Of spiders and rings
Okay, everyone needs to go check this out. How cool is that? On a mildly related note, I am totally excited about RotK coming out this week. I had hoped to watch it on Tuesday or Wednesday night, but Heather is not up to it. So, it looks like I am going to have to settle for a Friday night showing, but no later! Although, my dad is going to be in town on Saturday. I am sure he wants to see the movie, but I don't know if that's how he would like to spend his time with us... If he does, I may be willing to wait until Saturday, but it will not be without pain. OR, I could just see the movie on Friday AND Saturday, that works for me!
This last weekend we had our annual Christmas party with Ginny's (Heather's mom) friends from college and their family. They have been around since Heather was little, and in fact Ginny moved out to Phoenix with them. They are essentially aunts to Heather and Holly. We had fun, and unfortunately I forgot my digital camera at work so I don't have any pictures to share. I will be sure to make certain that I have it for Christmas day, though. So, expect many holiday pictures after Christmas.
My Grandma Howland (my step-dad's mother) lives nearby and has invited Heather, Jenifer, Darby, and I over for dinner this Sunday. You know, I have always admired Jeff (my step father) and his family's ability to so openly accept family that is only related through marital ties. I have never doubted that I am loved any less than if I had been born into the family. It is so easy for us as humans to reject the foreign objects in our lives. I think it shows real character and emotional maturity to embrace new experiences and new relations. Anyway, I guess that what I am trying to say is that I am excited that I get to spend so much time with family this weekend, and that none of my relations with my family members (blood related or otherwise) feels fake or forced.
Check out the link I provided in the December 13th post. The e-mail section is a riot.