Sunday, December 30, 2012

Catching Up Before the New Year

So, I've been meaning to write on the blog now, for... oh, I don't know... two month's now?  We've had a lot of exciting developments since our adventures in California.  Let's start at Thanksgiving, shall we?

We hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the very first time ever in our married lives.  I'd have to say that things went rather well!  Don't believe me?  Well, I think Mr. Golden Brown Turkey has something to say about that!

Plump.  Delicious.  Perfectly-cooked turkey.  Nevermind the fact that our thermometer didn't quite give us an accurate depiction of doneness for our bird.  No, no.  Instinct created this marvel of holiday icon-ery.  Did I mention that we brined it?  Oh yes we did!  Nevermind the fact we almost forgot (until the morning of, that is) that we had no serving platter ready for when this beautiful bird came out of the oven.  No, no.  We had a flawless Thanksgiving experience.  Really.

Joking aside, things did actually go quite well.  We had my brother and his wife and a few of his in-laws (of whom I am quite well acquainted) over for the meal.

It was really enjoyable.  We made punch.

Enjoyed a load of delicious sides (not pictured).  And settled in for a day of watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade and the National Dog Show (a family tradition we seem to have acquired) intermixed with some playing of games and picture-taking.  It's great to have the holidays with friends and family! :)

In other news (and before we get to the current holiday times), I've decided that it would be a good idea for me to start a website.

I've wanted a creative outlet for my hobbies lately, and a website seemed like a great place to start.  What better way to mix computer programming, graphic design, writing, video-editing, etc. into one place?  There is none, I say!  The website focuses around a video game I decided to Kickstart a little while ago.  The game, called SolForge, is a digital Trading Card Game akin to that which I've played frequently in the past (ie. Magic the Gathering, Legend of the Five Rings, etc.).  It's a lot of fun to play, and I think it's really going to take off once it's officially released.  Beyond a simple tutorial-style version.   I have a lot of high hopes for the website, if for no other reason than I get to brush up on some old skills and try out some new ones in the process.  Should be fun!

Back to the present, now.  Chirstmas has been a fun holiday for us.  Lovetta's family is all in town and we've been spending a lot of our time at her parents' house.  Probably one of the more interesting things was when we took an underwater camera with us to an indoor pool.  Check this out!

I just love how some of these turned out without the aid of a program like Photoshop.  Not all of them were this spectacular, but there certainly were enough of them that it was time well-spent.

We had a great Christmas day, and aside from the fact that I've had to work most of this holiday season, we've had a great holiday overall.  We're looking forward to the New Year (which is much more significant, because it's Lovetta's birthday).  We're pretty hopeful for what's to come and we hope to share more of it with you as it arrives :)  Happy holidays everyone!