I finally finished that crappy paper early this afternoon. I emailed it to my professor. Hopefully he checks his email. I have his home number so I'll call tomorrow if I haven't gotten the fun little receipt thing saying he got it. He better get it. I spent a lot of time on that idiotic paper and I want to at least get credit for it. I want at least a B in that class.
Now I can actually afford to relax for awhile. I only have that last graduate school application for University of British Columbia left to do. Whee. I think I'll take tomorrow off and then start on it. Grrrr I hate having things due over Christmas Break. This is supposed to be my time to relax! And I don't find papers relaxing. I'll be so glad when all this shit is done. This year has been a huge hassle so far, which is not the way I had envisioned my senior year :P
Not that it's been much better at home. I've had a cold since I got home and it just won't go away. I take cold medicine right before I go to bed, but I still spend half the night hacking my lungs up. So much for sleep :( My mom's back has been bothering her, so I've had company when I'm up at 4am. Whee mother-daughter bonding over lack of sleep.
Then, just when I finished my paper and thought I'd have time to relax and goof off online, I get a warning from Norton Antivirus that a Trojan is currently infecting my computer. Is fucking Norton good for anything? It never blocks any viruses or Trojans for me. It just announces that they're already in and there's nothing it can do about it. It won't even delete them. So I get to enjoy going through all the files on my computer looking for the stupid Trojan or virus. Thankfully today it told me exactly where the Trojan was.
Unfortunately, it was in the Temporary Internet folder, which currently has like 30,000+ files in it. Imagine a whole month's record of our family's second by second Internet activity, and you'll get an idea of how bad it was. I spent about 5 hours today going through all the files and deleting hundreds of them. Maybe even thousands. I didn't even make a dent! But I managed to get rid of all the Trojan files. Well, at least Norton says everything is gone. But 'twas not fun. I have never felt more aggravated in my life. I sat there in front of the computer screen dreaming up all sorts of nasty, vicious ways I could slowly torture the Trojan's creator to death. I thought that either electrically shocking the asshole for an hour before giving him the death blow would be fantastic. Although slowly wiping all the memories he had, along with his brain, leaving him a vegetable also seemed like poetic justice. Too bad I couldn't do it :(
But at least Christmas was nice. On Christmas Eve, we took my Gramma out to lunch at Alfie's, this pretty sweet burger joint decked out Medieval style. They even have a full suit of armor chilling in the lobby :) The food was good and it was nice to see my Gramma since we weren't going to see her on Christmas Day. We talked and chowed down, then exchanged presents at her house. Yay! I felt bad for her because she and the rest of my mom's family had to go to the Bitch's house for Christmas. The Bitch didn't even send out invitations till the 21st, but still expected everyone to come. Which was sad because everyone was going to head over to my Aunt Nancy's nice condo off Lake Michigan.
I had planned on waking up late on Christmas since I had stayed up till 4am coughing. I tried to go to bed at 2:30 after I had worked on my paper, but no such luck. I was NOT a happy camper when Mom came to wake me up a little before 9am because she and Dorker couldn't wait any more :K So I hauled my ass out of bed and stumbled down the stairs to open presents. I had already known most of the stuff I was going to get as I had picked it out :) My parents have given up on picking clothes for us so they just take us to Kohl's for the Day after Thanksgiving sales and let us loose. Dorker and I settled for a Business Christmas. We mostly got business clothes for various interviews and all that jazz. I found stuff that fit for once! In a department store, believe it or not :o So that was exciting. And I found a funny little jewelry box shaped like a rubber ducky that I HAD to have ;)
I also knew for sure that I was getting Return of the King Extended Edition DVD, so I was supremely excited. I haven't had time to watch that yet, but maybe tomorrow ;)And I got the new fantastic CD by Green Day: American Idiot! YAY! My mom managed to sneak in a few surprises. I got a nice new silver bangle watch, toe socks with a Princess crown on them (I'm wearing them now!), some fun flannel kitty PJs, a stuffed monkey with "lucky" printed on its stomach, Fannie Mae chocolate!, fuzzy kitty journal and wallet, sparkly blue pen, and nice black gloves. I also got my presents from my Gramma and my Aunt Ginger: some crazy PJs from Old Navy, red fuzzy booties (LOL!), and a fuzzy black zipup sweater hoodie. 'Twas very exciting :D
My parents did seem to like the presents I got them: the original Manchurian Candidate collectors edition DVD (much better than the stupid remake) for my dad and Gone With the Wind anniversary edition DVD for my mom. Unfortunately, the DVD for my mom hasn't come in yet. It better be waiting for me when I get back to school or the seller will die a fiery death! My mom appreciated the thought and all. It was a nice little Christmas. Though I did promptly go straight back to bed afterwards :)
My mom woke me up before lunch, and I stumbled downstairs again. I had meant to start on my paper, but Dorkage was watching Dawn of the Dead on her laptop, and that seemed much more interesting. I missed some of my favorite parts (zombie baby, anyone?), but it was still fun. Watched that till lunch, then we ate. Got dressed and then my family headed over to my Uncle Bob and Aunt Julie's for Christmas dinner. Of course, since it's my family, dinner parties start at 2pm. Got to see my cousins Mickey and Jesse, who I haven't seen in forever. Jesse looks about the same, even though he's now a freshman in high school. He's still pretty short and couldn't make the basketball team :( But Mickey's waaaaay taller than me now. I think he's 6'5"! And he looks so old now, even though he's just a junior in high school. 'Tis crazyness. We sat upstairs and talked with the adults for awhile. I chowed down on Fannie Mae chocolate and cocktail shrimp :D I actually managed to restrain myself and not eat all of either item. Everyone was amazed!
My parents brought some wine, so Mom, Nana (my grandma), and I had some of that. Normally I hate wine, no matter whether it's white or red. But this was a nice strawberry flavored white zinfandel, so it was actually pretty good. Arbor Mist is now my wine of choice ;) I definitely felt old. I was the only one of the kids old enough to drink. Weirdness. We opened presents while everyone was still together. Got a $20 Best Buy gift card (whee I can get the Franz Ferdinand CD!) and a cute compact mirror from my Uncle Bob and Aunt Julie. The gift card was hilarious! It had all sorts of silly warnings like "This cannot be used to pay off charges on your Best Buy credit card" and "This is not a credit/debit card." Can you just imagine someone mailing in the gift card to their credit card company? "That plus this check for $40 just about covers it." Or how about handing their gift card over at a restaurant to pay for a meal? "Just put it on my card." Jesse and I giggled for a few minutes over it. :)
My Nana and Poppa (grandparents on my dad's side) gave me $20 and a cute little pouch with earrings in it. Nana was very excited because the hoops had interchangable charms. They were very cute, but there was just one problem: my ears aren't pierced. Nor will they ever be. Nana and Poppa actually get me earrings quite often for Christmas. I just haven't had the heart to tell them I can't use them. So I just give them to my mom. :) Mom keeps trying to think of ways to tell them that earrings are not a good present for me, but she can't think of a nice way to do it. And she doesn't want to hurt their feelings. So whatever. My mom deserves an extra present :) And that $20 is going to be great for my little shopping spree at Best Buy tomorrow :D Any suggestions of things I should buy?
Anyways, the adults kinda hinted that they wanted us to get lost, so we all trooped downstairs to entertain ourselves. We watched Mickey's new Dodgeball DVD. The movie was kinda stupid, but really funny. And it had a pirate! Everything's better with a pirate :) Ben Stiller was pretty crazy in that movie. And Alan Tudyk from A Knight's Tale was in the movie too (as Pirate Steve!). I love that guy. So that was fun.
We tried playing Mickey's new Trivial Pursuit: 90s edition for awhile. We made the mistake of playing separately. Even though it was about the 90s, we still sucked. But the questions were weird! "What wine grape varietal is only available in America?" WTF mate?? (It's white zinfandel, for those of you not in the know.) Then there were some crazy questions about computers and about little known government leaders and shit like that. I really am not a fan of those Trivial Pursuit games. I don't care what people say: they ARE NOT fun! The only Trivial Pursuit game I do like is the LOTR version Marta and Dorkage got me for Christmas. Of course, this may only be because Vera and I kick ass at it! But anyways, it kinda annoys me when people assume that how well you do at Trivial Pursuit reflects on your intelligence. As in: "Man, you're in college. I thought you'd be doing well at this." Right. I major in useless knowledge just so I can impress people when I play trivia games :P I don't watch TV very much at all. So I won't know all the sports and leisure questions. That's two sections right there I am going to fail at. I don't pay very much attention to popular culture. I don't care who holds what position in government. All I need to know is the President and who I elect to represent me in Congress. And I don't memorize history books. So that pretty much eliminates most of the ways I would learn the answers to the questions asked. So yeah, bite me.
We all went upstairs to eat part-way through the game. Dinner was fantastic and I pigged out. Felt nice and stuffed afterwards. We all went downstairs to finish the game. Poppa joined us after dinner and insisted on blurting out all the answers before any of us could answer. He gave out wrong answers about half the time, but it was still really annoying. I HATE when people do that. Totally ruins the game. It's one thing to call out the answer after the person gives up, but to answer before they do is really idiotic and rude. But then again, Poppa's not one to be polite. Grrrr. Jesse quit halfway through the game. The rest of us continued for awhile, but after Poppa had asked us at least five times "Are you done yet?" we decided to give up.
He left a little while after that and we debated what to do next. Mickey flipped through the channels and found School of Rock and we decided to watch that. Another funny movie, if a bit predictable. It was cute and I was surprised when Uncle Bob and Mickey told me that the kids actually knew how to play the instruments and that was how they were recruited for the movie. The drummer apparently lives in their area and is part of a band. Weird, eh?
We had dessert at 7:30. Apple pie plus vanilla ice cream = the yum. Watched some old Daily Show episodes the boys had taped and then it was time to go. 'Twas a good Christmas, all in all. Just glad to have a break again for awhile before I have to write more papers.