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"She could never be a saint, but she thought she could be a martyr if they killed her quick." --Flannery O' Connor

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Lux Venit

I'm not sure if it's cute or weird that NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has a website that tracks Santa as he makes his rounds, but either way, I suspect some sort of irony.

Or maybe it's just me.

On another note, since I'm a Christian and all, I should probably make a reference to the Jesus story here, seeing as how it's Christmas Eve, and tomorrow is Christmas and traditionally that's when we celebrate the birth of Christ, even though apparently he was more likely born in April, not December, which was actually the time of some pagan celebration that the Christians were trying to avoid or talk people out of so they started Christmas. Or something like that.

And then Santa somehow got mixed up in it all, as if everything weren't already confusing enough.

Anyway, the POINT is, since "Christ" is integral to the word "Christmas" (unless you spell it "Xmas" and seriously, I just don't have the energy to go there, so let's not and say we didn't), here is the aforementioned reference: New Testament, Gospel of Luke, chapter 2.


And here's another, which is a lot shorter, and a lot more poetic (hint: for maximum spiritual impact, read to the tune of Handel's "Worthy is the Lamb" and/or "Hallelujah Chorus"):

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14)


So anyway, here's wishing all of you and yours a merry Christmas, full of laughter, blessings, light and love. And here's praying that all those things carry over into 2009, and that you have a wonderful new year. Finally, I hope Santa brings you some cool gifts. (And if he doesn't, just give NORAD a ring. I bet they can be quite persuasive when presenting your case to him.)

With lots of hugs and kisses from the frogg princess... and absolutely no lumps of coal...

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love. (I Cor 13:13).

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Hell of a Game

I just spent a fair amount of the last hour or so (never mind exactly how much) playing Su Doku. For those of you who don't know what Su Doku is, there's this thing called the Internet and another thing called Google, and you can use them to find out. If you don't know what either of those things are, you're probably not reading this blog, so never mind.

But anyway, back to Su Doku. Who invented this game? Don't bother Googling it, because it was a rhetorical question. The answer is: Satan.

Come on, think about it. We all have a finite amount of precious time on this earth. Who else would come up with such a fiendish way of wasting it? Putting numbers inside squares to create specific patterns? For absolutely no reward or purpose except the satisfaction of knowing that you got the pattern right?! How is it possible that this game is so addictive?? It's sinful, I tell you.

(Interestingly enough, I got a fortune cookie yesterday with the somber warning: "Time, once lost, can never be regained." Hmmm.)

Speaking of the Prince of Darkness, I would not be at all surprised to discover that he is (lurking darkly) behind the phenomenon known as Facebook. Personally, I'd rather play Su Doku than fall into the black hole of the Facebook universe. In fact, I have made it a personal goal to be the last person in the world to join the online "social network" (aka Entangling Web of Evil from Which No One Escapes Unscathed). Every day I get a little bit closer to achieving my dream.

Hey, it may not be as lofty as "write the great American novel" but a goal is a goal, right?

On another note, it's nearly Christmas and I haven't finished my Christmas shopping, thanks to the aforementioned detour onto Hell's Way (i.e., playing Su Doku (in case you forgot what the whole point of this blog was about, as I did for a moment)). I guess I still have time, but I'd rather color my hair.

Vanity, vanity. My sins are really adding up today...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Blue Frogg

Do you ever feel like your life is completely stuck in a rut? Or if not your whole life, then one particular aspect of it? And try as you might to "think positive", you simply can't make yourself believe that anything is ever really going to change in that area, no matter what you do?

That's how I've been feeling lately. In other words—a little depressed.


On a plus side of sorts, 'tis the season for caramel popcorn in festive tins. Fa la la la la.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Post-Thanksgiving Update

Well, this is a little delayed, but I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings. Mine was great. Many thanks to Aunt B and Co. for good times on the East Coast. Here are a few fun highlights of the trip:

1) The Baltimore Aquarium, where I saw more species of turtle than I knew existed. Also poison dart frogs.

2) Thanksgiving dinner, with lots of food and, more importantly, dessert.

3) The "Merry Tuba Christmas" performance at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, in which my talented cousin made a good showing on the euphonium, an instrument I'd never even heard of until last week.

4) Going to see the movie Australia with my aunts and uncles. The movie wasn't awesome, but I went to see Hugh Jackman, so I didn't really care.

Now I'm back in warm, sunny California. Yay! Except today it wasn't really all that sunny, nor was it particularly warm. Boo.

In other news, I'm slated to go to Thailand at the end of January. That is, assuming the country doesn't implode before then, due to protests/coups/whatever else may be brewing over there. More on that later, though. For now, I leave you with this thought-provoking thought:

Um, never mind. I couldn't think of one.