Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bitter Cold

It almost amuses me when the forecast for the day says nothing except “Bitter Cold” and then I realize, that is exactly what the day will hold. These days, no one wants to go outside, it is really just a day to stay curled up and drink hot cocoa.

There’s really not much to update on. Richard and I are setteling into the house slowly. It is becoming more of a place we call home than just an apartment that we live in. I am not getting out much, because of the cold, and I don’t know very many people in this new city so my only purpose in going out is to search for a job or run errands.

However I’m planning a small excursion with April and Heidi to the other side of the state, in order to have a late Christmas celebration with friends in Eau Claire. It promises to be quite the fun adventure.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's a New Year

And so I’m working on a few new things.

I have finished editing the wedding photos for Erich and Ash, and they took me so much longer than I anticipated, but really, life just kept getting in the way. I’ll be driving through Fond du Lac later in the next couple weeks and I’ll drop all of those off for them. I can’t wait to see what they think.

(The photo is from their wedding, and is actually one of my very favorites)

Things to Do
- Set up basement studio
- redesign and reorganize blog/website
- organize kitchen
- make labels for my spice jars
- work on having etsy shop up and running, with at least 10 items for sale at all times

That’s it for now, I’m going to visit my mother for the afternoon and do some shopping for everyday items in her basement. We really do need another house phone upstairs so I can stop trying to break my neck running downstairs to pick it up.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Merry, Merry, Merry

Christmas was a fun event. I spent it with my family down in North Carolina.We had Christmas Eve dinner with about 25 people, and Christmas dinner with almost 40. I got to see a lot of family, and even got to meet two new cousins. Odin and Resa Anne, who are just adorable. Odin is a few months old now, and the most expressive little thing you’ve ever seen, he’s even cute when he’s cranky. Resa is a quiet little thing, just six weeks old, but she has the most defined nose. She looks exactly like her mom, even as young as she is.

Daisy also wishes you a merry, white christmas.

For how much we’ve all cut back we exchanged more gifts than I expected. Richard and I got a pair of books for Anna, Faries and Gnomes by Wil Huygen. Anna gave me a t-shirt from Brooklyn Industries and a camera necklace she picked up from GirlProps while she was in New York (working for Scholastic, cause she’s fabulous).

Richard gave me a replacement ribbon for my recently acquired Underwood No5 and I just love the deep hue it leaves on the paper. I love it so, I’ve even been using it to make the grocery lists. He also got me a copy of “No One Belongs Here More than You” by Miranda July, who I fell in love with simply because of her website for that book. I love what stories I have been able to read, and I can’t wait to read the book. He also gave me a lovely necklace and these wonderful lights for the light box I built for photographing stock, I can’t wait to play with them! That is something that will have to wait until next week though.

I gave Richard a Wii remote. We don’t actually have a Wii, but it is something we want to get sooner or later. He was also supposed to receive a game, but I bought it online and the seller informed me a week before Christmas that he had run out of stock and would be refunding the price. Bummer.

Our present to ourselves was a new bedspread. We walked into Linens’n’Things because of their going out of business sale in hopes we might find some of the sundries that we needed and instead found the bedspread of our dreams. In our colors, in a material we both agreed on, with a pattern we both loved. It was perfect, and it was less than half of its usual $200+ price tag.

I have one more “christmas” celebration to attend in the coming weeks. It will involve a five-hour drive with a pirate and a ninja. I just can’t wait.