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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cassie's Journal - December 20, 2016

This felt like a wrap-up day at school; though we still have three days to go to the holidays.  The first day of winter started out chilly-enough, but we also managed to have the temperature climb about freezing for a few hours this afternoon – and the warming is forecast to continue.  The chances of a white Christmas are going downhill; though I can always hope that the weather experts will be wrong and we won’t have a warm, rainy Christmas Day!

Our morning at home was uneventful; my school day was filled with music and Christmas cheer; and then Michael and I were busy with our final band and praise team practices of twenty-sixteen.  The concert band practice was all about the pageant on Thursday; marching band practice was all about the Disney music and getting ready for our trip; and our teen praise team practice was the shortest in quite a while because we only needed to work on a few songs for the Christmas weekend services.  I’ll add one bit of news for the marching band – we’ve unofficially hit our fundraising target thanks to a Christmas gift from BMR labs that makes sure we have the final payment for the travel and hotel expenses.  The fundraising will continue, since there are some incidental expenses and spending money we want to have for some of the band members that need that kind of help; but we’ll keep that part of the news quiet to avoid making things weird for any of those teens.

I missed out on all of the home fun while I was busy at school and with our practices, but Violet and Dillon were back at the lab today; Ethan and Ehlana were there with Mom for the afternoon too; and Ehlana is especially happy to get bonus work time in her lab while Dillon’s there to do research with her.  Michael and I got that update from Mom, Dad, and the twins after we got home from the church; we did our homework and a Magi lesson; and then took care of getting the twins tucked in for the night before Michael and I got to have a bit of alone time in the lounge until he needed to get home for the night.  That was all fun, but it also meant a late start to my work and studying; so I used a time phase for as much of it as I could do; and then worked in real time for the parts that needed to be done online or linked to the systems at the lab.  A shorter day would have been nice, but tomorrow is Winter Solstice as well as an after-school work day; so maybe the stars will align to let me have an early bedtime tomorrow instead! ;^)

Quit laughing – it does actually happen that way for me now and then – if not nearly as often as I’d like.

That is all of the news for today, though; so let’s get to the music part of this update; and wrap up this report with a multimedia bow!  I have more a Cappella for the Christmas music video pick, and while I know that isn’t for everyone; you have to love a fresh take on an old classic; so give Pentatonix a chance and you might enjoy this busy little song as much as I do!

I’m off to nap mode now; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!