Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Oh, Tannenbaum...

Since we don't currently have a usable living room, we decided against having a Christmas tree this year. We had already purchased (and started using) our big gift to one another, the Dyson Animal Vacuum. It's sad that this was our biggest material desire, but since replacing the carpeting upstairs wasn't cheap, we wanted to protect our investment. Also, we had a burning hatred of our old vacuum, and Dysons are way cooler.

So while I was at work Saturday, Mark decorated thusly:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pay it Forward-Holiday Edition

On my way into work to do volunteer spays and neuters for the shelter, I decided to treat myself to Starbucks. After ordering, I got to the drive-through window and handed the barista my card, only to be told, "the lady in front of you already paid for your drink." So I left with my chai, a big smile, and a determination to "pay it forward." Which, I'm guessing, was the point of the nice stranger's gesture.

I didn't have to wait very long. Running errands this afternoon, I saw a man waving a sign for a store closing sale. He was wearing a Santa hat, and smiling and waving at every car that passed, despite the cold rain falling. I brought him a hot coffee and all the trimmings. :) -S.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Under the tree




Yesterday, we had an early Christmas celebration with the Popes. Sandy thought this was the safest spot in their house, away from the hazards of baby Alexandra and the crackling fire.


And what's a celebration without a cuddle on the sofa?




Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas wreath making

Jocelyn came over today, and taught me how to make a wreath. She had scored lots of free tree clippings from the local nursery, and we found other greens and pine cones on a quick walk down my block. Above, the master with her wreath and a garland for her mantel. I was pretty happy with my first attempt, below. Not bad for a total expenditure under ten bucks!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

New Jersey

The weekend following Thanksgiving, we visited Andrea, Rick, and baby Wesley in New Jersey. Check out cute baby Wes:





and the whole cute family (including Rick's son Dylan):