A little taste of this past year. Can’t wait to bring in the new year.
J- began my last year in my twenties.
F-watched mindless hours of Minecraft.
M- started to run again.
A- got attacked by a dog on a run.
M- drew graduated with his Masters of Engineering.
J- got laid off the day before going to vacation to California (my first time…for both)
J- got engaged!
A- planned a wedding.
S- got married!
O- shacked up in a hotel with my new husband…for the entire month.
N- moved into our new home in Tulsa for Drew’s job.
D- began new traditions and celebrated Christmas with in-laws.
There is so much to report. Christmas this year was just spectacular. We spent a relaxing time down in Texas with the in-laws and yesterday with my family. It’s not about the gifts that makes the holidays so special but having family rounded up in one place. Whether it’s watching movies or games, food,or puzzles, it’s always a special time being with family.
This year seemed to be the year of food. I’m sure everyone is stuffed to the max and thinking of jumping on the bandwagon of new years resolutions and joining a gym. That is not my resolution, but I am pumped to have a yoga mat, and a newly downloaded work out video to do something about all the sweets that were consumed this holiday season.
Oh, back to family.
At least a couple of them…
￼early this year. Drew and I have a rather busy schedule in the coming days. We are both excited to see his family and also host them for a short time. But before we can get to all that we had a surprise visit from Santa. The cookies were set and the stockings were full.
Opening stockings is my all time favorite holiday tradition. We had already given each other our Christmas gifts…a month ago. But the stockings were a wonderful treat and special time for us.
Do you do stockings? What is your favorite holiday tradition?
My brain has a difficult time understanding that Christmas is less than a week away. When did this happen?
But of course the days have gone by, each day in preparation for the big day. Or in our case ‘days’. The tree has been trimmed and presents now encircle the evergreen. It didn’t take long to hang our limited ornaments while eating some yummy homemade gluten free vanilla pudding cookies along the way. We had to improvise on the recipe, but we made some dang good cookies.
And suddenly our house is beginning to feel like a home.
We took several photos in order to give you a tour of the house. It was Drew’s idea to make a Photosynth of our living room at Christmas time. Welcome to our home!
Also, for an added bonus check out Drew’s living room from two years ago.
For @ryanruppe‘s annual December sci-fi book club, this year called @decembarsoom, I (Drew) decided to eschew the used book stores in favor of a little excursion into the world of bookbinding.
Since this year’s book is so old as to be in the public domain, I downloaded a scan of the full text from Google Books. It is taken from a Harvard University Library copy of the book, apparently acquired by Harvard College Library in 1940 after being published in 1917. Most of the pages are very legible, but a few lines have been nearly obliterated somehow during this book’s long and remarkable journey into my hands. The evidence of its passage through the digital realm comes in the form of a ‘digitized by Google’ watermark on the bottom of each page.
To create my copy, I scanned page-by-page through the pdf that I had downloaded, noting which pages I wanted to omit (blanks and appended advertisements). Making a list of the page ranges I wanted to print, I counted them with more difficulty than I anticipated. I then divided them into five equally-sized sections and printed each in “booklet” format on a large business-type printer. I was very glad for this printer functionality, since each sheet of paper ends up with four non-consecutive pages printed on it. (They might be, for example, pages 92/135 on one side, and 93/134 on the other.) The printer took care of all the arranging so that each of the five sections, when folded all together in half, read through a fifth of the book, in order.
For the cover, I cut an appropriately sized rectangle from a scrap of leather that one of my brother’s coworkers gave me. (Steve Lubbe, who apparently does the leather work for Valiant Armoury) The binding is very plain and simple; anyone who really knows what they’re doing would be able to tell you lots of things to do to make it look more finished and professional. I decided that since I’m a beginner (and I wanted to start reading!) I would do the bare minimum to obtain a usable book. It’s clearly handmade, but quite functional and easy on the eyes. I intentionally left the edges a little jagged, for an even more homemade feel. I’m pleased with the overall result.
From this point on, I will let Mel’s photos speak for themselves. Enjoy!
This month has started the Christmas holiday season with a bang. Last weekend we went on the hunt for the perfect Christmas tree. So we loaded in the car, saw in hand, to a local tree farm . I never had a real Christmas tree growing up. All of this was very new to me, choosing the breed, and then perusing aisles upon aisles of trees. How were we to choose?
on the hunt.
Luckily we knew exactly where the tree was going and how big we wanted it to be. Being newlyweds we don’t have a ton of ornaments nor are we having Christmas at our home this year. We though it would be nice to get a modest yet shapely tree to deck our halls. After comparing one tree after another, we made our selection.
the one, or should I say 'ones'.
I wish I could pass on the smell of the tree through the computer screen. My car smelled like an entire bottle of Pine-Sol spilled in the back. It was heavenly! I love our real tree and more importantly I love creating new traditions with the love of my life!
We of course have stockings that reside at our respective parent’s homes. But we are married now. We have our own home. It’s time for us to create our own traditions and have our own stockings.
I had been waiting for a good time for Drew and I to go pick out the perfect stockings when it occurred to me we are more than qualified to create our own special stockings. We dug through our fabric and came up with a winning combination.
a tweedy christmas.
We picked a nontraditional tweed front, a plain green back, and a shiny green cuff. The green cuff is my favorite. We layered a green satin, used in my engagement ring box, and green organza, used in the wedding. I think it’s a prefect way to start off our first Christmas. By the way, Drew did all the sewing. He is much better and more patient with the sewing machine than me.
What does your stocking look like?
With the excitement of being newlyweds and knowing projects are always on our horizon…or all over our dining room table, we have decided to start documenting the trappings of our lives. We have barely been in our house a month and I already have two projects I’ve documented and preparing to share.
Also Drew and I talked about photographing the tasty recipes we got at our wedding shower. I have some recipes lined up and my work cut out for me.
Oh yeah, and a home tour that many of you have been asking for. Just be patient as we get this puppy up and running.