Monday, December 29, 2003
Now, I'm a big fan of Alyson Hannigan, but I really can't imagine how this will turn out well for anyone.

Saturday, December 20, 2003
Yesterday I discovered the third item in a group of things that, when carried in public, produce nothing but smiles and approving glances from passers-by. The first item is a baby (which, it could be argued, does not always evoke a pleasant response), the second is a puppy (and unless the other person has horrible allergies, this one is always a winner). The third thing is, of course, a Christmas tree. It doesn't matter how small or large it is-- holding it will elicit peals of joy from everyone you meet. Well, if not peals, then at least a grin or two.

[Editors note: Yes, I am aware of my Jewish boyfriend, thank you. The tree, in our case is more in keeping with the original non-Christian Christmas tradition of bringing the piney goodness indoors.]

Now, on the other side of this experience is what our recently-mugged-in-Moscow friend must be encountering. He's brandishing one of the things that is guaranteed to produce the opposite kind of reaction. Namely, he's got a big black eye.

I wondered earlier what might happen if he were to walk down the streets in Oxford, carrying a Christmas tree...

Thursday, December 11, 2003
.It's funny how sometimes it takes a visitor to make you recognise the more interesting things that populate your daily life. This past few weeks, it's been Dan's mother's presence that has made us re-think and re-interpret our own habitats. More specifically, this meant a trip out to the Cotswolds with our good friend Terry driving us all in her Mini. On the way back from Lower Slaughter, we decided to swing by an Oxonian landmark that I've probably seen 150 or 200 times but never really gave much thought to-- I had always just assumed that it was a publicity stunt done to lure people into a pub off of St. Clement's Road.

Well, I was wrong. Apparently, the giant fibreglass shark body is a piece of urban art, one that even caught the attention of Parliament. Who knew?

Click the shark for a full-sized image taken from the back seat of a Mini.

Thursday, December 04, 2003
Letting people fall away has been on my mind quite a bit recently. I do sometimes wonder how much of it has to do with the 'disappointing lack of follow-through that undercuts' our relationships...

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