Matthew's Big Blog of Adventure!

Sunday, December 25


Merry Christmas Everyone!

Phew! I just finished wrapping all the presents! It seems like I left everything until the last minute this year -- my Christmas shopping finally concluded the 23rd. Trying to sneak the gifts under the tree was impossible since Aunt Merris came by earlier today and dropped off a truckload of presents. This year everyone gave so much! Tomorrow, our morning services are an hour later than normal, so Dad, Mom, and I are leaving for the Lord's Supper around 9:15. Uncle David, Aunt Merris, Grandma, and the girls are coming for Family Bible Hour, which starts at 11:00, I think. After that, we'll have our Christmas dinner and open presents.

Normally, presents are the first thing we do -- along with eating Mom's traditional Christmas stollen -- although we're still not sure if Charlotte will stand for dinner before presents. ^_^

I should be getting to bed soon, but before I go, I've got to tell you about an awesome site I just found! A friend and I are starting an ensemble for our collegian back at college and have been looking for music to use in the upcoming barbershop competition this Spring semester. After a little surfing, I found the Barbershop Harmony Society, which has tons of free sheet music online and tips on how to improve your group. It also has a search for groups in your area if you're interested in singing with some other guys. There's one in Pensacola that's having a concert at the church right across the street from PCC, and there's even one here in Augusta headed by *surprise!* a guy who lives in our neighborhood!

If only I spent more time here at home! I'll have to tell Keith -- he joined the Augusta Choral Society and sang in their performance of the Messiah at Sacred Heart Cultural Center a week or so ago.

Well, time for bed to dream about chestnuts and their recovery in America from chestnut blight... and such. Oh yeah! With all the presents and candy, don't forget what Christmas is really all about!

Merry Christmas again!

Thursday, December 22

Back in the swing

Hey gang!

I'm back from college for Christmas break now and have had some time to recover! I just got back from a hunting trip with my Uncle out to Eatonton, GA where some relatives of ours live. Sadly, we didn't see any deer, but I did see four bobcats. They were beautiful! Two of them were kittens and kept pouncing on each other instead of the rabbit that darted away from the bunch. We also came away with two big bags of pecans we picked up off their lawn. Just walking across their yard, we crunched about a bucket's worth.

With the heavy social calendar my family has, it looks the break will be a bit shorter than I had hoped. ;) Christmas evening, we're probably getting together with some friends to go and see the Chronicles of Narnia. On the 27th, we're going to an after-Christmas Christmas music party. I need to prepare a few pieces to play for that, and I should probably start working on my concerto for next semester -- it turns out that the contest is in the Spring semester this year rather than the Fall one. January 1st, Crista and I will fly to Massachusetts to visit with Grandpa and join up with my Mom and Charlotte (who are leaving December 28th.)

Now for school stuff!

This semester was my busiest ever! (With next semester looking like more of the same.) Still, I did have a little time to eat with friends now and then... and, oh yeah... take pictures! Click here to see my most recent photos, or here to see just photos from PCC.

PCC is building an extension to the Sports Center. The sign above the model reads:

Ground Floor
- 2 big boulders, 12 feet tall
- Tall climbing walls
- Water park with 2 water slides
- A surfing wave
- 8 new racquetball courts

Mezzanine Level
- Roller Skating Track
- Cardio Machines
- Weight Lifting

Upper Deck
- Sun bathing

Construction Begins: October 2005
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2007

Check back for more as I update during the Christmas break!