Monday, December 10, 2007

It's Christmas-Time in Dallas, TX

Big weekend. Here's the basic run-down:

  1. Finished placemats
  2. Mailed Secret Santa gifts to HPNY
  3. Bought Christmas tree
  4. Saw owl
  5. Ate sweet potato fries
  6. Went to breakfast with friends
  7. Had tea and chocolate from Portugal
  8. Decorated house for Christmas
  9. Other

Please check out Number Four. Yes, that's right.

I SAW THE OWL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh my goodness, I am beside myself with joy.

I didn't tell you that Kev saw the owl a few nights ago when he went running. Oh, I was so mad. But he assured me I would see him, and Saturday night, as we were bringing in the Christmas tree, I happened to look up in our oak tree and there he was. It was too dark to get a good picture, but there he is in the photo below, eyes a-glow. A real owl. In MY tree. We have named him Octavio. There is a chance he should be called Octavia...there is really no way to tell for sure.

You may ask, Tara, now what do you have to look forward to? Your quest has ended. Certainly you feel let down.

Not at all, my friends. Now I just want to see more and more owls. Keep 'em comin'.

Happy happy happy.

Back to you can see from the picture at the top, we put up our tree. We got a real one this year since we won't be travelling. It's taking a while to get the thing finished. We put it up Saturday, put the lights on it last night, and we'll do the ornaments tonight. We have to do things in stages with the Peanut around. She knows the #1 Christmas Tree Rule: No Touchin'. But time will tell if she can resist the temptation. In that picture, we asked her to show us the angel...she is pointing, although it unfortunately looks like she's shooting the bird!

I have been awake since 4:47 am. That is why I have time for all this blogging. We have to go to the Peanut's 18 month doctor visit today and that means shots. I'm taking her for ice cream when it's over. We're both gonna need a treat.

I hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoyed that we finally have some cold weather. I'm officialy declaring Winter and putting the flip-flops away.


Julie said...

I am so happy you have seen your owl- to be honest- I really wondered if that is what you were hearing as I have never heard of an owl hanging out in a neighborhood before. But that is GREATNESS for you! I also am happy that you got your house decorated- I have yet to do so and am trying to decide if I am going to. :( I will do stockings- and that may be all. We will see.

And YES it is time to put the flip flops away. ! Yea!

shy_smiley said...

Fabulous that you saw your owl: sometime I'll tell the story of how a fledgling Great Horned rested in our giant plastic Little Tykes treehouse on the preschool playground. And we have an owl pair somewhere in the wash behind the house; in the early mornings I hear them calling to each other.

Hope the doc's appt went as smoothly as possible, and ice cream soothed the ouchies. I agree: we have a Severe Winter Storm Advisory here in Tucson. It's definitely time to put away the flipflops!

Merry Christmas!

Gye Greene said...

Hey! **Very** congratualations on the owl!!!

Good job on the mega-productivity regarding Christmas preparations. We've done basically nothing -- although we **are** nearly done with the Christmas shopping for presents.

The Lady's due date is right about Christmas -- and I'm at work during the day, while she lies around being pregnant with twins and generally physically uncomfortable, while looking after The Girl. So, not much Chistmas decorating as of yet.

Ice cream is cool. (Um: pun intended?)