Happy Belated Christmas

Whenever I go home for any reason I always think I’m going to get more done than I think I can. I’m an optimist. In that vein I’m looking forward to writing down my new years resolutions, or at least a list of things I’d like to do this year. I’m trying to become a better planner (schedule wise) so starting with my personal goals seems like a good place to start. But I digress.

I hope that everyone had a Happy Christmas. My family was almost all together and we had a great time and no one got into a fight! My mom dug out old cassette tapes that she and my father made when I was just born. Hearing me make baby sounds wasn’t that big of a deal, however I was fascinated with how they chose to go about capturing me to send to the family. Since two and a half month old kids don’t talk my parents had to wait until I was making noise, mainly right after feeding before pooping. Spellbinding.

Seriously though, hearing my mother’s young voice speaking my name was a rare and special treat. My father who was probably manning the recording equipment didn’t say anything. We only listened to about 10 minutes worth. I don’t know if they filled up a whole cassette with me blubbering. They did have another tape that was like an audio diary of their travel to Montana (where I was born). This one as far as I can tell is just my dad rambling on in a very monotone voice. I really wanted to hear that but the family vetoed.

Now I’m looking for a reasonable way to convert cassette tapes to mp3 files. Does anyone have a box that will do this? I don’t like the idea of playing tapes and recording through a speaker. My audio capturing devices don’t extend to tapes. I found this after a quick search anyone have experience?

Around the Block

1. Boredom Buster Winter Break – On iTwixie we are celebrating the holidays with another Boredom Buster event. I had some fun making this logo for the event.

2. Rex is Back – Sorta. A few weeks ago we started talking with AiP to do a series of email messages from Rex to the students. The idea was to freshen up boring college communication over the holidays. We did eight messages from Rex last week and it was a lot of fun bringing him back to life. Still the best project I’ve ever worked on.

3. A Night Before Christmas – A Huelsman Family tradition is that my father recites A Night Before Christmas every Christmas Eve before everyone goes to bed. It’s cute because he doesn’t prep in advance of the performance and my mom sits with the book and helps him remember the poem. This year I captured him reciting the poem but it didn’t sound as good as it looked with my mom helping. So I had him record it studio style. I wanted to be able to share it with our niece and nephew in Iowa.

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4. Words with Family – I just started playing Words with Friends this year (MrDirby if you want to challenge me). When I was home all of my brothers and sisters started playing games with each other. Naturally I am crushing everyone. It was pretty funny at some moments everyone in the room was just staring at their phones, this is what the world has come to.

That’s all for now. Working through this rainy trying to snow week before new years.

One thought on “Happy Belated Christmas

  1. I think your dad has a career as a voice over actor. Sounds a bit like Stacy Keach. Much, much better than my rendition of A Partridge in a Pear Tree–a self published story I scored years ago in a white elephant gift exchange.

    I also love the idea of using Rex to liven up AiP’s communications. Why not have fun with it? Do something different?

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