Sunday, December 31, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
A Xmas Like No Other
The weather has been so strange here. The first or second week of December, we got about 5 inches of snow. That melted in about 3 or 4 days, and then, well, nothing. But rain. And more rain. Since when do we get flood watches in December???? During that snow, we had a forty car pile-up on the highway, and it got shut down in both directions. You would think with just ONE snowstorm, (especially in this midwestern city), that people would take it easy, but what the hey. We usually get thumped, but just rain, rain, rain.
The kids had a awesome Christmas!!!!!!! It was SO MUCH FUN!!!! Angelina definantly has the Christmas bug, she LOVES Christmas music, and lights, and she just loves the whole thing in general. That came from me. William is more like Angi. Just kind of like "eh, whatever".
We took the kids to see !!SANTA!! on December 19th. IT WAS A NIGHTMARE!! Sissy was just about as good as she has ever been, I mean, she was just a little angel. Mister Mister however, was a COMPLETE PAIN! He threw a fit and screamed and sassed the whole entire time. I think he had a bit of a cold though, but GOOD GOD, it was hard not to just leave. She totally freaked and was scared when it came to see Santa, he still scares her quite a bit. But she was perfect besides that, so it was no big deal at all. He was just being a complete craphead the whole way, but on the way home he straightened up, (what the hell??).
I suprised Angi and got her a gift card for Christmas, and she got pissed because we were not supposed to get each other anything. (We have ZERO money!!) We pretty much spent all the money on the kids. But she was very suprised. Her actual gift is a sewing machine I am paying off for a year ( A Designer ONE, which costs a shitload ), but I felt she deserved something on Christmas Day. It is just once a year, and I love every minute of it.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
NORAD's Santa-Tracking Web Site Opens for 2006 Season
American Forces Press Service
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Nov. 17, 2006 –
In advance of the holiday season and its 51st season of tracking Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world, the North American Aerospace Defense Command today activated its "NORAD Tracks Santa" Web site for 2006.
The U.S.-Canadian command's program began in 1955 when an errant phone call was made to NORAD's predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The call was from a local child who dialed a misprinted telephone number in a local newspaper advertisement.
The commander who answered the phone that night gave the youngster the information he requested - the whereabouts of Santa Claus - and thus the tradition of NORAD tracking Santa began.
The program has grown immensely since it was first presented on the Internet in 1998. Last year, the Web site received 912 million "hits" from 204 countries and territories. In addition, the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center, occupied by 550 volunteers on Christmas Eve, answered nearly 55,000 phone calls and nearly 98,240 e-mails from children around the world.
The Web site -- www.noradsanta.org -- features the history of the program, information on how NORAD tracks Santa and interactive games. On Dec. 24, beginning at 2 a.m. Mountain Time, the Web site will feature a minute-by-minute update on Santa's travels around the world. All of this information is available English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
Island Web Studios, America Online, Akami, Analytical Graphics, Globelink Language and Cultural Services, Qwest Communications, Verizon, and Microsoft Virtual Earth help to make the program possible, NORAD officials said.
(From a North American Aerospace Defense Command news release.)
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