Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekend Review: Dec 1st & 2nd

Every weekend there are new sights, sounds, and taste to consume. There are other sensory inputs that tickle my brain too, but saying there is stuff to feel sounds creepy. This is a weekly journal of my weekend endeavors. Enjoy!

Grand Illumination
Friday night we had the grandparents come over to watch the two month old and we took our elder heir downtown. We skipped the ceremony, but the James Center was still crowded by the time we got there. The model train exhibit is the best part, but the lights are worth getting out of the car for too. Afterwards we stopped off at Crispy Cream and had a post illumination snowman doughnut. It is no Country Style, but nothing else is. Next year we will skip the opening night and just head down on a week night when it is way less crowded.

iPhone 5
I have had mine for months, but Saturday afternoon I went and picked up a white 16GB for my wife. Subsidized hardware on contracts is economic argument enough, but it is a great phone too. It is markedly faster than the iPhone 4 that it replaced. Siri was a hot piece of garbage on my iPad and I assumed it would be more of the same on the 5. Not so, it has turned out to be a fantastic tool for texting and making phone calls while driving. Nearly hands free, I can let my wife know when I am running late and ask about additional items we might need from the grocery store. The camera upgrade is well timed with the arrival of our new child, taking higher quality photos and making low light, non-flash shots possible.

Christmas Parade
Saturday morning was our second trip to the parade in downtown Richmond. It proved to be just as fun as the first. We met another couple down by VCU and set up their kids and ours (similar ages) on the median to watch the show. Lots of marching bands, small scale balloons and bedazzled floats on hand. The kids had a blast, well the three year olds and one year old did. Ward slept. Halfway through the kids were getting antsy though. We walked 50 feet to the Five Guys and sat at the high top so they could eat and still see the parade go by. Fun times.

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