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Today is the birthday of the most wonderful man I have ever known. My father.

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!!!
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My parents came down on Friday, and I met them in their hotel after I got out of work. I'll be so glad when training is over- it's annoying.
As always, they brought me some good stuff. My She-Ra lunch box, which I realize is supremely dorky, but it's also very retro, and I love it. Plus, no one will mistake it for their lunch. The thermos doesn't hold much, but since it's got water in it for now, that's ok. Also cloth shopping bags for groceries, and my Mom bought me a bunch of bath/shower stuff, including bubble bath. And a very nice new black skirt that is velvety and twirly at the same time. I walked home from their hotel in the skirt, my black Docs, and my shirt from work. I also took the wine and brie and crackers that the hotel gave them.
Saturday we went to the Phillips Collection. Then back to my place so they could see it, and we exchanged computers. I've had my Dad's laptop for the past few months while mine got repaired. Then we went to a very nice dinner in the hotel and hung out being silly for a little while. Sunday we went to church (I was singing, one of the reasons they came), and then to Georgetown for brunch.
Today, my computer decided that it didn't want to start windows, which sucked. I had to reset it to factory settings using the system restore disks that came with it. And this is after I downloaded a bunch of programs yesterday. But it's ok, because I'm fairly certain that I backed up all the documents I might want, and definitely all my pictures. And all my songs are on my mp3 player, and I have the disks for that and my digital camera. I need to re-acquire the software that lets me log onto GW's wireless network, but that's easy enough to do. Google has a very handy thing, called "Googlepack" that includes a whole bunch of google software, like Google Earth and Desktop search, as well as Firefox, Norton Anti-Virus, AdAware, and Trillian. So I got a huge amount of functionality restored from one download. Because Google is fantastic, and I happily await the day when they rule the world.
On a completely unrelated note, I made a playlist today of music to listen to before church. It takes me about 30 minutes to get to church, so I take my mp3 player, and I like to listen to church-y music. If any of my dear readers have some appropriate music (and I know you do) that they'd like to share with me, I'd be very grateful.
Watching ice dancing on tv now, and then time for sleeping.
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So, since the last update, what have I done? Went to LotR with Cassandra, which was good, esp as there was kissing in this movie. I personally felt it dragged in spots, but that's probably just me. Was glad when someone other than Aragon or Gandolf got to do something useful. Also, I want a pet hobbit.
Then, we went to Georgia for Christmas. 16 hours in the car with my parents. That's the good part. (this is not meant to imply that time with the rest of my family was so awful that anything would be better, as I actually like both my parents and long car trips).
I do not like spending Christmas in Georgia. I do not like not having a table to eat Christmas dinner at. I do not like sleeping on the sofa bed in my Grandmother's hotel room (or in any hotel room, actually). I do like little children and playing with them, but I do not like that said small children are the children of my cousins who are my age. I do not like that seeing them really makes me want a kid, nor do I like that despite my many good deeds and my recent European adventures, nobody really seems that interested in me. I do not expect to be the center of attention, esp. when I have such small cute people as competition, but I lived in a European capital for crying out loud. I spoke German every single day. These people see me once a year. Of course there's the "when are you graduating" and "what are you going to do afterwards" questions. Since the answer to the first is May and the second is I'm not sure, this seems to make people not want to have much more conversation with me. Even if all my applications were in, I wouldn't necessarily know. I didn't know at this time in 2000 what I would be doing after I graduatied from high school. No one knows. Grrr.
Anyway, basically the point is I would rather have spent Christmas in the Northeast, with my parents. And maybe some friends, though I would like them to spend Christmas with their families too. Oh well, it is our duty, I suppose, though said relatives would probably never come north for the holidays.
I am ranting. I hope they don't read this, though maybe it would be ok. Of course, I wouldn't post if I thought that people who shouldn't read things would.
It is late, and I should go to sleep, so I can play tomorrow.


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