Tuesday, December 30, 2008

12.30.08 Two wild and crazy guys

Shockingly enough, no alcohol was consumed during this impromptu pre-NYE photo session. That's Brian on the left and Fernando on the right sporting a wig afro we raided from the props closet (along with the empty champagne bottle and other celebratory items).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

12.27.08 Christmas morning (well, it is to us)

Joe and Jack nom on some Christmas morning monkey bread after we opened presents

I made these two monkeys and their cousin, Lexi, honorary Mudbugs by giving them each a killer shirt. I got some fantastic gifts, too, including a homemade quilt made my Mary Anne that incorporates musical notes and my favorite color.

Friday, December 26, 2008

12.26.08 Christmas continues

Santa is running a little behind and he plans to stop by the Jungman house tonight. We celebrated tonight by eating a ton of meat (13 pounds of brisket) and I watched Denise make monkey bread (a tradition in her home) for the morning.

I think this is one of my favorite ornaments on Denise's tree.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

12.25.08 Triple Dog Dare You

CRG and me spent the day watching "A Christmas Story" (several times), made Christmas Chicken Curry and sipped on Bloody Marys, napped, and then went to the movie theater to watch "Spirit." 

Later, we met up with Denise and her family at a Chinese restaurant for Christmas dinner. The "A Christmas Story" fans in my life will appreciate this footage I shot at the restaurant. Fa Ra Ra Ra Ra.

12.24.08 A Clone Trooper Christmas

Here's the recipient of the Star Wars Voice Changer, courtesy of his faaaaather.

This is the warrior unmasked and a very short video of him in action. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

12.23.08 holiday parties times three

I went to three holiday parties and somehow made it to bed by 10 p.m. Yes, I'm getting old, but I did start partying at 4 p.m. 

Some of the highlights were: 
1. Convincing Peggy Bing to accept my Facebook friendship.
2. Seeing Diane Lewis aglow in the necklace Dan Rouser gave her. "He's finally trying to win my favor," she said.
3. Admiring Fran's gigantic stocking collection.
5. Denise and Annie mugging for the camera.

Monday, December 22, 2008

12.22.08 sugar at every desk

We had more cookies than people in the newsroom today. These are the cutest Santa cookies I've ever seen. I am no baker but I think they were made using marshmallows, chocolate chips, cinnamon hearts and a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

12.21.08 Lots of Christmas carols...

and one Chanukah song that somehow morphed into a medley of songs from "Fiddler On The Roof." Oy.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

12.20.08 Spoons

This is my nephew Owen rockin' out on the spoons (percussion is a family thing with us). His family stopped by on their way from Texas to Nebraska where they will spend the holidays in a place that's even colder than Wichita. Brrrrrrrr.

12.19.08 Clone Trooper

Spent the day boosting the economy by buying lots of gifts. One lucky boy in my life is going to receive a Star Wars Voice Changer (Greg, sorry, but it's not you.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

12.16.08 yes, I did get slammed by a snowball to the head


This is the kid who hit me with a snowball. His friends made him pay for it by tagging him a few times. Those boys had my back. I love a good snowball fight. 

12.15.08 YO

Here it is from the reverse. You see, this is the perfect Hanukwanzmas decoration (I made it years ago by snapping the J off of JOY). 

If you're now in the Hanukwanzmas mood and would like some tunes with you hot chocolate, well, I've got one here. Happy Hanukwanzmas!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

12.14.08 Oy to the world

It hadn't felt like Christmas until today when I put up a few decorations around the house, including my holiday OY sign. Oddly enough, my OY sign brought me some joy.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

12.13.08 Mudbugs thong

I created this lovely thong (and photographed it against my ride cymbal) for a Mudbug fan who lives far away from here (at her request). As far as I know, it's the only one in existence, but more can be ordered here.

We Mudbugs have just uploaded our Cajun Christmas tune. You can listen to it here. I'm sorry to say that there are no thongs in our Christmas pic. Enjoy.

Friday, December 12, 2008

12.12.08 three plates

That's Carter's pile of done dishes at the Indian buffet. He ate everything, including goat. He was a satisfied man.

12.11.08 that boy was schooled

I was shooting the high school student on the right when the boy on the left gave me a cliche warning that she might break the camera. BOOM! The girl punched him so hard it was like a bass drum pounding in my ear. It was pretty awesome.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

12.10.08 the sun is returning

Does anyone know what goes on in this building? I've driven by it just about every day for the past decade and I have no idea what it is used for.

Monday, December 8, 2008

12.08.08 spotted in my sister's kitchen

Not to worry, my sister doesn't serve most of these things on the list. My 2-year-old niece, Ursula, likes it when her folks write words on the kitchen chalkboard and this is the list she came up with. Tasty.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Saturday, December 6, 2008

12.06.08 my personal inferno

That's my sister delivering a peanut butter chocolate chili cinnamon ice cream cake with 34 freakin' candles. It took me a few tries to extinguish the massive fire.

12.05.08 the welcoming committee

My sister and adorable niece greeted me at O'Hare with this hand-painted sign and balloons. It doesn't get much better than this.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

12.04.08 spotted at Caffe Moderne

That dude has some pink cheeks. He's pretty cute, though. Speaking of cute...you must take a look at this video Denise made of Lexi telling Santa what she and Norton want for Christmas.

P.S. My friend Shay in Atlanta just started a blog similar to this. Check it out.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

12.03.08 a sociological dig


You can learn a lot about someone by peeking inside their junk drawer. It look like I'm a lover of music (see plastic kazoo and harmonica), bubbles and Star Wars - two of those three things are correct.

P.S. The Girl Power bracelet belongs to the littlest CRG, although I am a supporter of the Girl Power movement.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

12.02.08 ahhhhhhh...sunsets

Went to Emporia today with two of the best people I know, Jonathan and Joanna. (Joanna, was that what you wanted me to say? I can't remember.) Anyway, I shot this driving home through the Flint Hills at sunset and I did have a good trip with great company.

12.01.08 found at the bottom of a junk drawer

It must be at least eight years old since I haven't used the stuff since 2000. I thought I'd miss film when we made the switch over to digital, but I can't say that I do one bit.

Now, does anyone know where I can find film for my Kodak disk camera? That was the first camera I ever owned. I used it as a 7-year-old to take portraits of my stuffed animals. Quality, I tell ya.