weekend update, holiday edition
It was a pleasant if someowhat hectic weekend. As I mentioned, I did get my hair cut (in fact, I got them all cut, har har). I'm really pleased with the way it turned out--since I'm usually in a rush to get my trim (Saturday mornings is my only opportunity), I regularly take whichever barber at the shop I go to is first available. This weekend, though, I lucked into one of the more senior, more skilled hands, and as a result got my hair cut shorter than usual without looking too goofy around my various cowlicks.
We spent most of the dya preparing for a small gathering we hosted to decorate our Xmas tree. My lovely wife had done an amazing job of putting up all the lights:
I spent the afternoon making a big batch of chili (I'm really pleased at how that turned out, too). We had a few friends come over for the evening, with a little swank Xmas music on the stereo, good food, some nice hot cider and nice cold b33r. After visiting, eating and drinking, we all gathered 'round the tree and put up ornaments; the various kids assembled really enjoyed it. Here's how it turned out:
I would like to point out that the star is mondo retro--it's genuine Charlie Brown Christmas-style plain tinsel star; it doesn't light up or anything. Yes, that sort of thing is impossible to find these days.
Sunday afternoon we had our babysitter come over so Crystal and I could do our Xmas shopping. We managed to get almost everything done (we'd done a lot of shopping already online). In another pleasant occurrence, our friend Onye dropped by Sunday night while we were wrapping gifts. We polished off the cider and enjoyed her company; by the time she left, we were exhausted and ready to hit the hay.