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( Dec. 13th, 2010 03:31 pm)
There are lights on the tree, and the beginning of holiday decorations. I've survived (and enjoyed) two parties and am making progress on the Caroling party that is rapidly approaching. (Sunday; you're invited. Call if you need more info.) Gifts are mostly bought; if they haven't been purchased now, folks are getting books. Cookies are in process, and my weekends are booked solid with all sorts of good things.

I'm so very very lucky to be surrounded by friends and family at this time of year. Thanks to each and every one of you.
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( Dec. 7th, 2010 06:02 pm)
The traditional opening of the Holiday Party Season is a Fancy Dress party hosted by friends. It was, as always, a good beginning to the season. Everyone looked dashing and splendid, the company was lovely, and I didn't kill anyone with samonella from the eggnog that I made. Homemade eggnog really is miles apart from the store-bought stuff (which is nothing to sneeze at, I will admit), and it's oh-so-tasty.

We'll likely look at cookies tonight or sometime this week; I should make sure I have the requisite pounds of sugar, flour and butter that will be required. The Christmas Music has already been queued up, so we should be all set for baking.

Lights are up outside, the weather has turned wintery, and presents are mid-way through being ordered. Not bad so far, I think.
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( Feb. 12th, 2010 08:02 pm)
There's about three inches of wet, heavy snow on my deck, and it's still coming down, albeit lightly now. We got out, built a small snowman and threw some snowballs. It's utterly gorgeous outside right now.

Pictures from the past several months are up:

Snow Kiddo

View from the deck.

Oooh. Pretty trees.

Kids with Power Tools

Cool Toys

Just a pretty: Frost on Nandina

Our local mighty hunter.

Getting ready for Christmas

Hiking.

The rest can be found here.

We were planning a quiet day tomorrow, but someone apparently really REALLY needs to look at houses while they're covered in snow, so we'll be showing the house. Who knows; maybe they'll love it. One can always hope.
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( Oct. 27th, 2009 12:10 pm)
A good candy thermometer
Tickets and Babysitting for Avenue Q (Coming May 18th)
Tickets to Mary Poppins
A chance go to to the ASO Gospel Christmas
(Time to be able to sing WITH the ASO, but...alas.)
More jewelry pins
Massage certificates
Dinner somewhere cool.
Carina Waterford goblets -- any kind.
Hunt Club French Dinner knives


More to come later.
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It's now a race. Will Christmas arrive before tLD's head explodes from anticipation or before her parents break down and run off to Timbuktu?

[Poll #1320353]
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Christmas dinner was at the very least, edible. In a fit of madness, you see, I decided that I wanted to cook a goose for dinner. Not that I've ever cooked a goose before, mind you. Not that I really had any idea what one did with a goose; I wanted one. Cooking AtoZ at hand, I threw myself on the mercy of my Christmas co-diners and made goose.

Pretty tasty overall. I'd probably do a few things differently -- note to other goose cookers; I had a devil of a time determining doneness -- but it went well for a first try. And there was wine and the end of Christmas sweets and presents and company and stockings and...yeah. It was a good Christmas.

[livejournal.com profile] touchstone deserves a minor medal for not only tolerating, but helping with my 4:00PM decision (company was arriving at 7:30) to completely reorganize the kitchen.

His mother deserves a medal for finding a talking toy that is not only bearable but utterly adorable. It's a snoring pig, and while I realize how that sounds, it must be seen to be understood. I want to steal it to take to work, but tLD would cry.

There was feasting and singing and cute children opening stockings. I am pleased.

Now if we can only get the child to sleep so we can straighten up the kitchen disaster.
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( Dec. 9th, 2007 10:25 pm)
Today was good. We took tLD up to Redtop to meet with [livejournal.com profile] theidspeaks and crew for breakfast and general running around. Despite the drought and record-low lake levels, it was a great deal of fun, and much merriment and outdoor fun was had by all.

Then we came home and did a massive amount of holiday baking. With tLD's assistance (and sampling prowess) I made Christmas cookies, and [livejournal.com profile] touchstone made napoleons and three-layer fudge. I also prepped the rum-balls, but I did that without the small child assist. The tree is up and decorated, there are lights adoring our bushes outside, and most of the presents are wrapped and under the tree. It looks a lot like Christmas should look, and this is a very good thing.

(Brief pause to go sample the napoleons. Neither Nim nor I are ready for a head-to-head show-down with our mothers for Christmas Baked Goods, but we're getting a lot closer.)

After dinner, we took tLD for a tour of the lights aroud our neighborhood. I'm not sure if it's the increasing number of children, or just the increasing number of options available, but light displays in our area have gotten increasingly gaudier and tackier over time. The Bit had a blast, but it left me feeling slightly...introspective, I suppose. The rest of this entry will be cut for those wanting to stick with the Merry Christmas Cheer.

It was the inflatable manger scene that pushed me over the edge. )
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( Dec. 25th, 2006 08:32 am)
Everyone seems mostly recovered, Christmas music is playing, [livejournal.com profile] touchstone is sleeping, the Bit is dancing, and all is merry and bright.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a blessed and safe day to everyone.
So, there was a weekend, and the weekend was good. We started early on Thursday with a visit from [livejournal.com profile] forestblend and [livejournal.com profile] smiths_hammer for Thai and chatter. In an amazing miracle, we managed to get the Bit asleep at a reasonable hour and thus even got in some baby-free conversation time. I will say that it's an odd position, being a parent with a number of non-parent friends; I worry that I talk too much about the Bit sometimes. It's tricky to strike the right balance between entertaining children stories and boring your friends to death. I think I manage this, and I'm fairly confident that our friends would tell us to shut the hell up already, but it remains a nagging worry in the back of my head.

Friday was? Nothing much as far as I can remember. Saturday, I woke up in a mood to Clean The House before the blizzard of evening parties. [livejournal.com profile] touchstone mowed the lawn while I cleared out some of the flower beds, and we did general mild yardwork for the afternoon. My mom dropped off our Tree in the afternoon, leaving us just enough time to get it up and watered before it was time to get ready for the office party. For an office Holiday Party, it was remarkably good. It still left me feeling somewhat tired and anti-social, so it was up to [livejournal.com profile] touchstone to talk me into heading off to the Friend's Party. We wound up having a fantastic time, so I'm glad that he did. Lots of fun, many friends, and a level of comfort with those friends that's just really amazing to me.

Things were a touch off though; there's a nagging lack as [livejournal.com profile] outlawcoon and [livejournal.com profile] sulleniguana are still out of town. I wish there were more that I could do in that regard, but alas.

Sunday was House Decoration Day. After we got up and got the Bit back from my mother, we decorated the yard and lazed about. There are still a few things that we want to do -- a big bow for the front door and some garlands -- but all of the bushes are now sporting lights. the Bit was a bit fussy during the early evening, so we took her on a tour of the neighborhood to look at all the lights. She was delighted, and cheered up enough that we were able to get the lights and the cranberry strings onto our tree. We'll finish decorating it tonight and get the SullenCoon tree up as well.

Good weekend. Alas, it left me feeling vaguely fuzzled this morning -- like I'd had a vacation of a sorts. That's good, but it made coming back to work hard.

Bit Tricks )
Sometimes I worry that our entire civilization will vanish overnight and only leave the strange pseudo-philosophical writings found on hippy-organic teas and fortune cookies. Future generations will unearth these odd sayings and conclude that we were all a bunch of nut-cases. Of course, they might be right.

Wrapping up/Unwrapping Christmas )

Tonight we'll take down the (very very dead) tree and put away all the Christmas stuff until next year. Next year should be fun. Marie will be in the mid-twos which is a great time to be a kid at Christmas, and tLD will be old enough that she'll at least be able to unwrap present and participate in Christmas dinner.

I think I'll try to call my cousin tonight and see how he's doing.
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