Pat, pat, pat

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Before Christmas I mentioned that I was proud of a craft project, but couldn’t show anyone because it was a present. Well, now the lucky recipient has opened it and so I can post some pictures. This is a knitting needle case made in colors my sistrah likes.

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One puts their needles in the various pockets and then folds over the top. Notice the personalitation with Anne’s tatoo as an applique.

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Then fold over the two sides. I picked that front fabric becuase it was still colors my sister likes, but it was more elegant than just solid colors.

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Then fold it again…

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And finally fold like a book and secure with ribbon.

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I thought it turned out killer. I don’t usually get so excited about stuff that I make, but I have to say this one makes me proud.

Yertle

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Right before Christmas we ordered a kitten I mean macho, manly dog perch for The PW. Due to some camera issues I was unable to show the world the king of all he surveys, until now.

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He does like to be on top of things, even if it isn’t the perch…”ahem, I think you misspelled that word”

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After taking that picture I went to sit down on the couch and a little fuzzy face appeared…

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“I’ve got my eye on you!”

They

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The day after Christmas is Roland’s birthday, and he is so totally old now. I only get three months to taunt him about this before my birthday so I’m going to have to milk it while I have it. He tried to pull the I’m older you should listen to my wisdom crap, but Jason quickly let him know it wasn’t working. Jason has been old for a while now and apparently nobody is listening to his wisdom either. I got Roland some books, some DVDs, and some magnetic spice containers like AB has on his show. I was lucky though, a couple of days after I bought them, Dave found some at Target and almost bought them. Whew! Now I just need to figure out how to label them that looks as nice as they do.

Another bonus about the day after Christmas was that my parents flew in to visit for a few days. We went out to the Bonefish Grill for Roland’s birthday and it was very good. During their stay we also found this really great Thai place that I think Roland and I will be going back to, especially when Jason comes to visit (they also have sushi). Roland got the Zagat’s guide to South Florida for his birthday and it got a lot of use. My parents and I visited Butterfly World, went on an Everglades tour thing, and went to the beach. I had a very good time and hope they did too. My Dad took a lot of pictures and I’m hoping that I will be able to get my hands on them. They just went back home yesterday and I already miss them.

Rip, rip, tear, tear

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I received a lot of really great gifts this year. I got a number of books, a couple of jigsaw puzzles, and some Legos (Thanks Mom C). Roland got me the soundtrack to Rent, Cinderella on DVD, some awesome video games, some delicious hot chocolate, and some silly hot chocolate:

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The picture didn’t show it terribly well, but the hot chocolate turns pink when you add the hot water. In the package is also blue and purple so we will have to see how they look. How fun! My uncle got me a calendar of photographs of his hiking expeditions, a kitchen scale, and a book of how to do Sudoku puzzles. SWEET, now maybe I can be cool like Jason.

My sister and Karl got me a video game for the DS ( which they got all of their supporting cast at their wedding – the best attendant gift EVER). It is called Animal Crossing: Wild World. My sister has had Animal Crossing for a long time and has been addicted to it for as long as she has had it. With the DS version we can visit each other’s towns and chat with each other from anywhere. Yesterday we got together and I visited her town and she visited mine and Karl visited both of ours. I haven’t been to Cow Town (Karl’s – that is Karl with a K, but Cow Town with a C) yet, but I’m under the impression he has been teaching his townspeople naughty things to say, so that should be interesting. They are much further along in the game than I am but I have done a lot of fishing and caught a few bugs.

The other game I’m into is one Roland got me, also for the DS. It is called Trace Memory and it is in the Myst vein, less shooting more figuring. I hadn’t heard of it, but it’s just perfect for me. Although I am a little stuck right now…I’m sure I will figure it out. To sum up: Christmas was great; good food, good presents, good company. It was a little lonely at times, but Roland made it all okay.

Four leaves only

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It has been a while and much has happened, mostly presents. I like presents. Roland and I had a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas at the apartment. We woke late on Christmas and just made up our day as we went along. Roland made an incredible dinner and we opened presents.

Roland bought two Cornish hens and brined them starting in the morning of Christmas. I think he used a similar brine to the one AB uses on his turkey and stuffed them with some herbs and a lemon wedge. There was also a garlic smashed potato dish, and an artichoke sausage side with a butter and white wine reduction. Great googley moogley was it ever good. Everything Roland made was like something you would get in a restaurant. I ate way to much, but I couldn’t help myself. The hen was fork tender, with a crispy skin, and oozing lemon rosemary flavored juiciness. The artichokes were noticeably fresh and the sausage (from Doris Italian Market) was succulent. The reduction brought it all together and made it out of this world. All in all it was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. How did I get to be so lucky?

Bummer

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I miss being with my family and friends.

It’s a bird…a giant oval shaped bird

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We picked up my car today, yay! Apparently both of my front springs on the struts were broken? Yes, that is a question mark, not a period, as I don’t really know what I’m taking about when it comes to cars. Luckily there was a recall on those parts so they were replaced for free (thank the appropriate power – perhaps the patron saint of busted vehicles). I also had them do an oil change which we did pay for, but that needed to happen anyway. Overall the people over there were very nice and fast. The dude called everyday to let us know the progress which was nice. And he was all apologetic about the delay to get parts, but that wasn’t really necessary, as I didn’t really care.

While we were driving to get my car back we saw a blimp tooling around. Apparently there is a Blimpery somewhere near here. Roland has even driven past it at some point or another (he doesn’t actually remember where it is, or when he might have been driving there). Seeing the blimp caused a discussion about what you call the home of the blimps. Roland thought maybe a Blimp-port.

Yo-ho-ho

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I went out this morning to do a little shopping. Seeing how we only have one car, Roland and I are sort of switching off going out and about. I went to the pet store and picked up some new Kong toys and some keep-the-dog-occupied rawhides for Christmas and when my parents are visiting. I don’t normally like to give him rawhides and whatnot, but there isn’t much better for an hours long distraction. The kong toy filled with peanut butter only lasts about a half and hour. I also found a new rope toy as the old one is getting about done. The one I got is theoretically ‘steak’ flavored. We’ll see how he likes it. I also got a microplane grater thingy, some ornament storage and some last minute gifts for Roland. All this meant I went to a few more stores than I had planned to in the first place and it took me longer than I thought, but it was nice to be out and about.

After I came home and relaxed for a bit, Roland left to do some shopping. While he was gone I wrapped his gifts, and did some more cleaning. I’m trying to do a little cleaning each day so when it comes to the day after Christmas (and Roland’s B-Day!) I hopefully won’t need to freak out too much to get the apartment spiffy before picking up my parents at 4:30. Today I worked on the master bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen (a very little). Soon I will get to the living room which is going to be interesting because, since that is not the room I’m working on right now, that is where I have been going with all the I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-it stuff from the other rooms. Sooner or later that is going to come back to haunt me.

Anyway, I think it is time to make some cookies. We cheated and got all ready make dough to bake. I’m kind of excited about the gingerbread ones. I feel a little guilty about getting pre-made sugar cookie dough, but I don’t think it’s very likely I would make gingerbread on my own so that feels less like cheating.

Anticipating Aromas

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I spent a little time cleaning today (I know, terribly exciting). In the middle of which I heard a strange sound coming from the hall outside our apartment. It sort of sounded like the ice-maker dropping a load only much louder. I went to the door and opened it a crack to see what was going on. Boy was that lucky, the opening it a crack part that is. Turns out they were power washing the building and I almost got drenched. Guess I should have used the peep hole a little more carefully.

Good and bad news on the car. Javier called this morning and said it was a strut problem (under warranty) and some new gaskets (not under warranty). Sweet and not so sweet, but whatever, just fix the car and whatnot. Then he called back later and it turns out there was a recall or something for Michigan and now it’s going to all be free (I think). But they have to get some special part from up in the great white north so it will be a little longer. I’m not really sure how that all comes out with recalls only for certain parts of the country but hey if it means all I have to pay for is the desperately needed oil change, bully for me. He also mentioned some other stuff that probably needs doing, various system cleanings, but we can do that after this whole issue is taken care of. So a little longer without a car, but less cost…I’ll take it!

Roland braved the mall today for some shopping and then went to the grocery store and the farmers market. He got some pretty sweet stuff at the market, some eggplants, a zucchini the size of your head, fresh garlic, onion, and shallots. Awesome. I’m in for some pretty sweet meals this week! I love having a husband that likes to go all bitchcakes (miss ya Henry) on the dinner. We are having Christmas Eve steak and Christmas Day Cornish hens and I heard something about a artichoke and sausage somethingerother. Bet you wish you were here!

Whiney, whine, whine-ity, WHINE

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Oh, the unfairity of it all. I was out and about today and during a right hand turn… crunch/sproing/some other incredibly unfortunate sound. I took it to a Ford dealership semi near our home but they are very busy, so Javier (the really nice dude over there) said he would check it out by tomorrow and give me a call. He said it might be the steering or the something something else. I just hope it wont be too serious or too long in the fixing. I kind of wanted to object to going to this dealership on principle since their commercial uses the GhostBusters song in that horrible change-the-words-to-fit way(the name of the place is Maroone – think: Who ya gonna call? Ghost/Ma-bust/roon-ers/ey). Hopefully they will be as good as Duthler was.

In other news the kitt…I mean dog perch arrived. Bleys has taken to it well although he still tries to walk on the skinny slippery part too. He spent a lot of time on it the other day watching a guy on a cherry picker work on our roof. Of course it was accompanied by a whole lot of really cute growling through the window at him too. He just doesn’t sound at all menacing or even serious when he growls, he just sounds…silly.