1. Yes, I am still alive.
2. For those who are thinking about Christmas, I have a request. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not get me anything. I am 100% serious. I have no plans to get people things, and I REALLY REALLY REALLY do not want anything. It would make everything so much easier if I didn't get anything. This is also a warning to not expect anything from me. I've never really mentioned this before, but Christmas hasn't been my favorite holiday for a LONG TIME, and since I don't know when I haven't particularly enjoyed it. Thus, I am pleading with my friends that this year we forgo the ritual.
Now to get ready for bed.