Holiday Gift Wish List

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As the holiday season is practically here, I would like to take a moment to be completely selfish and write all about me and what I want.  After all, this is my blog...what's stopping me?  What I'm trying to say is that the second annual Headlines from my Head holiday gift list is here.  I've already submitted this to the gift-buyers, and with all the poking and prodding I've been doing, I expect good results.  Check out my list below:

  • MOST WANTED: Apple iPod Touch
  • Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii
  • Wii Zapper with Link's Crossbow Training for the Wii
  • Logitech ClearChat Comfort Headset
  • Sony LF-V30 LocationFree Base Station
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the Wii
  • Sony DRX840U 20x External Dual-Layer DVD Burner
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The Day After Thanksgiving

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Overall, Thanksgiving break was fun.  When my cousins came over with Zelda, Maddie went crazy and they started sniffing each other.  They weren't allowed to run around in the backyard because Zelda has hip problems that aren't conducive -- to say the least -- to running.  But they still had fun meeting each other, although they seemed to be fighting during dinner.  The adults maintained that it was just roughhousing, but I was concerned for both dogs' safety.  They didn't seem to know their own strength.

My sister and I went downstairs with our cousins to play the Wii.  We started with Wii Tennis.  Me and my younger cousin played against my older cousin and a computer player; my team won.  But then my sister joined my older cousin and they beat us.  Then we played Wii Baseball.  That got boring after three innings of no scoring, which I attribute to both my unstoppable pitching and my terrible timing at bat.  We then went on to play Wii Bowling.  I got a few strikes and spares, but the shocker of the night was that my younger cousin was either terrifically lucky or tremendously skilled.  She would pull back and release the ball, but she did it wrong and the ball proceeded to crawl down the lane slower than a tortoise.  Still, almost every time the ball hit the pins, she got a strike!  If it wasn't a strike, it was eight or nine pins, followed by a miss on the spare opportunity.

We then went upstairs for a while and joined the adults.  After a while, we went to the foyer outside our rooms where our desktop computers sat.  My sister and I had a fun time showing our cousins all the cool tricks we could do with our webcams, and my sister showed us a cool website that takes faces and puts them on elves' bodies and animates them in a dance.

We had a nice dinner featuring chicken and homemade mashed potatoes that my sister made, followed by pumpkin pie and apple pie for dessert.  After dinner, my cousins went downstairs to play Mario Party 8 on the Wii and I played my sister in ping-pong.  Eventually, it was time for my relatives to leave, but not before lots of hugs, kisses, and (for our dogs) profuse licking.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I had lunch with my grandmother yesterday. She called me at 9:30AM to ask if I wanted to come over; turns out my mom's side of the family was also joining her. My uncle said that while the drive down here was long (eight hours, though my youngest cousin said it felt like "forever"), it was very manageable. According to him, my cousins read books and watched DVDs during the ride, and Zelda slept in the back of the car on her portable bed. We had a nice lunch together, after which we inflated the air mattress that my mother bought for my grandmother. My cousins had fun lying on the mattress and adjusting the firmness. My grandmother needed it because my cousins were sleeping at her apartment with her and she only had one extra bed.

My family and I will be leaving at 6:00PM to go to my father's brother's house for our official Thanksgiving dinner. There will be several other people there in addition to the six of us, but I'm confident there will be enough turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie to go around. I say official dinner because as you know, we are having my mother's brother's family over tomorrow.

I'm going to be waking up early tomorrow, because at 11:38AM I'm hosting a server in my gaming league's first session. The game is expected to last up to two hours if everything goes as planned, so I will have little time between the game and my relatives' arrival. Luckily I received no homework over the Thanksgiving break, so I will have nothing of import to do during that time.

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Upcoming Thanksgiving Plans

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I couldn't be happier.  Because you see, Turkey Day has some of the best food all year long.  You've got turkey and gravy--the latter of which I love so much, I could drink with a straw.  And you've got pumpkin pie.  I once had six slices of pumpkin pie in one night.  My sister was contemplating making three pumpkin pies instead of the two we'd need for our party, and I said, "Go for it.  I'll have the third one myself."

But this Thanksgiving isn't just about giving thanks or eating a lot, it's also about seeing my mom's side of the family whom I haven't seen in forever.  My aunt and uncle, as well as their two children and their dog, live in Michigan, and I've only visited their current house a few times in my life.  Granted, I visited them at their old house several times as well, but either way I haven't had a chance to catch up with them recently.  Another positive is that their dog, Zelda, will finally get to meet her cousin Maddie.  I wonder if they'll tag-team to steal some Thanksgiving table scraps.  Maybe like a 50-50 split.  No, Maddie would definitely want at least 70%.

They will be joining us for a Friday night dinner, but on Thanksgiving itself my family and I will be joining our other aunt and uncle for dinner.  I did the math on the numbers at both dinners, and let's just say that if all goes well, I should be having a lot of turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie.

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Problems with the Driver's Ed Routine

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Seeing as I'm halfway done with my driver's ed classes, the time has come for me to start thinking about getting my learner's permit.  Initially, I had thought that the permit was actually the highest driving certification I could get before a full license.  That is wrong, however.  First I need the learner's permit, which is good for a year and enables me to complete the sixty hours of in-car practice required for my provisional license.  I must hold the permit for at least six months.  Unfortunately, in order to get my provisional license, I would need to wait at least half a year from now (remember: minimum six months) in order to use those sixty hours towards getting my provisional.

This means that from the time my class hours finish in late December, to the time I can submit my in-car hours, it will have been ... let me just pull up Google Calendar ... five months!  That's a long time, and I'm worried that my class hours, both in the classroom and in the car, won't count by that time.  For this reason, I am scrambling to find a weekend when I can go down to the Motor Vehicle Association to pick up the study materials for my permit test.  Then I need to find time to actually take the test.

It's funny; I always heard my friends talking about "getting their permit" and it made me so jealous.  But the way I'm going about this whole driving thing, I'll overlap permit and provisional license certification, so I'll have a higher level of qualification before the rest of my friends.  That's pretty much the only good thing about my whole "training routine!"

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