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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Last Weekend Photo-Recap

While my sister Julia was here last weekend we made a stop at the NorthPark Center mall along with cousin (nephew) Jack to kill some time before getting together with the rest of the family (and Santa) at Half Price Books.

Here're Jack and Phil with some turtle friends at the mall.

Phil with Santa. And Jack, Santa, and Phil: 1, 2.

Back at my brother's house, Phil kept himself busy with a Karmann Ghia when he wasn't playing LEGOs.

And before she left on Sunday, I took this picture of Julia with Phil and Dina at the airport

This concludes our "last weekend photo-recap."

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Richardson Christmas

Sunday night Dina, Phil, and I stopped by the Christmas village set up outside the Richardson municipal center. It was our first time and their last night, so mostly we walked around and plotted our course for next year (on a weeknight).

Phil did stop in a couple of the village houses (each sponsored by a city bureau/department or corporate partner). In the house put on by one of the local TV stations Phil was interviewed about what he wanted for Christmas (and his technolust jumped from a Nintendo DS to a Wii) while the interview was fed to screens around the top of a lighthouse outside (not Phil in the lighthouse pic). Here are a few pix of Phil's interview: 1, 2, 3.

Phil also stopped by the fire department's house. And he met their mascot (that's Santa rappelling -- who knows why? -- down a rope in the background).

We're still getting the hang of the new camera, and the rest of the pictures didn't turn out as planned. Not always a bad thing though; this pic of a tree full of lights was transformed into a tree full of candy canes. Mmmmmm...

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Saturday, December 15, 2007


I've finally made it to the M's in my A-Z iPod adventure. I'm nearing the halfway point in my music library (currently #2257 of 5113 somgs): "Monster Books and Boggarts!" from the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack.

Stay tuned...

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Friday, December 14, 2007

I'm Just Saying #001

"Earth to Meekus" would be a good name for a band.

(This may be a recurring deal -- stay tuned.)

PS: Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. Glad I checked. "Earth to Brint" is still available (but not nearly as good a name for a band...).


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Monday, December 10, 2007

House of Crackers

Graham crackers, that is.

Phil made this gingerbread-esque house in his after-school program this afternoon.

Mmmmm ... house <drool>

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

All Phil Wants for Christmas

are his two front teeth

... and a LEGO Star Destroyer ... and a Nintendo DS ... and a puppy ... and a computer ... and his own TV ... and a mess of candy ... and an iPod ... and cash ... and ....

(Phil was partway through a Fun Dip when I took the picture; he does not have an unfortunate tongue disease.)


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Monday, December 03, 2007

My Mind Is Blown

No, my students haven't done me in (yet)...

Last night I was reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio scripts (because that's fun for me). In the endnotes following the first episode the HHGG theme music is identified as "Journey of the Sorcerer" by the Eagles.

Yes, those Eagles.

Anybody got a cranial band-aid?


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Saturday, December 01, 2007

It's Christmastime in Plano

Last night we went to Haggard Park in Plano to watch them flip the switch and turn on the municipal Christmas Tree. In the past when we've gone to similar events (Portland, Salem) it's been "hey, let's turn on the tree and now you all can go home." In Plano, not so much (and even if it had been, we'd at least've been y'all-ed before we left...).

No, in Plano we had roving carolers, a handbell group, the city choir and band, food booths, laser show, snow field, Starbucks samples, and more. Here're some pictures:
A section of one of the streets had been fenced off and filled with snow, although it was more of a hard slush by the time we got there. Still Phil had fun, scuffing up some ice to make snowballs and flinging them at complete strangers (he nailed one woman so well she thought a teenager at the far end of the area had done it).

Here's a video of Phil in the snow. (The background music if from one of this week's free songs at iTunes: "Carol of the Bells" by The Bird and The Bee; a Mannheim Steamroller Christmas tune is also available now through Dec. 3.)

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