Sunday, December 24, 2006

Holiday Time

The holiday is right around the corner now, and I'm all set for it! I've been set for a few weeks, actually. It's been a nice feeling, too. I haven't been stressed out this year! I'm glad, because usually when I am stressed, I tend to get sick. And then I'd be really miserable for the holidays, and I wouldn't want to do anything but lay in bed and sleep all day. So I'm sooooo happy I'm not stressed, and I'm not sick!

I am making a couple pies today, and a banana bread. Let's not get too excited here...the pies are in boxes in the freezer, purchased by my mom. I am making them today so that all we have to do is reheat them for dessert tomorrow night. The banana bread will be from scratch though! My apartment will smell yummy again. I made 6 dozen cookies on Friday afternoon, and it smelled like a bakery in here. I will do it again today!

We are having Christmas dinner at Mandy's house this year. I'm quite excited about it, since it'll be a different location than my parents' house, and we are having a fish-themed dinner. It should be a nice afternoon tomorrow, and I look forward to it!

The only thing that is not getting me totally in the Christmas mood is the lack of snow. And cold weather, for that matter. We are getting snow, though......the day after Christmas. Grrrrr!!

Well I guess I'm off to get dressed and bake! Have a Happy Holiday!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Stuff

The holidays are fast approaching, and I feel so prepared this year. It's nice to be basically done shopping, and halfway done wrapping gifts. I don't feel stressed out this year. Well ok, I'm a little stressed out, but it's not over holiday stuff! I wish I could be so ready for Christmas like this every year, but somehow I don't think it'll happen.

The heat issue with my house has been resolved, I guess. The new tenant hasn't said anything about freezing since last Wednesday, when my dad came over and played around with all the tubes and vents dealing with the heating system. We shut off a few vents in my apartment so more heat would push up the tubes into the apartment upstairs. I've also been keeping the heat high, around 69, so it'll be warmer. I also had to "let go" and not worry about the heating bill. There is nothing I can do about it, so I can't let it stress me out!

One of my best friends is coming home this week from Thursday until Sunday. She is bringing her son, my godson. She's also bringing the new boyfriend. I was really furious when I found out he was coming, too. But vented to several people, and now I also must "let go" of my anger. There is nothing I can do about it. There is nothing I can say to her to make her realize she shouldn't be with another person right now. She won't listen, so I won't bother. I will just enjoy seeing her, and her son, since it's been quite awhile since the last time I saw her. I can't be stressed about this either.

I do have a great de-stresser, and her name is Hailey. She brings me joy every time I see her, or even if I just hear her on the phone while talking to Mandy. I have felt love for children before, but not like this. I am just so crazy about her! I hope I still feel the same way when she is a teenager. Hopefully she won't be wild and crazy, or defiant. But we have a looooong way to go until then. lol

I will end this by asking for a prayer for my father. He is going through so many health issues right now, and I wish I could just take it all away for him. I just pray for strength and healing, that whatever he may face, he will not give up and not back down. I love him so very much.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Battle of the Heat

I am happy that my mom has found someone to move in upstairs. For the most part, he has been a good housemate so far, in the almost week he's been here. He's hardly here, first of all. And when he is here, he's pretty darn quiet.

The past few days, he's been telling me he's freezing. So I turn the heat up a couple numbers. But he's still freezing. Another notch or two, and then he tells me it's much better. This morning, he knocks on my door, and tells me he's still freezing. And the heat has been on the same 67 degrees that I had the day before, when he wasn't freezing. I am frustrated, because I'm HOT. I never thought I'd say that in the winter, but it's true. I'm not sure if it's really something wrong with the heating system, or if he just wants it to feel like it does back home in Virginia. I did get a little miffed when he came down in a tshirt saying he was cold. I mean come on! Hopefully the heating issue will be fixed soon. I've already told my mom that the heating bill here is going to be atrocious. UGH!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Sadness

Tonight I found out that a girl I used to talk to over the summer has passed away. I "met" her through the PHA's message boards, and chat rooms, in the middle of the summer. She was a sweet and happy person despite not feeling well all the time. She was going to be married about a month and a half after I started talking to her, and she was so excited! She was also going to be put on a new medicine to help her PH symptoms, that happened about a week before she walked down the aisle. I only knew her for a handful of months, but I truly considered her a friend, or PHriends as we PHers like to call each other. She died peacefully in her sleep last night, and as much as I am saddened by this news, to have lost another PHriend to this awful disease, I know she is now breathing peacefully forever. Rest in peace, my dear Phriend. Your strength and determination to fight this disease will never be forgotten.

Busyness

Quite a bit has been going on in the past week. I'll break it down, not necessarily all in order:

I have a housemate, finally. He came to see the apartment the day before Thanksgiving, and he moved in this past Thursday. He's a nice man, and is pretty much gone most of the day. My biggest discovery tonight is that I'm gonna have to start turning up the heat more. While I'm fine with the heat being on 63 for the most part, he told me tonight he was freezing. So I turned it up to 66, and I'm roasting. lol At least I can keep the heat down all day when he's not here. I'll just turn it up when I hear him come home. And hopefully I'll be home to do so. lol

A friend of mine who I tutor with online was here last weekend to visit! She came with her husband, and they stayed at the new hotel casino. I got to hang out with her most of day on Saturday. We went to a quite village, had lunch and walked around to see some of the shops. The weather was insanely gorgeous for this time of year, it was the perfect weekend for them to visit! Later that night, we went out for a few drinks. It was so good to finally meet her after tutoring with her for several years! Hopefully some day I can go visit her in Staten Island. That would be cool!

I found out about a vendor sale going on at one of the schools in my city. It was a school I always knew about, but didn't exactly know where it was. And I think that was the biggest reason for a small turnout today, that not too many people know where the school is located! But at least I tried! I brought all my jewelry and my tealight lamps, set everything out, and hoped for the best for the 4 hours the sale was going on. I sold 2 tealight lamps and an illusion necklace set. Not too bad, but I wish there would have been more people. Oh well, at least I have more money than I started out with.

I ran into the mother of an old grade school friend a couple weeks ago. I hadn't seen her since her daughter died a few years ago. I think of Veronica all the time, and how guilty I still feel for not going to visit her the last couple years of her life. It got too hard to see her, not able to talk, not really able to laugh, or smile. I still don't know exactly what she died of, but it was a mix of like Parkinson's and a couple other crippling diseases. It began in 8th grade. I visited her quite often with several other friends over the years, but the last couple were just so hard. It's no excuse, and I ask her to forgive me all the time. She was a beautiful person, and a wonderful soul. Her mother told me she'd love to see me when I asked if I might be able to come visit her some time. I'd love to do that, I think talking about Veronica would help me and her.

I have one more Christmas gift to buy, and that's for my Dad. I'm just getting him a gift certificate to Sears, since he said he'd like one. Fine by me! lol I got about 90% of my Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving this year. I don't know why I'm so on the ball. But at least it's done! Now I should be wrapping, hopefully I'll start doing that soon so I can put gifts under my tree, even though they aren't for me. lol

I guess that's it for now. I know other things have been going on, but it's now time for bed. Can't type when you're falling asleep. lol