I hope all of you had a great Christmas. Ours was kind of last-minute. In my Hard Luck Hank post, I mentioned that I’ve been spending all my free time job-hunting and interviewing. My wife and I didn’t know if I’d get a job offer, making us drop everything and move to another city, in which case a tree and presents would have just been extra things to deal with.
Finally, we decided the job offer wasn’t coming, and put up a tree and decorations — on December 17th. The eight-foot tree was so dehydrated that I carried it one-handed with very little effort, but it was discounted to less than $10, and still managed to fill the car and house with pine scent. I bought it at Sam’s Club, my source for the past few years. Their trees come wrapped up, so you don’t get to evaluate them, but I haven’t had a dud yet. I gave up on my usual sources, the home-improvement stores, one year when all their stock had two feet of bare central stems, no branches or needles, sticking above the attractive parts of the trees, but the stores were pricing them at full height.
Here’s a picture of this year’s tree during setup:
Our little girl really seems to enjoy the smell of pine. We often find her hanging out near the tree.
This is the back porch after we put the desiccated tree in its stand:
We also managed to get the space under the tree stocked with last-minute presents. My wife, as usual, did a better job of this than I did. We also went together to a Petco on Christmas Eve, and got our little girl some miniature tennis balls and a really long stuffed-animal snake that coils up to take up less space when not being savaged by a ruthless canine. Both gifts were big hits.
My wife and I had overlapping days off this vacation. This doesn’t occur as often as we’d like, and usually leads us to go on a long hike or bike ride. Cold, rain, and mud made those options unattractive, so we mostly stayed in. We did get a bit of exercise by taking the dog for long walks on pavement and gravel, though. I ended up continuing my job hunt, and we watched several sci-fi movies and a TV show, which I might run down in an upcoming post.
It was again just my wife and myself for Christmas dinner, so we went non-traditional and fired up the grill. My wife had skewers of spicy chicken and bell peppers, while I went for bacon-wrapped steak and chicken. Since my meal only covered three food groups (pork, beef, and chicken), I later added ice cream for a four-group, balanced meal.
I hope to check out some of my fellow bloggers’ pages over the next few days, and see who else has been posting about their Christmas holiday. Leave me a comment below and let me know how yours went.