Home for Christmas.

So let me tell you a story. A story that involves a lot of snow and driving. And Christian billboards.

We left Ashland Saturday night in the midst of a bad blizzard. But that’s not even the beginning. We were supposed to leave two days earlier but the weather, we were told, was horrendous so we shouldn’t even attempt it. It didn’t get any better but we didn’t want to stay around and wait for it to blow over so on Saturday we packed everything up and were almost ready to go when I went out to start Ash’s car. Yeah, that didn’t work, and after an hour of near-panic we got it started and were out of the house after dark.

We had hoped the weather would get better the farther south we got, but boy were we wrong. What should have been a six hour drive from Ashland to my parent’s house turned in to a 24 hour drive because we had to stop three hours after starting and pull into a motel the weather was so bad. We snuck all twelve of the kids in and slept for a few hours. We were up and out by noon and got to my house and promptly fell asleep (after celebrating an early Christmas with my family and opening up presents). The very next day we were up at 6 in the morning and were out on the road driving the three hours to Chicago. In Chicago, we got everything packed out of my dad’s van, packed into the trailer later on, and were once again, back on the road by 6 at night to Tennessee.

The drive to Tennessee was pretty uneventful except for the falling asleep at the wheel a couple of times and having to pull off twice at truck stops to catch a few winks, and, of course, the increasing number of Christian Biblical billboards warning the unbelieving that Hell is real (it’s real!)! Normally it’s ten hours from Chicago to Crossville, TN, but with the sleeping it took longer and we finally made it to our destination at about 9 in the morning yesterday. It’s been really nice today just sitting around and eating and watching TV. Ash and I bought new pants for ourselves and I picked up another small gift for Ash. Tomorrow we’re going to her Aunt’s and Uncle’s for Christmas and then on Friday morning we leave for Texas. It’ll be more driving but that’s okay, at least we’ve got a break before then, and it’s TEXAS. I cannot wait to go.

I got to talk to a ton of people back home on the phone and my dad is gonna call tonight when he reads my sisters The Night Before Christmas so I can listen in. It’s our Christmas Eve tradition, so at least I can still take part in that. It’s weird not being home for Christmas, but I’m really happy I get to spend it with Ash and her family – I definitely feel like one of family when I’m here. Everyone is just wonderful and makes me feel so at home. It’s great.

Ash is being adorable right now singing Christmas carols. I’m so happy. I hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas from Ash, me, and our family. May your season be as happy as ours. <3

I found Godzilla in the Sky.

Can I just say, I am NOT looking forward to tomorrow? Well, I said it anyway. Tomorrow is gonna suck. Ash works 6:30am to 6pm and I have my final scenario for Search and Rescue, so I’ll be out until 3 in the morning again in negative degree weather searching the woods for some random person who may or may not be “hurt” and “lost.” Yay Search and Rescue training! Agh so cold… I could use some warm Texas weather.

Speaking of Texas. Have another picture:

Bats!

I love bats. I’m really stoked to go see the Congress Avenue Bridge. Yay bats!

I was super productive today. I cleaned the living room, the hallway, the counters, and the kitchen. We got some of the clothes put away and I got more books packed as well as all the art supplies. And while doing all this, I also got all the blogs on Snailbird updated to WordPress 2.6.5. Go me! So far WordPress 2.7 (which has only been released for WordPress.com blogs) is really cool looking. I’ve been exploring it and for once, I actually like the change! I think it’s easier to get through and more user friendly. It’s not as simple as the old look, but it’s pretty cool looking. I can’t wait till they release it for download so I can put it up here. Yep.

Right. Off to bed and I’ll try to post tomorrow before I go die in the woods somewhere search for lost people in the woods at night. Ta.

Go Team Go!

Man, I’ve still Austin on the brain like crazy. Here, have another picture:

Lake Travis

Gorgeous.

I finally finished my black and white film portfolio and put it up and was surprised by the large amount of positive feedback I got, from my photos, and from my deeply personal artist statement I put up. I’m really happy with the overall statement and quality of my prints. Maybe when I get them back I’ll put them online so others can see them.

Alright, the rest of the day will be dedicated to cleaning. Good luck to us. We will get this house in order!

Texas on my Mind.

I know I’ve been a grouch the last few days and I apologize. Today has actually been quite a good day. I skipped out on a boring class to make some money this morning, and I had a sudden realization as I sat at the computer creating the new Alumni 2009 Reunion brochure. I’m going to be in Texas in a few weeks. I’m going to be in Austin, Texas with my Ash celebrating Christmas. Texas! You have no idea how excited I am over this. I was almost screaming with happiness at Ash over the phone when I figured it out. Texas. Oh I can’t wait.

Texas

And on an entirely different, and more geeky note, who else is excited for WordPress 2.7? I still haven’t updated to 2.6.5, but I’ll try and squeeze that in tonight among all the packing and cleaning that has taken over the house. I have to get mine updated as well as Ash’s, Meg’s, and Mac’s (the SBird Crew as I refer to them as in my own little world). Gotta love WordPress. How can anyone say Blogger is better?

Alright, I’m gonna work for another half an hour and then head over to the dark room to make my final prints for tomorrow’s class. That way I have roughly three to four hours to get some work done there before I pick up Ash from the kennels. Okay, go team!