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“Although It’s Been Said Many Times, Many Ways…”

Posted in Church, College, Family, Home, School with tags , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by Jeremy


…Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day ended up being quite satisfactory.  The little gathering last night with another family was not bad at all.  The presents weren’t really amazing, but I’m content.  Christmas Day, I ate leftovers from last night, slept, played the piano a lot, and worked on college stuff.

I’m sure that if this happened a few years back, I’d be complaining, but I guess I’m used to lackluster Christmases.  As long as I’m not feeling miserable, I’m happy.  It might not be a perfect Christmas, but I’m fine.

On the other hand, worst Christmas season ever.  (Technically, it’s the Advent season, but…whatever.)

Darkest Before the Dawn Again

Posted in Belleville, Family, Friends, Home with tags , , , , on December 26, 2009 by Jeremy


Christmas Eve

We can talk all we want about what bothers us, but it’s ultimately going to be our decision to fix things.  Either lie down and mope around, or get up and do something with your life.

Kick those negative feelings out.   They’re just a waste of time.  Pick yourself up and carry on.

Sometimes, it’s better to forget there was a problem to begin with than dwelling on it.  Not the best approach, but life needs to continue.

Thanks Greg, Joe, Jay and Michael.

Jeremy Sent Out Lapras!

Posted in Friends, Out of Town with tags , , , , on December 19, 2009 by Jeremy


Second snowy day/night of the year.  Classified as a blizzard!  Awesome, right?

Went Christmas shopping for Secret Santa.  It sucks that I don’t have money for anyone else.  I feel really bad.

Passionate Carols

Posted in Belleville, Events, Friends, School with tags , , , , on December 19, 2009 by Jeremy


Winter concert in school.  Many of my friends were either in the choir, the orchestra, or the band.  Some nice holiday music to get you in the mood.

Bah, I really want to learn how to play the violin.  I could’ve been a prodigy!

It’s Been a While

Posted in Friends, Out of State, Out of Town with tags , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by Jeremy


(My birthday’s on the 22nd, but for some reason, I’ve written on some forms that my birthday is the 12th.  Go figure.  Anyway.)

Cue in mediocre rendition of the chorus of “Empire State of Mind”:

“New York!  *mumble mumble*  The lights will inspire you!”

Aissa, a friend who’s always busy, told us a couple of weeks ago that she would be free today to do whatever.  Of course, for the one time we hang out with someone we don’t normally see, we would have to do something pretty significant to make it worthwhile.  So Aissa took the reins and planned a trip to New York with some friends.

So six of us went today.  Chinatown was one of the stops, as usual.  My friends are more knowledgeable about the place than I am, so we were going from store to store browsing and eating.  I got my haircut too.

Then, we went uptown to Times Square.  (By subway then by foot)  There were like hundreds of people dressed up as Santa Clauses, walking around and spreading some holiday cheer.  It was pretty strange, but in the end, we just went along with it.

Afterwards, we walked to Rockefeller Center for the tree.  As expected, it was crowded, but the tree was nice.  Honestly, though, it was kind of underwhelming.  I guess I pictured a skyscraper-sized Christmas tree in my head, but that’s impossible, of course.  At least, now I can say that I’ve seen the tree.  (Yes, it was my first time.)

Then, home to Jersey, where we hung out at Newport for a short while.

Now about the picture.  These two girls were funny.  They don’t really see each other in school often.  Not much contact between them because they don’t really have any classes in common.  Then, all of a sudden, they were best friends during the trip.  They were walking together, buying stuff together, and eating together.  I don’t know.  I just found it hilarious.

Smother You with Christmas

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Stuff with tags , , , on December 5, 2009 by Jeremy


That’s right!  More Christmas-related photographs!

Following the ceremony yesterday at Rockefeller Center, my town organized the annual tree-lighting ceremony for tonight.  I’ve gone the past two years, and I think it sort of helps to get me in the Christmas spirit.  Something like that.

But, honestly, I don’t even know why I go anymore.  I know for the past two years, I helped out with the equipment that some officials used for the ceremony.  Microphones, speakers, you know.

This year, however, I was not given that task, but I still went.  I remember last year that I just “hung out” with the a cappella group.  The members are nice and all, but they’re so close to each other that I felt like I was just there.  So, for the most part, I felt alone. In addition, naturally, they sing pretty well.  Despite my interest in music, I’m not a very experienced singer.  They can read music, sing the music, and sound wonderful.  I, on the hand, yea, not so much.  They would practice around me before their little performance, and I’d just be standing there, listening to them.

This year, the experience was pretty similar. I guess I really only went so I can meet up and hang out with another friend afterwards.

Oh, and yea, I’m not really sure if this got me in the spirit of Christmas.

Dumbest Idea Ever

Posted in Belleville, Events, Friends, Home, Out of State, Out of Town, School, Stuff with tags , , , , , on December 5, 2009 by Jeremy


Oh snap!

If you can still remember from my post back in the first week of school, I have a law class.  My teacher organizes mock trials throughout the year.  At first, I was pretty nervous about it.  I remember watching a mock trial once two years ago in school, and I thought to myself, “Yea, there’s no way I can act like an attorney like that guy.”

Who knew that I’d find myself in this class?  Who knew that I’d be participating in a huge mock trial, acting as the lead attorney?  I didn’t, but mock trial was the highlight of my day.  My law teacher and a U.S. History teacher worked together to organize a trial that involved the soldiers who were in the Boston Massacre.  After several weeks since the announcement of the project, we finally had the trial today.

Long story short, I really had a great time, except in the beginning.  Since I was in the defense team, the first time I had to get up was to cross-examine one of the witnesses.  (It’s all right if you don’t know what I’m talking about.  Just take my word for it.)  I didn’t prepare questions for this one witness, so I went up there nervous as ever.  I fumbled and paused for a long time.  It was pretty embarrassing.

Anyway, long story short (for real now), it was an amazing experience.  After that one mistake, I was barely nervous for the subsequent examinations.  I guess people do change, huh?

The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York was also scheduled for today.  My friends and I really wanted to see it, but due to some unfortunate circumstances, we had to cancel the plan.  Sigh.  It definitely would have been nice, but right after school, I had a doctor’s appointment for which I had to wait about two hours, just to get results from some tests last week.  It was also going to rain in New York City, and we had some intense homework that night.  So, after some deliberation, I decided, “This is a bad idea.”

So, I present to you our modest Christmas tree at home.

“OMG! It’s Real!”

Posted in Church, Out of Town, Stuff with tags , , , on December 5, 2009 by Jeremy


More Christmas stuff!  I volunteered to help today at church to sell some Christmas wreaths before the Mass.

Selling for $20, the wreaths didn’t look anything special.  Just a ring of fake grass with colorful ornaments.

Well, I thought they weren’t anything special until I actually touched one and found out that that ring of fake grass was actually made of real…whatever tree it is.  I thought it was so cool. All my life, our Christmas decorations always consisted of fake greenery that were reused every year.  Aside from a real Christmas tree, I didn’t know that people make use of authentic wreaths and stuff.

Anyway, that discovery made my morning.

P.S. I passed the halfway point for the project a few days ago, and I’ve been meaning to take note of that.  So tada.

Quick Transition

Posted in Family, Friends, Home, Out of Town with tags , , , , on December 2, 2009 by Jeremy


Some people are very good at switching from Thanksgiving mode to Christmas mode.  They can’t beat my parents though.  We already had decorations up even before Thanksgiving came.

Well, only inside the house.