Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
We woke up this morning to several inches of snow! Getting to work was not particularly fun (the streets were not plowed very well) but hey, snow! And it's still snowing!
Also I just wanted to show you guys the newest feature from Google+ Auto Awesome photos. How fun is this snow falling? It really was falling when I took this picture, too.
The moon looked crazy cool the other night. Actually the crescent became even slimmer over the course of the night, and when I got home I couldn't find the moon anymore (despite there not being a cloud in the sky). Space is cool.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This past Saturday was the annual Holiday Market at the Farmer's Market! I talked Eric's family into going with me and we had a good time.
The market was huge! I have gotten used to the ever-decreasing number of vendors throughout the fall, and it was a shock to my system to see the parking lot so full :) There were tons and tons of people there too (to the point where it's hard to walk!), and it was just awesome. I have professed my love for the B-town Farmer's Market before, and it only grew with seeing the Holiday Market.
I found a bunch of gifts here too ;) Pretty much nothing beats local/locally-made products, especially when you buy it directly from the person who made it.
Per usual, there was plenty of music. One of the theaters in town, the Cardinal Stage Company, is putting on Willy Wonka, and they had a group singing some songs from the show. There was also a large stage set up for other groups to perform.
And there were chestnuts roasting on an open fire.
PLUS, the Holiday Market also continued inside City Hall (the Showers building). I had no idea it was going to be such a big event.
There were so many people and vendors inside. The entire City Hall was taken over by vendor booths selling everything from ornaments to jewelry to soap. My only complaint was there were essentially NO Bloomington/Indiana/IU products. I saw one person selling Bloomington puzzles. That was it (and we looked at every booth). My main goal is to find locally-related products (not just locally-made), so I was pretty disappointed with that, but otherwise, it was awesome.
As we were leaving, there was a fiddler playing and several people were dancing. Man, I love the Farmer's Market.
The outdoor Farmer's Market is done for the season, but the Winter Market is starting up this Saturday!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The day after Thanksgiving is known as Christmas around these parts. We put up our tree, decorated it, and put out some more decorations before heading to downtown Bloomington to see the Canopy of Lights.
There were so many people, as well as lots of music, candy canes, and hot chocolate. Not Christmas-related but very cool was that the night sky was perfectly clear and someone had set up a very large telescope next to the courthouse so anyone who wanted to could check out Venus (it looks like a crescent moon)!
We got downtown around 6:30 (the website said the lighting was going to happen at 7) and wandered around listening to carolers. The Visit Bloomington holiday event guide let us know the courthouse was open and had a 40-ft decorated tree inside, so we went to check that out:
How beautiful, right? I hadn't been inside the Monroe County Courthouse before, and it's gorgeous!
We could even walk up to the second and third stories of the rotunda to see the tree from different heights.
We finished looking at the tree a few minutes before 7, thinking the lighting would happen soon. Well...the lighting didn't actually happen until around 7:30. People did thank-yous, performances, and a lot of talking before we got to see the lights :) We stood outside by College Ave and couldn't really see or hear anything going on, until a countdown started...
...and the lights came on! It's so beautiful downtown right now!
There are around 1 million lights.
If you are in B-Town, make sure to swing through downtown to take in some quintessential Christmas atmosphere :)