We started into December (the crazy-whirlwind month it is!) by setting up our tree. Until Saturday we had only a fake tree, but when we brought it out that morning we could tell the rats had been having a rat-tastic time in the box all fall. We quickly wrapped up the box and brought it down to the Salvation Arm. It was time for our first real tree! The tree farms opened for the season on Saturday, conveniently enough, and we chose Snow Dog Tree Farm as our destination. Upon arrival we were greeted by the largest dog I've ever seen, the Snow Dog himself. The enormous dog with paws like dinner plates was very happy to see the first customers of the season and he followed close behind us smelling Butter's scent rolling off our bodies.
The real fun began in our yearly Christmas argument (always about silly things) when we tried to get the tree to stand up straight. It only toppled over a few times before we got the correct ratio of support versus lean.With that settled we plugged in the lights. Two strands broken, two strands working. Not very good odds if you ask me. With the tree sprinkled in light we dressed it with decorations, most of which are from my in-laws. I don't mind receiving ornaments one bit, but somehow instead of two from every year there are 6 from 2007, and one from 2011. Kinda strange. Our tiny apartment is now officially bathed in Christmas (bonus in small spaces, much bigger impact decorating).
|View from the top of the hill I ran.|
this book. Seriously amazing, if this doesn't inspire wanderlust you are not meant to travel. I feel so inspired! If you know me, you know I'm currently scheming about how to make this happen. (And it will, or it better). For lunch I made lasagna, but not just any lasagna. I made the classic meat and cheese lasagna of your dreams. From here on out, this recipe will be mine. I'm putting it in my recipe binder, which of course makes it official. I suggest you do the same.