Oh Kitchenettes, thank you for hanging in there with me and my less than frequent posts. I hope to get back to my seventy-five paragraphs of thrifting news three times a day soon. Thank you for the birthday well wishes! I appreciate it.
Yep, the big 39. It was a low-key day and I told Mark and family that I needed to wait until next week to celebrate, because I love celebrating and didn't want any work over here to interfere. I took a good part of the day off and went to Milwaukee. I wandered and had lunch out at Bravo Cucina. Mark respects the fact that I need my "Artist's Dates" (Artist can mean writer, singer, artist, crafter and even blogger. Hey, isn't blogging an art form too?) and it's been awhile. It was a nice way to reward myself for working hard and also a nice way to accept where I'm at production-wise. I always think big and wanted to have 10,000 wallets for the show, but I can handle having 160 or so. Plus, I've even taken some time out to experiment with other things...passport and CD holders as well as some drawings.
I came home last night and even though we're not doing presents until next week and we're counting my laptop as a present, Mark whipped out this little number by Joanne Harris who wrote Chocolat. The cover on this edition is so much nicer than the one with the goblin:
I'm looking forward to a nice dinner out and his other mystery gift next week.
I have some news. I was once again (she wrote humbly) awarded and tagged!
Sweet Leigh over at LoveLeigh Things gave me me the Spread The Love award. Thank you Leigh! If Biography ever comes a calling when I win my Tony for Best New Play, I'm sending them over to Leigh's blog because she always says such nice things about me and is the most gracious and friendly blogger you'd ever want to meet.
I want to spread a little love too, so I'm passing this award to Karen over at Popsicles and Lollipops both for her love of gnomes and because she's holding a Mother Goose Swap that I signed up for ... you have until February 11th to get in too. You know I love vintage and antique children's books and illustrations, so how could I resist?
And then, there was a tag from Kai. I must publicly apologize to Kai because I never realized she had a blog and had never visited until Leigh mentioned it. Sorry Kai. It should also be known that she's holding a swap too. The You Light Up My Life Daylight Savings Time Swap. You have until January 31st to get involved...hurry hurry!
Tagging means listing random things about me that I haven't shared before...easy peasy:
- I love Avgolemono soup and my friend Sherry and I used to get bowls of it at a nice restaurant on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago. It was a treat the likes of which I have yet to find, except for the one time we both got food poisoning there and also happened to have severe urinary tract infections at the same time. Sherry's mom called the emergency room and said "Look, I've got two sixteen year old girls here who are vomiting and who can't pee, we need help!"
- I never, not even once considered being a nun. :)
- I would never ever want to be kept alive by life support machines if the prognosis was less than 50% that I'd be fine. Cut me off and let me get onto the next life please.
- I throw an amazing punch. I mean amazing. Mark regrets teaching me how to aim my swing through the object, not at the object. My arm is a deadly weapon and sometimes it's his arm that's the object.
- I am offended by a certain type of crudeness...not that I never swear, but once I heard a man say his wife was "with calf" meaning she was pregnant. I was annoyed. On a side note, the word "preggers" offends me too. It seems so irreverent of a miracle. No offense, I know it's commonly said, but I just don't like it.
OK, I want to tag Racheal over at Miles Away In France. She writes her blog from her farmhouse in France. A lucky woman. Imagine saying, "Oh, that was when we were living in our farmhouse in France." It has a nicer ring than, "Oh that's when we were living in our condo in Green Bay." Rachael, you just have post five things, tag one or more blogs and link to this blog. Look at a picture from their latest trip to Dijon. Her daughter will be going to school there...lucky girl.
To anyone who is a new blogger or even an old hat at blogging who would like to be tagged at some point, please send me a private email and I promise if I ever get tagged again, I'll include you. Even though participating is always voluntary, I still feel a little pang of uncertainty when I tag someone. I never ever want anyone to feel pressure. I also know that some people live to be tagged and I wouldn't want to miss the chance to make someone's day.
I also want to thank you guys who are still hanging with me even though I haven't been posting much or getting over to your blogs much. I appreciate you and will get back to normal soon.