Archive for December, 2008

Happy Birthday Jen!

December 29, 2008

Hard to believe that Jen is the big 3-0! Please call/e-mail/comment and let her know how awesome she is. She is the love of my life and I am thankful for every day we have together. Happy B-day Baby!

-Avery

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Winter Solstice

December 21, 2008

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-Robert Frost

I did my 12th grade term paper on Frost’s poetry. I bet it was pretty bad. With the winter solstice here on the “darkest night of the year,” I hope you don’t find the woods too lovely, dark, or deep…

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

December 16, 2008

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts may have been doing this for years, what do I know? They have a “holiday combo” as shown below:

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I haven’t tried the Snowman, the sprinkles, or the red one, but the white/green doughnut is killer. The icing has a strong mint flavor that reminds me vividly of none other than:

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Yes, Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Pure Casteel Soap. For reasons that I won’t go into here, I have tasted the soap and it is horrendous. So I’m not comparing flavors, but the strong smell of the soap is comparable to the icing. Please take this as a recommendation to try a lovely Christmas doughnut, but you don’t have to take my word for it (Ba Dump Bump).

Bloody Weather

December 16, 2008

This is a fair reenactment of me every time there is any precipitation when it’s within 5 degrees of freezing. Alas, I didn’t even have to scrape off my car this morning.

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Christmas Music

December 16, 2008

Jen and I were tired of listening to the same 7 Christmas albums over and over again. Thanks to the modern marvel that is iTunes, we made 2 purchases tonight. The first is an old favorite of Jen’s and one I’m quickly appreciating. George Winston December.

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Next was Chris Botti December.

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Haven’t had as much time to listen to this one yet, but will let you know. Please let us know if there are any we’re missing.

Pictures at last

December 9, 2008

So these are 3 shots of the train table I made for Avery (and eventually Parker). We plan on covering the top with some sort of felt, but haven’t done that yet. You are hereby required to ignore the walls (primed but not painted yet). The wood was purchased at Home Depot 3/4″ birch cabinet-grade plywood. Paint was a standard color at ACE hardware.

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Lessons Learned

December 9, 2008

So, for the curious in the crowd, here’s an explanation of the events as they unfolded Sunday night. I was blogging away about the weekend that was and took a jab at Phil Stacey. Many of you remember him as the bald-headed American Idol contestant from a few seasons ago. Within 30 minutes, I had 4 comments on the post up-in-arms that I would say something against him. So in light of this, I have learned a few things.

#1 I picked the wrong crowd to piss off. There exists a (previously unrecognized) middle-aged female paramilitary internet cabal who use Google Alerts to follow the every move of their crush. They are quick to declare a jihad on your blog if you dare criticize their star. Seriously people.

#2 This is a great way to get blog traffic. Josh noticed this. All you have to do is hate on something, then you’re a star. Next target: David Archuleta.

Mixed Feelings

December 7, 2008

Very glad that Ole Miss has made it back to a bowl game after the 5 or so year hiatus. That being said, do we really have to play Texas Tech? I don’t know how much fun this will be. In their defense, the Rebs did beat Florida this year and look where they are. Unfortunately, I won’t get enough time off to make that one. Any thoughts on this match-up?

Weekend Update

December 7, 2008

*NOTE* the original entry has been edited as I am apparently out of touch with the music scene. I meant no offense to anyone and will do more research in future posts! -the staff

It has been a truly great weekend. I got off work early (4:30) on Friday and we drove downtown with a thermos of hot chocolate for the Nashville Christmas Parade. It was 29 degrees outside before the parade even started. We had no problem finding a good seat and settled in for the festivities. Former American Idol participant Phil Stacey was the Grand Marshal. Unfortunately, they had him riding, not singing. Highlights included multiple local marching bands, a handful of actual balloons (think Macy’s parade but about 1/3 actual size), and a lot of fire engines/police cars/ambulances. The local Shriner’s club gets a special mention because they occupied approximately 47% of the entire parade. They had trucks, cars, motorcycles, floats, and best of all, the miniature cars they are well known for. They had these little 18-wheelers that were hilarious. After an hour and a half of parading, we were ready to head home, the boys did great.

Later Friday night and throughout Saturday, we got a lot of work done on the kitchen. We started painting it last week and it’s over 3/4 done. Took a time-out for the SEC championship game. I for one am glad that Florida won and I hope they win it all, just to say that the only team that had the goods to beat them all season was my Ole Miss Rebels. By the way, the bowl selection show is later tonight. I hope we don’t have to play Texas Tech…

Today has been very nice as well. Made it to the early service at church and took the family to get our Christmas tree before nap time. We were looking for a 6ish foot tree and that’s where we were looking when we happened to ask the nice man what the prices were. $115!!! For a dead tree! We passed on that one and they directed us to the “bargain” trees. We still ended up paying almost $75 for our tree. Highway robbery. I will now forget this fact and simply enjoy the tree. During nap time, I got a haircut. Thought you’d want to know. Also during nap time, I channelled my inner Clark Griswold and put up some outside lights. It’s 5:00 and the boys are somehow still asleep, but that won’t last long. Don’t forget the season finale of The Amazing Race starts in 2 hours. Hope your weekend was equally as excellent. Stay tuned, Tuesday Avery is an Angel in his playschool Christmas pageant, should be great.

Open Apology

December 2, 2008

I’m sorry that I haven’t had the time to keep up the blog properly. I feel bad, not for the readers as much as for myself. In a way, this is an avenue for me to get my thoughts down on “paper.” I get the feeling that the Christmas season will be quite busy, but I’ll try to get some goodies up here for those of you who come here. Josh, I’m listening to the Sufjan Stevens Christmas album now at work; O Come, O Come Emmanuel hits the spot. I’ve got to look up the really bad O Holy Night soon.