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As Busy as One of Santa’s Elves

Well, not really.

But I did have a pretty full weekend. On Saturday our friend, Pete, had us over for Hannukah dinner (mmm – brisket) and games. Randy managed to win both games (Settler’s of Catan and Hands and Feet), but he didn’t gloat so no enemies were made.

On Saturday, we got up (late) and drove to Newport to see a few mansions. When we went in October we signed up for the annual membership and visited the Breakers and Chateau sur Mer. This time, we went to the Elms (just ok) and Marble House (I could live there). The Gothic room was particularly spectacular (see pic above…and, yes, I need a tan).

We drove around a bit after dark then returned to Boston where we attended Sven and Mike’s Christmahanukkas party.

On Sunday, phew, we purchased a new dishwasher for our house. The current one, we assume, is the original and it is quite loud. We could handle that if it was the only problem, but it also doesn’t clean items on the front half of the top rack. So, we upgraded to a Bosch (big sale at Lowes) and it should arrive in the next week and a half.

After shopping, we went to our friends, Ben and Brad’s, for another Christmas party. More good food, more fun conversations, then we came home and caught up on the DVR before Randy headed to bed before me. Since we’ve been together I think this has happened fewer times than I can count on one hand, so he was obviously tired.

And now it’s Monday.


  1. Comment by Randy on December 14, 2009 12:56 pm

    Between looking like a deer in headlights here, you do need a tan.
    Is that a request for a vacation?

  2. Comment by snarl on December 14, 2009 10:37 pm

    The more I look at it, the scarier that photo is. It looks like I’m super-imposed into the picture…or I’m standing in front of a green screen.

    Yep, I need a tan.

  3. Comment by Mark on December 16, 2009 3:07 am

    I don’t get it. Why am I only seeing a photo of a 1970s Christmas tree? I want to see the glow-in-the-dark Karl.

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