Got a poorly timed throat cold that killed my voice just before I was supposed to sing with Holly last Sunday morning. But she sang by herself and did a beautiful job. (Stay tuned to hear her briefly sing as Ebony in SB: A World Of Shadows!)
Had a great Christmas Eve. Attended an 11pm quiet, traditional service that really facilitated my desire to focus in on the birth and incarnational nature of Jesus. Had tears in my eyes as I experienced the relief of the words "O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant". Was reminded that we can be joyful because God sent a rescuer for us and we can feel triumphant because our battle has been fought and won by Jesus. All the weight of striving we may feel is misplaced and can be given over to Jesus. A powerful truth for me right now that I'm grateful Yahweh brought to mind.
Made my traditional Christmas Eve dinner (described above) and it went well! In fact the leftovers were so popular I plan to make it all again once we're home so *I* can get the leftovers I'm used to having available! ;-)
Had fun opening presents and watching our boys open theirs. We got them a Wii this year, but here in PA we just had them open a controller and then use their Uncle's Wii for a bit. Over Thanksgiving they developed a love for the NES mario games and my parents will be giving them New Super Mario Bros Wii when we get home. So some nerdy fun awaits our family very soon!
Watched RIPD with some in-law guys and am considering recording a "phoned-in" review for it while I'm here. Wasn't a terrible movie. But so conventional, average and forgettable that it felt "phoned-in" in many ways.
Got on google+ for a couple hours with my parents and sisters on Christmas Day. My parents live near us in AZ, but we are all in different parts of the world right now (Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Missouri and Rawanda) with varying qualities of internet connection. Our conversation was about as shallow as it gets because of technical issues, but we haven't laughed so hard together in years. My parents were on a constant 10-second delay. (And no, they weren't the ones in Rawanda.) Count to ten right now and you can imagine how stupid and funny that experience was. Me and my sisters would ask them a question and then talk to each other while waiting for their response. It was like the classic "Who's On First" routine but on steroids sprinkled with crack.
Had a bunch of super-cheap but awesome stuff on my list this year (old blu rays, DS video games and trade paperback comics) so I'm swimming in nerdy fun. Already making plans for a fun-filled New Years Eve!
Didn't have the chance to pop in and say it before, but Merry Christmas, everybody! I'm grateful to have you in my life!