Christmas

December 25th, 2006

Merry Christmas to all!

We opened presents around our “Tree” this morning. Ollie go some nice clothing from his folks, and I received a lovely amber bracelet, costume jewelry, and a shirt. It was a real treat to have some gifts around the tree.

Ollie got a pair of Keens from Karin and Ted… I’m not sure if he liked the shoes or the packaging better. Hrm…
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My main gift was a significant funds contribution towards the purchase of a dSLR, a Nikon d40. all photos are, of course, taken with the new camera. I’m having a lot of fun with it.

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We went for a walk up to the windmill with Bekka this afternoon – it was a beautiful day.

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(observe the spiffy new shoes and shirt)

Tonight I’m cooking New York Strip steaks (bacon wrapped) with mashed potatoes and broccoli. Seemed kind of silly to cook a turkey or ham for just two people.

X-mas Eve

December 24th, 2006

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We went for a late afternoon walk on the beach, as per Gray Family tradition. Bekka had a lot of fun (check her blog!) but we missed the rest of the family.

Christmas Preperations

December 23rd, 2006

All Christmas decor was 50% off at the market, so I splurged on a fake tree and some decorations. We hung lights and set up the tree – the place feels a bit more festive.

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And as per tradition, we made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies to gorge ourselves sick on (and share with friends, of course)

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Walk to the windmill

December 21st, 2006

Ollie, Bekka and I took a walk to the windmill late this afternoon – pretty idilic.

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A few pics from scuba diving today.

December 2nd, 2006

Hannah and I went out with our local dive operator today, “N2 the Blue”.DSC03792

For us the littlest things are as interesting as the biggest things.

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A sea slug called Sea Lettuce

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A tiny transparent shrimp.

Progressive Dinner or Restaurant Crawl….

December 2nd, 2006

For Karin’s birthday (albeit a few days early) we went on a “progressive dinner” through Christiansted. At 7:00 we were met our friend Bennet at Kendrick’s for appetizers and a glass of wine. Kendricks has a chipotle soup to remember.

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At 8 o’clock we moved on to Savant, where our friend Niko is tending the back bar, for entrees and a bottle of red wine. The filet was superb. Wine and socializing meant that we missed our scheduled departure at 9 o’clock but on the island that is “no problem mon”. Upon our departure, Niko’s wife Jill joined the revelers for the next stop.

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By 10 o’clock we wandered over to Bacchus where desert awaited. On our arrival, the revelers were presented with appropriate attire for the occasion! Bacchus has a billiards room so rather than take up table space we order our deserts while we shot some 8 Ball.

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Karin showing her many talents.

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Hannah enjoying the sylish party attire.

 

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Ollie the Shark.

The dessert of choice at Bacchus is..

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Bananas Foster made with 151 Rum…

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Ollie and Hannah split a Mousse then off to the final stop of the evening which is a newer restaurant called “Salud!” where we met up with a whole bunch of other acquaintances and enjoyed some live music and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.