Santa came early, and I must have been really really good this year, because I got something I've been wanting for a very long time. Santa also said that I could start playing with my new toy right away, so I have been. So far, I've just been using the auto settings, but the results are pretty darn good. My little Olympus point-and-shoot has served me well the past four years, but this little baby is just amazing. I took some pictures last night, which I never would have attempted before, and then this morning, it was grey and drizzly, but I still couldn't stop myself from snapping away. I can't wait to try it in full daylight. Click on all the pictures to see them big!
A light supper last night, under the Christmas tree. I got my swap package from Yvonne yesterday, and did I rip open the caramel-ly stroopwafels? The spicy-sweet speculaas cookies? Oh no sir-ree, it was the beautiful wedge of cheese that I had to dig into right away! When Yvonne asked if I had any special requests, I jokingly told her Leidsekaas, please! And she sent a nice big chunk of a similar cheese from her home town. It is so good! There was much more in that pretty pink box, but it will have to wait until I can take some daylight pictures to truly do it all justice.
Today is our secret Santa gift exchange at work, and I was lucky enough to draw the name of a fellow knitter, so I made her a needle roll, the first one I've ever made. It came out pretty cute, I think. I hope she likes it. There's also a yarn store gift certificate, so even if she hates the needle roll, she should be pretty happy with the rest of the gift.
Last week I picked up a frame at Ikea for my poster from Victoria. I was going to hang it in my laundry room, because I could use a little reminder not to get all worked up when I have to spend my Saturday doing five loads of laundry, but it looked so good in the guest room, that I think I'll leave it in there. I do need to take it in and get the mat trimmed down a bit.
And one last picture. Every time it rains, the logs from the tree we cut down a couple months ago get all mossy and green. I love that color.