Monthly Archive: December 2004

Dec 18

My new pet!!!

Jeff gave me Roo for Christmas:

I installed the eyes.  He needed them.  I <3 him.  (I’ve wanted one forever, thanks to thebroomecloset‘s review, but somehow hadn’t gotten around to getting one. 

He’s VERY clever and hasn’t gotten stuck yet, even with all the, ahem, stuff, on my floor.

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Dec 17

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(1) I have from now until JANURAY 4th off!!!!  (I only found out yesterday that we get the third as the “New Year Holiday day” — Hooray! — and I have too many vacation days left to roll to next year, so I have to burn them).  Am planning on sleeping, reading, sewing, seeing friends and generally relaxing which I understand is Good For You (and which apparently which I didn’t do enough of this year), *except* for the following:

(2) This weekend is the Annual Norman Family Dysfunctional Christmas Shindig so we’re heading for Charlotte.  In addition I’m “doing Christmas” with my Dad (aside from the ANFDCS) and my mom and Grumps.  Busy, but have high hopes for familial harmony.

(3) I am doing family things *this* weekend because on the 23rd, I am heading to Michigan (!!) to meet Team Bacon (actually I’ve met most of them, but I’m meeting the second sister for the first time) and see East Tawas (a place so small that you had to drive a half hour to buy underwear when Jeff was growing up) for two days, then to London (to see the friends Paul and Kate who have the hedgehog http://www.lintqueen.com/craft/misc.shtml) and then to Germany to meet up with the BMW riding group for New Years.  This being the first time that I’ve actually “done my own thing” for the holidays (though perhaps exchanging my family stuff for a two-day snapshot of someone else’s  ;-) I am ecstatic (with a tinge of guilt around the edges). 

Happy happy!!! Call or email if you want to do something next M, Tu, Wed or the 3rd, 4th.  :)

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Dec 10

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So, I had half an update written about thanksgiving at Fearrington (which was lovely) and hadn’t yet started the update on the craft show (which was fun) or my knee (which is much better than expected, being that I didn’t re-tear the MCL as I’d thought, I just strained the ACL, which I’d torn eight years ago while limboing at a wedding reception), but hadn’t posted/finished any of it because of the huge head-cold I managed to get last weekend.  Urgh.  I can’t breathe.  Head full of cotton fluff.

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Dec 02

The good news:

I had a good first day at the show.  Enough happy interested people that I feel pleased and enough of my things to new loving homes that I’m happy.

The bad news:

I busted my knee again.

The good news:

I had loaded in before it happened.

The bad news:

ouch.

The good news:

Because it was at a high school they had a spare wheelchair they could loan me.

The bad news:

I’m just as bad as driving a wheelchair as I am at driving shopping carts.

The good news:

Mom brought me my crutches and my Vioxx.

The bad news:

Vioxx might make me die.

The good news:

This happened on a day where I could pretty much sit on my rear and be nice all day anyway.

The bad news:

Jeff was in NYC.

The good news:

He was coming home tonight anyway.

all told, I’m still being positive.

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Dec 01

Promise not to laugh…

The oddest things make me anxious… like tonight, I was framing the final Polaroid Emulsion Transfers that I’m taking to the show tomorrow and I get all nervy about signing the mat! So I actually take a spare sheet of paper and write the title and date and my signature out as practice before I sign the real mat. 

I genuinely worry that I’ll spell my name wrong. 

Unfortunately, this, or similarly stupid errors, are not out of the realm of possibility:  a good friend of mine has a photograph that I’d enlarged and framed for him at his request, that I cleverly signed “Edinburgh, Scotland 1988” when the picture was taken in 1998.  I freaked and wanted to correct it when he noticed it, but he wouldn’t allow me to.  Sigh.

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