December 26th, 2017.

Yesterday Kristen and I went up to Longwood Gardens to take advantage of the fact that they didn’t really see Christmas Day as one of their peak days – and celebrated Christmas with… A BILLION PEOPLE I MEAN LIKE HOLY CRAP IF THIS ISN’T A PEAK DAY I HAVE NO WISH TO EVER SEE WHAT IS HOLY CRAP ALL THE PEOPLE WERE HERE!!

Friday December 22nd saw Heather and I hitting up something we'd been eyeballing for quite some time - the Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick, MD. I won't ruin it for you, but it's kind of amazing.
Friday December 22nd saw Heather and I hitting up something we’d been eyeballing for quite some time – the Roads and Rails Museum in Frederick, MD. I won’t ruin it for you, but it’s kind of amazing.
Okay - ONE spoiler for the museum. That's the 9:30 Club... and Cool Disco Dan is NOT in the house. But Fugazi IS.
Okay – ONE spoiler for the museum. That’s the 9:30 Club… and Cool Disco Dan is NOT in the house. But Fugazi IS.
Roads and Rails... and FREAKIN LEGOS!!!
Okay – TWO spoilers for the museum. Roads and Rails… and FREAKIN LEGOS!!!
After visiting the Roads and Rails Museum, Heather and I wandered the Christmas-laden wonderland that is Frederick for a bit before heading over to our gig at Vini Culture. First time at a new venue and ... well... I think we'll be back!
After visiting the Roads and Rails Museum, Heather and I wandered the Christmas-laden wonderland that is Frederick for a bit before heading over to our gig at Vini Culture. First time at a new venue and … well… I think we’ll be back.

Still – we had an absolutely delicious Christmas wandering around and looking at the lights the plants and also the lights – however there NEEDS to be some social training on how to take a photograph in a crowd. Like… since people aren’t actively trampling others nor are people generally falling into pits filled with famished tigers, Darwin’s not going to take care of the obnoxious behaviour of people more interested in their phones than their surroundings – so it’s up to us. And I’m not quite sure what the socially-accepted method of saying to those around you “my experience is just as important as YOUR experience, so fucking move along” or “watch where you’re backing up to” or “no, I imagine navigating with the glaring white light of your phone pointed at your eyeballs in an otherwise mostly dark environment ISN’T easy but surely you must be at least partly at fault for our collision because I wasn’t the one ruining your night vision”… or other like phrases.

December 23rd found me doing some video work for Anthem Strings... and chasing super cat around the house. Don't judge.
December 23rd found me doing some video work for Anthem Strings… and chasing super cat around the house. Don’t judge.
Chelle and Kristen working out what we'll be doing for their video shoot.
Chelle and Kristen working out what we’ll be doing for their video shoot in Gaithersburg, MD.

Also – don’t pull on the plants. Don’t grab handfuls of fragrant herbs. Don’t squeeze the blossoms. Dude. Were you raised in a barn? I doubt you were raised in a barn. Because if you were raised in a barn you’d know that you CAN’T MILK PLANTS!!

Sigh.

I hate people.

But I Love Christmas. Happy first-married-Christmas Kristen Jones!

What else is there to do Christmas morning but to dress the neighbour's cat with leftover Christmas wrappings!
What else is there to do Christmas morning but to dress the neighbour’s cat with leftover Christmas wrappings!
Ha - ran across this book about a unicorn amongst narwhals while roaming Frederick on Thursday... thought about getting it for Joanna and Lex - and it turns out my instincts would've been right!
Ha – ran across this book about a unicorn amongst narwhals while roaming Frederick on Thursday… thought about getting it for Joanna and Lex – and it turns out my instincts would’ve been right!
Ha - not a peak day. So much so that all the parking lots were full and we were shuttled in from a whole other lot. Still - it meant we got to ride a school bus! I think it was my first time on one since high school!
Ha – not a peak day. So much so that all the parking lots were full and we were shuttled in from a whole other lot. Still – it meant we got to ride a school bus! I think it was my first time on one since high school!
Kristen and I at Longwood Gardens.
Kristen and I at Longwood Gardens.
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Ha - something new for this year! Patterns made from gilded walnuts, apples and cranberries all floating in water.
Ha – something new for this year! Patterns made from gilded walnuts, apples and cranberries all floating in water.
A lot of the same cacti were used in Kristen's bouquet for our wedding.
A lot of the same cacti were used in Kristen’s bouquet for our wedding.
The sun's going down, the lights are coming up!
The sun’s going down, the lights are coming up!
Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

More trains!

Kristen surprised me by demanding hot chocolate, tequila and Aliens, not necessarily in that order. Not Our Cat was down with it.
Kristen surprised me by demanding hot chocolate, tequila and Aliens, not necessarily in that order. Not Our Cat was down with it.

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