Archive for December, 2013

May the jelly be with you

December 28, 2013

We have a package of vihreit√§ kuulia (green balls), pear-flavored Finnish jelly candies that we like to have at Christmastime.¬† I noticed one with a dent in it which looked suspiciously like a certain Star Wars prop…

That's no green ball...

That’s no green ball…

In other news, we had a lovely Christmas at home in Maine with my family.  Soon we will get to see our Finnish family, too.


Finnish Christmas

December 24, 2013

We had a lovely Finnish Christmas together (our private home celebration on Christmas Eve day). After starting the day by taking care of some personal business, we played World of Warcraft together in the morning. E made rice porridge for lunch. In the afternoon I was busy with cooking our Christmas dinner: ham with fruit sauce, carrot casserole, mashed potatoes, and cucumber salad. After stuffing ourselves with dinner, we had ice cream, prune tarts, and clementines for dessert. With happy full bellies we sat down to open presents. We ended the day with a sauna, followed by settling in to watch a movie.

Insomniac shoveling

December 18, 2013

We got another burst of snow yesterday. Not quite as much as the last storm, but a good 4 more inches of powder. We were planning on starting our day today with shoveling since the weather is predicted to warm up and we’d rather move the snow when it’s snow than when it’s soggy wet glop.

Then last night I had another bout of insomnia. I do think I slept for maybe an hour, but then I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep (not my usual pattern; once I get to sleep I usually stay asleep). After lying awake for many long hours, I finally got up around quarter past four. I figured I might as well go get a start on shoveling so I bundled up and headed out.

Around six, E. turned up and joined me. It seems she wasn’t sleeping well, either. So, bleary and cold in the pale dawn light, we cleared snow together. When all was done, we had a lovely warm sauna, then I cooked us some bacon and eggs for breakfast.

The world outside is beautiful and wintry white now. The run of warm weather we’re expecting in the next few days will probably mean a lot of melting, but I’m sure we’ll still have snow for Christmas.


December 16, 2013

We just had out first serious snowstorm of the winter. We had a little snow on the ground from some light dustings, but this past weekend brought us 6-8 inches of the stuff. The woods behind our house are now beautiful with every branch lined in white. It looks like the weather is going to stay cold, so we should be keeping this snow for Christmas. Whee!

E. and I were out shoveling for the first time yesterday afternoon. The snow was mostly light powder, though it had a bit of an icy crust on top, so fortunately the shoveling was not too demanding. One of our neighbors with a snowblower also came and helped us out with the driveway. It took us a couple of hours to clear everything. I’m sure the day will come when we’ll want to get a snowblower (provided we can find one that can navigate our garage), but for now there is some satisfaction to knowing that we can get by with shovels (and kind neighbors).

Classes ended last week and I am in the midst of final grading. I’m through most of it, but I still have a few paper-filled days to look forward to this week.