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Icicles     

Posted by Katherine Putnam on February 4th, 2011

“…or an icicle has snapped off his roof and impaled his brain. He has this terrible habit of standing directly underneath them. And staring up at them. And I always say, “Michael, take two steps back and stare at the icicle from the side.” And he’s like, “no, I like the way they look from standing directly underneath them.” It was only a matter of time.”

How many posts have I started with some variation of “blogging fail?” Well, here’s another. Two months. TWO MONTHS without blogging. Ouch. And…lame? No excuses, once again. I resolve, once more, to do better in the future.

So, what’s been going on amidst this icy, snowy, freezing winter? Over two months? Lots of things. Lots of lovely, lovely snow. I do love seeing the world blanketed with snow. We have such an open, beautiful landscape around the house under clear, snowless circumstances (hills, patches of woods, sprawling farmland); add a layer of snow and voila! A true winter wonderland. I hate that the plows and other vehicles have to come through and ruin it by making muddy, dirty slush.

Weather aside (really, what am I doing? Making bad small talk?), we had a wonderful Christmas season. One of my favorite events of the season was our third annual White Christmas Costume Party (and umpteenth viewing of the movie). We hosted once again and turned our first floor into the bustling backstage area of a theater. Thankfully there are members of my family that remember to take pictures and remember to blog, so view a great post about the event here. Yes, I admit we’re total dorks…and I LOVE it. (I also love that my wonderful fiance has the confidence and sense of humor to take part!)

Although we’ve watched White Christmas together for many years, I think this is the first year I’ve really stopped to think about what a good movie it is. Luckily my Aunt Sherry pointed it out to us and I was able to watch the movie this year with new eyes. I can rant about how little talent actors, singers, celebrities, etc have today, but that fact becomes even more painfully obvious when compared to the triple threats in White Christmas. These people can REALLY sing, dance…and act! Does the story/movie have some corny aspects? Yes. But these people really have “it.” It doesn’t matter how many times I watch that movie, I’ll still be astounded by Danny Kaye’s comedic timing, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney’s voices, and Vera Ellen’s unbelievable–practically magical–dancing abilities. If you’ve ever wondered why we can watch the same movie year after year…then watch White Christmas…and you’ll understand.

Since we spent Thanksgiving with Chris’s family, we spent Christmas with mine. We had a scrumptious dinner at my Aunt Margie’s house, followed by cake tasting (my Aunt Deb is making our wedding cake) and White Elephant gift exchange. (Look for a future post highlighting what we did with our steal of a W.E. gift.)

And since we didn’t spend Christmas with Chris’s family we went up to visit them in January. Chris, his brother (Tim) and their father took this opportunity to go skiing. Chris tried valiantly (or foolishly) to persuade me to join them on those icy sticks of death, but I opted to stay in the lodge and work on wedding planning instead of risking life and limb on a sport I’ve never tried and in which I’ve never had the slightest inkling of interest. A potentially long story condensed, Tim later found me in the lodge and kindly brought me to the first aid area where my fiance was having his head attended to after a spectacular crash. I think I managed to bite back the “I told you so”-like quip of “and this is why I decided NOT to ski two months before the wedding” for longer than I thought possible. Anywho. Chris insisted I take a picture of his wound for posterity. Enjoy:


 
 

Anywho. What else? Well, we decorated the hutch for winter/Christmas. Chris had been longing to put Christmas lights SOMEWHERE in the apartment and was very pleased at the opportunity to do so. Add in some reindeer gifted by my parents and scented pine cones, silver vase filler, a silver Christmas tree and tiny woodland creatures from Target and voila! We also changed out the vase filler in the actual vase for a more wintery version. I think it all turned out nicely, but you can judge for yourself:


 
 
 
 
 
 

We also invested in a small, reusable (aka fake) Christmas tree. My ridiculously talented and creative cousin Aliza made the tree skirt for us.


 
 
 
 

Finally, Wedding World continues apace. My latest project has been breaking my fingers cutting out countless hearts for a yet-to-be-disclosed project.


 
 

And as a parting gift, a not-at-all-odd picture of my brother snapped during my dad’s 50th birthday party. (Yes, that’s a gag gift for dad on his head…what could the joke have been?)

Cheers,

Katherine Elyse

(Let’s not kid ourselves. I finally refound this mostly finished post and backdated it to when it was originally to be posted. Blogging fail, fail, fail.)


One Response to “Icicles”     

  • Aunt Sherry says:

    No matter how they finally arrive I always love your posts.
    The hutch Christmas display looked lovely.


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