Saturday, December 24, 2005


christmas eve in batavia (illinois, that is). christie and i arrived on thursday from the west coast while mom arrived from the east coast. since then it's been a headlong rush towards gifts, trees, family, music, baked goods, and glug. c and i are playing tonight's midnight service in a little ad hoc orchestra. we had fun rehearsing yesterday - i'm looking forward to it.

tomorrow is the big day. all of christie's cousins, aunts and uncles are coming over to nancy's house for a proper smörgåsbord and the distribution of holiday goods. i will provide pictures when possible.

right now i'm back in my "office" - the local panera. free internet, bottomless mug of coffee, free bread samples. heaven. christie and her mom are busy watching "babes in toyland" which i was not too sorry to skip. the temperature is an unseasonable 40 degrees today, and a good thing too since my winter jacket was lost in the Summer of the Great Purge.

i hope everyone's holiday celebrations and travels are proceeding well and happily.

Friday, December 16, 2005


a view of my office
a view of my office,
originally uploaded by nclinton.
this is where it all happens, complete with 90s-era dot-com-esque bouncy ball chairs. if you actually look at the picture on flickr, i've added a little box to highlight my workstation, which is right in the middle, just to the right of the two people huddled in the foreground. probably the lunch hour, when few are around.

lots of things noodling around in my head lately, but little of it finding its way onto paper (or blog). my apologies. i finally finished my christmas shopping, but there is still some serious work to be done to finish the craft-y presents (the ones that require assembly).

Sunday, December 04, 2005


the tree
the tree,
originally uploaded by nclinton.
our chistmas preparations are in full swing. the tree dominates the living room, the carol books swarm over the piano, and we made hot chocolate with marshmallows and candy canes. this is what you miss when you are overseas and/or poor and in college. my friend from work, ryan, and his wife eliz (that's "EE-liz") drove us over to the store to buy a tree, which was really nice of them. christie's mom sent us a really cool swedish star (our tree topper) - see the photos for some pictures of it.

it's been a nice weekend. we completed a major project at work on friday, so there is some measure of relief in that area. otherwise, we've been playing a lot of music and working on christmas presents (which are more "made" than "bought" this year - the first time for me, for sure). and of course sipping hot chocolate.

right now christie is making some kind of banana-based desert involving caramel (not "foster") that she has just declared "the most interesting dessert i have ever made"... ... ... ... wow. that was interesting.

i hope all of your advents are so far equally pleasant.