Monday, December 28, 2009

Ups and Downs

We had a good Christmas. On Thursday, Christmas Eve, we had family over and James got engaged to Micah. We celebrated Christmas the next day; all of us were pretty happy with our presents. I got a netbook computer--that's what I'm using, in bed, to write this!

On Saturday, we had our Christmas dinner, good fettuccine and noodles. We watched a lot of Christmas movies that we had recorded on our DVR.

Yesterday, because the weather was dry, we took down our outside Christmas decorations. In the process of doing this, the ladder that I was standing on fell over--and I broke my ankle--the first broken bone that I've had in 52 years! I'll be in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks. I'm struggling to get around on the crutches, especially, going up and down the stairs.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Vainiaku's 20th Birthday

Today was my daughter Vainiaku's 20th birthday. It's hard to believe! The years have gone fast.

I took her and Selita out for breakfast and some shopping at Pioneer Place. I'm looking forward to seeing them more over the holidays.

I have my Christmas shopping and wrapping finished. Tomorrow evening, we're celebrating Christmas Eve with our family.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Avatar was Great!

Les & I went to see Avatar in 3-D yesterday afternoon. The alien planet was rendered very well, the creatures and vegetation realistically shown.

Joy and her mother, sister, and niece baked cookies. The house smelled yummy when I got home last night.

I'm off work for the rest of the year, so I get to relax some in addition to doing items from my 'honey do' list.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The Last Work Day of 2009.

I'm working from home today--to avoid the holiday traffic this afternoon. It has been kind of strange starting to right down 2010 on appointments, etc.. It has been almost 10 years since the the first 3 digits of the year have been 200!

We are going out to eat at Claim Jumper this evening, then driving down I-5 to Keizer to see the Miracle of Christmas Lighting Display.

On Sunday, Les and I are talking about going to see Avatar in 3D while the ladies do their cookie baking.

I've started my Project365. My 2009 pictures are at Project 365-2009. I'm mostly a scenery and nature photographer, so it will be a challenge taking daily photos until better weather arrives.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Rainy Weather

It's been raining pretty much constantly for the last couple of days. Yesterday, I dropped my car off for an oil change and walked home in the rain. Fortunately, I was wearing my felt hat so my head stayed dry.

Last evening, we attended a Christmas pageant held by the children where Joy works. The kids were cute.

During the night, I woke up thinking about making a New Year's Resolution to start a project to take a picture every day and post it on my Picasa site. This morning, my daily email from Digital Photography School contained an item about Photography Project365--interesting timing.

Our house decorations are almost finished. Hopefully, it will be all ready by Friday evening before we take our trip to Keizer to look at Christmas lights.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The snow and freezing rain missed Portland.

The bad weather that was forecast for us went south of us, so we had relatively good weather. There was a little frost on the cars and road yesterday morning when we went out for breakfast, but it just required a little more care in driving, especially in shady areas.

After breakfast, we worked on getting the house into shape for Christmas. We put up additional shelves for nicknacks, and organized our stairwell landing and spare bedroom.

We also watched some TV Christmas movies on our DVR--recorded from Hallmark and Lifetime channels.

I'm now at work for the last Monday that I work until next year.

Friday, December 11, 2009

2 weeks until Christmas

It's Friday, December 11. Two weeks from today is Christmas Day.

On Sunday, assuming we don't get snowed in [which is a possibility!], we're planning to attend Posada Milagro so that John can get some extra Spanish practice. It is a Christmas pageant, all in Spanish.

We'll probably spend some time catching up on some of the holiday movies that we've been recording from Hallmark and Lifetime.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Still clear & cold!

The weather has continued to be clear and cold. On the way to work this morning, they reported that it was 3 degrees in Vernonia. For the weekend, the forecast is for some freezing rain, and then more normal weather for Portland.

Last evening, James and his girlfriend, Micah, came over for dinner. It was nice to see them. Micah is acting in a play at her school, Thoroughly Modern Millie. We might go see her performance this weekend.

Today for lunch, I went with some friends to Daphne's Greek Cafe. The food was very good, a change from our normal lunchtime destinations. I'll have to take Joy to one of their restaurants sometime.

Monday, December 07, 2009

A Cold, Clear Weekend

It was clear and cold all weekend long, and is supposed to stay that way for most of the week.

Saturday evening, Joy & I watched My Favorite Wife, an old black & white Cary Grant and Irene Dunne movie that we got from Netflix. I also got another HDMI cable so that we can hook my notebook to the TV and use it for Netflix streaming of movies and TV shows.

We went out and got our Christmas tree yesterday; we got it from a U-Pick location outside Sandy, the same place as last year. We got a 7 foot tall noble fir for $10. It will look good in our living room.

Last evening, John had his 1st date at the PAA Winter Banquet. He looked very sharp in his suit and tie. While he was at the banquet, Joy & I went to the Old Spaghetti Factory by the river and shared a fettucine alfredo for dinner. After the good meal, we drove through the streets of downtown Portland, enjoying the Christmas lights and decorations.

Friday, December 04, 2009

The Ducks Won!

It was a close, hard-played game, and the Ducks prevailed at the end, winning 37 to 33. During the game, I was talking to my daughter, a Beaver's fan (her cousin played for the Beavers before going into Arena Football), on the phone and a friend who is a fellow Duck's fan online. Made for an interesting environment.

The news stories for the game talked about a girl from Oklahoma, Angel Wilson, who has cerebral palsy. She loves the Ducks, her eyes lighting up whenever she sees them play. A group of Duck and Beaver fans collected money to bring her to the game. This is a heart-warming story.

I'm glad that it is Friday, although the weekend will be pretty busy, between multimedia duty this evening and tomorrow and John's Winter Banquet on Sunday.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Civil War Thursday 2009

Tonight, at Autzen Stadium, the Oregon Ducks play the Oregon State Beavers in the annual Civil War. The winner of tonight's matchup will play in the Rose Bowl on January 1 against the Ohio State Buckeyes. As a University of Oregon alumni, of course I have to cheer for the Ducks. Hopefully, the game will be similar to last year's result--where the Ducks won 65 to 38. However, in the very unfortunate case in which the Ducks were to lose the game tonight, I'd still cheer for the Beavers against the Buckeyes come January 1.