A Blast From The Past
(or “That 70’s Shame”)

I warned you faithful readers that I’d be posting some embarrassing
old photos as I scanned in the Sprouse family slide collection.
Well, above is a souvenir from our 1979 road trip to visit my mom’s
brother’s family in Wisconsin. It’s a perfect example of what Hollywood
gets wrong when it attempts to depict the 70’s accurately: no one ever
gets the hairstyles or the clothes bad enough!

This is just a cute little photo of my sister Megan and I that I don’t
remember seeing before, again from 1979.

Christmas Day

A Pez-tacular time was had by all as we
hosted Christmas at our house for the
first time!

Jess-Belle enjoys her leopard-skin catnip
mouse, a gift from Xan’s mom.

Sleepiness sets in after gifts are exchanged
and much food is consumed.

Jungle Jim’s

Xan on the…um…Lobster Throne? Crustacean Chair?
Just one of the many strange things found at this most unusual
grocery store

The British foods section at Jungle Jim’s
–a cheesy little slice of Sherwood Forest

After the madness that was Mid-Ohio Con and finishing up the latest issue of Midnighter, I finally had a weekend off, my first in a long time. This was very convenient as my parents stopped in for a visit, their last stop on a nice road-trip vacation. Xan had to work on Saturday, so we headed out into Columbus for some Christmas shopping. I’d mention where we went, but that would give away too much to my siblings and nephew and nieces! Xan joined us for dinner at a local Indian restaurant, then it was home to talk and play with the cat. My dad and Jess-Belle got along famously, playing together almost every moment we were at home. They departed on Sunday, leaving me with several more boxes of old slides to scan in, so you should probably not be surprised to see more embarassing childhood photos turning up on this blog in the near future!


1) Dad and the Belly-girl resting between play sessions
2) Missing Grandpa…