So, it's been nearly a month since I posted a real entry. Not for lack of stuff happening -- although there was a dearth of real news between the end of November and the holiday season -- but because I get into the no-LJ-inertia groove and then it's hard to pull myself back out. Similarly, I haven't uploaded pictures to Flickr out of similar lack of inertia. Today, I will remedy both of those.
The holidays were great, with the exception of the happy virus orgy
in my gastrointestinal tract. Dad and Ann came to visit on Dec. 31, and we had a grand time -- Ann picked up a gorgeous wooden sled for the kids, just the kind I had been wanting. Plus lots of Kitty stuff for Sophia (along with the Kitty stuff Leslie and Joel got for her, she's got quite a stash now) and a great set of tinkertoys for both of them. They always get classic toys for the kids, which I love :) We did a small version of the Italian xmas dinner that David's grandmother does, beginning with pasta and sauce, artichoke hearts and mushrooms, and salad, and then a marinated pork roast with potatoes and carrots; then cheeses and fruit for a finisher. Very tasty! Mom and Bob came the next day, and it was great -- there had been some trepidation, but the day itself was marvelous. We went to the pizza place for dinner. Bob got Stephen a huge remote-control dump truck, which both kids really enjoy; Mom brought lots of books, including I think everything on my wishlist, and books for the kids, too. I'm sure there are things I'm forgetting because I was bad and didn't write anything down, and still have not written thank-you notes, though Stephen wrote one yesterday.
We went to bed early on the 31st, and loafed around on January 1st. On the 2nd, Robyn and I had planned to go to the J.L. Plum clothing outlet in Nashua, but just before we left I remembered that it's always closed on Monday and Tuesday, so we went to Boston instead! (That makes sense, right?) Eryk, having just moved, was happy to see us visit, and I took pictures of his new place. Then we all went to Chinatown for lunch, quick stop at my favorite fabric store, and then Filene's basement to try to find work clothes for Roby, but it was kind of disappointing. I'm sure $25/blouse is a good price if it's originally marked $250, but we're cheaper skates than that. We had fun visiting with Eryk, though, and also went to Trader Joe's and Home Despot, because Eryk's room has only one outlet, and it seems to date from the early 40s or something, and won't take a polarized or grounded plug!
On the 3rd, I reopened my business, and have had a steady stream of customers since. I sort of hope this is just a result of not taking orders in December and people catching up, because it's been kind of crazy! I've had 26 orders in the 11 days since then, which may not seem like a lot for a bigger business, but it is for me. I've stayed on top of them by sewing at odd hours, though I do hope it slows down somewhat. I still want this to be a hobby, not a full-time business!
We made the trek to the new Ikea in Stoughton
last Sunday (the 8th). It was PACKED full of people -- we had to circle several times to find parking, and the sheer crowds were something of an impediment to our fun, but the kids still had a good time and I did, too. We got some ideas for what we'd like to do with our living room as it is, and I bought this lamp
for Stephen's room, and this canopy
for his bed. I totally want to get more of those to put around my bed, too, but that would add up $$wise. They have so much fun stuff! I think we're going to plunk down a big chunk of change for shelving in the living room, to replace our college-era wire shelves and faux-antique hutch and whatnot. David's thinking of getting a Yamaha electric piano
so we'd be getting shelves to go over and around it. Not that either of us can really play, but I've always wanted to learn, and it would be great for the kids, too. (UNH has a sale on them every year -- they buy a bunch at the beginning of the year, they get used by music students, and then they sell them at the end of the year, so we'd not be paying retail!)
Not much else going on. We're visiting David's parents tomorrow (edit: they're coming here -- his brother's recording studio is in their house, and he's got a band there which is going overtime into tomorrow -- must clean!), and I keep meaning to call Mom and see if she has Monday off, so we could meet in Concord or something. (Mom, if you're reading in time, do you have Monday off?) Weather has been wretched, far too warm (40s and 50s) for January, and we're getting rained on instead of the snow we so richly deserve. I had built a snowman with Stephen last week, but it melted in the most pathetic way :P Today we're making gingerbread cookies -- they read the gingerbread man story (you know, "Run run run as fast as you can, can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man") in school so he's a little obsessed right now. Just waiting for the dough to firm up. Mean to get to JoAnns sometime today, too, as they have Guterman thread at 50% off. Simplicity patterns are $1.99, too, but I splurged and bought this program
which makes custom-fitted, self-designed patterns, so I no longer need Simplicity! Yay! I'm looking forward to making clothes for myself that don't fit the commercial plus-size model of "Fat women only want boxy, square stuff" and that actually make me look like a woman instead of a bag of flour. I just need to set aside some time to sew for myself :)