Every year on Christmas Eve we have a tradition that we follow. Around 5:00 we start off with crab legs for supper. After everything is cleaned up, we open our stockings. For the past few years dad has been in charge of the stocking stuffers and we have a little joke with it. He goes to the dollar store and picks up cheap little things and usually a few lotto tickets. A few examples of things people have gotten in recent years are:
- Small flashlight
- Packs of gum
- Car air fresheners
We always have fun laughing about what everyone gets, even though some of the things are pretty useful.
We then go to church for 8:00 mass. After church, we take a drive around town and look at some lights and luminaries. What are luminaries? Let me explain…on Christmas Eve a lot of people light candles inside of old milk jugs (or other types of containers) and line them up on the street in front of their house. Every year they look the same, but for some reason we always have to drive by.
Once we get home from church, everyone changes into something comfortable and we usually make a few drinks. Then it’s time to exhange gifts, which takes us about an hour and a half. By the time we get done with presents, dad will be falling asleep and Isaac and I will either be ready to play a new video game or watch a movie.
On Christmas day we always get together with the Tatros (Mom’s family) to eat, play cards, and enjoy the holiday. This year everyone is coming over to our house, so we have to be the entertainers. I suppose we’ll play some Texas Hold’em, since everyone has fallen in love with the game.
The day after Christmas (26th) is of course MY BIRTHDAY, but we’ve never really done anything special for it. It’s really not a big deal to me. I guess this year on the 27th we are heading over to Alpena to get together with Dad’s family and are having a poker tournament over there. It’ll be interesting to see how they run it, since all of the tournaments I’ve been in so far were run by me.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas with their families!
I was done working at noon today (the President of SVSU gave us a half day off) and now have 12 days of free vacation time. It’s one of the perks of working for a University.
I plan to spend my vacation:
- Playing poker with family and friends
- Going to the bar a few times
- Relaxing some more
- Working on my website
- Sleeping in everyday
- Watching college football and basketball
- And relaxing
The drive home today wasn’t bad at all. It rained about halfway and the roads were clear the whole way. There was barely any traffic too, which was suprising. I’ll post some pictures from the drive to the photoblog later when I hook up my computer.
I have a new cousin! My Uncle Mike (my dad’s youngest brother) and Aunt Ann had a baby boy Sunday, December 21st. They named him Benjamin John.
After all was said and done he weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces, stretched 23 inches, and had a head full of dark hair.
Someone get a basketball in his hands!
This year is like no other for me in terms of the holiday season. Usually I’m more concerned about me and what I’ll be getting for gifts instead of concentrating on everyone else. This year has been just the opposite. One thing you may have noticed is the title of this post. I didn’t call it Christmas Spirit because I’m more aware that some people don’t celebrate Christmas because of their religions, so instead they get to enjoy some time off work for the holidays.
I didn’t even really realize it until today, but my birthday is only a few days away! That should tell you something right there. I’ll be turning 24 so maybe this is all because I’m getting old…but I don’t think that is it. I bought presents for a lot of people this year, not just for my family. And the people I normally get presents for…they are going to enjoy what they get this year, I’m making sure of it. I can’t post what I bought yet since these people obviously haven’t received their gifts yet. Don’t want to give it away. 😉
Well, I guess I can name a few things. I got Mohamad a chrome Superman license plate cover. Hater and Casey each got 2 DVDs. For Hater I bought 2 SNL “Best Of” movies and for Casey I bought the movie Goonies and a Michael Jackson video compilation.
I haven’t been thinking at all about what I might be unwrapping on Christmas Eve. Instead, I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of my family when they open what I got them! I’m pretty excited. 🙂
I’ll be heading up north to RC tomorrow so I have a ton of stuff to get done tonight. I’ve already been pretty productive since leaving work. So far I’ve:
- Bought a few more presents.
- Picked up packages from the leasing office.
- Wrapped presents.
- Paid my bills.
- Did the dishes.
- Uploaded new photos to the photoblog.
- Packed up the laptop and poker chips.
- Added acronym tags to my entire website.
- Filled out a rebate form.
- Thought about how much I have yet to do!
I still have a lot to get done tonight so I better move onto the next task, which will be making dinner, cuz I’m starving!
Yesterday the Detroit Lions set the NFL record for consecutive road losses with their 24th in a row. I looked at the box score and they had a total of 106 yards on offense! These guys are supposed to be professions? The best in the world at playing football? I’ll continue to be a fan, but holy shit do they suck! I heard this joke on the radio this morning:
What do the Lions and an opposum have in common?
They both play dead at home and get killed on the road.
Kind of corny, but kind of funny too. At least we have the Red Wings to root for!
My entire website is now valid XHTML 1.1!
I just finished going through all of the code for the photoblog. It took quite awhile because there are sooo many files with the Gallery software and they are really spread out. I downloaded a program called NoteTab Pro to help me with some of the code replacement and it worked great. I’m sure I wasn’t using the program to it’s full potential, but it sure was helpful.
In the process of getting my photoblog to validate, I messed up a few portions of the design (nothing big), so now I have to fix those.
I’ve been blogging for a month now!
I spent the majority of the day modifying my pages to use valid XHTML 1.1 and to use tableless layouts. Everything is completed except for the photolog pages. I removed the tables from my design, but the Gallery software uses tables for a lot of the positioning, which I am not going to change. I will however be attempting to modify the code to be valid XHTML 1.1 like all of my other pages.
By getting rid of all the tables and using standardized code, it helps to speed up my site because the file sizes are smaller without all the unnecessary code and markup. CSS is very powerful for adding style to your pages and I’ll be using more and more of it now that I know what it can do. One of the cool things that I did when making all of these changes was add a little “spark” to my main menu. The old menu didn’t change colors or anything…it was pretty boring.
If you find any of my pages are not using valid XHTML 1.1, yell at me!