Poker: A Mental Battle

On my mom’s side, I have 20 aunts and uncles and 25 cousins, three of which have spouses and one who has a toddler and a baby due any day now. Including my siblings and I, my maternal grandparents have 28 grandchildren and nearly 2 great-grandchildren. I am the youngest of the older half of the grandchildren, and for six years before 2011, I was smack dab in the middle.

On Christmas there’s a big party at my grandparents’ house. After dinner, presents—usually between close cousins, or godparents and godchildren—are given out. Then the older half, plus the oldest of the younger half, of the cousins do our secret santa exchange and get to discover who had our name and so on. After we’re done, the adults (I guess, at twenty, I’m technically an adult, but here “adult” means family members out of university who have jobs and own homes and stuff) play their gift-giving game where they draw numbers and the whole thing is kind of complicated.

After the adults have finished their game, the dining table is cleared and the poker game begins.

(#3) Weeklies!

I feel like I should apologize for my “review” of Big Hero 6. A whole year of Film Studies and all I could come up with is “it’s awesome”. But it really was. In comparison, I saw the latest Hobbit movie last night (yes, Christmas Night) and…well, you’ll get to read about that when I get to it.

Here are this week’s Weeklies:

Movie: Big Hero 6

What a surprise.

Clothing Store: Aritzia

My sister and I took advantage of their Boxing Day sale today. It was crazy crowded, but we found three things each for ourselves, so we didn’t mind! 😉

Christmas Gift:

Intuos Pen Tablet

My cousin got it for me in the Secret Santa Exchange between the older cousins.

So basically, I’ve been really spoiled.

A Short Post

I was going to write what was supposed to be my first Arts+Crafts post, but I’ve never painted a mug before today and I kind of messed up. You’ll have to settle for a picture of a dollar-store mug I drew on with a multi-surface paint pen. It was much easier than painting with acrylics. It looks good with my mini pink Christmas tree, doesn’t it? Nice contrast. Anyway, that’s it for this post. It’s actually forty-seven minutes past midnight so I guess that makes this post officially late. I apologize. Since tomorrow is Christmas Eve and the day after is Christmas, I might be too busy to post. If I have the time, then I’ll definitely put something up, but I’m telling you just in case. Hopefully, you’ll be too busy to notice if I do or not.

If I don’t get the chance to say it, Merry Christmas. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, Happy December 25th for no reason in particular.IMG_3482

How To Go Christmas Shopping

Don’t. Just stay home and drink hot chocolate happily knowing you ordered everything online a month ago. Otherwise you’ll end up with less than a week until Christmas and less than half your list checked off, like me. And you’ll be cursing your own stupidity as you navigate a crowded mall and wait in crazy mile-long lines because this could all have been avoided.