Christmas, 2011

Yep. It’s been oh, a century or so since we’ve had updates here. Life has mysteriously continued to thrive on the planet, despite the fact that we’ve been generally absent from the blogosphere. Funny.

It’s Christmas 2011 and time for that end-of-year update. We managed to slip back East for a couple minutes this summer; go figure we’d land in Philly during the heatwave. I don’t think I’ve ever dropped that much sweat in my entire life, but I digress. It was great seeing family and we stayed with my mom, who was probably glad this strange troupe of California bulls-in-a-chinashop left her home relatively intact at our departure. She lives a quiet existence and we took over her livingroom (Khalil slept there) and her extra bedroom, plus our electronic stuff was in the corner of her dining room and we asked for a decently-sized area in her freezer so we could bring back the usual accompaniment of goodies that are not sold west of the Mississippi. Speaking of frozen goodies, remind me to tell you of how we set the TSA in a fit at Philly Airport with a frozen log of pork roll…We saw a bunch of Sistrunks and a few Berrys, not to mention a handful of Salem-ites to whom we claim no formal familial affiliation (y’all who were at the park for music–you know who you are…). We participated in a good old-fashioned car chase too; it happened on our way to Salem through Bridgeton and it’s too good of a tale to put in writing, so the next time you visit San Bernardino be sure to ask one of us to tell you about it.

As the roses continue to bloom in our yard, the kids are getting older and we are getting…I don’t know what we’re getting. Forgetful, perhaps?

Speaking of getting, we are still working our way up to getting a dog. Photos will be posted once a suitable animal is found (and to be clear, suitable means he or she won’t kill or be killed by the three feline people who already co-habitate at the Neal abode).

As far as follow-up stories, Christopher is still working with KCAA radio. Khalil is going to be 17 in March and I am counting down the days to his 18th birthday. I’m still at Azusa Pacific University but am working on the Azusa campus this year instead of at the Center as I’ve done since 2007. Learning continues for us all, but no new degrees in the house this year.

That about sums it up for now.  Be well and enjoy life. We find that it gets shorter every day, so you better get your jollies while you can and leave misery somewhere else. It’s tough sometimes, but all we can do is try, right? Until next time, we’ll leave the light on for ya.


Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 Annual Updates

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