Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas 2010

It was a very adult Christmas for Duncan and me.  We drove around town looking for somewhere to go out to dinner and discovered a fantastic new Thai restaurant, the Chedi Thai Bistro, where a shlumpy old school Thai restaurant had formerly been.  The dogs got two major off-leash walks, wearing their Christmas red and white jingle bell collars, of course.  Today they are tired pups!

Naturally we were very lazy, hanging around to watch TV and read.  We watched the Mythbusters Marathon on the Discovery Channel.  The Bull in the China Shop episode was the best!  We also watched the Keira Knightley version of Pride and Prejudice.  As a connoiseur of Jane Austen adaptations, I rate that one at least an 8 of 10.  I like the cast of this version a lot.  Keira is a very fine Elizabeth; Judy Dench is an absolutely terrifying Lady Catherine De Bourgh, the best ever; Donald Sutherland is perfect as the feckless father; Brenda Blethyn is an ideal Mrs. Bennet.  Matthew McFayden did grow on me as Mr. Darcy, but for me Mr. Darcy will always be Colin Firth.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010!

Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful holiday season, rich in friends and family.  For us, 2010 had some very special highlights. In September, Vivian and Billy Sheffield were married.  The event took place at a gloriously beautiful site along the Colorado River in Moab, Utah. 
This is us!
Beautiful sisters!

Vivian, Nicki and Erin.  So nice to have a really good friend and a beloved niece helping out!

The Goldbar Campground couldn't have been more beautiful or perfect for the occasion.

Tundra was the ringbearer.

The bride and groom certainly knew how to create a really fun time for everyone.
Billy & Vivian  Sheffield
Viv and Billy are living in Brighton, Utah, where both work at the Brighton Ski Resort. During summer, Vivian works as a guide for river rafting trips down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Viv and Billy working Thanksgiving Day.
Lillian completed her PhD and returned from Malawi to Chapel Hill for her thesis defense and where she is now involved in the clinical rotations of 3rd year medical school.
Lillian looking sharp at her PhD thesis defense:  HIV Partner Notification in Malawi
Duncan and I carried on as usual, much travel, summer in Astoria, Oregon, and lots of shenanigans with our border collies Daisy and Juno.
Couldn't beat the view from the back deck of our rental!
It got to be a joke to see how many different places we could get pictures of Duncan talking on his cellphone.
But we caught Erin a time or two as well!

Daisy and Juno couldn't care less though.  Oregon?  It's all good!
Nobody loves Oregon more than Juno and Daisy!

Of course, they are always in the game.