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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

19 years and counting... Eight years and counting...

Old Married Folks

Usually, Lovely Wife and I forget our wedding anniversary since it's during the pandemonium of the Christmas Season. In fact, in past years friends have had to remind us. This year we had a bit of help remembering. Sister and Cap'n Nate have the same anniversary date. Today, they proudly mark eight years of matrimony. Somewhere, I have a video of eight year old BoyHead dancing the Macarena at their wedding. LW and I have been married 19 years today. Here's to another 19 years of wedded bliss.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Cap'n Nate and I went to see Monday Night Football last night (Rams v.s. Eagles). Another Rams win--wooohooo. And the team wasn't "held hostage" by the quarterback. Martz must have contacted the Hostage Rescue Team to mediate. Of course by this point, the Eagles don't have anything to play for--they've won the division, home field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs. I'm glad we didn't play them earlier in the season. The Rams are still in the playoff hunt. If they can win next week against the Jets, and either Minnesota or Seattle loses and if none of the players eat seafood, and they say their prayers, then they can get into the playoffs. Of course they'll be defeated in the first round but, what the heck, it's an extra week of football pleasure for me. Go Rams!! Oh, for a lovely image of Cap'n Nate in profile go here

I made Nate suit up in a Rams shirt--he's really an Eagles fan incognito Anything I could say here would just get me in trouble, so I won't say it Go Rams

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

And Happy New Year

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone is having a great Christmas Day. It's been a wonderful Christmas for me thus far. We went to the Christmas Eve candlelight service at our church last night and then delivered a couple presents to some friends. Then we all came home and watched some Christmas movies. I performed the annual reading of The Night Before Christmas. It is a tradition that my father carried on. He read it to us kids every year--even when we were in college. You're never too old for a rousing rendition of Night.... I said my good nights fairly early--I'm such an earlybird these days. This morning I got up, started the fire and counted my blessings. Lovely Wife had already set up the coffee and breakfast casserole. Soon the lovelies had awaken and were clamoring to open their presents. That's the beauty of teenagers--they don't wake you at 5:00 a.m. to open Christmas presents. It was about 10:00 before we dug into the gifts. After a great breakfast, now it's time to play with our toys. I'm listening to my new Steely Dan CD while tinkering. BoyHead is jamming on his new electric guitar. Lovelies Wife and Daughter are busy doing girl stuff--I don't know and I don't ask. I look forward to a day of parades, napping, football, eating, napping, friends and all around good times. Perhaps I'll even find time for a nap. Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Friday, December 24, 2004

Lovely Daughter's Art

I've been told that I have this oriented wrong.  Picture it rotated 90 degrees to the right.  Otherwise, it just won't make sense.  You know how pretentious those artists can be.  To me, it speaks to the ultimate power of the triangle over the circle.  The triangle is strong and rigid and easily overpowers the more pliable circle.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Remembering Christmas

Another year, another late start to the domestic Christmas preparations. Luckily, however, we have the spiritual Christmas preparations taken care of. Another excellent Christmas show is now a wrap. We had four shows this past weekend and it was surely a success. As you probably know, I was the star of the show (actually, I only had only a wee bit of narration). Our church members worked tirelessly to put this show on for the community. LW spent many hours on the set and wrote, directed and starred in a skit featuring two toys laying on the floor of the basement: Raggedy Ann and Barbie. It was really good and got many laughs. This was all done without our Minister of Music who left us this past summer (Hope you see this Jim. Your legacy here lives on.) Thanks to all who participated, especially Michelle who really took ownership of the program.

Help me, Barbie.  I've got this giant dog bone on me. I was just lying around the Dream House looking for my other shoe. Let it snow...

Handsome Gents The Chorale

There were many great soloists--our church has a deep bench. Lots of talent. The grand finale was moving. I was at the rehearsals and all four shows and I was moved to tears at the end every time. It was an excellent portrayal of what we all have to be thankful for this Holiday Christmas Season.

Said the King to the people everywhere... Mary, did you know? Bethlehem

Saturday, December 11, 2004


It's been quite a hectic week. The performances for our annual Christmas Show are Friday, Saturday and twice on Sunday. This past week there have been dress rehearsals every night. Little sleep for the weary. LW has been burning the midnight oil at both ends (or something like that) trying to get the set for the third act finished before showtime. She has done it in her usual amazing fashion. She has also done an excellent job with her Raggedy Ann costume. Look for more pics from the show soon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Advent by Candlelight

L.w.'s Table Warning:  Testosterone-free Zone

Last night Lovely Wife participated in the First Baptist Church Advent by Candlelight. What is that, exactly? Well, no man really knows, as we're not allowed to participate in the festivities. From all outward appearances, it seems that the women-folk host a table and decorate it quite elegantly. They invite seven of their friends to join them at their table. They all get gussied up and indulge in an evening of yakking and eating fru-fru food (mostly desserts). At least that's my perspective...from a distance, of course. One more thing, they also celebrate the birth of our Saviour