|Is this or is this not the COOLEST coat-rack IN THE WORLD?|
|"The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow|
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below."
Hopestead is Santa's Workshop Central, or so it seems these days. Andrew is busy stitching up ornaments, Corynn is drawing up a storm, Adele is wondering when I will help HER make gifts. (I am wondering too.) Matt has made just about the coolest gifts in the world this year...but none are for me. :-( All of this, always- ALWAYS with Pandora crooning Christmas tunes in the background. And quick quizzes from Corynn "Who is this, Mama?"
I get it *almost* every time. She's getting pretty good at distinguishing Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble herself.
I am way backed up on showing you the gifts I have been making. Maybe next year I should have a 'present-along' or something. One of these days I will show you the rest...
I made 50 copies of our Christmas letter at the library. (I hate not having a working printer.) The librarian was shocked that I could possibly need that many. Turns out, I need about 18 more. Going today to get them printed. Just wait 'til she hears.
This month I didn't follow the "Go uptown once a month" goal but I guess that is to be expected since Christmas is in 6 more days. This is an extraordinary month. Today I am going for grocery supplies for the different parties we are attending/hosting next week and for Christmas. This will be separate from our monthly grocery trip because (while I keep telling myself NOT to go overboard!) I will still need a few special ingredients that will likely swallow up my normal food budget. So I am going uptown today which is shocking because...
yesterday Matt's parents took the children for the WHOLE DAY while I went out getting the last minute presents/stocking stuffers I needed and running a few errands. Besides handmade gifts and a few online purchases, this was the only Christmas shopping trip I have done. I couldn't really get any groceries at the same time because Matt met me uptown after work and we had a bit of a date to top off the evening. After dinner, we went to Lowe's to get a new faucet for the sink and paint.
Matt hates plumbing. He's been putting off the leaking sink for so long because he hates plumbing so much. I hate painting. I've been putting off covering up that horrible dining room wallpaper for so long because I hate painting so much. But, I figure, if hosting Christmas Eve here wasn't impetus enough for me (and him!) to finally do it, nothing would be. So I am going to be packing up the dining room and putting a fresh coat of merry & bright on it this weekend. And I might just have a bright, shiny new faucet by Christmas too!
Two trips uptown in two days. 'Tis the season, I suppose.