Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Merry and Bright

Christmas was very good to us this year.  We got to spend one night with my brother's family, three nights with my parents, and chill with my whole family and Kris's brother's family all together on Christmas Day.  What more could anyone need than good times with great family?  Oh, and did I mention that our stay was spent in a gorgeous cabin, lovingly decked out by my mom and dad and surrounded by snow?


We played games, made a snowman, instituted a new family joke (somehow "Cindy Crawford" became the answer to every question when we played the "Thing Game"), started a new family tradition (a Christmas skeet tournament, because nothing says "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" like a bunch of shotguns), ate too much good food, and came home with a new bag pipes cd.  Kris landed some new woodworking tools and I got a lable maker (!), some Avett Bros. cds, a sweet beanie, and a super-stellar flat iron.  We also got some nice greenbacks, a new wooden ornament for our tree, and a really cool family history compilation from the Bell side.  In short, we made out like bandits!   

So, who won the First Annual Robinson Family Christmas Skeet Shoot?  I guess that among other things, one up-side of marriage is that you can choose which family to claim when it's most convenient.

This is the official press-release photo of the winner (Kris, with an amazing 19/20 record) and his big brother, the runner-up.  Note that there are no Robinsons on the podium.  Ouch.   

At any rate, we had a great time.  Here's hoping for a happy New Year for all! 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas 2010

During my college years I developed an underground addiction: reading archived Dave Barry articles.  The man is a comedic genius.  (I say that fully aware that this post will only contain an example of his potty humour--super sophisticated, I know.)  So although today was LONG (all 230 students of it), it was a fantastic day.  Why?  Because Dave Barry's "2010 Holiday Gift-Giving Guide" came out.  It's full of the craziest, real-life items.  My favorite this year?  Allow me to introduce, with absolutely no insinuations about any of my husband's sleeping habits, "The Better Marriage Anti-Flatulence Blanket."  I'll allow Dave to explain how it works:

"The Better Marriage Blanket is designed to improve marital bliss by absorbing odors emitted by a sleeping married person. According to the official website, the Better Marriage Blanket "contains the same type of fabric used by the military to protect against chemical weapons." That's right: We're talking about a military-grade defense against nighttime tooting. How does it work? Scientifically, here's how: "The molecules that cause the odor are absorbed and neutralized in millions of microscopic pores in the activated carbon so it has an almost unlimited capacity for eliminating odor." We imagine it would also be a huge hit on Valentine's Day. In fact it's the perfect gift to give any time you wish to express the heartfelt sentiment, 'You tend to cut the cheese in your sleep.'"

So for all of you last-minute shoppers out there...Kris appreciates your kindly consideration.

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Remodeling...And Such

When you purchase a home, it's a given that you will discover (only after mortgaging your life and spending painful hours packing, moving, and unpacking) that there are a few things wrong that weren't listed on the property disclosure. So the stain on our living room carpet, previously and oh-so-coincidentally covered by a couch, didn't come as too big of a surprise. Neither did some dings in the paint. That the shower and tub in our upstairs bathroom produced only the tiniest trickle of water when turned on...that was a bit of a shock. Didn't we have a home inspector? And didn't he charge us hundreds of dollars to find stuff like that? Yes. And yes. A pox on his head!

But, that's not the end of the world. Especially when you are two people living in a two-bathroom house. But we always said that we'd fix it "someday." So imagine my further surprise when "someday" happened to fall on a Friday and turned out to be only the beginning of a lot of work. I came home a few weeks ago to find this:

It started with a simple plumbing job. It escalated to stripping everything down to the studs. It continues with a total re-tile, and a quantity of dust hitherto unknown. Ah, yes--and here's the crux-- a ridiculous number of new "necessary" tools as well.

I once thought of Kris as an innocent, at the mercy of the master "we-need-this-kitchen appliance" manipulator. I've been duped.