Title: This has been the best and worst Christmas... at the same time
Posted: December 28, 2009 (12:15 PM)
When I went to my grandparents' house to visit my dad and celebrate Christmas stuff there (early), I got to see both the Nutcracker and Blue Man Group as gifts from my grandma. These were awesome, especially since I'd never seen them before. While I've admittedly never really gotten into theatre, I do appreciate the art form and respect those who do it. I found the performance of the Nutcracker interesting and was amazed by the complicated dance maneuvers both men and women performed.
Blue Man Group stunned me even further, though their style is completely different. For those who don't know (I didn't when I saw them), they're a musically-oriented comedy show, and they're amazing. They're primarily drummers, but they can do things that I never really thought imagineable. I mean, really; they drummed the intro to Crazy Train on a piece of PVC pipe.
Anyway, those things were awesome, and also spending time with my family was nice. I saw the Nutcracker with my cousins, whom I rarely see anymore. I saw Blue Man Group by chance with my brother; I originally wasn't going to see it with them since it was meant to be his gift (mine was the Nutcracker) and also scheduling issues, but things worked out. I'm glad he was able to see it, though, especially since he's hardly ever able to see my dad anymore due to his job.
Christmas here with my mom and stepdad was alright. Quiet and uneventful, but it was nice and not really dramatic, which was good. I really prefer things to just be quiet here anymore anyway since when they're not, it's usually bad.
The bad news comes around then, though... Before I left to see my dad, my stepdad had been trying to call the vet to put the dog down since she was really sick and hadn't eaten anything for four days. When I got home, she was gone, which... was really expected, but still sad.
Then I learned that my great aunt died of cancer a few days ago... I'm OK now, I guess (this'll probably change at the funeral/wake tomorrow / Wednesday), but she was really close to me, which is probably unusual for great aunts, but I dunno. I guess she'd become sort of like a grandmother to me after grandma died years ago, despite not really seeing her that often.
And my mom apparently needs knee surgery, but that's not life-threatening and compared with these other things, it's hardly something I'm concerned with (well, I am, but... you know what I mean, I hope).
*sigh* I dunno. Life sucks sometimes I guess.
In other news, I finally finished that review I'd meant to finish weeks ago, but didn't because like everyone else around here (except schultz, haha) I've got that writer's block thing, and school's probably affected my desire and ability to write for fun more than I would have liked.
Posted: December 28, 2009 (12:29 PM)
My condolences for your loss. Life always delivers the bad with the good. It's the good that we use to cushion the blows when the bad comes around, and all that any of us can really do is hope for more good than bad and cherish the former when it comes.
Posted: December 29, 2009 (10:02 AM)
Sorry to hear about your great aunt and your stepdad's dog. Still, with everything going on in your life, it seems you're handling things well.
Also, thanks for the heads up, although my rash of reviews is 1) due to a deadline and 2) a result of writer's block two months ago, when I was amazed by everyone else writing those reviews :). Hope my mini-deluge helps you and others to get writing what you want...and you've already written Vay.
Posted: December 31, 2009 (02:34 PM)
Thanks. I feel better now that it's all over, though I'll always miss her, I'm sure. And, well, in a way it's good that she died since she'd been suffering for a while now with the pain of it all. She'd refused treatment since she felt that the treatment would've just made her feel worse and not really make her live that much longer anyway. Plus she felt like it was her time, so these things make it easier to cope with. Still, though, it was quite sad, to say the least.
Anyway, as far as writing goes, I doubt I'll write anything else for a while... Maybe I'll get one or two done before I go back to school, but my lack of motivation and the (likely unfounded) sense that my own quality has diminished don't really make this easy. I'd wanted ten reviews by the end of the year, and well... even that small goal seems to have gone nowhere. Kind of sad, really, since last year I wrote like 27, and almost finished the marathon. But, well, what can I do? If it's not there, it's not there, I guess.