Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Police blotter.


One more, to close out 2013 in style...

Sunday:  Floor supervisor at Bad River Casino reported a vehicle struck the doors of the casino. The vehicle was exiting a parking spot and the driver stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake.

Tuesday, 4:04 P.M.:  Caller would like to report he sold his bike and a video game to a friend and the friend only paid him $5 and said the bike and game are his now and he is not getting them back.

Thursday, 9:40 A.M.: Officer reports while talking to subject about a loose dog, subject stated the neighbor woman who walks by with her Burmese mountain dog allows it to defecate in people's yards and doesn't clean it up.

Friday: Caller from Barnes reported eight feet of snow in front of his driveway.

Saturday, 6:28 P.M.: Caller wanted to report that his daughter was putting a pillow over her brother's head.


SNOWNAMI.


"'Twas a few days before Christmas, when way up in the sky
Mother Nature went apeshit and decided to dump almost thirty inches of snow on us in a 24-hour period."


No, that doesn't rhyme.  Kind of like how almost thirty inches of snow at once makes no rhyme nor reason.



When you walk out the door and find this, you barely know where to start.  Just grab a shovel and go.  When you get to a car, turn.  Be glad you have a snowblower around.  (And be thankful this particular storm dumped light, fluffy snow, and not wet, godawful heavy snow like during the last snownami.)



The drifts between the cars were almost 36 inches tall.  Sure, I'm short, but c'mon -- snow up to my waist is still a lot of snow.



Snowhawk on my car.



My brother Nick, after jumping off the deck.  I think it's a proven fact that you stand a better chance of surviving if you keep your sense of humor in these situations.



Monday, December 30, 2013

This year's nativity scene.




This year's nativity scene featured more Jesuses (Jesi?) than ever before.  In fact, I think we've just about reached capacity, unless I can install stadium seating.



You may have noticed a few new faces hanging around.



I haven't decided who the Wise Men are yet -- I guess Dr. Zaius, Spock, and Captain Kirk?  Though surely Liberace and Ralphie both have plenty of wisdom to share, too, in their own ways.  (Primarily about the proper application of rhinestones and not shooting your eye out, respectively.)

And, as always, Crocodile Hunter and Big Boy kept watch over them all.  Hallelujah.


13 in 2013: Hooks, #14.


Yes, that's right -- not only did I meet my goal of trying thirteen new patterns in 2013, I beat it!  By one!  Just under the wire, too!



I like the horns, but I especially love the chompy little fangs.


13 in 2013: Hooks, #13.


Guess who learned how to crochet horns?



This turned out looking a little more buffalo-y than I'd envisioned -- I was going for more of a vague, open-to-imaginative-play monster vibe -- but still, pretty cool.

13 in 2013: Hooks, #12.


One day right after Halloween when we were cleaning at work, we found a witch.  We named her Cher.  Then we immediately felt bad that we hadn't put Cher out with the other Halloween trim...so we decided to put her out for Christmas, instead.  Her witchy outfit simply wouldn't do, so I whipped her up something a little warmer.



Yep, this is how I spend my free time.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

What's making me happy this week.




Don't go breakin' my heart, Community.  Stick the landing!


Thursday, December 05, 2013

"As seen on TV."


If you're in the market for a used vehicle...

December 1.


"As seen on TV"

P.S.  It occurs to me that there's a huge cross-section of our culture -- i.e., people a few years younger than me -- who have no idea what this refers to.  This makes me feel both old and a bit envious that they have no memories of the Dancing Itos.


Wednesday, December 04, 2013

What's making me happy this week.


A perennial holiday favorite, revisited.