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Just home from a belated Christmas with the 'rents. And came home to another 8 inches of snow in the driveway. Impressive, given that we were only gone a little over 24 hours.

Santa brought some interesting goodies. The "Fairy Tale Knits" book I wanted, a new 9x13 pan (The old one being warped in several planes), and an XM satellite radio. Unfortunately, it does not support the A La Carte package. So I'm trying to figure out how to get set up so that I have the Frank Sinatra, Standards, and Swing channel without having to buy the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" package. I have no interest in the Premiums - I'm not interested in Sports, I can't stand Oprah, and I'm far enough to the "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" side of things to want nothing to do with the Liberal Talk channels. Still and all, I'll have fun with it. Almost as much fun as trying to even explain the concept of Satellite Radio to Mom. ;-)

Anneliese adores the EasyBake oven and the Light Bright. She also put her new Ariel doll into the cradle that Dad made her and put her to bed. Tres Cute.

I made Mom a necklace - though it seems a little snug to me. Hmmm.... Not sure how to fix that, or if she'll even let me. I might get a few more beads and try to make another crystal cluster and splice it in. Even another couple inches would make a big difference.

And, I finally got to get lots of use out of my shnazzy granite slab. Dad got some Sour Cream Pralines, Pecan clusters, hazelnut pralines, chocolate peanut butter bark, chocolate covered caramallows, and some homemade candy canes.

This was a learning experience. And, I have no brains. I was out at the supermarket early this week, looking for the Hazelnuts. It's a nice little store, and the manager stopped to ask if I needed help finding something. I asked about the nuts - all they had was in the shell. FIne, I say! Tedious, but doable. (Also asked about the Baker's ammonia. He knew what it was, but didn't know anybody who carries it anymore. Gonna have to order.)

I got home and went, "So I have to crack the nuts.... with what?" Dude. I have no nutcracker. Nor could I find pliers. It was much to icy out to trot out to the garage. So I ended up with a vinyl mallet in the basement. Trying to break the shells and not the nuts. WIth about a 70% success rate.

The candy canes made the granite really worth it's weight in gold. But man, those are a pain. And I never did get them very minty - either with extract or oil. Not sure how that works out. But I have a new respect for people who do sugar work. And a new technique. I bought some of those cute little stretch gloves they sell in the winter that aren't really very warm. And put vinyl gloves over them. So I could pull sugar without too much burning of the fingers.

At least Dad was suitably impressed. He said I'd have gotten on famously with his Grandfather.

Naturally. The Fries do tend to gravitate toward each other.
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The Rules:
Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. You an also check out this post http://fabricdragon.livejournal.com/127623.html because she lists lots of charities you can craft for for the holidays. There's also a LJ group ([info]holiday_wishes where folks post lists like this) And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

I have a feeling this year's list will look a lot like last year's....

1. A job for John
2. The much-hoped for break in language development for Anneliese
3. Health Insurance
4. A bigger house. Or rather, a financial situation that would allow us to build (see #1). This place is getting darned cramped.
5. About 6 extra hours per day - three to sleep, and three to get things done in.

And in a more normal sense:
6. Any of the A-Z books from Country Bumpkin. Though I lean most strongly to Goldwork and Whitework. I love pretty much all their stuff. *sigh* To include the new issue of "Smocking and Embroidery." Someone knows my weakness for the chocolate and pink color combo. Boo would look smashing!
7. A couple hours to just roll in the stock at this place.
8. A pie bird. Preferably a vintage style. Actually, I can see me collecting the silly things someday when I have more room. Why? I don't know. Do I need a reason?
9. A heap of fine white linen for coifs, shifts, cut work, etc. I never can find any I'm that happy with. And I could probably go through it in bolts.
10. A new copy of Celtic Twilight 3, as I wore a groove in the last one using it for a lullaby for Anneliese. Busy wearing out "Daddies Sing Goodnight" for Rori. I might need to change it up soon.

My e-mail is on my profile page, in case anybody has helpful hints. Especially as regards #1.
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All in all, we did have a good, fairly relaxing holiday. You might even consider it the first vacation I've had in, oh, ten years? Since I was off for 5 whole days. Actually, the first extended stretch I've had off since my last maternity leave. Which I was much too sick and depressed to get anything out of.

We went to Mom and Dad's Saturday morning, and didn't go home until Tuesday afternoon. Which meant that I got a break from constant Boo-chasing. ALWAYS appreciated. I didn't get a LOT accomplished, but I did sort of get a bit of a break.

The Muffin got a few presents that went over QUITE well. Her favorite is certainly the big playhouse. We lost her to that for about 2 days. The other biggies were some play make-up (lipstick goes all over the face *giggle*), and a play oven that uses chemical reactions - which had her using more words than I've heard from her in a long time.

Plus we went to see Uncle Harvey (my great uncle, for whom the words "Old Curmudgeon" - though what her really is, is a char-broiled marshmallow). He worries about Anneliese to distraction, and enjoys seeing her. Though I ALWAYS worry about his little dog - since she's kind of a fear biter. He also grabbed me by the elbow on the way out the door, and mentioned that he'd heard I was expecting and wanted to know when. I told him May, and he looked me up and down and said "Well, you're not gettin' veyr big!!" *snicker* Gotta love him.

I also stopped off at a little needlework store that specializes in stitching silk. I got some silk gauze as the ground for a pouch and some silk floss. And today picked up some silk organza to whitework for the partlet.

Anybody have any good sources on whitework stitches and techniques of continental Europe in the 16th century?

Oh, and I moved my Ultrasound appointment back a couple hours so Darling can come along. We'll see if Baby is feeling cooperative. Mom is fussing about wanted to shop. *eye roll* Of course, she fussed all weekend - about whether or not I could get in and out of the air mattress (I'm not THAT big yet), about my bending over to fish bath toys out of the tub, about my changing all the sheets and washing the towels before I left. Well, natch. They're not 30 anymore by a stretch. And five house guests for days leave quite a trail of debris. I feel less guilty if I can at least manage to NOT have them doing laundry all day after we leave.

We also watched the Disney World holiday special on the travel channel. *sigh* Someday.

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