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How ‘Bout Dem Apples

Though it didn’t arrive on Santa’s sleigh, the most exciting new toy we got this holiday season was definitely our AppleTV! Or rather, the most exciting new toy we finally got working.

I ordered the new AppleTV on the day it was released in September, and finally got my hot little hands on it when we visited VA in November. The first thing I did upon returning to SA was to plug it in and fire it up, and then … nothing.

There’s apparently a known bug with the new generation ATV, that some of them — fresh out of the box — need to be restored to factory settings. Which wouldn’t be a big deal if Apple packaged it along with the cord required to do that. Once I was 9,000 miles away from an Apple store, it quickly became a big deal.

Long story short — it took a month of (slow, painful) looking, but one final desperate search on Christmas Eve finally brought us together with a micro usb cord and within minutes we were up and running. And it was love at first sight!

This photo was, sadly, not posed. I celebrated so long that John had time to grab the camera to record my hysterics.

 

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New Ride!

We finally traded in Jazzy III for a car of our own! We’re rocking an Audi A4 now. And even though that is Lizzy behind the wheel, this isn’t even it!

Just after I snapped this pic of “our” new ride on our first day of ownership, LB shot right out of the car. Turns out that we were parked 2 cars down, same make, model, and color – and the dude who owns this one hadn’t locked his doors. Oops!

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Boy Toy

We opted for an unfurnished place this time (which in SA means there’s not only no furniture, there are no appliances), so the weekend was a frenzy of buying washer/dryer, dishwasher, and fridge.

And since our last one was, um, liberated from us a few months ago, we also treated Johnny G ourselves to a new TV! After months of movie-watching on our 13″ entertainment center (my laptop being one of the only electronic items we still own), it’s sensory overload to have 42″ of high-def plasma screen assaulting our eyeballs. Glorious, glorious, eyeball assault.

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Hip-hop-a-potamus

The traditional gift for the 5th anniversary is wood, so Lizzy presented me with this lovely carved hippo. For some reason I have named her Rebecca.  Gaze upon her loveliness and enjoy.

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Sling it On!

For Christmas last year, I worked with Chuck to surprise John with a Slingbox. It’s basically a little device that you can attach to a cable box and a modem, and it digitizes the cable signal and sends it across the internet. On the receiving end, I have an application installed on my laptop to receive the signal. So Chuck has the device hooked up to his spare TV, and when we log in from here I control and view his TV just like we were sitting in his basement (though without the coo-coo nephews wailing on Rock Band next to us).

Saturday was our first real test of the Slingbox, as we watched the Hokies squeak out a victory over Nebraska! It sucks up quite a bit of bandwidth (of which we have a limited amount), so we’ll save it for big events like football games, but it’s so cool to watch American TV from here. There were even some local Roanoke ads on WSET, which was simply surreal.

We tailgated at our house in proper Blacksburg style, with tons of food and plenteous apple pie shooters (Hi Matt and Marg!), and even two U. of Texas fans decked out in orange — so if we squinted to blur the Longhorn logos it was like being with Hokie fans. H-O-K-I-E-S! HOKIES!

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Africa Rocks!

Our dirty little secret…

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Stars and Stripes 4Ever

You’ve seen these sweet corn-hole boards built by our buddy Mike before – but not in their present glory.  I give you the new and improved boards – USA and SA together!  My wife is the ghetto-craftiest person on the planet.  She laid out the sweet design and we painted them in an afternoon.  For the stars, she laid down a layer of tape and then cut out each one with an exacto knife.  Bring your A-game when you come visit. – JGH

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