Never not be having fun!

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I will post this video on people’s FB pages for their birthdays now.

Well, it’s been an eventful week. I won’t go into terrible detail, but I’ll give you the highlights.

Last Wednesday night, I decided to go to Best Buy to buy Marvel’s Thor on Blu-Ray. I hadn’t seen it before, and, since the midnight premiere for The Avengers was the next night, I figured it was time for me to watch it. As it turned out, all of the Marvel movies were on sale, so I went ahead and bought The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 as well to complete my Marvel/Avengers collection.

Despite the fact that I bought Thor for myself, I ended up going over to Lexi’s house to watch it with her. She has it on Blu-Ray 3D, and she has the capable Blu-Ray player and TV and glasses to allow 3D viewing. Unfortunately, one of the pairs of glasses were out of batteries, so we didn’t watch it in 3D, but the few minutes that I did see in 3D were pretty awesome. I definitely wouldn’t mind having a 3D Blu-Ray Player/TV of my own!

As for the movie, I really enjoyed it. It was definitely different than the other Marvel movies being that it’s topic was considerably more “supernatural”; lots of it takes place on a distant planet. I was glad to finally see it!

The next day, after classes had gotten out, I went and picked up our tickets for the midnight showing later that night so that we could skip the line whenever we showed up later. I then stopped by Target to see if I could find an Avengers shirt that I liked to wear to the midnight premiere, but they didn’t have any, so I went to jcpenney instead, which had LOTS of great choices…I ended up buying two! Very cool.

I ended up going to the theater at about 10ish or so, meeting up with Lexi and her sister Bekka, who had arrived at about 8 and saved Andrew and me seats. Andrew showed up a little bit later because of a meeting he had with his fraternity. When midnight rolled around, I made sure to call Granna for her birthday before the pre-movie trailers started, which was cool because she was definitely surprised!

After I wished her a happy birthday, I turned off my phone and returned to the theater just in time for the trailers. The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus…so many great movies coming out this summer! I can’t wait!

And now, The Avengers. THE AVENGERS. I can say the following with complete conviction: I’ve never had so much fun watching a movie as I did while watching The Avengers. It managed to throw humor, action, and quality acting together to make one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. EVERYONE should see this movie. Really, if you haven’t already, you should go see it. The score by Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Captain America: The First Avenger) was fantastic as well…the track “The Avengers” is now my ringtone!

I only had a couple of classes the next day, and they were pretty evenly spaced out throughout the day, so it wasn’t anything that I couldn’t handle, even on limited sleep. However, once I was done for the day, I went back to the room and crashed. I slept from 4 to 6:45, at which point I shaved and got semi-dressed up for a musical audition at 7. The audition was for next fall’s musical, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, and my audition went well, but, after I had told the director that I’m a Goin’ Band section leader next fall, he told me that there would be no possible way for me to do the show. Oh well!

I came straight back to the room and proceeded to sleep some more, this time until about 10:30 or 10:45ish. I woke up, played video games for a few hours, surfed the Internet some, and then went to bed at 4ish or something.

Get this – the next day, I was in bed until 7pm. I know, crazy, right?! There was nothing pressing that I had to do or attend, and I didn’t feel like doing much else, so I just stayed in bed all day. I woke up several times throughout the morning and afternoon, but I officially woke at 5, staying in bed for another couple of hours, playing games on my phone.

When I finally got out of bed, I grabbed dinner and wasted away in the room. I returned to the comics that I had downloaded onto my iPad last summer, reading some Spider-Man, Fantastic 4, Iron Man, and the first issue of The Avengers. Good stuff.

I again went to bed at 4, but I was up early enough to make it to church in the morning. I came back to the room after church, changing into some more relaxed clothes and eating a quick lunch before heading back out and meeting Lexi at the movie theater for round 2 of The Avengers! It was actually Lexi’s third time to see it…her goal was to see it 4 times opening weekend; she ended up seeing it for the fourth time on Monday! It was just as good the second time, and I’ll be honest…I plan on seeing it at least once more in theaters. I’ve got to see it in IMAX 3D back home!

Later Sunday evening, I went to the University Bands’ concert at the music building, which was lots of fun. I went to last year’s concert as well. Though the University Bands are comprised of mostly non-music majors or music majors playing secondary instruments, their end-of-the-year concerts are lots of fun because they typically feature movie music, which, as you all know, is my favorite!

The better of the two bands was the first to perform. They played a piece about/for/in memory of Rosa Parks, which was probably my favorite of the ones they played (Rachel, my co-section leader, had a solo or two! She sounded great!). The first band also played some music from a few video games and an Eric Whitacre piece and music from John Williams’ score for Far and Away. They were really good, though! The second band wasn’t as good, but their program was still fun. They played music from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Star Wars, as well as something else that I don’t remember. Still lots of fun, though!

That night, I did my music theory final exam review that was due in class the next day, which was really easy. Then I hit the hay!

We’re almost caught up…hang in there!

Monday was pretty simple. Theory was spent going over the review, and all we did in woodwind methods was turn in our instruments and notebooks. I got an A in the class, so I don’t have to take the final that would have been next Tuesday, which is a relief…I get to go home a day earlier now! We had our final music history lecture, which was interesting, but it wasn’t exactly what I had hoped it would be; last spring, our teacher ended the year by bringing his accordion to class and playing for us, which was awesome! Oh well. I really enjoyed this iteration of the music history class; after the final on Saturday, I’m done with undergraduate music history classes! Hooray! My only other classes that day were band and piano, which were pretty standard. Done with those too (minus my piano final on Friday)!

Monday evening was spent typing out my 4-page paper for my science class that was due today. It was really pretty easy; it had to be about anything in the field of biology that interested us, so I wrote about stem cell research. Michael J. Fox first introduced me to stem cells in his memoirs. As you should know, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and since has become an advocate for funding further stem cell research.

Stem cell research is also really controversial, but only one area: embryonic stem cell research. This involves taking an embryo five days after an egg has been fertilized, called a blastocyst at this stage. The debate is whether or not an embryo this early in development can be considered “living” or not. My personal opinion? Yes, they are living at this point, so they should not be used for stem cell research.

HOWEVER, there are lots of stem cells are thrown away for no reason, and I think that they should be taken advantage of. No matter your moral stance on embryonic stem cells, the fact of the matter is that further research into this area may eventually provide the key to curing diseases previously though incurable, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson’s disease. I need to look further into this area so that I can form a better opinion. I encourage all of you to look into this and other issues of political debate…this stuff matters.

Anyway, I finished my paper and eventually went to bed. My science class was my only real class today, so I woke up and went to class at 9:30, turned in my paper, listened to a brief lecture, and then returned to the room. Back in the room, I finished up my Powerpoint presentation for my movie project that I’ve been working on for the past month, the conclusions of which we presented in our final lab today. It went well.

Our last horn studio for the semester was at 5. I practiced on my horn for a while after it was over, and then I came back to the room and just messed around. I balanced my checkbook, I listened to music, I read some of my book, etc. When Andrew got off work, we walked to Chipotle for dinner, and then I just did more of the same thing. Exciting, huh?

Now, I’m about to hit the hay. I have no obligations tomorrow until 1 in the afternoon, at which point I’m meeting with my accompanist and my horn lesson teacher to practice my jury piece for a while, after which I will be meeting with my friend John (who directed CCBB last year) for lunch. I haven’t seen him in a while, so it’ll be great to see him! Later in the evening, I have my final voice performance lab that I have to sing at at 5:30, and then I am heading over to Lexi’s house for a game night with her and one of her friends, which should also be lots of fun.

Less than a week until I’m home!

Welp, I know it’s been more than a week since my last post, but this is my longest post in quite a while, so I hope it was worth the wait. Goodnight!

Chad

P.S. – Want a good place to read more about stem cell research? Click HERE for the source that I used to write my paper. Do it!

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So Long, Farewell

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Today was our last day in Alabama. =/

I’m really going to miss it here. I feel that I’ve gotten a lot closer to my aunt, uncle, and cousins since the vacation my brother and I took with them over the summer to Florida on a Disney cruise, especially to my uncle; I’ve already explained that. But I think I also got a lot closer to my cousin Summer. We got along really well; I made sure to spend time with her and do some things that she wanted to do, such as play Just Dance 2 for the first time (which I really enjoyed and did pretty well on). All yesterday evening we were messing around with each other, teasing and such, and just having a great time together. I think it was good that I made it a point to spend time with her because I haven’t always been the greatest about doing that with her in the past, since my younger cousin Carson likes me so much. We used to play with each other almost nonstop just because he was so attached to me, and I think that Summer felt a little left out at times. So yeah. I did a good thing, I think. I also got a bit closer to my aunt this time around because we share a common gift: we both got iPads for Christmas. I helped her figure some things out, dress it out in accessories, and we even played on them a bit together; we’ll be playing Words with Friends often, I can tell…I’m gonna miss them so much. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we next see them, since they don’t live so far away anymore. Maybe this summer? We’ll see.

Anyway, today I slept until 11:15ish. I went downstairs, had a couple of bowls of Fruit Loops, fixed a cup of coffee, and then joined in playing “Bananagrams” with my grandma, my aunt, my dad, my uncle, and Carson; it’s a sort of Scrabble-like game, but here’s how it works: you have a big pile of letter tiles lying face-down in the center. Everyone grabs 11 tiles to start with. Someone says “split” and everyone flips their tiles right-side-up and proceeds to form their own crossword. Once you form all 11 of your starter tiles into a crossword with valid words, you say “peel” and everyone, including you, draws a tile from the center. If you have a tile that you just can’t play, you return it face-down to the center, say “dump”, and draw three tiles. The goal is to use all of the tiles on the board; once the pile in the center runs out, the first person to use all of their tiles shouts “Bananas!” and wins the game. It gets really fun; I might have to go buy it for myself for party occasions. It’s a blast, and we spent more of the day playing that than anything else.

After a while, at around 5:15 or so, my mom, dad, aunt, and I left for Kohl’s again to exchange a couple of shirts that my aunt had bought for my stocking (a Bob Marley shirt and a Beatles Apple logo shirt (that I honestly already have anyway) because they were a size too small, but the store ended up not having larger sizes of the same shirt, so I got two new ones: a new Beatles shirt that simply has the logo on it and a Star Wars shirt that has a grid with different characters in different colorful squares. It worked out well, and they’re both really cool shirts; great additions to my pop culture shirt collection. From Kohl’s we went to Pizza Hut to pick up the pizzas my uncle had ordered by phone. Taking them home, we all ate it together at the kitchen table. I don’t ever eat from Pizza Hut, but this pizza was pretty good. I liked it a lot.

On the subject of pizza, I’ve been toying with the idea of quitting pizza in 2011. Crazy, I know, but I really do have a pizza problem; during my junior and senior years of high school, I’d get pizza for lunch nearly every day in the cafeteria, and now, in college, Andrew and I will order it three times every two weeks, with the gaps often filled with me buying Sbarro in the Student Union Building. It’s pathetic. Yes, I enjoy it, but yes, it’s also a problem. Despite the fact that I quit soda for the purpose of drinking healthier drinks and losing weight, I don’t think I’ve lost any weight at all; in fact, I think I’ve gained just a few. No “Freshman 15” just yet. Maybe I should do anything so radical as to quit cold turkey like I did with soda. It might be a good idea to simply limit my pizza intake to once every two weeks or a month or something. We’ll see; it’s something I’ll have to discuss with Andrew.

I may also try eating fruit every day, though that could get expensive. We’ll see about that, too.

Following our pizza dinner, my grandma insisted she take a few pictures of my cousins, brother, and I to put in a picture frame she got. After that, which only took a few minutes, Summer brought down the Wii from the game room and had it hooked up in the living room. After a few moments of lazy digesting, I joined her in playing Just Dance 2 for a while. Both cousins played, Blake joined in this time, and my mom even played it a bit! Fun stuff. I was still winning most of the time tonight. ūüėČ

After playing that for a while (I have no idea for how long), I joined my mom, my grandma, Blake, Summer, and Carson in more Bananagrams. A few games in, I got an email notification via my iPhone, and guess what? TELLTALE GAMES RESET MY ACCOUNT PASSWORD. Do you know what that means? I PLAYED BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE GAME FOR THE FIRST TIME. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

OHMYGOSH I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW


And what a great game it is. It’s not like a lot of video games you might see out in the world; for one, this is only part one of five; the next four will be released one at a time, once a month for the next four months. It’s not an action-type game, but instead a game where you search around for clues, talk to people (with several different choices of what to say or ask each person), and analyze situations. It’s really creative how they did it. Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as Doc Brown (<3), but, other than by allowing his likeness to be used in the game, Michael J. Fox was completely uninvolved, which may seem as a surprise once you hear Marty in the game: it sounds just like him. The voice actor's name is AJ Locascio or something like that (I don't wanna look it up), and he does a great job as Marty. I don't know how far through the first part I am, but I'll consider typing out a full review of it once I finish.

On the subject of Back to the Future, I received the 25th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-Ray for Christmas (the gift I told my parents that if I got it they wouldn't need to get me anything else, and I was serious). I haven't done anything with it other than put the free digital copies of all three films on my computer, which I need to fix when I get the chance at home. I am literally going to sit down and watch through all of the special features I can get my hands on; I'm SO EXCITED.

Anyway, this post ended up being a lot longer than I expected, though I actually typed it out pretty quickly. Now, it's time for bed; we are planning on waking up at 7 in the morning, with plans to leave as soon as possible so we can get home earlier in the day, which will be nice.

See you all back in Mesquite!

Chad

P.S. – You'd be surprised how addicting it can be to play with these little magnetic balls:

Cube.


Snowflake.


Erm...Thing.

Waiting on the Moon.

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…that sorta sounds like a band name. “Waiting on the Moon”…I like it. Somebody get on that.

 

More things happened today than yesterday. I woke up at 10 this morning, and around noon my mom, brother, and I joined my dad (who was at work) for lunch at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza in Richardson. This trip to Gatti’s was much better than Andrew and my trip before we came home because the food was actually fresh; we were eating lunch this time at an acceptable time for people to eat lunch (not 3:30). The food was good, as was the cinnamon dessert they have that I love so much (that the Lubbock one didn’t have any of…grrr).

 

After we finished eating, Dad went back to work and the rest of us went home. Blake wrapped his girlfriend’s Christmas gift and spent the day at her house, and my mom and I, after I took a short nap (only about half an hour or less), went Christmas shopping, finishing up finding gifts for a couple of people. We were at this for a long while, and we got Starbucks at Target (they have a small outlet there); this time I tried the white chocolate mocha. It was decent. I still liked the caramel macchiato more, though, I think. The last half of the day was spent looking for a copy of A Christmas Story (which I have yet to see), but we couldn’t find it at Best Buy, Target, Walgreens, or Wal-Mart…on DVD OR Blu-Ray. A bit ridiculous. There was PLENTY of A Charlie Brown Christmas, though. I’ll find it eventually.

 

While driving around, I found a Queen song that I had come across before but had completely forgotten about, called “Thank God It’s Christmas”. Here it is, for your listening pleasure:

 

When I got home, I played some more Star Wars Battlefront II, but a bit differently this time…I installed it on my PC instead of playing it on my XBox again. I had bought it for PC a couple of years ago, before I got my new PC after graduation, so it didn’t work so well. My new PC, however, was MADE ¬†for gaming, so it runs beautifully; I just have to get used to the different controls and then I shall kick some butt.

 

Since about 12:30am, I, along with the rest of the Western hemisphere, have been keeping up with the lunar eclipse. It’s a pretty cool thing to experience, however slow it may be. My dad whipped out the binoculars, as well as the video camera and my mom’s quality digital camera, and we checked up on it for a long while until it was fully covered, as it still is; I believe it will start appearing again in about twenty minutes. I’ll probably try and watch some of it, though my mom really doesn’t want me to…we’ll see.

 

At the moment, I’m watching Jurassic Park III, which is better than Jurassic Park: The Lost World (which isn’t saying much considering the fact that the Lost World was completely terrible). None beat the original though; that ‘s the truth in the cases of most film series. The books are fantastic, though. Michael Crichton is the author of the original books, as well as the creator of the TV show ER and several other good science fiction books; he’s my favorite author. Timeline was the first one I read by him: I highly recommend it. I’ve read 7 or 8 of his books, and there’s still plenty more. I need to get on top of those.

 

Speaking of reading, I think I’m going to read Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol again. I don’t remember if I mentioned that last night or not…oh well. I’ll have good opportunity to read it during the car ride to Alabama this week; that’s where my aunt and uncle live, where we’re celebrating Christmas this year.

 

My dad’s asleep in the armchair. /expected

 

I would like to take the time to point out that Twitter is not equivalent to Facebook. Twitter is a place where you can post updates every five minutes (or more often than that) without scorn; nobody bats an eye because that’s what it ‘s intended for. However, Facebook is NOT ¬†for ten updates a day…Facebook is for less frequent posting. I’m not aiming this at anyone in particular because we’ve all been guilty of Facebook spamming at one point or another, including myself, but there’s just a point when, once your statuses and Facebook activity fill up all of your friends’ news feeds, that you should chill out and stop it. Get a Twitter! I’d enjoy having more friends on Twitter. (As always, here’s a link just to remind you where my Twitter page is :))
@Chadadada

 

Awkward male enhancement commercials in the middle of the night are awkward. (Also, DIABEETUS)

(DISCLAIMER – I have no problem with people who have diabetes, nor am I making fun of the disease; I am simply making fun of the way this guy says it in the commercial)

 

No set plans for tomorrow. I’ve been invited to go see TRON in IMAX with friends at around 7; we’ll see how things turn out. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing TRON, despite the fact that it has a “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a critic review site that I generally trust pretty fully. Anyway, my grandparents are leaving for Alabama in a few hours. Pray they have a safe trip, please.

 

Now my dad is snoring in his recliner. /alsoexpected

 

You know, one thing I have to give all of the Jurassic Park movies is that the special effects for the dinosaurs are super well-done. I’m not saying that they look completely real (how could they? It’s a film), but they look great. Very well-done.

 

Velociraptors are terrifying.

 

That’s pretty much all I have for now. The moon should be starting to appear now, and I may watch a bit, but I’m definitely gonna hit the hay soon. Goodnight, everyone. Sleep well!

 

Chad

 

P.S. – For you all, I have a time lapse video of the lunar eclipse from March 3, 2007. Enjoy.

Some words are not words.

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So don’t use them.

I first woke up this morning at 7:30 (that’s when I had set my first alarm), but none of my family was awake, so, after grabbing my cat and bringing him to my bed, I went back to sleep for another half-hour or so; my cat was still lying next to me when I woke up, and he was still there when we left for church as well. I love my cat.

We left for church around 8:45 or so (we needed to be there early since I was singing), stopping for donuts on the way out. We always stop at the same donut store, and, as I was told, the lady who runs the store has been asking where I’ve been. So, when I walked in today, she said, “You come home!” It was amusing. I got a cinnamon twist (cinnamon rocks) and a small bottle of Sunny D (which also rocks).

When we got to the church, the singing went well. It was a little rough because guys’ voices aren’t meant to sing before 11 in the morning (at least, mine isn’t), but I did a decent job of it, and the people in my grandparents’ Sunday school class were just glad that I was there to sing for them (it was my third time to do so). After singing, I went back to the normal service I go to with my brother, where they were still singing worship music, including God-themed Christmas songs, which was great. I LOVE singing Christmas music, and the God-centered ones are the best. Brother Jimmy had a really good message today about Joseph and how important he was, though he was an “invisible man” (the title of the message), and how we should strive to be the kind of man he was: a man who followed God’s orders without question, a man who was able to be trusted by God.

After service, I met up with my Sunday school class and my good friend James. We sat and talked for a while before we started Bible study, which, honestly, I wish I hadn’t stayed for. Forgive me for saying this, but our Sunday school teacher is a terrible teacher; you can tell that he really has a passion for God and for His word, which I respect a lot, but he’s just no good at teaching it, and I feel bad for him. I think that the college Sunday school class would have a higher attendance rate if we had a better teacher. Who knows? Maybe this guy will improve with time. I sure hope so.

I ate at Chili’s with my parents and grandparents for lunch after church (YUM…QUESO <3) and got the usual, and fun times were had by all. When we had finished, we all went home, and I fell asleep on the way back; I was pretty tired. Upon arriving at home, I went to my room, flopped down on my bed, and took a four hour nap. It was a good one. During this time, my parents were out Christmas shopping, and, once I woke up, Seth called and asked me to come over to hang out and watch a movie, which I happily agreed to. I picked up some McDonald’s (including a caramel mocha) on the way over. We watched the results for Survivor (a thoroughly stupid show that I don’t usually watch) and played a little Star Wars Battlefront II (he creamed me) before Andrew (yes, my roommate) showed up, when we decided to watch a Muppet Christmas Carol. Surprisingly enough, I don’t believe I had seen it before. I think it was good, but it would have been better without the songs. I thought that all of the non-singing parts of the film were fantastic, and Michael Caine as Scrooge was perfect; he’s an incredible actor.

I left his house a little after midnight, bringing me to the position I am now: lying on my bed watching TV while typing my daily blog post. I started with Family Guy (big surprise there; did you notice that yesterday was the only day, I think, I didn’t mention Family Guy at all?), and now I’m watching Avatar. I love this movie. Lame, I know, but I can’t help it; yes, I realize that it’s just Pocahontas in space, and that the script and acting suck, but it’s just a good movie with a good message, and it’s awesome to look at. I really like it. Also, it has great music by James Horner, which is a plus. Here’s one of the best songs off the soundtrack; it’s just a feel-good kinda song:

Jake’s First Flight

Tomorrow’s plans are in the open; there’s a chance I may eat lunch with Andrew and our friend Arielle, who graduated two years ahead of us (but we’re really close to her), at Chili’s once again, as is tradition, but, other than that, I’m not sure I have any other plans outside of what my mom may have me do at home.

Speaking of future plans, there’s a concert that is touring around the country that stops in Lubbock (for some reason) at the end of February, and MercyMe is one of the main groups performing; I’m pretty sure I’m gonna get tickets and go, unless something comes up that I can’t avoid, like the A&M Quidditch tournament that’s either at the end of February or start of March. I’m actually really excited for it; I don’t go to concerts often, and the only ones I HAVE been to were either free (which I don’t count) or were groups that were popular in the 1970s (Three Dog Night and the Eagles, both of which were excellent). ¬†Hopefully I get to go.

Anyway, I’m off to bed. It’s a bit late. Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

P.S. Here’s another one of my favorite songs from a film score – How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell:

Test Drive

P.P.S. – This makes 1001 words.

Mini-Wheats and French Toast

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I’m gonna type this pretty quickly since I really want to go to church in the morning. I haven’t been in a few weeks due to lack of sleep (I blame football!). Honestly, I have no excuse. I actually love going to church. It’s not that it’s something I find to be a chore or anything like that.¬†I very well could have gone last week, but decided a few extra hours of sleep would be more beneficial. In reality, an hour and a half of God would have been better than anything for me, which is why I am going tomorrow for sure. I can’t get in the habit of not going to church, not matter what excuses I might try to present.

Let It Snow РMichael Bublé

So, today. Since I went to bed at 4am last night (which was justified considering 2 is generally my “you better get in bed NOW” cutoff and I had taken a two and a half hour nap earlier), I didn’t officially wake up until about 1-1:15 or so (that’s in the afternoon, by the way). My bed was super comfy when I woke up, so I had that inner conflict between getting out of bed to take a much-needed restroom break or staying in bed where it was warm and comfortable. The urge to use the restroom won the battle though, so no worries there.

Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte

I wonder if I dreamed while I slept last night. I’m sure I did, but I don’t remember a bit of it. I sure I wish I remembered it though. There are very few dreams I’ve had in my life that were vivid enough for me to remember them when I wake up, but even then I only remember bits and pieces. I think that dreams are the coolest things ever, especially lucid ones. For those who don’t know, a lucid dream is a dream in which you are aware that you are dreaming, meaning that you are capable of controlling what you experience. You can fly, you can breathe underwater, you can do ANYTHING you want. It’s something that I’ve never gotten the hang of, though. There are methods that are supposed to aid in achieving lucid dreams. For example, if you are gifted at recalling dreams after you’ve awoken, you have a better chance of dreaming lucid., which is why it’s recommended to keep a dream journal if you’re interested in lucid dreaming. Another method is through reality checks; if you look at a watch or a clock in a dream, look away, and then look back. if the time has changed randomly/radically, you’re dreaming. You can also flip a light switch in your dream (light levels don’t generally change in dreams) or look in a mirror (dream reflections are often blurred, distorted, frightening, or incorrect). I suppose I just need more practice in order to get the hang of this, as with anything else. I’ll work on it.

Christmas Time is Here – The Blenders

Anyway, after I woke up and got dressed, Andrew and I sat around in the room snacking on cereal (Frosted Mini-Wheats!) and watching Family Guy via Netflix (we’ve been watching through the entire show all semester). After a while, my computer had a couple of issues (no viruses or real problems, so no worries), so we switched to watching SNL. Around 6, we went out to eat at Cracker Barrel with Tessa and Jenny. I got my usual Cracker Barrel dinner, or breakfast, I suppose I should say: Momma’s French Toast Breakfast, with maple syrup, eggs over medium, and bacon. With a biscuit on the side. Yum yum yum. Good stuff for sure, and pretty cheap as well, considering the amount of food I got.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Barry Manilow/K. T. Oslin

Then I had to drop Andrew off at an initiation dinner thing for his fraternity; everyone congratulate him because he’s now an official active member of Chi Ro! After I dropped him off, Tessa, Jenny, and I swung by my room, grabbed my computer and all of the attachments I needed, headed over to their room (you see, we’ve got a 19-inch TV; they have about 4 times that), and we watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (yay!) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit (super yay!). I love Who Framed Roger Rabbit; it’s yet another example of why Robert Zemeckis is my favorite film director, why Christopher Lloyd is my favorite actor, and why I think Alan Silvestri is such a good composer (though still not as good as John Williams). If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely worth it. Netflix it or something.

Do You Hear What I Hear? – Johnny Mathis

Speaking of Netflix, GET IT. It’s one of the most worthwhile things I’ve ever spent money on. For ten bucks a month, you get unlimited DVD rentals (one at a time, but you can get a new one every three days if you do it right) and unlimited Internet streaming through your computer, your XBox, your Blu-Ray player, your iPhone, your iPad, WHATEVER. If it connects to the Internet, I wouldn’t be surprised if it has Netflix capabilities. It’s really great for testing out movies that you don’t necessarily want to shell out the money for, or even for testing out movies BEFORE you buy them, just to make sure they’re worth the money. Netflix really is great; you wouldn’t be sorry if you invested in it.

O Holy Night – Josh Groban

After watching movies, we sat and talked for a while. Right before we started Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Tessa’s old friend from colorguard had joined us (Callie, with a possibly different spelling), so she was involved in the conversation as well. Not that we talked about anything in particular; we just sat on the beds and talked about this or that while I waited on Andrew to finish up with initiation. It was fun times. I enjoy Tessa and Jenny’s company, and Callie was a nice addition as well.

Last Christmas – Taylor Swift (eh)

Then, I got a HeyTell message from Andrew (it’s a cross-platform phone application that acts as a walkie-talkie so that you can send voice messages to each other; check it out!) notifying me of his return to the room, so Callie and I walked back to Wall/Gates (she lives in Wall, I live in Gates, so we walked back to avoid walking along so late in the cold). Then I got ready for bed, put on my favorite Christmas station from home (103.7 LITE FM, The Christmas Station!), re-stationed my computer from my backpack to my desk, and began typing this blog, informing you all of what songs were playing in between each paragraph. Hope you caught on to that.

Here Comes Santa Claus – Elvis Presley

Now, it’s time for bed, and I’ve got church in the morning. Yay Jesus! Anyway, my bed looks pretty comfortable, and Andrew’s already snoring (no surprise there), so I’m off to bed. Goodnight, everyone.

Chad

P.S. – Isn’t God wonderful?

P.P.S. – The Twelve Days of Christmas – Straight No Chaser ‚̧