Monthly Archives: December 2008

Cozumel, here I come

I’m starting to allow myself to get excited about going on the cruise to Mexico. It has seemed so far away, that I just haven’t let myself think about it too much. I have such a good imagination (aka am so neurotic) that I have managed to think about all the things that could go wrong:
1. We could hit an iceberg, like the Titanic did (not too likely, since we’re in the Carribean).
2. We could get attacked by pirates (again, we’re nowhere near Somalia).
3. I could get motion sickness (this one is a distinct possibility, but I have my sea bands as well as patches to wear behind my ears. People say on ships this big seasickness is unlikely–but you never know!)
4. I could fall overboard and no one would notice (I’m hoping the walls are armpit high).
5. We could get delayed and miss our debarkation (possible, but not too likely, since the weather on that day is supposed to be pretty good).
6. People might not have a good time or find anything to do on the ship (a silly worry, since I’m not traveling with morons).
So now that I’ve put all that to rest, here is what I am looking forward to:
1. Going down the slide in the swimming pool.
2. Sitting in the hot tub where there are no kids allowed.
3. Getting all dressed up for dinner one night.
4. Seeing the shows.
5. Watching Mike do karaoke.
6. Seeing Mayan ruins in Costa Maya.
7. Going to a butterfly sanctuary in Cozumel.
8. Having a hot fudge sundae.
9. Walking with Liz on the track on the ship.
In short, I am getting excited.
I realized how lucky I am to be going when I was at the drug store over my lunch break today trying to decide which sunscreen to buy. It has been frigid, snowy, icy, rainy, foggy, and everything in between for the past week, and as I was trying to decide a woman came up behind me and said, “Oh, I am so jealous that you need to buy sunscreen! You must be going someplace warm!” And I thought, “I SHOULD start getting more excited. It’s 82 degrees in Cozumel!” I’m excited.

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Gender of Santa’s Reindeer

The headline drew me in: “Experts Debate Gender of Santa’s Reindeer.” I’ve looked at multiple Christmas cards today, and it really is impossible to tell the gender from the drawings–the reindeer are pretty bare where genitalia should be. Let’s look at the names; at first glance they are fairly gender neutral (except Rudolph, and he’s an add-on);
Dasher
Dancer
Prancer
Vixen
Comet
Cupid
Donder
Blitzen
The names were invented by one of two men–Clement Clarke Moore or Major Henry Livingston, although my bet is on Livingston. Either way, it was a man. In spite of that, it turns out that it is likely the reindeer are female, as this Texas A&M expert asserts:
“Santa’s reindeers were really females, most likely,” said Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer who cites the depictions of Santa’s helpers with antlers as the primary evidence. It turns out reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bulls typically shed their fuzzy protrusions before Christmas.”
I knew it! I’m leaving extra alfalfa!

Cookies with Paige and Lauren

Paige and Lauren came over for some cookie making–I think they may have ruined their shirts (a lot of frosting didn’t make it onto the cookies:

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My cool Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at my my house was pretty darn amazing! We ate pretty much the same things everybody else did (sorry, though, the pies were the best in the world, baked by Liz and Sarah). I don’t know how many people ate tofurkey, but ours was pretty awesome–we also consumed 2, yes count them 2 poor turketys–there were 27 of us. We did a lot of the same activities other people do, but I suspect some were fairly original.

For instance, Mike brought his equipment that records on plastic cups (care had to be taken not to drink out of records!) Over the course of a few days:
We had quartets and quintets.
We played multiple games of Boggle and Scrabble and a few of Mexican Train with dominoes
We took a trip to Battleground and went to the museum
We had a 5-inning whiffleball game at church
We consumed 2 packages of m and m’s, one very large container of red vines and 9 pies
Mike worked on assembling a tea-serving robot
Greg put the wires in the right places in our new tv
Noah and Soren watched a number of episodes of Spongebob Squarepants
We went to two movies that were both so bad they shall not be mentioned on this site
We consumed unfortunate amounts of Diet Coke and Sprite
Kerin fell down our stairs
Kerin’s mom, Timmy, washed dishes for more than an hour
Paul H. went running every day
I fixed multiple meals
Rachel played her clarinet in a Mozart quintet that sounded heavenly

It was a wonderful holiday and now I’m back to my real life. I have 5 loads of laundry to do and yesterday I had to call my cleaning lady to tell her my house was too messy for her to come! It was all worth it. I have such a wonderful family!