December already?

I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it is December already.  I'm never sure where the time goes.  I'm also not sure how more than a week slipped by between posts again, but that probably comes as no surprise to my devoted readers (both of you).

I know you've all been dying to hear whether I got my new Samsung Focus as expected.  I did and I'm loving Windows Phone 7.  It is a huge step up from my last phone.  (Of course, I am a Microsoft employee, so I should point out that any comments or opinions I offer are my views alone and not those of the company.)  I've been playing with it a lot and I think it is a very competitive experience with other phones.

Thanksgiving Goodness! Pie!

I've taken some pictures with it, and I think the flash is amazing.  It may actually be brighter than the sun.  It seems like the reviews I've read really like the camera.  Unfortunately, most of my pictures have turned out a little blurry, but it is probably just my poor photography skills.  Here are some pictures I took at Thanksgiving with my phone.  I don't think these turned out too badly, but I'll keep working at it.

Amber and I were at her sister's place with their whole family and some friends for Thanksgiving.  As you know from previous posts, there was a little weather excitement in the form of snow leading up to turkey day so we were a little worried about slick roads right up until we were heading out, but the weather cleared up and the drive to Maple Valley wasn't an issue at all. 

It may have been the biggest Thanksgiving gathering I've attended.  There was quite the crowd of people and everybody brought incredible food to share.  Amber's sister Heather made a wonderful turkey with all the fixings and a ham for added measure.  We made mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, brussel sprouts, stuffing (all Amber's efforts), and a couple homemade pumpkin pies with a caramel pecan topping (my contribution).  After dinner, we played Bananagrams and Apples to Apples - apparently we couldn't stop with the food even when we weren't eating.  It was a great time and Heather deserved a round of applause for all her hard work making it happen.  Thanks, Heather!

I suppose I could say more about my phone, but I need to decide how to talk about it without sounding like a company shill so that will come later.  I did just download a trial version of a blogging app, so maybe I'll try posting using that for my next post.

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