Dave and I had fun at our dinner party last night. Our guests were our caving friend Jen, our church friend Rob, and a co-worker of mine, Andrew, and his wife Maggie. The blue cheese rigatoni turned out to be delicious, although it got cold really fast. We had a spinach salad that was basically the same ingredients as the ravioli: spinach, red onion, tomatoes, and green peas. We played Trivial Pursuit and our two-editors-and-a-scientist team beat the two-lawyers-and-a-scientist team, although both teams had all their pie pieces at the end.
This morning Dave and I went over to church to normalize the Christmas tree in the sanctuary. Several of us YABSers (that’s young adult Bible study, although it’s more of a fellowship group) put the tree up on Thursday, along with the garland and bows on the windows, but at the end of the evening the event devolved a bit and the gentlemen started throwing the Christmas ornaments onto the very high tree. (Some of them actually stuck!) We called it a night and a few of us went over to Tandoori Grill for dinner. Yum. However, we thought it would be nice to make sure the Chrismons were more or less evenly distributed on the tree, so we went back today.
Dave and I also did a bunch of Christmas shopping today. The first rule of Christmas shopping is that you always find yourself something first, right? Last week we went out and I finally got some new underwear. (That’s how you know you’re a grown-up–when new underwear is really exciting.) Today we decided to get ourselves/each other a new TV. Our big old console TV, while very dear to my heart, has been slowly dying (the picture turns bright red at random). That, added to the necessity of deciding about a digital converter box, means that we’ve been thinking about a new TV for a while. We found a good deal and decided to go for it. We’ll save some money by building the stand ourselves, and I hope we’ll have this TV as long as the Gribble family had the console. (Since 1989. The TV cost $1937 with a 30% discount and weighs 140 lbs!) Never fear–we found some gifts for other people, too. We came home, had dinner, did the dishes, and went out to a Christmas party, thrown by Anna, an ex-co-worker of mine, and her husband Aaron.
In other exciting news, our good friends Kelli and Pete Bronski have brought their first child into the world! Marin Concetta Bronski was born on Friday. We’ll go meet her tomorrow and rejoice with our friends.