Christmas 2010-A Good One

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Jan 032011
 

Well, Christmas 2010 has come and gone. Nothing left to do but pack up the decorations. I’d have to rate it as a pretty good Christmas. I think I managed to stick to a fairly tight budget, and despite a few arguments with Lay, we wound up with everyone getting something they really enjoyed.

I got my shopping and gift wrapping done well ahead of time this year. The decorations were up right after Thanksgiving, and the Christmas Cards went out just after that, so I never felt rushed or hectic personally. Work was a killer right up to the end though.

I drove to North Carolina the Thursday before. Friday, Robin and Don came over for dinner and we all attended the Christmas Eve service at Mom’s church. We hadn’t been in a few years, and that suited me as I didn’t like their pastor at all. They now have a new one, and he seems like a pretty good person.

Christmas Day was quiet most of the day. Jay and LeeAnn didn’t come until late that day, and then went to Jay’s family for the evening. That meant it was mostly just Mom and me, and that was fine. We didn’t notice, but it started snowing about 6pm. We went outside to go to Mom’s friend’s house, and a nice light snow was falling, and already covering the ground. It came heavy a few times. By the next morning, we had a beautiful snow, so we spent time outside on the sleds, and I drove uptown and got a few pictures. I made a video which you can watch below.

I drove home Sunday afternoon, and had no weather related problems. In fact, I made it home in 10 hours and 15 minutes, which pretty much constitutes a record.

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Apr 032006
 

I wish I had something of real interest to write about after the weekend, but alas,nothing significant happened.

Sunday, I started leading a four week series in one of the Sunday school classes at PCUMC. We’re discussing the Social Principles of the Methodist Church. I got involved in the class when I read that one of the retired ministers who attends our church was going to do a series on the history of Methodism. It was something that interested me, so I started attending.

Because I usually had an opinion, and spoke up, I got asked to lead a series. This was the topic I chose. The group is an older group, but not the really old folks. They tend to be fairly mature in their faith, and the discussions have usually been fairly intelligent, but there is a wide range of views. I think the class is trending toward conservative, so we’ll see how the discussion goes when we get to the really controversial topics like homosexuality and abortion.

Sunday afternoon, Lay and I went over to St. Pete to visit some of his family. We ate lunch at a little seafood place called the Casual Clam. We’ve seen it before, and talked about eating there. It was very good, and while not the cheapest, it was reasonably priced. Lay tried some jerk spiced chicken wings. They didn’t taste but he didn’t like them. He only ate about two, and asked for a box. The waitress was very nice and asked him about them. When he told they just weren’t what he expected, she took them back, didn’t charge us for them, and he ordered some shrimp…that were great. So, it was not only good food, but a good experience as well.

I went to Mike and Jeff’s for dinner, and watched Duce Bigelow, European Gigolo with them.

Lay was not in a great mood Saturday. We had planned dinner and a movie, but he decided he wanted to go play poker at Derby Lane. I went to dinner with Mike and Jeff. We tried a new place not far from the house. It was about $80 for the three of us, but the food was pretty good.

A Fare Fair Weekend

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Feb 202006
 

While I posted movie reviews (Date Movie, The Pink Panther), there has not been much else posted lately. I had a pretty bad couple of days related to work and my profession at the end of last week. I have also been busy with work, and the social calendar has been pretty full.

My best friend Jeff had some best friends down visiting from his hometown. We met them a year ago when they were down visiting. Jim and Glenda are a fun couple, and we ate dinner at Jeff’s a couple of times. Man, can Glenda cook.

Friday night, while Lay was working, I went to see Date Movie with Mike and Jeff.

It was also the last weekend for the State Fair here in Tampa. Saturday we took Lay’s nephews. The weather got to 80 or so Saturday, but we managed to go early enough to miss the worst of the crowd, and the weather was still pleasant. However, by the time we left it was packed, and I forgot a hat, so now my face is blistered. Everyone was tired, but, as you might expect, the boys said they weren’t.

Later that night, Lay and I went to see The Pink Panther. I was expecting it to be pretty good, as I think Steve Martin was the right guy to play Peter Sellers’ role. Lay wasn’t sure he’d like it, but he did.

Sunday we went to a friend’s birthday party in the afternoon, and then stopped Jeff’s for a final cookou with Jim and Glenda.

So it was a busy weekend, and because of the concerns that surfaced last week, I didn’t sleep much. I’m pretty worn out now, and hope I can sleep good tonight.