Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Light the way home

My wife and I aren't much for decorating with the seasons around our house, but this winter we decided to kick things up a notch or two by putting up Christmas lights outside.  We purchased about 200 feet of glowing white LED lights on clearance last year and I was eager to get up on the ladder and hook 'em to the gutters, mostly because I had never done it before.  And so last Sunday, with temps hovering around 75, we hustled to Wallyworld to buy an outdoor outlet timer and some gutter clips, and I set out to putting up our first outdoor Christmas decorations ever.

The project actually went pretty smoothly, with a few hiccups here and there due to snags in the lights and some poorly-placed bushes around the perimeter of our house.  My wife had a lot of schoolwork to do, so I called up a neighbor and he was gracious enough to take time out of his Sunday to help me hang the lights.  We spent around an hour and a half fumbling with little plastic clips, stringing lights, and crab-walking on the roof in order to get the job done and had a pretty good time overall if I do say so myself.  And it's my blog, so I just did.  :)
It's not much to look at, but it's
our first time putting lights up :)

The lights are nothing special, and we don't plan on turning them on until after Thanksgiving (except to take that photo), but it was fun to spend the afternoon hanging 'em on the gutters and chatting away with my neighbor.

Last night my wife and I were going to go to an OSU women's basketball game, but there was a problem with the tickets (they were given to me but there was a mix-up regarding the seat assignments, or something like that) so we ended up heading to McDonald's for some ice cream and then back home for the evening.  No fire in the fireplace, but we did catch a few episodes of one of our favorite TV shows on Netflix and then just kind of took it easy for a while.  With the busy holiday season coming up those kind of evenings are going to be kind of in short supply, so it's nice to enjoy 'em while you can.

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