in a perfect world of yancies: December 2011

29 December 2011

Here's to An Amazing Year!

Tree: Fisheye
Let's be clear: 2011 was just about the coolest year ever. And I have high hopes for '12 too!

In the meantime, how about some fifth day of Christmas fun? The photo up above was taken with the cool fisheye iPhone lens that my mom got me.

Here's a photo taken from exactly the same spot with the normal lens:
Tree: Normal View
Wild, huh?

Got some great SmartWool stuff from the Iwanski's, but the package was just as cool as the gift:
To: Mr Yancy Pantsy

Meanwhile, Mimi is keeping warm in this handsome hat:
Nice Hat!

And I went for a run. Here's a map:

Okay, reader, we've got a few things to take care of, and then we're off for a mini vacation hiking and snowshoeing in one of my very favorite places: Olympic National Park!

Happy New Year!

23 December 2011

Home for the Holidays

Since we have one or two amazing reasons why we can't really travel right now, we were happy that my mom was able to come share some holiday cheer with us here in Seattle.
Yancy & Mom at Benaroya
Enjoyed the decorations at Benaroya Hall. And really enjoyed the Seattle Symphony's performance of Handel's Messiah.

Seattle Symphony Holiday Fun

Had a nice time around Capitol Hill too. Elliott Bay Book Company was wonderful, and wonderfully helpful—even helped my mom ship some gifts overseas! Glad to see that local independent bookstores like Elliott Bay are having a good year.

Emily and I loved the Volunteer Park Conservatory's Holiday Display:
Volunteer Park Conservatory Holiday Display

And the Olsen Farms stand at the Broadway Sunday Farmers Market was a big hit:
Brent of Olsen Farms: Xmas Spirit

Potato wreath, garland, snowman, and tree:
Olsen Farms Xmas Fun
Leg of lamb and potatoes from Olsen Farms for dinner, along with brussels sprouts from Willie Green's. Delicious!

And of course there were presents!

New Gloves!

Thanks for a great year reader, and Merry Christmas!

08 December 2011

Advent Is Upon Us

I just love this time of year!

Sure, there are people out there who really get the wrong idea about what this holiday means...

And sure, I'm firmly on Jon Stewart's side...

But trees, lights, songs? What's not to love?

Speaking of songs, here's a favorite:

And speaking of advent, how about one more beautiful photo?
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