Christmas Shopping Has Begun

Today, one of my brothers went Christmas shopping. There are 4 lists that have been made: mine, my sister’s, my niece’s, and my nephew’s. Oh, there’s a fifth one, my brother-in-law’s. But, my brother is shopping for me, our sister, niece and nephew today.

So, hopefully if he can find stuff for everyone to give everyone else in the family, I will be done shopping for four people, and will be shopping for 1 or two more people, another brother and my brother-in-law.

The brother that went shopping for everyone, usually gets several presents, and we all decide what we want to give everyone, and pay him for the presents. Which is nice. I don’t necessarily have to actually go out to find gifts for some of my family members.

I might also get something for my cats this Christmas, as well. They are part of the family, and deserve something every once in a while.

I am actually looking forward to the holidays this year. The last couple of years, I wasn’t too into it like I was before, because of a family thing. But this year, I am doing better and really looking forward to Christmas. I can’t wait to see my family, and hopefully friends as well.

I already shopped for my dad a couple weeks ago, ordering him a Stephen King book. I got him a present already because he has a clipping on the fridge about the new book, so I figured I’d get it for him. I got it on Saturday, and it’s all wrapped up and ready to go.

Ever since the family thing a couple years ago, my perspective on the holidays has changed drastically. I used to be focused mainly on the presents and food, but now I’m focusing more on family, memories, and the true meaning of the holidays. Which is nice. I mean, I love getting presents, but the holidays are not about the presents.

It’s about family, memories, giving, and the true meaning of Christmas. And I needed what happened to me two years ago to truly realize that. Which I am actually thankful for. So, for the most part, I’m happy, and really looking forward to the holidays. I just wish it could be a little different. But I’m not going to complain.

The holidays are not for complaining, and feeling bad about what happened in the past. It’s about happiness and looking to the future. And the present, of course.

No matter what holiday you celebrate, or if you don’t celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful holiday/season.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.


Alter Egos–Do You Have One?

For the last few years, I’ve been living occasionally through my alter ego, Christina. Well, privately I’ve been living through her. No one knows about my alter ego. And I mean no one. Until now, here on this blog.

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to share this with anyone, but I figured I would, to see what people think. Does anyone else have an alter ego? Does anyone know about your alter ego?

With mine, sometimes she’s a teenager, sometimes she’s an adult. It depends on how I’m feeling the day that she comes around. Sometimes, I incorporate dreams I’ve had at night, with what happens with Christina.

I based my alter ego on someone that I had met many years ago. I don’t really know much about the real person, except that her name IS Christina, and that she was a Girl Scout counselor when I met her. I had gone to a Girl Scout campout the summer before sixth grade, where troops from several cities in the state got together for whatever reason.

I am so glad I have this “other me” in my life. It makes life more interesting, when nothing interesting is happening in real life. I can make anything happen in her life, and it feels good to be able to do that once in a while.

Please don’t judge me on having this alter ego. She’s like a friend to me, when I’m bored and can’t go out.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.

The World Needs More Love Letters

The title of this post may make you confused. Here’s the explanation.

I was on Pinterest recently, and had found a post about something called “The World Needs More Love Letters.” Curious, I clicked on it to see what it was
about. It is where you leave an annonymous “love letter” in random places that you visit, to brighten someone’s day. It doesn’t have to be for someone you
know, it can be for anyone.

If you would like more information, here is the link for the website. I hope you can find it in your heart to be selfless and kind to someone, especially since it’s the holiday season. This is an amazing thing to do, and I will definitely be doing this, as many times as I can.

I am so glad that I came across this post, because I love how there are still people out there, who care for and about others.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.

Holiday Fever

It is now getting closer to Thanksgiving, and holiday season. My dad, brothers and I will be going to my sister’s place for Thanksgiving next week, and I can’t wait!! I get to see my niece and nephew again, and it is always a joy when I am with them. I absolutely love being an aunt.

The last couple of years, the meaning of the holidays has changed meaning for me. Before, it was mainly about the presents. Now, it’s about family, and life. I had a personal crisis that did that for me. And I am thankful for that. It makes me thankful for what I have, especially my life.

I can’t wait for Thanksgiving. I love the food, watching the parades on TV, and hanging out with my family. I am also looking forward to Christmas, when I get to see my sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew again. I love watching their faces (my niece and nephew’s) when they open their presents.

I just wish the holidays don’t have to be so crazy, and rushed. It really isn’t about the presents, although it is a plus. It’s about family, and remembering why we are here.

I can’t believe this year is almost over already. Where has the time gone?  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate.

Does anyone make new year’s resolutions every year? I do, but I never keep them. I don’t know why I make resolutions, when they always fail. I’m sure I’m make some again for next year, though. I always do. I guess it’s a tradition for me, to do that. I don’t mind, though. It’s kind of fun.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.

Loving My Volunteer Work

Yesterday while volunteering (I deliver library materials to those who can’t come to the library for whatever reason), a couple of the people told me they missed me (I was having trouble sleeping last week, and missed delivery last week), and that they were glad I was there. Another woman gave me $5 for Thanksgiving, which surprised me. But it was a nice gesture.

This is why I volunteer. People actually appreciate what I do, and it makes me feel good. I love volunteering even more now.  It gives me a great feeling to know that these people really do appreciate volunteers, and that they notice the work we do. I love it!!

I am normally a shy person, and this volunteer work that I am doing has brought me out of my shell a little. And this is one reason why I volunteer. I get to be around people who love doing the same things I do, we get to know each other, and we bond with each other. It is an awesome feeling!!

I am very thankful/grateful that I got the chance to be a part of this program. It is a wonderful way to be a part of the community, and it helps me out as well as others.

If you  are able, I would definitely suggest volunteering in your community, or other places. It is a very rewarding experience, and it brings a lot of joy and happiness. You would be doing a great thing, for others as well as yourself. And that is an awesome thing.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.

Election Day 2012

Today is Election Day in the U.S. I voted today, but I will not say who I voted for. That is a personal choice of mine, and I do not want to justify who I voted for, and why.

It feels good being able to vote for the next president. Although, sometimes we may vote in the wrong person, who can’t handle leading a country.

I personally would not like to have the job, and I am not jealous of those who do.

If you haven’t already voted, there is still time to go out and vote, in most areas of the country. Please don’t put it off, if you want to vote. I know you don’t have to, but every vote really does count.

I am so thankful for those women who fought for women’s rights, and the right to vote. Women have just as much right to do anything they want as men. We are not inferior, and should not be treated and looked at as inferior.

I am so thankful that I live in a country where we have equal rights (even though they are sometimes not enforced in places), where we have the freedoms we have, and that we are a united country.

I support my country 100%. Do you? Please go out and vote if your can.

Well, that’s all for now. More to come later.

The Holiday Season Has Begun

Well, the holidays have begun. It’s November, which means Thanksgiving, family, food, sports, and fun. A blogger I follow recently posted a list of things she is greatful/thankful for, so I will do the same. Here’s my 26 things I am thanful for (26 because that is how old I am):

  1. My family
  2. My friends
  3. Having a roof over my head
  4. Having food to eat
  5. Having clothes to wear
  6. Having clean water to drink
  7. My church
  8. God/Jesus
  9. Social media and phones/computers for being able to communicate with people who are far away
  10. Books so I can get away from real life for a while
  11. Music
  12. My cats
  13. My freedom and those who fight for it
  14. Photography
  15. Having  the resources available to keep me healthy
  16. Every day that I am alive
  17. Having shoes to wear
  18. Knitting, crocheting, and other crafts
  19. Missions trips
  20. PADS
  21. Blogs/journals
  22. My education
  23. Being myself
  24. My health
  25. Having the ability to work and be a part of the community
  26. Volunteerism

Well, there you have it. 26 things I am thankful for.

So, what is everyone doing for Thanksgiving? I will be visiting my sister and her family, and we will be having the tradition Thanksgiving dinner, and then watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. My favorite things to do on Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to see my sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. It’s always a joy to see them.

We’re also going to see them for Christmas as well. I’m not as into getting presents as I used to be, but I love being with family and friends. Although, holidays are bittersweet for me now, with my mom not being alive anymore. But, I try to enjoy them as best I can. I’m starting to get excited  about them again, which is nice. I need things to look forward to now.

Well that’s all for now. More to come later. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!