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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Giant Outside My Window

Across the street from my apartment they are building a giant new apartment complex. It used to be a big empty field that we would cut through on our way to visit friends. They start banging their tools and such at the crack of dawn every day, and though I am a heavy sleeper and never hear them while I'm asleep, once I'm awake I can't hear anything but the banging and hammering and scraping. It sounds like there is a giant eating cereal outside my window. The scraping and clinking and crunching and banging sounds like it's Honey Bunches of Oats being mashed up inside a giant's mouth, like the crunching you hear in your own head when you're eating cereal but 100 times louder. I like the idea of having a giant outside my window much more than having construction. Giants are cooler.The construction really isn't annoying or anything. Every now and then I hear guys screaming at each other, trying to be heard over the noise of their machines, and their conversations travel all the way to my window. Unfortunately, I haven't heard anything juicy or exciting yet. Mostly just "No! NO! Don't put that there!" or "You have to turn that around!" "I can't turn it around!" or "HOW'S THAT?!?" Not very exciting, I know, but I keep hoping.

(The accompanying picture has nothing to do with this post except that it's of something GIANT. I couldn't help but post it :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!

The best things about Christmas:

  • Greetings and farewells containing "Merry Christmas!"
  • General goodwill amongst everyone
  • Bright lights on houses, trees, and even around campus
  • Snow
  • Snowmen
  • Snow angels
  • Snowball fights
  • Family parties
  • Santa hats
  • Fluffy slippers
  • Footie pajamas
  • Gift-giving
  • Gift-receiving
  • Siblings flying in for visits
  • Writing the letter to Santa
  • Movies (must watch list includes Muppet Christmas Carol, Elf, The Santa Clause, Christmas Carol with Albert Finney, Miracle of 34th Street (old or new or both!), Meet Me in St. Louis, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon and live-action), Jingle All the Way, Forgotten Carols, It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and It's a Wonderful Life - it's a long list, I know, so start now!)
  • Muppet Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve
  • The annual 12 Days of Christmas story book my mom puts together
  • The Hardy Family nativity, including squirmy angels, a zillion picture-snapping parents, my Dad narrating, caroling, and general happy memories
  • The stockings hung along the stairs in the living room
  • The lights at temple square
  • Hot chocolate
  • and last, and most importantly, Christ's birth, without which none of us would be able to return to live with our Heavenly Father.