Merry Christmas -- 12/25/11

So not only am I failing badly at writing entries as part of Holidailies, the last entry I did post, I completely forgot about listing it on the Holidailies website.

I thought that once I finished with working for the year (taking a combination of holidays and vacation days) I would find more time for writing here, but Wednesday was my last day of work for 2011 and was there a Wednesday entry here? Nope. Same thing for Thursday and Friday and Saturday.

Nancy has been baking...

Lots and lots of cookies...

Last night Nancy's sister Janet hosted a Christmas Eve dinner (delicious!)... The picture below is a pomegranate martini being held (and consumed) by Nancy.

Nancy baked a cake and brought it for dessert...

We had picked Jeremy up on our way to Tom and Janet's house for dinner. We had planned a Skype video visit with Jill for later in the evening. Jeremy suggested we Skype at his place -- his new iPad has built-in cameras and he has Skype installed -- and then he could be part of the chat and then we could watch It's a Wonderful Life on his big screen TV. (Yeah, I've still not gotten around to getting a new TV for our living room -- we've been watching DVDs on our laptops.) We had a good time chatting with Jill... and enjoyed our annual visit to Bedford Falls.

Santa did visit our house and leave gifts under our tree. Our big Christmas gift to each other, however, is in the next picture.

Yes, we gave each other new garage doors for Christmas -- and not just that but also new remote controlled door openers. (Yeah, the ribbons and bows aren't real -- I added them in Photoshop.)

And we hosted a small early afternoon Christmas dinner. I made butternut squash soup, roast turkey breast, dressing, mashed potatoes, etc. Jeremy was with us and Nancy's mother. Nancy's brother Bob stopped by with his daughter Liz (she was driving him to the airport) and while everyone was there, we called up Nancy's brother Matt and his family using Skype on my laptop.

And Nancy baked a carrot cake for our Christmas meal.

So that's what we've been up to... a quiet family holiday.

Who am I? I am a 68 year old computer geek who lives in Rhode Island with my wife, Nancy. She used to be a computer person as well (we got our MS degrees in Systems Sciences together) but she has since escaped from computers to become a middle school math teacher (and, this year, has moved from teaching math to teaching science). Eldest child lives in New York City with his wife and their two boys. Daughter is currently in Ottawa with her boy friend. Youngest is a restaurant manager here in R.I. The nest is empty. I work for a big computer company (you definitely know their initials) in their education and training department. I used to write courses and teach courses for them but a few years ago I got involved in helping to set up a quality assurance group and now I work from home doing editing and quality assurance checking on courses written by others.Hobbies & interests include photography (and video), running, reading, gardening, cooking, drawing, writing, and politics as a spectator sport. (No wonder I never seem to have free time.) And I've been babbling here on a semi-regular basis for more than fifteen years.

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