12 Things for 12/12/12
I’m know I’m always saying I should blog more often, which kind of annoys me as it’s my blog and I shouldn’t feel compelled to write at frequent intervals. I do feel compelled though as I want to keep track of our lives, and not just the beautiful and meaningful experiences, but the weird and wacky ones too! I just haven’t had the writing bug lately. I have had the reading/research bug and hopefully one of these days I’ll get to the point where I can put into words all the things I’ve been researching and how I feel about them.
But for now, since it’s that special date of 12/12/12 (which I didn’t really think about it until it was 12:43 or I could have gotten the time of 12:12 as well) here are 12 things that could have been in a blog post of their own. Or not.
- OK, so the reading bug I’ve had has mostly involved online research. I’ve been reading a book about the Bayeux Tapestry. In the past month I’ve read 25 pages. In the 2 1/2 hours I spent at Big O Tires yesterday morning, I read 51 pages. Clearly I should read books more.
- I was at Big O because the “Low Tire” warning light keeps coming on in the van. We put air in the tire and the next day the light goes on again . . . ven though the tires are practically brand new. So it was completely flat yesterday and we found out it was a faulty intake valve . . . which is only available from the dealer. But Big O could get them from the dealer while I waited, since DH had to be at work in 12 minutes.
- “Oh, and while we’re at it, your rear brakes are just about down to the rotors. Do you want us to fix them too?” Sure, why not. $254. Merry Christmas.
- 2 1/2 hours at Big O completely threw off my morning and our getting ready for history club. I always wonder if the other moms are wondering if I’ll ever show up on time looking like something other than completely frazzled.
- For an unfrazzled outing, we went to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building to the 3rd annual Inspiration Art Exhibit a week or so ago. In talking to us, one of the artists seemed really surprised that we hadn’t been downtown for anything else, that we came there deliberately even though none of us are really artists ourselves (maybe C counts, he loves to draw) and that our children were interested in being there and were well-behaved. At least, that was my take on his comments. What can I say? I like to share the finer things in life with my family.
- After family home evening, where we were reminded to take advantage of every prompting (from Pres. Monson’s conference talk) we went to visit a German brother in our ward who is currently in a care center. I was pleased that the boys remembered enough German pronunciation to sing “Stille Nacht” for him. We had a good visit.
- Speaking of “Silent Night,” there was a really great movie about the origins of that carol on byutv a couple Sundays ago. I can’t seem to embed video on the blog at the moment, but follow this link to view it online. It was really beautiful.
- I’ve had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit. I played in an orchestra for a performance of Handel’s Messiah the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which generally would get me in the Christmas spirit, but it was just too early. There was a whole week before December even began. Watching the First Presidency Devotional the next Sunday really helped though.
- That same night we pulled out the Advent wreath and candles from last year and began the Sunday readings. Surprisingly we haven’t had much interest in doing daily readings this year, but maybe that is partly because E kept climbing up to play with the tiny ornaments we hang on our quilted tree wall hanging each day to the point that A got frustrated and took the whole thing off the wall and I haven’t put it back up yet.
- We also put out our Nativity, although I decided to hold back baby Jesus until Christmas day. Unlike some nativities, our baby Jesus doesn’t come out of the manger. They’re connected, and currently hiding up high on the piano. So instead of every other figure in the nativity looking down at an empty manger, they just standing there looking down at . . . nothing. It’s kind of weird.
- The Wise Men aren’t there yet either. They’re travelling slowly from the . . . south (long narrow house, if they came from the east, there’s just not that far to go.) They were travelling a little closer to the manger each day, but are currently taking an unexpected break while waiting for Wise Man #3 to get his head glued back on after E knocked him off of my dresser a few days ago. Hopefully I can find the super glue soon and they can be on their way so they make it to the manger before Epiphany.
- But what we’re really counting down to now is The Hobbit. Only two more days!