I'd leave it at that, but that feels lame. Also, Christmas isn't entirely what I want to blog about right now.
I forgot to mention in my last post about California how Dad and I were at the beach on the same day (one of many same days) that it was dumping snow in Utah. And we weren't there (well, we were that night and had to dig my car out of the snow in the parking lot at the airport, but the beach did not have snow, and that is my point). Well, the tide was going out (it was quite a ways out already) and we were just walking along and I was picking up shells (I love sea shells!) and we got over to this area where there were a lot of rocks (also where the tide would completely cover) and there were this little, brown, roundish things that looked squishy. I couldn't figure out what they were (some of them were actually not that little: fist sized), so I poked it with one of the sea shells in my hand and it went "shlurp!" Whoa. Cool, right? So I poked it again, just to be sure, and it went "shlurp!" again!!! So I yelled to Dad, "Dad! It's alive! Come look!" Dad came over, and I pointed to it, and told him it shlurpped, so Dad poked it and it shlurrped right into the sand! Yes, I was very excited about this and still kind of am. Also, I want to go back to poke it again because it was all so very interesting (and I want more sea shells, but I need better attire for that). Good thing the beach will only be 20 minutes-ish away from where I am moving to!
In other news, Christmas was nice and quiet today, for the most part. Granted, Drawly woke me up at 6 being not angelic, and then he started pulling clothes out of my suitcase, and then he started being even more not angelic and crying at my door, so finally we got up at 7 (plus Dad was up by then and we usually get up at 7 on Christmas, anyway), but not to worry. I took a nice 2 hour nap around 11. Blessing.
The Sister got 5 Stitch pins (2 from me that Dad and I found this past week and 3 from Mom and Dad), some Wizard of Oz games, and a new HDTV. She was well pleased, I think, and actually seemed to like my gift this year (I try so hard every year but seem to fall short). Probably she got other things, too, but my memory is a little lax on that. Meanwhiles, I got a tripod (yea! Now I can take pictures in the darker times of day!), a GPS (also yea! Now I won't get lost in California with not-grid-system roads!), and my Book that I fell in love with (slightly different edition, maybe just different printing company, but still old and not as falling apart and it's wonderful. I love old books!), and a pretty tennis bracelet, and Hello Panda cookies (I love these things so much), and Disney games, and other fun things. Also, My Rochelle gave me some really cute Hoops and Yoyo things, and some of them talk! I heart Hoops and Yoyo. (I was going to add an audio clip to this post, but I don't know how. Sad heart.)
There was also the inviting of a guy from Mom and Dad's ward over for dinner. He had no where to go, so he got to come spend a few hours in my crazy house. And Dad, Sister, and him played the wii. He is an awesome person, from what I gather, and it was fun to share our family Christmas with someone this year.