Tuesday, January 01, 2008

What We Did on our Christmas Vacation

1. I finished all my Christmas knitting on time. All told, I made 3 hats, 2 pairs of socks and 3 scarves.

2. Cat Crazy daughter threw up all Christmas Eve night. Around 3 a.m., after ridding herself of every drop of Gatorade we had allowed her at 2 a.m., she quite touchingly made Rich promise not to let her throw up all over her presents in the morning. Poor thing. Fortunately, that was the end of the upchucking. She enjoyed Christmas Day, although she was rather weak and was napping by lunchtime.

3. I finished my Inside Out socks from the Rockin' Sock Club. This was the first kit they sent me. In late February. Roughly 10 months ago. I whipped through the 1st sock, but then lost my momentum on the 2nd for various reasons. I did not really like the yarn color. Also, I was dreading doing the cable/rib leg, because it was so hard on my hands. So it just ended up lying around half-finished for months.

Then, the last shipment from the club arrived last week. (I love this kit, by the way, and I am looking for ward to doing this one.) The kit contained a "report card" where they gave you grades for how many pairs of club socks you finished during the year. I was horrified to realize that I had not finished a single pair of club socks. I was a Sock Poser! Suddenly I was consumed by a need to finish this pair, and so I did. I wove in the last end the evening of December 31.
I can also report that I am halfway up the foot of the 2nd sock from the Solstice Slip kit from June (on the right, above), so my GPA is improving.

4. I decluttered and scrubbed the master bath 'til it shined. I don't have a before picture--it was too frightening to record for posterity--but here is an "after:"
It's amazing how much you can fit in the cabinets and drawers once you throw away all the expired medicine and the creams and lotions that you hate but don't want to throw away because of what they cost. Look at all that counter space!

5. In a similar vein, Rich decluttered and scrubbed the home office. Amazingly, we did these things after our Christmas company left. Most people clean before the company arrives, don't they? Here's the office, and the boxed up clutter, waiting to go up to the attic:
Lookie! I see the rug, and the desktop. Woohoo!

6. In a totally geeky slugfest, we watched the extended versions of all 3 Lord of the Rings movies (we did spread them out over a week or so) with the kids. It was Cat Crazy daughter's first time seeing the movies, and she did very well, consider how complicated and scary they can be. Yes, we showed PG-13 movies to our 9 yo. We are bad geeks. But I don't think she's been badly damaged, do you?
Her spelling can be creative at times. And her Balrog doesn't look too scary, does it?

7. Cat Crazy daughter beat "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" on Guitar Hero III on her 2nd try.
This is news, because it took her about 18 times to beat "Slowride." Like the way Mathboy is shadowing her here, as if he could will her to hit the right keys? If she could just pass this song, it would be his turn.... In a side note, I think fuzzy leopard slippers are going to be The Next Big Thang for Guitar Heroes around the world.

8. Mathboy researched 23 questions for his homework for the upcoming Montessori Model U.N. project. He carefully divided the total number of questions so that he had a few to do each day, and did his daily allotment, no more or less. Funny, I think I would have tried to do as much as possible in the early days of the vacation to give myself more free time later. Whatever. It's done and that's the important thing. Go ahead: just ask him a question about Sweden. I dare you.

9. I learned Judy's Magic Cast On. It rocks! I am never going back.

10. I saved Tamriel from the dreaded Mehrunes Dagon.

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