Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter at the Hall!

Bright sunshine was waiting outside but the warmer temperatures stayed in bed this morning. Unseasonably chilly winds blew the churchgoers down the stairs and into waiting bakeries. The Hall was redolent with the smell of roasted potatoes, ham glaze and hollandaise. Although Mrs. Hall had sworn the children were too old for such nonsense, they still piled down the staircase and combed the house until they found (all too soon!) their waiting baskets. Colleen and Ian had made gumdrop bunnies earlier and had set up a parade around the little egg tree in the dining room, but conflicting schedules had prevented them from coloring eggs until Easter morning. For a while, it appeared it was a race to see who could get more coloring on themselves than on the eggs; but eventually, a full plate of technicolor contestants were ready for the egg cracking contest. Later on, having ingested enough sugar to actively initiate arrhythmia in everyone, Mr. and Mrs. H. and the children then sat down to their Easter dinner, Ian said grace and the feasting began!

A late update: Colleen backed a winner in her neon-pink egg named "The Proof", and came in the champion in the egg cracking this year. While the field was fairly short this year, choosing an egg became quite a challenge in light of the fact that while coloring them, some light hilarity ensued and resulted in the inadvertent early elimination of several of the contestants!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Popping up Hall over

The weather gods were having their own little April fool’s joke on CNY- even as Mr. Hall was revving up the big black car, the snowflakes were starting to gather. Colleen decided to join Mr. and Mrs. H. on their annual excursion to the Tigris Shrine Circus and came down bundled up in sweatshirt and wool coat. When they arrived at the fairgrounds, there were several shuttles running, but half of them were wagons with no sides- useless against the driving rain and sleet. The Halls managed to flag down an old school bus being used, providing brief respite from the 30 mph winds.
Inside however, the atmosphere was sunny and bright. “I see the usual cadre of clowns parading around the big top”, said Mr. H. but Mrs. H. replied she’ll thank him not to refer to the Potentate’s divan in that fashion. No bears or snakes to handle this year unfortunately, but they managed to amuse themselves with some salty nachos and shiny metallic toy space guns. The band played on, the tigers played around and the shills played the audience; all to a very satisfying effect.
The previous weekend had been a jolly one as well; the Marcellus Fire Department hosted their first pancake breakfast of the year and as always, drew an eager crowd. Inside the cozy confines of the MFD Decontamination Bay, burly firemen worked the wheels, flipping french toast and pancakes with considerable aplomb; while Mr. Hall worked the room. Mr. H. knows more people than a head waiter and equal time is usually spent talking and laughing with the locals, as packing in the sausages. Several sticky handshakes later, they were off again- full of starches and bonhomie.

Quick update on Christopher: from a note sent to Mrs. H:
“… wanted to let you know of the interesting excursion we recently went on.… Airman represented themselves in a professional manner while voluntarily unloading Thunderbird Number 8.”

Penguin Hall’s favorite April Fool joke product: USB Pet Rock!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Double Take

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