Counting the Days

Santa C3PO
Santa C3PO

A couple of years ago, I became aware that LEGO made a Star Wars advent calendar, which sounded to me like something my brother’s kids would really like, being fans of both LEGO and Star Wars. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about it until well into the holiday season, when an advent calendar is less than useful. And then, last year, it was sold out by the time I went looking for it.

But in my ongoing quest to be Auntie of the Year, I persevered, and am now the proud owner of not one, but two, of these advent calendars, because — I’ll own up to it — I also wanted one for myself. I’m now counting the days until December 1st, when I can bust it out and start building. (I put Santa C3PO back in the box after I took the picture above.) Continue reading

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Off to a Good Start

The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.
The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.

Happy New Year!

For the second time in five years, I had the great good fortune to kick off a new year at the Winter Classic — the NHL’s big, annual outdoor hockey extravaganza. In 2011, my cousin Kate and I went to see the Caps play on the road in Pittsburgh, but this year’s game was much closer to home. About a mile and a half, in fact.

I went to the game with my brother Brian and sister-in-law Jen — and without our planned fourth, our little sister Eileen, whose sick nine-month-old kept her family home in Texas for the week. We started off the day at my place with cheesy ham & potato breakfast casserole and mimosas, followed by a lot of layering. (When all was said and done, I had on five shirts and a jacket, and two pairs of pants, socks, and gloves, along with a blanket and hand/foot warmers for backup.) That said, though, the weather was just about perfect — cold, but very sunny. Our seats were in the shade, so all of the extra warm things came in handy.

I can’t possibly cover everything that happened (it’s gotten late, and I am very, very tired) so I’ll just share some highlights and a bunch of photos: Continue reading