m so behind right now.  But I saw Silence in The Library and it’s counterpart and it was quite good. Although, I did not click with River Song, which is annoying because she is going to be such a big character and I already know so much about her from Tumblr. But I did not connect with her at all. So hopefully that will be fixed in the future. But everything else about that two parter was very exciting and thrilling. I then, of course, saw that creepy bus episode Midnight with Colin Morgan right before I went to bed. If you’ve seen that one then you know what I’m talking about. I think that episode is rather underrated because it was very intense but I never hear anyone talk about it. Anyway, that’s where I stopped and I shall probably continue watching more later tonight.

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The only other interesting thing I’ve been doing is more exercise–or walking/running. The Walking Dead TV show has motivated me on tons of different levels, including the sobering thought that there is no way I could ever survive a zombie swarm because I don’t have the stamina I used to have when it comes to running. So, I finally downloaded Zombie, Run! 5K Training onto my iPod touch and have been going out listening to it. It’s kept me pretty motivated, which is great because I need to get into better shape all around AND THERE IS NO WAY I’M DIETING.

So, this has proved more effective to me than simply following a repetitive exercise workout at home. That bores me very very fast and I loose interest almost instantly, therefore not getting the proper exercise my body needs. Going out walking, though, and changing my route each time while my mind is involved with a ‘story’ keeps my interest. And I figured, hey, I should just start now and get into a habit of it before all the Christmas temptations start piling up. You know what I’m talkin’ about. ;)

Another great reason to make sure you can run? Fandom people, please look at this right now.

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Well, that is all I have to talk about now; I’m going to work on a Sherlock post, so you can keep your eyes peeled for it in the near future. That and a Thansgiving post for Thursday. :) Hope you all are doing well. I’m now off to go put on some Christmas music!!

~Jamie

Princess (and some other random pictures)


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Here is Princess Leia! Kayla says she looks like a kitten off of a calender. :)

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Princess has the sweetest face and her meow is close to a squeak (she was called Squeaker at the last home she had with her mommy.)

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Here I am with her, trying not to be an emotional mess.

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Here is one of the many action photos I shot this morning at about seven i the monring. She was being easily amused by that twig and was jumping all over the porch with it.

Here are a few more photos to hold you over till I shoot some more.

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And impromptu  Christmas picture by Dad; Nathan closed his eyes. I like my Mickey sweater…

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Kayla doing one of her Star Wars puzzles.

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Nathan in his new Jango Fett bounty hunter costume. Kayla got this for him for Christmas. He LOVES Jango Fett; please don’t ask me why. I’ve got no idea.

It was a wonderful Christmas!!

~Jamie

Gifts from Above


I was really blessed this year; I received many nice gifts, of which I will take pictures of and hopefully will share tomorrow.

Probably fifty percent of my gifts was Star Wars related: I got a Chewbacca ornament, a Chewbacca action figure (I’m a big Chewie fan, in case you were wondering), about a million Star Wars collector cards (old and new). I got a Captain America action figure, and Captain America Stickers. Mom and Dad bought a bunch of movies for us that had been cleaned of bad words or gore or sex scenes, including Iron Man 1 and 2, Terminator, X-Men, Transformers, Braveheart, the Patriot, Thor, Captain America, Die-Hard, Indiana Jones and maybe another film I can’t remember. I even got a old Woody doll, which was really cute.

But the best was still to come.

At the end of opening all our presents, Mom handed me a little box. Inside was an ornament with a picture of a kitten in it. A slip of paper told me that a kitten was waiting for me at Dad’s shop. We all scrambled for the car and at the shop Daddy handed me an eight week old, grey, tabby kitten; all for me. It was a little girl with the widest eyes.

I’d had a kitten on my list but I really hadn’t expected to get one. But as I held the little bundle of fur, my emotions got the best of me and I started crying. I held her so tight and just cried. I was so happy; I’ve been tearing up randomly all day since. We brought her home to live in our backyard. She has a box with a blanket, several toys she just loves, and me to love and take care of her. I’ve gone outside a million times to visit her. She’s explored the whole backyard and Patience has made sure it’s known she is still boss.

I couldn’t think of many names, but I kept thinking of Princess Leia, my heroine of the year. My kitten is now named Princess. Mom says that Princess will go with me to my home when I get married and Dad said that we don’t need to fix her, so when she grows up she can have kittens.

She is the best gift I’ve ever received, the only gift to drive me to tears. I wasn’t even this happy when I got my laptop.

Pictures of Princess to come tomorrow.

Thank you, Jesus, for all the gifts you’ve given me this year and this Christmas but especially for Princess. She’s the most precious thing ever; the first animal to actually belong to me. I’m looking forward to see her grow up with me.

~Jamie