At this moment

The girls are sitting at the table eating dinner. This is always an epic event and can take anywhere up to an hour. I just informed Z that she is not allowed to talk again until she finishes her dinner. I said it kindly though.

Tiny is singing a song that she is making up about her cousins getting baptized. Santa and monkeys have also made an appearance in the song. She has finished her food, so she can sing.

There are light up Cinderella dress up shoes next to my desk. Z told me today that she kept seeing a blue light by the dress up box last night, and apparently something was setting off these little shoes. So now they’re going to live in the closet so they don’t freak her out during the night.

There is a pan of homemade marshmallows in my kitchen. My beloved Valerie taught me how to make them today, but I don’t have the powdered sugar necessary to turn them out and cut them up, so they will sit there and taunt me until tomorrow. They’re kind of rude that way.

My knee hurts. I tripped and fell today, and while I didn’t skin it, I whacked it pretty hard. Ow.

I have new flannel sheets on my bed, just waiting for me to sleep on them. I’m excited. And they were only $19.99, which is a ton less than I was expecting, so I’m very pleased about that too.

B is out for the evening, so I’m going to attempt to make a stuffed giraffe (I may have lost my mind), and watch a movie.  But what movie? I always end up watching the same 4 or 5 movies over and over – Gosford Park, Being Julia, The Cat’s Meow, The Royal Tenenbaums… maybe I’ll watch The Darjeeling Limited again. Such a good movie.

I have a new Christmas banner!

I opted for a 6 ft. one this time instead of 9 like last time, and it fits perfectly on the wall. I love it. I have ridiculously cute fabric that I want to make a Christmas tree skirt with, but I’m not quite sure how to attempt it. Has anyone run across a pattern for one?

We’re listening to Pink Martini’s Joy To The World album, which is brilliant and you should click over and get it right now.  It’s got such variety and spunk, I love it. It incorporates music styles from all over the world, and has songs in at least 4 languages, but none of it feels gimmicky, and the whole album holds together really nicely.  I highly recommend it.

I also recommend the book I just finished, A Novel Bookstore by Laurence Cosse. As someone who loves (LOVES!) recommending things (have you noticed?), and who thrived in an environment where I could sell books I loved, this book so hit home. It’s the story of a couple who open a bookstore that only carries “good novels”- books that the couple and their consulting board of authors think speak to the soul and are worth recommending. Things take a strange turn as people take offense at the concept of the store, and things get mysterious very quickly. It’s a fantastic read, and has some brilliant passages.

Now the girls are reading Dora books. Well, Z is reading them, and Tiny is looking at pictures and pretending to ice skate. It cracks me up how I have to wrangle Z to read with me in the morning during lessons, but she’ll spend hours reading on her own. As long as she’s reading, I don’t care though. 🙂

What’s going on with you at this moment?

4 thoughts on “At this moment

  1. Huh… a stuffed giraffe. The things you think of to do. 🙂
    I’m trying not to lose my mind. And thankful that Nina D. is taking C home from scouts for me. 🙂 I love her. 🙂

  2. Becky S. on

    Hmm, I am looking at Christmas sites online and thinking I should probably be reading a story to the kids and getting them to bed.
    I always watch the same old DVD’s, Pride and Prejudice, Tomb Raider and Galaxy Quest. I wish I had a stuffed something to curl up with on the couch.

    I have never made homemade marshmallows! I’m impressed. GO Get SOME powdered sugar!!

  3. Jessica on

    Well I’m a few days late in commenting on this post but I read a tutorial last night about making a Christmas tree skirt using a canvas paint drop cloth. It’s pretty simple and the result is adorable. However, you could totally use any other type of fabric you have. You might have to sew some pieces together to get the correct size but I think it would be do-able. I am thinking I may attempt this for next year.

  4. I can’t believe I’m just getting around to reading this! I have a pattern for a tree skirt (little late huh?) and I think it’s Simplicity or Butterick or some such thing. They’re not bad to make. Wait for JoAnn’s dollar sale on patterns and then buy one for next year!

    I hope you had a merry Christmas! We had a good one with Trav just being here. Who needs anything else?! Give everyone hugs and I’ll try to check in more often!

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