Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Christmas

We had a nice little trip to Indiana.  It was a white Christmas without the blizzard force winds we missed in New York.  There was lots of friends, family time, and sleeping in.  Unfortunately for the blog-o-sphere I didn't take many pictures.  I have a few from my mom's house and that's it.

yeah, we're goofy
I've already taken down our Christmas tree at home, but I've left out the flowers and candles for a bit longer.  Here are my three favorite ornaments on this year's tree.

The Pokey Little Puppy - this one is actually kind of old.  I got it in high school maybe? It's a Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, and this was one of our favorite books.

Pokey Little Puppy
This one we bought on our cruise in the Bahamas.  I like the idea of ornaments to remember vacations.

And this one we gave to each of our parents.  Different frames, same pic for each.  And of course I needed one for me too.  It made a great gift.  And will be fun to pull out next Christmas too.
Oh, and my cinnamon bells are starting to lose their nice smell.  I think I will have to make some new ones next year.  Next Christmas just might be the best ever...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Aftermath

So we missed the actual blizzard, holed up in Indiana.  I'm so happy we decided to stay until Tuesday, our flight home wasn't affected at all!  According to CNN at the airport LaGuardia was open for business, but there was a lack of aircraft.  So arrivals were a go, unfortunately for those leaving NYC, departures were still kind of a mess.  We got in 15 minutes early and were on our way home.  The approximately5 mile trip took about 2 hours.  We waited 40 minutes for the bus, which (luckily? maybe?) was making express stops between its terminals.  The airport and the subway station.  This was due to the fact that local streets were still impassable.  So we took the expressway as much as possible and crawled through the local streets that were unavoidable.  We saw a couple of stuck busses and many stuck cars along the way.  Once finally at the subway, it was a quick trip home.  Oh, so good to be home.

Since I'm on break from school still, I worked on stuff from home today, venturing out to the grocery store.  Below are the picks I took along the way.  Believe it or not, this is a vast improvement over yesterday.  I can only imagine what Sunday and Monday must have been like.  We missed the big storm last year too over Christmas - and that was nothing compared to this.  I'm not sure if that is a blessing or not.  I was here for the blizzard of February 2006.  That was fun!
the intersection at 50 and Skillman

tire print in the side of a drift

intersection at 50 and 43rd - you can't really tell here but the pile across the street is up to my shoulders

snowman in front of the emergency boiler that has been there since Dec 10, 2009, I think it might become permanent

the entrance to our building

size detail, almost to the top of the meter


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Eve!

The card we chose to send.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
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Saturday, December 18, 2010


These photos are from a few weeks ago, but I'll post them now anyhow.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Time is Here

I have finally exited my end of semester hibernation.  I just turned in my last final and can re-enter the blogging world!  There has been much elving going on.  I set up the tree and my table display (nativity, flowers, and candles) the day after Thanksgiving.  I am at peace with the fact that half of one strand of tree light burned out three days after I put the tree up.  It's ok, new lights next year.  We finished up our Christmas shopping on Wednesday, buying the final three gifts.  It will be kind of a small Christmas this year, but that is ok.  This morning, before finishing my final, I boxed up all the presents, and am on my way to the Post Office to mail them to Indiana.  We will be there, but have found it simpler to travel without presents when dealing with airport security.  There are a few handmades that need to be finished and will travel with us in the suitcase.  We are ready to enjoy this holiday.
Our tree is all decked out, but looks sad at the moment, sans presents.  I'll put the rest of our cards over there.  It's the only place for the fruit bowl, but oranges are festive.  On the lower right you see a glimpse of our stockings.  I need to get some real stocking hangers on sale after Christmas to put on the edge of the table next year.  We have a few new ornaments this year, commemorating trips and events of the year.  I'll give them a post next week.