Thursday, December 14, 2006

Christmas Decorations, Redux

Most of today was spent recovering from finding out a day ago that I didn't get the KC job I'd interviewed for ... on one hand, I was up against some tough competition (me and 10 others, for what became 1 open slot down from 2), but it would have been nice, if only for the pay alone. But I'm moving on.

I'm interviewing tomorrow for a more local job with a nearby school district. I have my fingers crossed for that one; granted, it may not pay much, but it would mean a 15 minute commute each day, as compared to a 1.5 hour commute down and back to KC every day, and that means more than a nice salary.

So, to take a small break from job hunting, and celebrate a nice day (temps near 60), we headed down to the local Earl May garden shop, which is, sadly, being downgraded to a landscaping services only shop (apparently, the chain is in the middle of a store reduction). As they've having a store-wide clearance, we picked up some additional holiday trim for the front porch. We also picked up a nice bench and side planter combination for the rose garden, and some feed to stock the bird feeders.

A half hour later, we had redecorated the front porch, and added some more Christmas lights:

South Side Candles

The Front Tree

The Front Porch Redone

Bedroom Candles

The Angel Tree

Later that evening, Lauren introduced me to a bit of Christmas nostalgia from the Chicagoland area, having purchased a DVD containing a trio of pre-Rankin Bass stop-motion puppet featurettes: Hardrock, Coco, and Joe, Suzy Snowflake, and Frosty the Snowman.

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