I realized only a few days ago that it has been NINE YEARS since we last cut our own tree for Christmas. That record was finally broken today when my sister, her boyfriend, and I went up Rist Canyon and visited the Christmas Tree Ranch.Continue reading “Our Fancy-Pants Pine Tree Hunt”
So I guess I could say Merry Christmas. Then again, I WANT to say, “Hey it’s that time of year where I break out my Christmas theme for a blog!” I haven’t done this in a long while, and given that I’ve moved over to WordPress, I wonder if it’s possible.
Stay tuned for theme-like edits in the next day or two. As soon as I find time to break out my old copy of Photoshop and a few stupid photos of myself which I may already have somewhere on this server, I’ll drop in a new banner image of some sort!
Amazing. I’ve neglected this site so much in the past year that I forgot to take my Christmas theme down and now it’s time to put it back up!
So day after Thanksgiving is when you break out Christmas stuff, right? Well in keeping with my little thing (I won’t call it a tradition), last year, I’ve changed up my blogger template to a Christmast theme. except this year I have a ton more knowledge of CSS, and so I’ve been able to pull off some pretty funky effects. And besides that I created a new background image (the star), so it isn’t so boring now.
I will STILL not break and use cute pastel backgrounds and things, because that’s lame. Nor will I upgrade to the new Rails-style templates that they have in the blogger template builder. I’m sticking with the old Minimal Black style by Douglas Bowman, and changing up the css colors and background images. So enjoy! I’ve got backups of my old style, so that’ll be coming back in about a month and a half. 😉
Merry Christmas! Okay, that’s out of the way. Now onto better and cooler things, such as the gingerbread house and presents!
The gingerbread house….it went okay! I got it glued together which was very painful, but after that, it was pretty much a piece of cake. Pun. Anyhow, here’s the requested and thereafter promised picture.
On top of that, some of you may know that I am working on growing a bonsai ficus tree. Well, happy days! Yesterday, my Uncle and Aunt came down from Longmont and gave me a fully-grown bonsai ficus from McGuckins. Aww yes! So now I have TWO to take care of ;). Picture of THAT too…
What else? Not a lot, really. Just a little bit of..I dunno. Whatever. Programming, school’s over and we’re just waiting for the new year and becoming three-day fish for each other since everybody’s home.
Happy times otherwise. And not much else to say. Bu-bye.
Tuesday it was mentioned that I had made chili for the men’s group at church. Well, I was expecting we’d do like we did last year and every table (there are about twenty) would provide their own little mini potluck. Well, it was different in that it was a group-wide potluck in which the entire snack table was cleared off and everybody shared with everybody.
It’s a good thing I made a double batch, because the pot got cleared out very quickly.
In addition to THAT, yesterday I made a gingerbread house and put the pieces in the fridge to cool. Today we went out and bought the stuff I’d expect public school kids to waste their lunch money on when mom isn’t looking…candy. So we now have more candy than is healthy in the house, which is bad bad bad! But nobody’s stealing, so that’s good. So far I’ve assembled the walls and roof and the whole thing is on the verge of collapsing. I think I’ll take the Joy of Cooking’s advice and leave it sit for one to eight hours (eight being preferable). Actually wait. I DID let the walls sit for an hour before I stuck the roof on and that definitely helped. So for now, I’ll let it sit with the roof on for a bit longer than that, put the chimney, doors and shutters in and then start in with the decoration. In either case, we’ll see how it turns out.
Here’s what we did BEFORE all those pictures of the media center were taken (on December 12):
Driving up to the National Forest near Redfeather Lakes