That's right, Ape Escape. Words cannot describe how much I love these cuddly, world-dominating little apes.
On Saturday night, Nick and I went to the cemetery to see the luminaries. Of course it was the cemetery where my grandfather is buried, and so I stopped and bought some red carnations (the kind that were on his casket last year) to put on his grave. I knew it would be hard, but I didn't expect it to be as hard as it was. I took a few minutes at the grave to simultaneously think and bawl and with the anniversary of his death being only three days away, I think I'd like to go back alone. Save Aunt Helen, my grandfather was pretty much the last remaining member of my extended family. I have no one outside of my parents. But in place of that there is good - like our connection with Donna and Debbie and their families. We're going over to Donna's on Friday night and I can't wait can't wait can't wait. Bring on the food and the dressing up and the games and the wine and the silliness.
Yesterday was spent baking cookies, shopping, and wrapping presents. The only person I have left to buy for is my mother. I thought I'd buy it today, but then Nick and I ended up spending almost the entire day in Baltimore. He showed me the site of the movie shoot that he participated in last year for Invasion of the Body Snatchers and took me to the building on which he spoke to *le gasp* Nicole Kidman! He was cold, and she walked over to him and said, "Don't worry, it'll be over soon." A moment like this... :]
I like spending time in Baltimore every once in a while, but I could never live in such a huge city. All that smog and the tall buildings that constantly seem like they're closing in. Even the panhandlers and beggars at every corner, especially during the holidays, are enough to make me stay in Hagerstown. Several asked Nick and I for change, tried to tell us stories, and one danced a circle around us while singing praises to the Lord. One crossed a street when he didn't have the right-of-way, and almost got hit numerous times. He spat on the hoods of the beeping cars and yelled every obscenity imaginable. It was heartbreaking.
Day trips take a lot out of me, so I'm off to bed.
Current Location: Hagerstown
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Stevie Wonder -- "Livin' for the City"