This weekend was filled with lots of Christmas time together with family. We spent a couple of much-needed mornings starting out on the couch being together, with no rush to get the day started. Saturday we ran some basic errands, cleaned the house up, and had some friends over for drinks and dessert and a screening of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Sunday we did some food shopping and decorated our tree in the evening, after hanging on the couch, watching football and playing with Legos.


I wish it had been another two days longer.

Decorating the Tree

Date posted: December 15, 2014 | Filed under general, photo | Leave a Comment »

Scouting out a Christmas tree #advent calendar #IH #oldschool

Date posted: December 10, 2014 | Filed under photo, Scout | Leave a Comment »

Family portrait

Finn and Renie

New marbles

Date posted: November 30, 2014 | Filed under family, photo | Leave a Comment »

Hi Daddy

We celebrated another great holiday here in the ‘Ville with our folks and local family; this year featured a dry-brine turkey with stuffing, potatoes, homemade (read: alcoholic) cranberry sauce, beans, and lots of red wine. We set the table with a new set of plates from Target, which marks the first upgrade of our tableware since we moved in, and the four chairs we bought from IKEA came in very handy. We even had snow the night before, which made our last-minute errands more interesting but the whole day very festive.

Once again, it was great to have everyone around our table, and we have much to be thankful for.


Finished product

Setting the table

Dinner Table

Date posted: November 28, 2014 | Filed under family, photo | Leave a Comment »

Hot chocolate on the National Mall

Date posted: November 23, 2014 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

Creative Director

Last week was quiet but full of activity. Work is moving along briskly, and there’s more work coming in than we can handle. One big change is that I’m now officially a Creative Director, with a merit raise and yearly bonus—something that actually happened the week before last, but superstitiously, I wanted to have my business cards made up first.

New paint makes a big difference

We wrapped up a big project in the house on Saturday, after weeks of jumbled furniture and chaos in the main living space. The walls in the living room are now white, and the bumpout over the chimney is a bright blue and the ceiling a very light blue. All of this took several weeks because the white paint we’d bought to cover the brown wasn’t going on evenly, so I had to roll a bright white over top of that. The ceiling took two weekends because it’s hard to roll a finish coat on with no direct sunlight to see where the bad patches are.

I wired a second breaker in to the panel in the garage, ran a line to a switch by the door, and started putting outlets in along the ceiling. So far there’s one switched light and two outlets, and maybe if the weather warms up just a touch I’ll put on my long johns and go out there one evening this week and get the other four lights hung.

Finn’s final soccer game was on Saturday, and instead of getting clobbered by the Yellow Butterflies they merely got beaten. But who’s keeping score? They all had fun, and we met some more kids in the neighborhood, including the other Finley.

Also, I took Finley out for pizza and a movie on Saturday night: We saw Big Hero 6 and had a blast together at a little movie theater down in Arbutus, which is surprisingly cheap and current in its selection (they were playing Interstellar in 3D the same evening). The movie was very good–I’d say it wasn’t quite as good as How To Train Your Dragon, but the characters were all well-drawn and the story was propulsive.

Date posted: November 10, 2014 | Filed under house, photo, WRI | Leave a Comment »

Halftime with flair

Date posted: November 9, 2014 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

Strike a Pose

on the street


Date posted: November 1, 2014 | Filed under finn, friends, photo | 1 Comment »


Date posted: October 30, 2014 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »

Morning note

Date posted: October 29, 2014 | Filed under finn, photo | Leave a Comment »