Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We had a white Christmas here in Portland. The snow is starting to melt, but we still have several inches on the ground.

I got a digital photo frame, socks, slippers, jacket, and knives. Joy gave me some power tools, and a cool rolling tool chest to store and organize them.

We had plans to go to a party with some friends across town, but the weather has interfered with those plans, so we'll have a quiet evening at home.

John is playing some new games on the Wii. James is at work--a double shift.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Four days until Christmas!

It's been a very snowy, winter weekend. We have about 6 inches of snow outside. Unfortunately, we're now having freezing rain, so that will make driving very treacherous. I'm off work for the year, but Joy still has to get to her job. We spent the day watching Christmas movies that we had recorded on our DVR. John and Joy also finished decorating the tree. Our house looks very festive!

All of my Christmas shopping--and wrapping--is already finished. I'm more excited to see the recipients of my presents open them then to open my own presents.

It's supposed to stay cold and snowy until Christmas. We might even still have a White Christmas for a change.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Winter Wonderland

We went to the PAA Winter Concert on Saturday afternoon, then I went to watch the PAA girls play basketball against DeLa Salle. They played well, starting the second half with a 10 point run and their opponents never could catch up after that. Go Cougars!

We had a rare snowfall here in Portland on Sunday. I worked at home yesterday. Today, there is still some snow and ice on some of the streets, so I stayed home again. Hopefully, I'll be able to drive to Beaverton tomorrow for my last workday for 2008, but they're talking about more snow and/or freezing rain, so we'll see.

On Thursday, Joy and I are going to see The Christmas Sweater with our good friends Les and Keri. Christmas is next week, so Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Another long weekend off

I had another 4 day weekend. On Friday evening, Joy and I went to the Oregon Zoo to see the Zoo Lights. It was impressive, as usual. This year, they've changed many of the lights to be LEDs, making brighter, but more energy efficient displays.

On Saturday morning, we went to OMSI to watch The Polar Express on their OMNIMAX dome. It was so large that it was like being too close to a TV.

Sunday, we went out in the rain and purchased our Christmas tree, a 6 foot noble fir. After getting the tree, we went out to eat at Calamity Jane's. Naturally, we ate too much, but only drank water, so we saved some calories that way.

Sunday evening, John had his first date, for the PAA Winter Banquet, so we spent the late afternoon getting him ready and taking him to the restaurant.

After today, I only have 6 more days to work. Then I'm off until January, 2009.

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 2008 has begun

It was a nice 4 day weekend. On Thanksgiving, we went up Vernonia to Joy's sister's house. We had a relaxing meal and a good visit.

Friday, Joy and James left the house at 5:30 for Black Friday shopping. I went out at about 8 and was home by about 9:30, getting the last few items on my Christmas list. Friday afternoon, we went to see Four Christmases, a cute holiday movie.

Saturday, I had multimedia duty at church. That evening, I watched the Ducks blow out the Beavers 65 to 38 in the Civil War Game at Corvallis. Go Ducks! This was the 1st football game that I've watched in HD on our 42" Toshiba LCD TV. I'd periodically switch back to the regular definition picture and the difference was amazing.

Yesterday, I went to help put up Christmas decorations at church and then we put up our outside decorations at home. Our house looks very festive now.

Last evening, I went with my friends Les and John to see the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace. We were all disappointed in the movie. There was lots of action, but little plot. It's like they are trying to convert James Bond into Jason Bourne, but without the plot that Bourne brings along with it.

I have only 14 more days to work this year. Then I have vacation and holidays, coming back to work on January 5, 2009.