1. Last Thursday night I was working on the computer when I heard a thump/thud/smack on the sliding glass door right next to me, causing me to jump six inches in the air. I peeked out and saw A GIANT POSSUM riffling through the bag of trash I had set out on the porch to be taken out to the big trash bin. (I don't like to go out to the big trash bin in the dark, because I am a sissy.) Well. Kattie yelled at me about this when I told her, but I opened the door and shooed it off the porch in my "I mean business" voice (apparently, right up there with standing next to elephant seals for pictures). I do not care to have opossums traipsing around my yard at night. I double-bagged the trash in a black yard trashbag (if I was a sissy before, I certainly wasn't taking that bag of trash out now) and got my camera ready in case he came back:
Before I went to bed I peeked out one more time and found THIS:
2. The UPS truck just pulled up! O happy day! Hold on a minute.
3. Land's End slipper delivery for Maddie and Gracie via Grandma! They'll have nice and toasty feet in their coldy-cold radiator-heated rooms tonight. Grandma is a big believer in slippered feet. She is the Fairy Godmother of Slippers.
4. I can't tell you how excited I am to have seen the tail-end of an ad for this last night:
5. Speaking of other fun upcoming releases, Simple Scrapbooks contributing editor Lain Ehman is anxiously awaiting the release of her new book:
It's a collection of humorous essays about scrapbooking, and promises to be quite funny with Lain's trademark wit and insight into all things scrapbook-y. It's available for preorder on the website now, and would make a lovely gift for any scrapbooker!
6. I saw approximately 20 snowflakes today while we were eating lunch. Not exactly the snowstorm I was looking for, but still fun to see.
7. Marie called me yesterday but didn't leave a message... SO SHE THOUGHT. Today's public service announcement: do check to make sure you've actually hung up the phone before you launch into singing four and a half minutes of "Snow White is Dancing Around the Room" with your three year old. Hee hee hee. If only I could figure out how to run a line from the answering machine into my computer so I could transfer it to MP3 format.
8. Speaking of which, I have a few other messages saved that I would like to preserve this way: messages from family when Gracie was born, a thank you from my Grandma for a gift three years ago, the first time I got an assignment call from Angie Lucas at SS... and of course, Marie's special Snow White concert ; )
9. My strategy of avoiding my craft area of the basement until it cleans itself up IS NOT WORKING.
10. Did you know "Over the River and Through the Woods" was actually about Thanksgiving? I've been operating under the impression all these years that it was a Christmas song, but I bought a board book version of it for Bridget recently (primarily because I love Christopher Manson, the artist who did the woodcut illustrations for it, and I also love singing the first few lines—that's all my family seems to know of this song) and sure enough, it's about Thanksgiving Day. Huh. The author, Lydia Maria Child, had an interesting life indeed. I had never heard of her before this week. It's nice that her poem was revived in book form this year!