Happy Ho, Ho, Ho-lidays Friends and Family!!!!!

With Christmas around the corner, it’s the season for a lot of different things. Gingerbread houses, giving, and eggnog are the first three things that come to my mind. There are a number of traditions that make the season what it is, but one thing I’ve always enjoyed about this time of year is receiving family Christmas letters from friends at all corners of the globe. While we often received them, my family never wrote a Christmas letter, but I thought this year I’d try my hand at writing one myself.

The names of people involved have been at least slightly changed to protect the innocent (or guilty, depending on how you look at it).

Season’s Greetings Friends and Family!!!!!!!

Well, the holiday season has arrived, although here in Southern California you can only tell by the sudden spike in retail, because as most of you know, the Mediterranean/dry summer-subtropical climate we enjoy here in the good ol’ City of Angels keeps us hovering comfortably in the serene seventies throughout the winter months. Even today we enjoyed clear skies and a comfy high of seventy-five!!!!! While most of you are shoveling your walks and scraping ice off your windshields, we’re out here improving our beach volleyball skills well into January! HA! Suckers… (just kidding, of course ;-) ) I like to think that the sunshine is God smiling on this, His favorite, most blessed city! We did have some rain last week, but I don’t think we’re going to be starting any trends, if you know what I mean!

So with the Christmas season upon us, and the year coming to a close, not only does it become a season of giving and sharing, but also a season of retrospection, and that’s the purpose of this letter. I never told myself I’d become one of those people who writes a generic Christmas letter, but here I am!! Surprise, surprise!!!!!!!!! With so many friends all across the country, it’s such a simple, easy way to update everyone, and have a little wintertime fun in the process, too!!!

Well, as most of you know, I recently moved into a new apartment, with three new roommates, Greg, JT, and Mark. We’re all loving it, and getting along famously! We’ve been doing a few small home improvement projects to our humble abode over the past few months, and now it’s starting to look and feel like a real, authentic home, although it’s safe to say, we’ve made more than a few Ikea runs!! (Ha, Ha, Ha) We’ve been trying to stay familiar with each other despite our diverging schedules, and have even made time once a week to get together and have dinner. Not only does it give us a chance to catch up, but it also gives us a great opportunity to share some great recipes with each other!! (I don’t know if any of you have ever had Mark’s famous kung pao chicken stir fry, but if you have, you’ll know what I mean when I say we had to refill the Brita more than a few times!!!!)

Since I’m sure you’re all wondering what we residents of apartment B32 are up to, it’s time for the roommate updates!!

Greg- Greg is in his fifth year at APU, because his senior year was so nice, he had to try it twice!! (JK, Greg!!!) Anyway, Greg is “tying up the loose ends” as we all like to say around here, planning on graduating in May (Class of ’08! WOOHOO!) and we’re getting excited for him!!! Greg’s got a lighter schedule than he’s had his previous four years, and so he’s been spending his spare time falling asleep to episodes of “The West Wing,” making-slash-studying state capitol flashcards, and teaching himself the “Soulja Boy” dance. You should see Greg “Supa Man dat hoe!!” It’s quite a sight to behold!!

JT- JT is also in his fifth and final year here at APU, and has accomplished a lot over this past semester!! Not only did JT fix a broken XBOX 360, but he’s also completed two (count em, TWO!!!) full games of Guitar Hero!! Great job, JT!! JT also took his talents into the real world, putting on a successful Guitar Hero Competition for all the students of APU, and was surprised to find he likely could have won his own competition (blindfolded, probably!!!) JT is currently battling through a nasty bout of tonsillitis, so here’s hoping Santa brings JT some healthy tonsils in his stocking come December 25th!!! Have you been good this year, JT?!?!?

Mark- Boy, are we ever proud of Mark around here!! Mark started his time with us a bit slowly, accompanied by a pair of crutches he acquired after dislocating his hip in a freak waterskiing accident over the summer. Those crutches, however, didn’t slow him from acquiring a great new job as a high school math teacher, complete with benefits and a nice paycheck!!! WAY TO GO, MARK!!!!!!! We like to joke that since Mark is the truest breadwinner around the apartment, we should let him take care of all the monthly bills, Haha!!! Between the classes he teaches, and the classes he takes getting his credential, we don’t really see much of Mark around here, but when we do, boy does he sure make an impression!! The one thing we’ve all learned from Mark this semester is that the absolute value of math is always POSITIVE!!

Penny- No discussion of the roommates would be complete without our unofficial “fifth” roommate, Penny (or Penj, as we like to call her). Penny’s around so much, she might as well be considered a part of the family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way!!! Penny’s got a job waiting tables at a ritzy restaurant in Monrovia, but when she isn’t smooth talking seniors for bigger tips (a particular specialty of hers, wink, wink!!!), she’s bringing her unique brand of sunshine into our apartment!! We like having her around despite the sarcastic jabs we may toss her way!! (only in jest, of course!!) Penny keeps us up to date on the hippest trends and all the slang words she invents, so I guess it all evens out! Mostly I think we keep Penny around because she’s one of the few people who will laugh at all of our jokes, haha!!!!

So that’s it for the roommate updates. As for me, if you’ve been keeping up your reading on the blog (as well you should be!!!) there’s not much more exciting news you don’t already know from my postings. We’re wishing the holiday season treats you as well as it’s been treating us here at B32, and here’s hoping your stockings (and stomachs) don’t stay empty long this pleasant holiday season :-) !!!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Merry Folks of B32


3 Responses to “Happy Ho, Ho, Ho-lidays Friends and Family!!!!!”

  1. 1 Leslie
    December 7, 2007 at 4:30 am

    Oh Andy, I love your blog! Give my best to Greg and Penny.

  2. 2 mattvaudrey
    December 7, 2007 at 5:44 am

    After reading this, I went to the restroom and shit a candy cane and a half-pound of mint fudge. LOL, JK, G2G.

  3. 3 Sam
    December 7, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Andyyyy this is like the book we read on the Mediterranean shooooooooores.


    You’re a genius.

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