Monday, December 21, 2009
Warmth and Light
We finally got our tree on Sunday. We went to a new-to-us place, one of the tree farms where they cut a tree down for you. It was very cold and windy on their hill that day, so we didn't take too long to choose our tree. After we got the tree, we decided to pick up some pizzas on the way home.
We have been watching a lot of anime flicks, and these pizza parlor shots seemed japanese to me. I guess it's the flattened picture plane and the alternately muted and saturated colors.
This is the freshly decorated tree. Once we got it completely covered, I realized it wasn't quite straight. In fact, I would say it was at a nearly 45 degree angle. It stayed up all night. Then, as I walked past it first thing in the morning, it began to tip over. I caught it and the girls helped me get it straight.
When I was at the dump today, I saw a bunch of icicle lights boxes in the paper recycling. When I turned around, I saw this fella."Out with the old, in with the new, " he said.
The folks who plow the school parking lot always make a mountain for the kids to play on. This year there is a new fence dividing part of the parking lot from the play space. The snowpile has been up against the fence, spilling onto the asphalt of the parking lot. It didn't look very safe, especially since it was always quite crowded. Over the weekend, they moved the mountain so that it is now on the playground, no longer against the fence. The girls love playing on it.
Today was the day to get the oven repaired. The repair person was quite friendly and didn't seem to mind that I was photographing. I am still disappointed that this very expensive fancy stove had a failed igniter after only two years. The repair guy tried to make me feel better by telling me he had just replaced an igniter on a Viking earlier that morning. The good news is the oven now works. I think I might make a roast for Christmas dinner.