Sunday, November 27, 2005
Woke up this morning at the crack of dawn and headed off to the gym to sweat and get the heart beating after spending the last three days eating too much food and laying around. Got home and made my two sons breakfast before we headed off to get a Christmas tree. Normally I spend way too much time agnozing over getting the perfect tree but this year I picked out a five to six foot Noble Fir tree in record time of less than five minutes. Raced over to the cash register, headed out the door, and shoved the tree in the trunk of the car and boogied home. Spent the next couple of hours decorating the tree and the house while listening to my favorite Christmas album, Christmas with the Cambridge Singers.
Posted by Bilbo at 9:32 PM
After yesterday's series of bad news reports on the homefront and legal front I wasn't sure I would be up for doing the Christmas thing today but pulled myself together long enough to get the job done and am glad I did. Just something about decorating the tree and listening to Christmas music. As a kid growing up I really don't have any fond memories of Christmas so I guess I feel like I am making up for lost time as an adult. Love giving Christmas gifts to others even though I admit I hate going Christmas shopping, in general. Over the years I have developed a strategy which includes staying away from any major retail store during the week-ends and other peak times. I generally will make a series of short shopping trips during the middle of the week and will try to go over to the coast one day before Christmas and visit the small shops where I will look for some unique and exotic gifts. I figure if I am going to spend the money on gifts than I might as well try to find some things out of the ordinary. This year will probably be short and sweet regarding buying for my two sons. They both want an IPOD and I will probably get them one and therefore only have to make one shopping trip for them...Well it's getting late and need to head off to bead. Have a long day in front of me tomorrow so I need to get to bed on time.....Happy holidays....
Posted by Bilbo at 8:50 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Just got back from Sacramento a couple of hours ago and thought I would take the advise of a friend and update my blog. It's been a hectic month on numerous fronts and haven't updated my blog because I decided to spend my precious computer time interacting with others instead. I enjoy blogging but enjoy interacting with others more....Had an interesting Thanksgiving vacation. Visited my uncle and mom in Sacramento and took a trip to Placerville last night to see the Christmas lights. Placerville is a old mining town from the Gold Rush days which has transformed itself into a robust tourist town these days. Last night thousands of folks from the area gathered on main street to see the lighting of the Christmas tree and ride an old stagecoach up and down main street. The ambiance was nice and the night was crisp and just perfect for the beginning of the Christmas season.....Spent most of today in Old Sacramento. Went to a way cool Railroad train musuem. See pics above and below. Pleasantly surprised because neither the magnitude of the museum or the quality was evident by looking at the outside of the building. Later we went to downtown Sacramento and I took some pictures of the capitol building. All in all it's was a good trip. Tomorrow am going to put up the Christmas tree if I can generate the motivation. Came back to town to a series of problems. I think my clutch is going out on my car and my heater in the house doesn't work....and....to add insult to injury....Recieved an unsatisfactory court ruling in the mail. Am really pissed off because I recieved some bad counsel from my lawyer and have become totally disallusioned with the court system and lawyers in general. Honestly no longer feel the court system has anything to do with justice anymore and feel it's just one more institution in this country that needs to be reformed from the bottom up. Tried for over two months to settle with the other party outside of court but as they say, it takes two to tango. Just really frustrated right now because I honestly don't know what to do. Have tried everything I know from my end of things. Need to really regroup and come to some kind of acceptance of my current situation. Not easy to do but don't want to become consumed with anger or frustration because that's like entering a black hole....Christmas season is officially here and hope that we can all find some kind of peace and joy this year. Early news stories don't offer much hope. All the crazies fighting and standing in lines for hours just to get some new gadget. Can't help feeling like our society is unraveling at the seams. Not a very cheerful holiday thought to end with but I don't feel too cheery myself right now and that's just the way it is sometimes.....