A Christmas Roundup

I guess this Christmas makes me officially an adult. I was way more excited about the presents I was giving than the ones I might receive. I had found several I thought were quite perfect.

Little did I know my jaw would drop when it came time to open my last gift. My girlfriend and I have been dating a little over a year. Last year was quite awkward; we had only been dating for a few weeks. It was very difficult to figure out an appropriate gift. This year, we obviously knew each other better. That let to more personalized gifts. I thought I had done pretty well with birthstone earrings. But she outdid me by a mile.

I know this sounds weird, but I am a weird individual. She took some of my favorite things, and mixed them with some things that are important to both of us.

IMAG1024-1 Les Miserables was the first musical I ever saw on stage. It was, in fact, the musical that made me start loving musicals. I first saw the 10th Anniversary concert on PBS when I was 11, and then the tickets to the show were my 13th birthday present. I took my girlfriend to see it earlier this year, and we are planning to go see the movie tomorrow.

Isaiah 40:31 has been one of my favorite verses for years. It is reassuring when the waiting becomes difficult. I also collect eagles, so it reflects that as well.

I wear bowties. I know most people consider it weird, but it is one of my quirks.

My uncle got me a Nikon D80 for my graduation from undergrad. Photography became my hobby during grad school as a much needed distraction from research and studying. Basically, it kept me from becoming overly focused on one thing.

My undergrad major was political science. Grad school led to me studying public administration and policy. Basically, I am a political nerd. Not to mention, I love my country.

Orange Colored Sky has been “our song” since we first started dating. When we met, I wasn’t thinking about a relationship, especially given the circumstances. So, the lyrics are particularly meaningful.

I was walking along minding my business
When love came and hit me in the eye
Flash, bam, alacazam,
Out of the orange colored sky

It was played at the first concert we went to together, which we (or at least I) didn’t think of as a date, and the rest is history.

It was a wonderful day. I can only hope the rest of the week follows suite. 🙂

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