Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jingle Bell Run!

Last Sunday Tonja and I and a few friends took part in the 25th Annual Jingle Bell run. It's a 5k run that starts and finishes at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle. It was one of the more fun 5k's I've run.

The course (which has a few well placed subtle hills) runs through downtown and on to the I-5 express lanes. So, you get the fun and unique experience of running through a couple of tunnels and along the freeway. The best part of the run is that everyone wears little sleigh bells on their shoes or clothes. So, as you're running along in these huge packs of runners all you can hear is sleigh bells. It was quite a sound. In addition many of the runners and walkers are dressed up, which gives the entire event a very festive feel. We didn't take our camera, since it would of been difficult to run with, but here's a few pre race photos....

Tonja opted to wear her festive Santa jacket for the race.

I opted for function over style (although I do match the kitchen walls) and wasn't quite as festive with my attire. Just bright.

The start of the race. Can you see us? Actually, I did find myself in this photo. I'm a few people directly below the lamp post on the left. You can just barely see my green fleece if you look closely.
(photo credit: Seattle Times)

I found this photo online of me during the race. Two notes.
1. Apparently, I'm so relaxed I've nodded off for a nap.
2. Mrs. Claus is closing in fast behind me.
(photo credit: On The Edge photos)

A fun event for sure, that I'd happily run again. After our run, we took in the post race celebrations and free food give-a-ways, which included some very tasty Top Pot doughnuts. All in all a nice way to spend a chilly December morning.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Our Christmas Tree Hunt

Here's a few photos from our Christmas Tree excursion on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Christmas Trees in the shadow of a misty Mt. Si

Tonja and I and our 2009 Christmas tree in its natural habitat. This year's tree has kind of a big bottom...which we would really notice once we got it home.

There's no good way to cut down a Christmas Tree without getting a little dirty.

Jon and Tina consulting on best practices of saw use.

Jon and Tina work together flawlessly on their tree extraction

Two trees Bagged and Tagged

Tonja and Tina picking up some additional holiday decorations.

After a little effort (and some choice words) we got our tree back to our house and set up for decorating. Tonja hanging some candy canes. At this point I think these candy canes are 5 years old.

Finishing up decorating by putting our Christmas fairy on the top of the tree.

All finished. As I mentioned, it's a bit chunky on the lower areas for our small living room. We ended up having to take our coffee table out of the room. But, other than that, I think the tree looks great. Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Sorry, I keep changing my blog template. I'm not quite happy with what blogger has to offer, but my HTML skills aren't quite up to doing it myself. I'll eventually find something I like.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I had this dream...

So, I had this strange dream...

Okay, obviously this wasn't really my dream. Basically, I started messing around with iMovie on our Mac and decided to see what I could come up with for a movie using available footage from our various trips. It's all a bunch of random footage from San Jose, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Las Vegas, London, Chicago, Lake Tahoe, and of course Seattle. I've always wanted to make a random dream sequence. Anyway, not really high production value, but it was fun.

The music is Collapsing at Your Doorstep by Air France.

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