This year is Kolin’s first Halloween. Jessica made our matching costumes by ordering some parts online. We went as a nerd family. But I’d rather pretend I was Clark Kent!
Kolin’s first Fourth of July. We spent it in Jacksonville. We got to watch the neighborhood parade, which included local first trucks and fire fighters.
We finally made it to Loop’s Christmas party this year. (Last year we went to New York. The year before that we went on a cruise.) It was awesome. They went all out with a circus theme. They even had real tigers! One was a 600 lb tiger, kept in a huge cage. The other was a 10 weeks old cub, walking around on a leash. Steve P was actually bitten by it. (“Our project manager got bitten by a tiger at the office Christmas party!”)
There were performers (acrobatic, juggler, fire girl). Loop also asked a few employees to participate. Steve’s daughters did ballet. G was the strong man. Jason D did brake dancing. Chris and Sofie sang. And I did a yoga routine.
After the show, they had the award ceremony. A lot of awards, gifts, and bonuses were given out. Thanks Loop!
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This is Loop’s second annual pumpkin carving contest. This year we had 7 contestants. We also had a voting box to determine the winner.
- First place: G’s “Death Star”
- Second place: Alex’s “Mr Mustache”
- Third place: John’s “Portal”
- Amy W’s “Beelzebub”
- Jason H’s “Angry Birds”
- Justin M’s “George”
- Karn R’s “Guy Fawkes”
Loop had another Howl O Scream event this year. We got the Fright Feast (dinner + show) and the Front Line Fear pass (skip to the front of the haunted house lines).
At 5:00pm Alex, Justin, and I rode together to Busch Gardens. We met up with the rest of the co-workers at the diner place for dinner and a show. The show was alright. Some of us left early to take advantage of the short lines.
Our group went through all the haunted houses first. There were six in total. I thought they were ok. Aside from the decorations, they all pretty much had the same scare tactic: loud noises (since they’re not allowed to touch you).
After the houses, we went on the roller coasters. The new Cheetah Hunt ride was really cool. Though Alex timed it at 1:26 minutes. Much shorter than the advertised three and a half minutes.
For this year’s Independence Day, Jessica, Lucie, and I went up to Jacksonville. We went to Crazy Sushi for dinner. It’s our favorite sushi place. They have good/fresh sushi and a reasonable price.
A few years ago, we planted some trees in the backyard. The lychee tree didn’t make it (probably too cold). But the pear tree and the fig tree grew pretty well. We were able to get some fruits from them. Nice!
We spent the 4th of July morning in Jacksonville. Every year the neighborhood sets up a parade. There would be people riding their cars, bikes, lawn mowers, and some homemade floats. They also got the firefighters to bring their trucks.
After lunch we drove back home. On the way, we went through Gainesville. We got to see the dorm where Jessica spent her freshman year. We also drove by the new Kappa Sigma house.
In the evening we went to my office to watch the fireworks. It had a good view of the bridge where they shot the fireworks. A lot of my coworkers also came to watch.
When I thought last year’s Halloween party was awesome, this year totally blew it away. The front lawn was converted into a haunted graveyard with animatronics everywhere. Even the bathrooms were rigged. The kitchen, living room, the backyard, and the dock were all decorated.
This year Jessica went as a witch. I went as a mummy. Jessica made my costume out of some long johns and cut up bed sheets. It turned out really good.
This is Loop’s first annual pumpkin carving contest. There were nine pumpkins. And the Judges were Sophie and her family. The winner got a box of Dunkin’ Donuts.
- First Place: John’s “Boo From Mario”
- Second Place: Tovin’s “Loop Logo”
- Third Place: Karn’s “Taking a Bite”
- Alex’s “Owl”
- Dave’s “Face”
- Ian’s “Alian”
- Brian’s “Pi”
- x’s “Ghost”
- Josh’s “Josh”
After having nice Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it’s time to put up our Christmas decorations. We spent the morning/early afternoon putting up lights around the house.Then we took a break to watch the FSU @ UF game. It was Tim Tebow’s final game at the Swamp. UF won 37-10. In the evening we put up a Christmas tree in the living room and filled it with ornaments.