Sure, you’ve been good this year, but…

…have you been ‘Santa delivers your presents with a giant robot‘ good?

Merry eXo-mas!

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Christmas Day Bike Ride!

Christmas in Houston today was a cloudy 55° – great for a bike ride to put all our new bike stuff to good use. And we weren’t the only ones. We saw a ton of people and families out in the park riding, walking, running, and playing pickup games of soccer and football with friends and family. It was fantastic. Christmas in Syracuse consists of shoveling or snowplowing your driveway, scraping off your car, and staying inside where it’s warm. Of course, our closest friends and family are there and we miss them incredibly so. But, since we were staying in Texas this year for the holidays, this was the best way to spend it!

Me & Annie with our new bikes!

Me & Annie with our new bikes!

On the boardwalk spanning Buffalo Bayou

On the boardwalk spanning Buffalo Bayou

Back on the trail going through George Bush Park. Annie is holding my bike - we were taking pics of the bikes.

Back on the trail going through George Bush Park. Annie is holding my bike – we were taking pics of the bikes.

Back at the parking area

Back at the parking area

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Added the new bottle cages and pedals!

Added the new bottle cages and pedals!

Delta Inox bottle cages, and Shimano A530 hybrid pedals

Delta Inox bottle cages, and Shimano A530 hybrid pedals

Annie's bike. Specialized Tricross. The thing strapped to her downtube is "The Stick", which is a muscle roller she used for when her knee hurts.

Annie’s bike. Specialized Tricross. The thing strapped to her downtube is “The Stick”, which is a muscle roller she used for when her knee hurts.

Front view of Annie's bike.

Front view of Annie’s bike.

And from this morning:

Annie took this great pic of Rayleigh nesting in the remnants of our presents.

Annie took this great pic of Rayleigh nesting in the remnants of our presents.

The Surly Biker & his wife out for a ride on Christmas Day

Hitting the trails in George Bush Park - Houston TX

Hitting the trails in George Bush Park – Houston TX

Tuesday Tidings

In the spirit of the season there will be no tirade today. Instead I bring you tidings of comfort, joy, optimism, and other various Christmas related dogma. It is Christmas Eve, after all!

This is the first time in my entire life I have not been at home with my parents and family for Christmas. We’re sad we can’t make it back to Syracuse for the holidays but plane tickets are a little out of reach, and since the wife is no longer following an academic schedule (same for me) it’s harder to travel because we no longer have weeks off during the holiday seasons. And there is no way we’re driving from Houston to Syracuse as it would take about three days each way. But, we’re making the best of it! We’re going to have our own little Christmas down here in Houston; without the snow, without the cold.  We’re going to do some video chatting with my parents and Grandpa on Christmas day. I’m thinking maybe even open presents together via video chat on Christmas morning. Cheesy, but fun.

We’ve decorated our little apartment with some lights, and put up our little tree (picture above). Many other families in the complex have decorated outside with lights as well – I love seeing this kind of spirit at apartment complexes! Last year at our complex in Knoxville we were only one of about 5 apartments that decorated. Lots more this year here in Houston!

The wife and I have treated ourselves to new bikes for Christmas, as you’ve probably seen. Even the bikes will be getting Christmas presents, too. They’ve got some new pedals and water bottle cages coming! They don’t know it yet though – it’s a surprise. LEGO Santa may be making an appearance later today as well so stay tuned here for some photos. It’ll be weird with no snow but we’ll see what Santa can come up with.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.