Sunday, December 25, 2011

Home (On the 9th Day of Christmas)

Today, while looking through old things, I found this poem I wrote many many years ago and thought it was sweet. I was obviously not a great writer...


Home is
singing in the shower,
my sister scaring me when I am dancing along
in my room,
looking at my clothes trying to figure
out what to wear. 
Home is where I 
hug my piglet late at night, 
watch movies in the dark, 
smell the food my dad cooks each night
for dinner, 
looking out my window and seeing a full moon. 
Home is me throwing the ball for my dog as she runs after it. 
Home is 
a special place no one can make for you.
Home is celebrating holidays with my family. 
I love my home. 

After reading this, I decided to try and write another poem in the same model about what home means to me today. Excuse my horrible writing and cliches. 

Home is 
the taste of sweet dr. pepper 
just chilled perfectly on ice.
Home is
watching the stars dance across the sky 
while laying on my bed late at night; 
my skylight like a window into the universe so much bigger than me. 
Home is
the good things and the bad things, the little things and the big things, the overwhelming things and the underwhelming things, the surprises and the expectations,  all rolled up into one.  
It is being able to watch tv, or to read a book, or to take a bath all alone, and know that someone who is loving and who is caring will be waiting for you when you are done. 
Lately, home is listening to my mom play the hymns on the piano all through the holiday season.
For me, like some aspects of family, home is ever changing and adapting and like all the sayings say, home is not a place. 
Home is the feeling you get when your dogs greet you everyday without fail. 
Home is feelings, home is tastes, smells, sounds, and all those people who have ever touched you. Home is memories and moments that replay in your mind like little movies. 
Home is not just one thing, it is a montage. It is like a quilt that constantly grows. 
I love my home. 

The Evaluation

The latest video from HPN productions. It is, as I like to see it, a window into each of our souls and it reveals a little bit about our personalities.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

That Awesome Moment When...

A very exciting event occurred tonight as I opened my Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, not to find one piece of brown wrapping paper around my sweet delicious treat, but four!!! In the past, I have had them double wrapped but never have I experienced a quadruple wrapping! I felt quite special. It made my day.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Tonight, I decorated cookies for Santa with Grace and her family. Although none of my cookies turned out quite that way that I had envisioned them, it was super fun! 
I hope Santa likes them!

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Recently, in the past few years, I have started a new tradition with myself: to read Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris during Christmas time. No matter how many times I reread this book, it just never gets old! 
To everyone who loves witty, hilarious stories about the Holiday Season this book is for you! 
Holidays are stressful times already but this book always makes me chuckle. 
Read it! You won't regret it!

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

I always dread wrapping all of the christmas gifts, but this year I really tried to make them nice and pretty (In past years, my wrapping skills have been made fun of tremendously!)
I learned that this white wool string from Anthropology is adorable and super easy to use! I also loved their beautiful wrapping papers!! However, it is pretty expensive, so when I ran out I just went all hipster and used newspaper!! I think it looks pretty cool actually! 

On the Fifth Day of Christmas

I have never decorated my upstairs as much as I did this year! In fact, I normally think that rainbow christmas lights are among the tackiest things in the world, but this year I did not feel the same way. So I spent a few hours tacking up some lights all around my play room in the windows. I cannot explain how rewarding the feeling is when you plug in all the lights at the end and they all come on. It is just magical.