Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope that you achieve all of the goals that you set for yourselves. Don't party too hard tonight.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Nice Holiday

My family had a very nice Christmas. All of our relatives from Michigan, New York, and Florida came to our house. This was the first time all of us were together in a few years. Including myself, there were 13 kids present. I, for once, was not the oldest of the kids. My cousin Thomas, who is 16, came from Kalamazoo. It was awesome, all of the youngins were gravitating toward him rather than myself. However, i was at the bottom of a dogpile. I was chilling on the floor with my dog, when his royal highness Ryan shouted "Tackle Him!!" Then ten or so overly hyper kids jumped me. Not a very lovely feeling gasping for air. Those moronic family portraits we took at Sears a couple of weeks ago made their grand appearance over the fireplace. Apparently they were a hit with the adults. The kids beg to differ. I made out pretty well. I asked for an iPod touch and received an iPhone instead. I haven't had a chance to play around with it too much but it seems pretty cool. Naturally I received plenty of cycling stuff. My uncle replaced my broken down trainer with a shiny new one. Thanks Uncle Mike! I also received new gloves (my hands were busting out of my old ones), and new sunglasses. Pretty sweet. I'll tally everything up and make a post. Just having everyone together made the holiday fun. When all of us are together, fun is guaranteed. My mom and my aunt Helen were dancing to Van Halen in the middle of the living room and making complete fools of themselves. I've got that on video. Anyway, I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. There's still one more holiday to go!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a nice holiday!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Stay Away from the Mall!!!

I wanted to go to the mall this morning and pick up a couple of gifts for my cousins, boy was that a bad idea. It took my mom forever to find a parking spot. And then it took forever to make our way through Macy's just to get into the mall. Needless to say I didn't buy anything. We're going to go tomorrow instead.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sigh of Relief

I am finally done with my school project...not to mention school for the year. I'll be off for the next two weeks. That stupid project took me weeks to finish. I was nice enough and lent a helping hand to a few of my classmates who were in dire need of help. I don't blame them for needing help. This was a toughie. I had my dad helping me too. I'm going to try and post it on my blog, but it may require some trial and error. Now it's time to kick back and relax.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holiday Cards

What a disaster Saturday's picture-fest turned out to be. Apparently my Brady Bunch family isn't the only one who does these picture cards for the holidays. There were so many people lined up in Sears I couldn't believe it. We had to wait almost an hour before we were taken. I was getting a laugh though. For some reason all I kept thinking of was that photo of Will Ferrell and John Reilly for the movie Step Brothers. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here. My cousin Ryan and I were clowning around and we actually took a photo together just like that. That was the only good that came out of that day. We couldn't even have California Pizza Kitchen. We had to settle for Sbarro's, which doesn't sit well with me for some reason.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Pictures

Would you believe my parents and my aunt & uncle are making my cousins and I go and take photos together? They decided it would be a good idea to send out those Christmas cards with pictures of their children on it. I am not happy about this. I don't need my scary picture being passed all over the continental United States. We're also taking a big family picture to display on Christmas at our house. There's going to be a lot of cracked picture frames around the country. Better let Santa know you need a backup frame. I'm starting to think my family is related to the Brady Bunch.

Aggrevating Report

This report for English is consuming all of my free time and all of my patience. So far, I've finished five pages out of eight. This has to be submitted by next Friday.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Guitar Lessons

My lessons have been going pretty well. I'm pretty confident in reading sheet music now. That wasn't so hard since I know how to read it for piano and trumpet. I need to work on transferring the notes I read to my fingers though. My teacher is awesome and very patient. Aside from doing scales, he's been letting me tackle some songs from select bands. Since finger tapping is something I can't do yet, I had to omit Van Halen from my requests. So I was attempting to play Back in Black by AC/DC. I'll spare you the details. My rendition would've made Angus Young keel over. I mutilated it. But let me tell you, I appreciate guitarists even more now.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hobby?

In English class today, we were talking about hobbies. Talk about a really boring conversation. I can't believe someone actually collects insects as a hobby. Not that there's anything wrong with that. So when the teacher asked me, naturally I said music and then I paused. I didn't know if I should consider cycling a hobby. There are those that casually ride on the weekends, or maybe once or twice during the week. Then there are those who compete and spend most of their week training. As for myself, I lean more towards the latter. So I really didn't know if I should've mentioned it. After about five seconds of dead air, my friend Anthony blurted out "cycling!". I guess it is a hobby. Someone needs to come up with a word for this. It's in between hobby and obsession.

Monday, December 1, 2008

School Project

I am working on a school project for my English class that involves manipulating photos digitally. Cue the new Photoshop my dad brought home a couple of weeks ago. I decided to play around with it before delving into my project. Soooooo, I kind of went a little nuts and animated the header at the top of the page. Yeah, I think I'm losing it. It took me a bit, but I figured out how to import animated gifs into blogger. It's a pain in the - - -! Depending on how insane I feel, I may do more. Something tells me I'll never hear the end of this.