Photo 365 #136

Yep, it’s another Christmas tree picture:


Seymour’s had Data for longer than I’ve known him, but the Enterprise is a recent acquisition.  I told Seymour and Bubbles they’d wear out the batteries on it the other night; as we were setting up the tree, they kept pushing the ornament’s play button so they could hear the intro from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It was awfully funny, and reminded me of when I was a kid.  My grandma used to have these bird ornaments that would sing when you tapped their beaks.  Her cardinal ornament was my favorite; they have such a pretty song.  I’m pretty sure I wore out its batteries. 🙂

In the end, we decided that, so long as no one shows the boys how it works, our pretty ornament will live to speak another year.

What are some of your favorite ornaments?

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Photo 365 #133: Twinkle

I love Christmas.  I love decorating the tree.  I love the music, the food, and the family togetherness.


I love the twinkling lights shining off, through, and around the ornaments on the tree, and this is one of my favorites.

What do you love about Christmas?

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Photo 365 #128


One of the good things about my return trip to Mayo Clinic was the opportunity to get a picture of this gorgeous poinsettia tree. I’d seen it last week when we were there for my initial consultation, but by the time I saw it, we were in a hurry to get to a couple of other places, it was late, and I just didn’t take the time to photograph it.

After trying to capture the brilliant crimson of the poinsettia near my desk at work, I wondered if I’d have to underexpose this image, but it came out perfectly on the first try. If I hadn’t been feeling so rotten (and if we hadn’t been in such a hurry to pick up the kids), I’d have played around a bit and taken a few more shots. But surgery sucks, and long post-surgery drives suck even more, so I only got one.

Still, it’s beautiful. Hope your weekend is just as rosy! 🙂

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Photo Friday: The Twelve Pains of Christmas

We’ve been decorating at work today.  Each year, we put up two Christmas trees – one in our lobby and one in our entryway.  As we were trying to string the lights on the trees this morning, Bob Rivers’ Christmas classic kept running through my head.

Luckily, we managed to untangle all the lights, and it was totally worth all the hassle.  I mean, even the drunken Christmas tree looks a lot better now than it did this morning. 🙂

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