Dec. 29th, 2005

jillithian: (Flying Sqirrel)
Christmas Eve was spent in a more-unusual-than-normal way.

You see, my parents live in a suburb of Tampa. Next door is a couple, Trisha and Anthony, and next door to them is another couple, Ray and Tina.

Ray and Tina are both from Panama. Ray "pushes tin" as an air-traffic controller and Tina collects all things collectable. Ray loves the run from Guyana. Ray, Tina, and my family were all invited over to Trisha and Anthony's house for drinks and food on Christmas Eve.

Trisha is from Trinidad with grandparents from India (very lovely woman whose speach is just musical). Anthony is from Guyana and can't sit still for very long without offering more rum (of which my poor hung-over father proclaimed he'd get him back for) or changing the CD or making my dad a tiny paper boat as a present. Very jovial company.

Trisha made some absolutely delicious food! We had corn soup which was a little concoction of meat and corn and various seasonings and then some curry goat which had the texture of deliciously melt-in-your-mouth roast beef and was delightfully spicy. There was also some roast pork with a spicy pepper sauce to dip it in, various baked desserts, homemade chex mix, and a variety of "I'm not telling you what is in this alcoholic drink" drinks.

Definitely a different kind of Christmas Eve.

In my mother's backyard there is a lemon tree, a lime tree, a tangerine tree, a grapefruit tree, an orange tree, a basil plant, and some tomato plants that are growing like weeds! Not to mention the cute little lizards skittering all about! In her front yard is an array of local fowl -- a wood stork, many egrets, and shorter white birds, as well. Apparently they like balogne, but much preferred the left-over catfish I had for lunch one day.
jillithian: (Big Earl)
Weighed in today. I only gained 1.2 pounds after all of the key lime bars, pumpkin bars, brownies with M&Ms on top, Trisha's German chocolate Cheese Cake, the freshly squeezed fruit juice from Mom's trees, the Cheeto chowing (I only eat the stuff at the parents' house), the parking on the couch in front of the tv for hours, the airplane food, the Val's bacon cheeseburger with fries, the disappointingly bland Burger King Whopper Jr and limp onion rings, the buttery grilled catfish and lemon egg Greek soup, the chinese buffet at Kwanda, the slice of pizza I stole from Tim yesterday, the beer, the three meat (steak, shrimp and mahi-mahi) Christmas Eve dinner that Mom cooked and served before we went to Trisha's to have more food, and the family size bag of Twizzlers I've been eating all day yesterday and today.

Woo hoo!

I think I shall celebrate with a caffeine-free Diet Dr. Pepper...
jillithian: (That kind of day)
The Year of 2005 (ganked from [livejournal.com profile] verucagonff)

1. What did you do in 2005 that you’d never done before?
Moved in with a man who was not related to me and was not from Japan. Bought two large home appliances. Bought a bed. Lost almost 20 pounds. Went to Hawaii. Saw the Kennedy Space Center. Ate grits.

2. Did you keep your New Years resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any resolutions that I can remember. And I don't have any specific ones that start on January 1st or anything. I have some main goals that I think I'll be working on for the rest of my life:
  • Don't get so hurt, angry, or frustrated so easily
  • Work on a better self-image
  • Make sure the loved ones know they are loved
  • Keep learning

The rest in here )
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"Soupy George, you've got soup on your head."
-- 7 Seconds of Love "Soupy George"

Huh?

Dec. 29th, 2005 05:55 pm
jillithian: (GAH!)
from here:

AT&T Corp. ... was recently acquired by SBC Communications Inc. in a $16 billion deal. SBC, itself once part of the old AT&T, took on the AT&T name. The new AT&T is now the largest phone company in the United States.


Did you get all of that? SBC, which used to be a part of AT&T, now bought AT&T and then changed its name from SBC to AT&T. Nepotism strikes again! It's like the Menendez brothers corporatized.

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