Christmas Lights in Lincoln

We made it to Lincoln on Sunday, after staying overnight with Michael and Rosemarie in Des Moines. Since then, we’ve been recovering. We’re all down with colds, but getting better, and the kids are doing better after being cooped up in a car for three days. We haven’t done much. Earlier this evening, we drove out to see the various Christmas lights displays that many homeowners set out. And some people do go all out this season. We saw whole neighbourhoods lit up, some with coordinating displays. And there was one house, located at the end of a dead end street, buttressed by a railroad and a highway overpass, that had done everything: the house, the shed, the fence, the trees, and had added on a flashing “GO HUSKERS” display to boot. I guess when you don’t have any neighbours to complain…

I don’t have much to blog about right now. My creative energies, such as they are, are focused on Icarus Down and an assortment of other tasks. I don’t want to abandon this blog, but it is becoming a bit of a chore to keep up to date. It doesn’t help that the political situation back home is that particular type of mess that makes me outraged, but would require me to take about two hours of composition in order to explain why (though, Andrew Coyne makes a very good stab at it). I am also seeing an increasing polarization in the Canadian political blogosphere that is making my trek across the various blogs more of a chore, these days (witness the inhuman comeback Dr. Dawg received). If I am to retire, maybe it should just be from the Canadian political blogosphere, although I’m confronted with the frustrating question of just what else can I write instead of politics?

But there is a lot to be thankful for here. The kids are doing wonderfully, and Nora is getting bigger by the day. I thought I heard her say ‘Santa’ while looking at a Santa doll. I also found considerable joy in reading to Vivian the other day, then going and sharing a coffee and a treat with her (she had water, of course). I’m writing for a living, as is my wife. Lots of good stuff. Just not stuff I’m in the mood to blog about at the moment.

But I’m sure this too will pass. After all, we’re just three days away from the debut of David Tennant’s final two episodes of Doctor Who, which I’ll be eager to review. Remember that Canadian fans will have their chance to watch both parts on the Space Network on Saturday, January 2, so don’t miss it. In the meantime, here’s a trailer to tide you over.

Maybe I should start writing up some more book reviews…

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