I've been scolded for blogging while sick in the past, so it's been a little slow around here. I'll try to be on my best behavior now that I'm feeling marginally better.
1. If there is one thing that adds to the indignity of having a horrible cough and cold, it's having to cart your Kleenex around in a Target bag. Bridget got a hold of my new box of Kleenex yesterday and pulled out every single last one of them into a giant pile on the floor, and I wasn't about to fold them all to put them back... so I'm carting around my Kleenex in a Target bag. LOVELY.
2. Her Majesty (that would be Bridget) has learned some very bad sleep habits between a week in Ohio and being sick herself. Add in our special fake-door adjoining bedrooms, and the child has not slept through the night in her own bed since Christmas night. There's about to be some changes around here.
3. I received many extremely thoughtful gifts for Christmas this year, but two in particular win the funniest gifts ever award, especially considering they came from different people who had not consulted each other first:
Item #1: This shirt, from Matt. It is a real publicity campaign.
Item #2: This shirt, from Jill. It's from a good place to eat in Laramie before/after WY basketball games.
I can guarantee that I'm the only person in all of the eastern U.S. that owns both of these T-shirts. Hee hee. They were meant to encourage a cheerful attitude about this summer's move. *sigh* I know, I know, we were supposed to be here for at least three years, and even four. Noted.
4. It's sleeting! While I appreciate the sentiment, sleet does not equal snow. And yes, I know, I know. Just wait until next January, when I'm back in the 5th windiest city in the U.S., with all the interstates in and out locked down due to the bad weather. Noted.
Maddie received Nancy Drew Books #1-4 from Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas, and she is now a Nancy Drew-crazed lunatic. She finished them all, and dug into my vintage copy of The Secret of Shadow Ranch this week because she couldn't wait any longer to start #5. I don't seem to have #6 in my collection so Grandma, better send it quick.
6. Her Majesty is 20 months old today. We are officially done with the teen-aged babies.
7. I will stop calling Bridget Her Majesty when she stops demanding snacks and books and sleeping with her mama in the middle of the night.
8. One of the thrills of living where we live are the daily helicopter buzzings. I always wonder who is flying overhead on their way into D.C.
9. I've developed a new hobby: following the Inauguration preparation news. When your local paper is The Washington Post, it's hard to avoid—but it's also compelling stuff, in my opinion. Like, they don't know how many charter buses are coming from all over the country, so they started just calling companies to find out. They estimate between 1.5-4 million people coming. They are closing all the down escalators in every Metro station. Yesterday, they announced that all bridges from VA into D.C. would be closed, which got some people in VA believing that the north was punishing them for the Civil War yet again (WHAT??). Today, they announced you can walk or bike across the bridges from VA. There can be no backpacks, no umbrellas, no strollers on Inauguration Day. And Arlington County issued an alert that says all residents should treat the Inauguration as if it were a hurricane. Hurricane Barack, I guess. You can see why I've developed a fascination with this particular news story.
10. My class (Red Letter Days) started up again for a second run on Thursday at Big Picture Scrapbooking! If you missed it the first time you can still register through January 14. It's a lovely group of people signed up, and will be lots of fun!
I just posted the last few photos for my Project 365 + 1 album.
I surprised myself by being a little sniffly when I uploaded the final picture. And then I got a small case of the giggles when I noticed that I have 368 photos in the album, which means as usual, Elizabeth can't count but isn't sure when or where, exactly. I know I accidentally posted an extra picture sometime around May or July, but 365 + 1 + 1 = 367, right? Hmm. So, I present Project 368.
I am really proud of myself for doing it. I started it out as an unpublished, underground album because I thought Matt would be in Afghanistan for much of 2008. When it turned out that he didn't go at the last minute, I kept it up anyway but decided to share it; looking back, our 2008 took some unexpected turns that made it a less than stellar year for taking on a project of this commitment level, but I suppose that only serves as proof that it can be done, no matter what kind of year you end up having. I gave myself three passes to skip days, and only used 1 (it looks like there are two used, but we had to put our 13 year old cat to sleep in July and I chose not to use a photo for that day) and even though there were days where I struggled to think of something to take a picture of, I did anyway. A few pictures were taken after midnight and still counted as the day's photo, but I didn't cheat on any of them beyond that. It's not a complete collection of photographic evidence of our year by any stretch—actually, only a fraction of photos as I took a lot more than normal to end up with this particular set of 366 368 photos. I might add another album of some ones I love that I didn't include in this album.
So. I might try a few new projects this year, but for now, I'm done.