I just watched my Detroit Lions get beat by the Buffalo Bills. The above picture is of the cat watching the game with me. Which is endlessly amusing to me. The dog doesn’t pay any attention to the TV at all, but the cat seems to actually enjoy it. Is that weird?

I’m just playing around with an app I downloaded from the Play store, Sketch Camera by Pixelab. It makes some neat effects on your photos, but it is chock full of ads. It’s free, but to get rid of the ads and get some additional filters will cost you $3. I don’t think I’ll get enough use out of it to warrant the purchase, but these are some neat results.


In other news, we made the decision this morning to not put the new decorations on the tree. We bought new stuff this year, because it was going to be our first year without the kids or the kid’s ornaments. But we decided that since we’ll be gone and won’t be here to enjoy them, we’re just going with the lights and the tree topper, again. Putting all the Christmas stuff up is a lot of work.

just the lights

I finished my Christmas shopping today. Which isn’t saying much, since Lady Ronn does most of the gift shopping and I have minimal input on those choices. My job is to simply ensure that she gets gifts to open. This year I’ve bought here 12 gifts and have been giving them to her one a night since Friday. She’ll get the last one on Christmas morning.

I know that the 12-days of Christmas is supposed to start on Christmas… but we’ll be on vacation then and I don’t want to take the gifts with us. Besides,  that just runs up against her birthday. And as anyone with a birthday within a month of Christmas will tell you, that sucks. Keep them separate folks.

11:28 am Eastern time was the winter solstice. Probably, you didn’t notice. I know that I was thinking about lunch and missed it completely.
Today is the shortest day of the year, tonight is the longest night. The good news is that the nights get shorter from here. The bad news is that winter has just begun.
I put up a couple new LED Christmas wreaths on the house yesterday, so that’s a thing. They look nice.

Christmas 2017

Really, this is just my exercise in displaying some Christmas spirit without having to hang strands of lights in the cold. It’s a compromise.

When was the last time Christmas Eve was on a day I didn’t work? Google says, 2011 was the last Saturday Christmas Eve. Which may be true, but it feels like it never happens. Christmas Eve is usually when I make my last minute scramble to buy that last minute gift. After work. Not this year.

This year I’m going to do my last minute scrabble at 10:00 am, like a reasonable human being.

The tree is up and it’s surrounded by presents. Some degree of food prep has been done… not my area, but it looks like something was done. Everything is ready for go time this afternoon. I’ve even done laundry, so I have something to wear that isn’t work related, and I put up this festive blog post. I’m in pretty good shape this year.

So good luck with your last minute shopping and prepping. I hope that it is a little less of a scramble for you this year. Have a safe and happy Christmas Eve and a Merry Christmas.

yes, i am up at 7:30 am on a saturday