This time of year there are always lists and stuff. So I thought I’d add to the pile of lists with links galore and put a close on my Christmas posting.
Okay, I think I’ve probably numbed you to death with boredom. If you happened to make it this far, leave a comment so you can at least show your endurance. Even better, go leave a comment on one of my Flickr photos. It’s kinda fun getting comments out there too.
I learned a new word today: hogmanay
Hogmanay \hog-muh-NAY; HOG-muh-nay\, noun:
The name, in Scotland, for New Year’s Eve, on which children go about singing and asking for gifts; also, a gift, cake, or treat given on New Year’s Eve.
Scotland sounds fun. I wonder if they do Halloween too? Maybe I’ll go ask a neighbor for some cake today. Oh wait, I’m in Florida, not Scotland. Drat.
UPDATE: Oops. Just found out the Presbyterians don’t like hogmanay.
This is one of my favorite photos from our 2005 Christmas photos.
Are you kidding me?
Tropical Storm Zeta Spotlight
Make room on the record books for this one. Thankfully it’s not expected to hit any land anywhere.
I never pay much attention to the airline instructions before takeoff. You know the stuff: here’s how you buckle and unbuckle your seatbelt, if you find yourself sinking in water use the seat cushion to float, and how to use oxygen masks in case cabin pressure is breeched.
You know, all the stuff you either already know or know you’ll never use.
Unless you are Jeremy Hermanns and flying Alaska Flight #536.
I keep hearing that my house is appreciating in value very fast. And I appreciate that too. Now I’ve learned it’s probably overpriced by 33%. It’s worse in Naples, FL at 84% over valued.
The best bargain is in College Station, TX where houses are 23% undervalued. My Aggie friends will be happy to know that.
My home town of Greenville, SC, apparently is right on — which makes sense. There you get what you pay for.
Little Boy Blue
Sitting in the front pew, I had an earful and eyeful of the brass.
Click on the image to see a larger view…or come view other foto friday photos!
Sometimes it’s really stressful and a pain getting all our stuff packed for a flight, cramming everything in, making sure nothing is over 50 pounds, getting it all in line, checking in and getting through security in time.
Other times you only get to do most of it without the satisfying feeling of making all connections, finding all your checked bags, and seeing your friend pick you up at the airport to go home.
Today was the latter. Apparently the Atlanta airport was having trouble with a little rain (not even ice or snow…just rain so they say). So as Patricia and I got to the Air Tran ticket counter at Dulles we found out our flight to Atlanta would be delayed. So much the delay that we’d miss our connecting flight.
Apparently there was only one other flight from Atlanta to Orlando tonight and it was overbooked. We’d probably not make that flight and would have to find our own housing there.
We rebooked for tomorrow morning and came back to Patricia’s mom’s place.
That’s one way to get your vacation extended.
We didn’t get a white Christmas in Pittsburgh like we had hoped. There was some left over snow on the ground but the Christmas rain melted much of it. So we hoped that the snow would come out tomorrow.
Instead we witnessed a Boxing Day Miracle! It snowed! But we didn’t do anything to celebrate. We weren’t even sure what to do about Boxing Day in Pittsburgh, PA!
More Christmas photos here.