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Christmas this year was a bit unusual.

My mom figured that we all just spend money getting things that no one really needs, or just giving each other gift cards anyway. We might as well just write each other checks each Christmas, in her opinion. Which is pretty much true, these days.

So instead of exchanging gifts, everyone got twenty-five dollars to use on whatever they wanted. We put everyone's name into a bag and took turns randomly choosing someone else's name. Then each of us wrote a poem, riddle, or a couple lines about that person, taking care not to write anything that might give away our identity. Then on Christmas, we all sat around and read them aloud, trying to guess who had written each one. The person with the most correct guesses got to have one "Christmas freebie" from each person, to be used within the year. My little sister won, so she'll probably be using them for things like "Walk the dog for me" or "I want to go out with my friends on a school night".

But Christmas was especially exciting because of this. :D

And to top it all off, I just found out today that Cambridge University has made me a conditional offer of admission to their Pathology PhD program. As long as I can manage to earn a 2-1, then I'm officially accepted. I'm...stunned. That would be absolutely fantastic. I'm still waiting to hear back from Oxford and the other schools I've applied to, but this is just a huge, lovely surprise for me.

I'm so happy! ♥

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Date: 2007-12-28 01:01 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] nekojita.livejournal.com
That sounds like a wonderful Christmas, and CONGRATS! That's such an amazing offer, I hope things go through for you.

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm keeping my fingers crossed. :)

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Date: 2007-12-28 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beckyincharge.livejournal.com
that is BRILLIANT! i mean... honestly, I can't say I'm surprised that it happened, but there is nobody more deserving than you, that's for sure!

I'm glad you had a good Christmas... I may suggest that to my family next year. I think it really brings out what Christmas is really about (and takes the pressure off gift giving, lol.)

Love you!

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thank you, dear! It was so great to see you last night; we need to hang out more often! ♥

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Date: 2007-12-28 08:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktroo85.livejournal.com
Congratulations! So happy for you! (You get to stay as a *LES too).

Glad you had a good christmas, mine was very quiet, just me dad and granddad. Mind you on boxing day we went and watched a mummers play and Morris dancing in the next village. Off to Nutcracker today (so so excited) then tomorrow is corset shopping and VOLES!

Congratulations again! Missing you but see you in less than two weeks? xxxx
p.s. what would you like for your birthday?

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thanks! It would be a bit strange to see *LES from the CULES side, I think. But I'd love to be able to continue light entertaining. :)

I still haven't seen any Morris dancing. Well, besides yours... ;P

There's nothing that I really need for my birthday, but you're such a sweetheart to ask! ♥

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Date: 2007-12-28 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sccye.livejournal.com
Woop! Well done Cass! That's fantastical news. Academic winnitude AND continued light entertainment lovings. When would the PhD start? 'cause, yanno, if you were in England around the time when various weddings were taking place, that'd be very nice.

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Date: 2007-12-28 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ktroo85.livejournal.com
Weddings? Have I missed something here due to my annual hibernation?

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thanks for all the support, dear. ♥

The PhD would begin in the fall of 2008, and last for at least three years. And I'd love to be present for a wedding or two! ;P

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Date: 2007-12-28 11:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stronglight.livejournal.com
Congratulations that's fantastic!

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thanks! :)

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Date: 2007-12-28 03:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hildabeast.livejournal.com
WOW well done!!! you are truly clever. i bow in awe.

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Awww, thank you! I'm not worthy. I'm just continuing the great OULES tradition of refusing to leave once I graduate. ;P

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Date: 2007-12-28 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexanderditto.livejournal.com
WOW! Congratulations! That's SO COOL.

But... Cambridge? THOSE SCOUNDRELS, stealing you away from Oxford and her loveliness! That's amazing. Paging Doctor Cassondra, please come to the front desk, there's a virulent strain of tuberculosis here to see you. D:

Also, though we did discuss it briefly, I do not think we have devoted sufficient time to doting over David Tennant. <3

I like your mother's thinking, it's very true.

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Ha! I love you, Alex. You always know how to put a smile on my face. :D

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Date: 2007-12-29 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] renethetoaster.livejournal.com
That's amazing! When you win a Nobel prize, I'll totally be there.

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thank you, sweetie! You're too kind. ♥

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Date: 2007-12-29 07:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lindi-of-rohan.livejournal.com
Have you seen the Doctor Who Christmas special yet? I loved it! *g*

Also, contratumalations on the Cambridge acceptance (although I really don't know what 2-1 means). You deserve it, friend. You are absolutely brilliant. Shoot for the stars! Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! More overused encouraging phrases!

We need to hang out again...some time before we're off to "uni" once more. :)

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Well, just wait until you're making the Doctor Who Christmas specials! Love ya, babe! ♥

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Date: 2008-01-02 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] futurelessons.livejournal.com
Well done on the PhD offer! Congratulations.

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Date: 2008-01-04 08:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sangre-fria.livejournal.com
Thank you! It's a really exciting program, and I know that I would be very happy, if that's where I end up. :)

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