Saturday, December 25, 2004

A very merry Christmas to all!
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Two early Christmas presents I'm very excited about... Most importantly, this morning my closet rods were put in! Yay, I can now hang my clothes up in a less creative and more practical fashion! And also, I now have the use of a G-4 iBook for work (and personal use) with a wireless card. And photoshop. So now I can trot all over the place and work on our January ad!

Also, I'm going home tomorrow! Yes, I was indeed just there, but that matters not. We'll all be there this time. And maybe I'll have a chance to get in touch with all the people I missed when I was there for the wedding. Hmmm, to wrap presents before I go or to wait until the very last minute. That is the question...
Saturday, December 18, 2004

Well, I ended up borrowing a g-bread man cutter, so in addition to the gingerbread bats, I did make little men with chocolate and powdered sugar. They were going to be little gingerbread jailbirds, but the cooling rack that I was using as a stencil for stripes was too wide, so they only had two or three stripes per person -- clearly not enough for proper prison garb. I'll have to do another batch and find a better way to stripe, I suppose. At least gingerbread men that are decorationally challenged are still tasty!

Today, being the Saturday before Christmas, was sooo busy here at work. Lots of last minute gift buying. Although, I guess a week before isn't really too last minute. I've got a pretty good idea of what all my gifts will be, although they are not all finished or bought. Better get on that...
Thursday, December 16, 2004

BRRRRRR! It's Freezing here! Literally...not just for poor little Florida girl me. The grass was frozen this morning, and now that the sun's going down, it's dropping to below 32 again. Now is certainly not the time to be licking poles. Actually, it is the time to be making gingerbread cookies. I'm currently lacking a gingerbread man cutter, so I'll have to select from the array that I do have. Hmmm...I'm thinking bats would be fun, especially as they are an underappreciated mammal most of the year. I think most of my friends know the story of when we had a bat in our freezer for several months, but in case I left anyone out... I was teaching tennis one summer during high school, and one of the kids found a bat that had flown into the wall of the racketball court and killed itself. When mom picked me up (yep, not driving yet), and after the kids finished chasing each other around with it in a paper cup, she asked if she could take it home for her preschool science group. They regularly study bats in October, so the bat had to be preserved somehow, and found a home in a ziploc bag in our freezer. Which made trips for ice cream extremely exciting, to say the least. But we learned not to be surprised at what we found in the freezer after that. And so, in honor of mom's endearing eccentricity (and unsurpassed dedication to science) I'll be whipping up some gingerbread bats this evening. :)
Monday, December 13, 2004

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like it known that I rose at 5 am this morning. As in, I stopped sleeping and got out of bed. Usually if I'm awake during the wee hours, it's because I'm still up from the night before and will be sleeping lots very soon. And so it was in a stupor that Dad drove me to the airport and luckily the coffee kicked in quickly so that I made it on the right plane...

The wedding was beautiful (as a wedding ought to be if it can help it), and I managed to catch up with a few people that I'd lamented not keeping up with often enough. We made fools of ourselves on the dance floor (in a good way), and I was reminded of why I liked these people in the first place.

Meanwhile, I miss the dog already, and must start a 10 day countdown...
Wednesday, December 08, 2004

The signs of the approaching Aocalypse are more evident than ever! I'm not sure if it's common knowledge yet, but Joel's, my favorite restaurant in Davidson, will be moving away on the 15th! No longer will I be able to walk from my house to get sushi, or have their tastiness brought in for lunch at work. Oft do we gather round the shrimp sauce here at the gallery! It it truly the end of an era. Joel's, the loss of your presence will be greatly mourned! Of course I guess I could drive to their new location in Mooresville, but it just isn't the same. Sigh...
Saturday, December 04, 2004

Whew! Christmas in Davidson and the art auction are over. Such fun! We had lots of people stop by, and our end of Main St. was really hopping last night due to an oil spill on I-77. I think a lot of people got tired of sitting in re-routed traffic and just parked and listened to the band and had dinner. The camel at the living nativity and I exchanged pleasantries and he was very interested in eating half of a flyer I was holding. And the baby goats were so cute! And of course, the llamas...although I'm not sure how many llamas made it to the original manger (quite the commute from South America). And my painting even got a few bids! So all was well.

And on another exciting note, one of the furniture stores has a special in their flyer for a little round drop-leaf table and chairs for $69! Solid wood. I'm not sure how that could be possible, but no arguments here. Even if it's not perfect, the price is certainly right. My kitchen is currently housing a folding table because the place where a table should live is a weird size and I've had trouble finding something to fit. I've been scouring thrift and consignment stores, as well as any furniture store I pass, to no avail. So I'm hoping they still have one left when I get there this evening. Crossing my fingers!

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