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Week of 26 December 2005

Latest Update: Sunday, 1 January 2006 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 27 December 2005

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We had a lot of fun yesterday opening gifts, telling stories behind the purchases, and eating some good food.  I arrived at Frances and Al's shortly after 9am. After getting some breakfast we started handing out the gifts one at a time. During the day we took breaks to grab some of the great food Frances and Al and mom prepared: cookies, cheese balls, dates, cinnamon rolls, etc. It was almost 2 by the time we finished up with the gift opening. As usual, everyone had something special and/or unique in their pile of gifts.

Bob arrived around 3:15. He opened his gifts then mom, Frances and I began dinner preparations. We had been cooking the pork roast while doing the gifts. While the meat rested we did the broccoli, wild rice, and rolls. Frances had made deviled eggs earlier. At one point the salt and pepper shakers went missing that mom and Frances were using at the stove and counter for cooking. I laughingly told Frances to look in the refrigerator...yep you guessed it...there they sat on the top shelf. We had a good laugh over that as we had all day over various funny things we said or stories we told.

After dinner and more homemade desserts Bob and I left around 7:00 to come back home. We fed the dogs and watched a movie before heading off to bed to read.

Below are a few pictures from my new camera. The first one is of one of my Santa's on the mantle I took using my new long lens for the digital I got for Christmas. The others are at Frances and Al's using the wide angle. Frances' tree and all the gifts before we got started. A very nice gift from Al that goes with Frances' teapot collection and Victorian theme. 


One of Frances holding up a shopping bag holder that Marcia made and one of dad opening a small tea pot.


This morning I was off at 9 to get a haircut and right back home. I have swept the weekly accumulation of dog hair from the floor and cleaned the bathrooms. Now, I am working on small projects such as cleaning out drawers, etc. Next up, take everything out of the fridge and clean the shelves and wipe down the insides.


Tuesday, 27 December 2005

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Thanks to everyone who mailed me about the broken links from the pictures I posted yesterday. My web master has been so busy working on the book he has not had time to fix them.

The first day back to work after a four day weekend was not too bad. I had a few minor issues to deal with but otherwise the day went pretty much according to plan.

I am still reading the Sally Wright, Pride and Predator. Between the holidays and us watching some movies at night I have not had a lot of reading time. I have also cut down my lunch time reading to give me more time to walk.

We are having warm weather again, highs in the 50's though the nights are still very chilly.


Wednesday, 28 December 2005

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No Update.


Thursday, 29 December 2005

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Greetings. Not really much in the way of news. I made the grocery store run last night and back to the gym again tonight.

We did get some rain last night but no thunder storms.

I am reading the most recent Inspector Banks, Strange Affair, with Banks off to London to investigate the disappearance of his estranged brother. At the same time a young women is found murdered in her car not far from where Banks lives. In her pocket is Banks' name and address.  Still recovering from his injuries suffered in the burning down of his house, Banks becomes absorbed in looking for his brother to help him recover both mentally and physically.


Friday, 30 December 2005

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No update.


Saturday, 31 December 2005

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Happy New Year's Eve. Gosh it's hard to believe another year has come to an end. It has been a good year at the Thompson Techno Grotto. Bob continues to work hard on the books while I still enjoy my work at the law firm. We are both in good health as is our two wonderful dogs Duncan and Malcolm. My folks continue to be in fairly good health for their ages and Frances and Al appear to be doing well also.

Yesterday I actually had a pretty hectic day spending a good deal of it tracking down some files for an attorney. I picked Bob up after work for a trip to the library and dinner at the Chinese restaurant.

This morning the Christmas tree and decorations came down for another year. By noon everything was pretty much packed away and moved downstairs. This afternoon I spent some time working on things here at my desk. Other than a quick vacuuming of the tree needles I will hold off cleaning the living and dinning rooms until tomorrow.

We shall spend a quiet evening at home watching a movie. I doubt very much I will be up and/or awake at midnight though once the fire works being set off by the neighborhood kids start that will change. Duncan will levitate onto the bed and Malcolm will bark.

Good cheer to all. See you next year.


Sunday, 32 December 2005

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Happy New Year!  Yes Virginia, we do not have 32 days in December. As my regular readers know Bob likes to start the first week of the year on Monday's date whatever that happens to be. It makes it easier for the index pages, etc.

We did stay up last night until midnight watching an Upstairs/Downstairs marathon. I went to bed around 11:40 to read until midnight. Sure enough at the stroke of twelve the fireworks and bottle rockets exploded. Duncan sat up, came over to me, and started shivering uncontrollably. Malcolm was still in his crate. He ignored the fireworks but hates the bottle rockets. As soon as they went off he started barking. Bob let him out of the crate so he could pace while I consoled Duncan. It was all over by 12:30. Duncan stayed up on the bed snuggled up against my back for a long time after I turned off the light.

We slept in this morning until almost nine, very late for us. I am working on the living room and dinning room cleaning, vacuuming, and dusting nick knacks. Around midday we shall take a break. I need to drop off something at my folks house and wish them a Happy New Year. Then we will do a drop in at a friends party.

I worked with Bill for years at the library and was a part of his and Carol's New Year's Day party for many, many years helping with the food table, etc. The often had anywhere from 100 to 200 people come through from 1 to 5. I went a couple times over the later years after Bob and I were married but they stopped having it several years ago. This year they have revived the party. I doubt very seriously it will be the lavish, large event it was many years ago. I do want to drop in to say hello. I knew a lot of their friends and hope to catch up on the lives of some of those people.

This afternoon I will continue working on the cleaning projects which will most likely spill over into tomorrow.


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