Saturday, December 31, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Happy 7th day of Christmas 
& New Year's Eve!

Z & I celebrated a quiet, cozy
holiday that included a couple of church services,
savory artichoke, olive, & onion pizza,
& homemade pasta and creamy basil tomato sauce
with shrimp & scallops for Z.

We also went with some of Z's students
to the famous Casa Bonita,
which was definitely an experience
we will not soon forget.

Now Z is off to the Orange Bowl
with some good friends, 
so we had to eat our New Year's
black-eyed peas & braised greens
before he left.

Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2011

It's beginning to look..

a lot like a white Christmas.

Over the last couple of days
over 14 inches of snow fell here, 
and there are massive drifts all around,
over 2ft on our deck!

Inside the house, though, 
things are all decorated & cozy.

I love our little tree...
it's tiny, but we didn't
have room for a large tree.

I think it's adorable. bokeh time.

Almost all of our Advent chocolates
have been consumed...
Christmas is almost here!

Thankfully the sun is out with clear skies today, 
so the snowy mountains are amazing!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Family photo

Just another photo I like
from the recent visit
with Z's family.

We took a day trip to Estes Park
and I snapped this shot of the 4 of them.

It makes me happy.

Party like Bernie

Oh my, I have been a terrible blogger...
how is it already almost Christmas?!

These last few weeks have been filled
with juggling work, crocheting & making gifts, 
cleaning, throwing a little get-together, 
decorating our tiny Christmas tree, 
interviewing (more later), 
& shopping.

Also, I had a little issue with my
camera that's made it difficult to 
actually take photos of all these

I did use Z's iPhone to get a few shots
of the open house we had for 
Z's students.

Of note:
1. Our tree is so small that Z's head completely blocks it out
in this photo.
2. It's obvious that we know how to party...
Z is reading to everyone.

 They were all so tired from exams that
they were happy to sit, drink warm cider, 
and eat some holiday treats...
oh, and of course there was the 
first annual Christmas viewing 
of clips from
& the subsequent demonstration
of the hit dance craze, 

Yes, holiday cheer & tradition abounded.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Anatomy of a sunset

Yesterday Z & I took advantage of some warmer weather
by getting outside. I took a lovely hike, and as I waited
for him to return from his long run, 
I chronicled the sunset's progression on his iPhone.

It was simply stunning.

And this morning...SNOW!