New Year, New Things

Although 2011 hasn’t been off to the best start, I try to maintain a positive attitude whenever possible, so let’s explore some new things in my life, shall we?

New Things! 

1. New thing number one is actually not a new thing at all, it’s an old thing. It’s my guitar! My parents gave me a guitar for my 16th birthday, and I started taking lessons that summer. I know all the basic chords and can strum out easy songs. My goal now is to practice a lot and be able to play more complicated strumming patterns and such. Right now my fingers are very sore, because the calluses haven’t formed yet. 

2. I’m was so excited for new this new thing and I didn’t even expect in my wildest dreams that I would get it. It was the perfect Christmas present because it wasn’t something I asked for (granted, I asked for two things, one of them being sheets, haha). It wasn’t even something I knew I wanted until I had it in my hands. My sister’s fiance caught a perfect succession of me opening it on Christmas morning…

In case you couldn’t tell from the pictures, it’s a Kindle! Book suggestions are welcome. I’ve already read so far on the Kindle The Room, The Hangman’s Daughter, Water For Elephants and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And played about 50 games of Scrabble.

3. You might have noticed that I mentioned that my sister has a fiance. That’s right, my little sister is getting married! I’ve known about this since September, but somehow didn’t get around to blogging about it. This is, of course, worthy of an entire post, and most likely this isn’t the last you’ll be hearing about it. The new thing for me though is that when I was home my sister asked me to be her maid of honor! I’ve become slightly obsessed with various wedding websites, but can I just say that I’m SO GLAD I’m not the bride. And so glad that my sister is calm and collected and has a lot of things already taken care of…and the wedding’s not until August!

And last but not least, if you’ve been wondering why I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, it’s that I’ve had my hands kind of full…

She’s not crying, just squirming a bit


4. Haha, just kidding, the baby isn’t mine. My cousin and his wife had a beautiful baby girl right before Christmas and I got to meet her when I was home. She’s a cutie and from what I could garner from the short time I was with her, a very well-behaved young lady.

I couldn’t resist posting this picture. This is baby H. with her uncle, my cousin M. Apparently, his arms are like magic, and whenever she’s crying he can make her stop just by holding her. Isn’t that the sweetest?

That’s all for now. What’s new in your life?


Congrats, cuz!

My cousin got married yesterday! I’m so happy for him and his new wife. It sounds so weird to say “married” and “wife” when talking about my cousin, considering I’m the oldest cousin and can’t even fathom getting married yet! But I know everyone is different and I wish them the best. My brother and I were the only cousins not in attendance, because he had a football game and I was, well, a bit far away to travel to Vermont for the weekend.

When are they going to invent teleportation?

My sister and her boyfriend and my cousin’s wife are the only people with brown hair in the above picture. I’m not sure how, but everyone else turned out blond, despite it being the recessive gene. And all my cousins have at least one parent with brown hair, well, except for my aunt who has red hair. Until I was three I had blond hair:

I was cute, right?

Anyway, I have a week of semi-vacation so I’m looking forward to relaxing, getting some stuff done around the apartment and having fun with friends. Look for some posts on the Chilean Fiestas Patrias this week!