So, the world right now is bouncing around freezing - apparently unsure as to whether it wants to give us snow or freezing rain later on.
Of course, my vote is for snow, because then I can make a snowman. And I'm not saying that just because I want to reference Cannibal! again or anything. No, my purpose is very different. See, I want to build a snowman, and then we need freezing rain afterwards, to give my snowman super-awesom ice armor. Then, the snowman can fight other snowmen to the death, and will dramatically - as he will be INVINCIBLE!
...okay, maybe that was going too far.
Anyways, Thanksgiving was fun, and I got to spend a good amount of time with Derek. We ended up at one point shooting pool down at the Landmark, and yet again I got my ass-whooped. But me getting my ass-whooped at pool is quite normal, so I wasn't surprised. Derek and I also played MANY hours of "Worms," which is officially my favorite bug-ridden game ever. I also had some good quality time with my family though, which was appreciated beyond all belief. It's been a long time since the five of us have sat down and played cards... it was good.
The trip back to Eau Claire was uneventful though - which is good in the sense that I am perfectly alright, but bad in the sense that I don't have an entertaining story for you.
This morning Leah was talking about how much she dislikes the Christmas season. Now, while I love Christmas, I can see where she's coming from in the problems with the over-commercialization of the holiday. I mean, whenever gift-giving is a part of a holiday - commercial enterprise is going to jump right in and exploit it as much as possible. But I think that we have the ability to move beyond that. Christmas is about family for me, about seeing my loved ones, and about the excitement of Christmas day. I don't care if I get socks and a handful of sticks wrapped in twine, I just want to sit in that living room with my folks and open them up. It's Christmas - I'll put the socks on and learn how to do "I Ching" or something.
About those yarrow sticks... if you're interested, I believe Ned Beach (religion/philosophy professor) may still have a few bundles in his possession. He might be willing to part with a bundle if you ask nicely. He let me keep my bundle after a "group demo" of the I Ching in Chinese and Japanese religions class. :c)