Loot

Dec. 26th, 2007 06:42 pm
creidylad: (Alphonse Mucha - The Moon)
I got a lot of loot. I won't catalogue it all here.

I just want to celebrate my husband a moment.

He got me what I asked for -- exactly and precisely. A Soda Club penguin, which I would not have known about were it not for [livejournal.com profile] ratphooey. Now I can make my own fizzy water. And I have a penguin. Yay!

But he also got me the thing I wanted most, did not know I wanted, and had not asked for. The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman. This compiles Ms. Kalman's contributions to the NY Times of last year, October through April. They are sort of visual poems, and are breathtaking and resonant and amazing. He knew how much I'd loved them.

Thank you, sweetie.

It was a good Christmas -- an exhausting Christmas Eve (baking all day) topped off with the family party, then Christmas Day with [livejournal.com profile] zinzinzinnia and [livejournal.com profile] thickie, which made it extra-special. Tony is now home, and the girls are delighted (Glory is all over him as I type this.) What more could I want?
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What I did Today

Mousses, set: 2

Sugar cookies, baked: 4 doz

Sugar cookies, iced: 4 doz

Presents, wrapped: 8 gazillion

Presents, decorated by kids, with me supervising: 4 gazillion

Cards made: woops

Bodies, showered and dressed for party at parents' house: I better get on that

Exhausted: Moi
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So, we went to see Sweeney Todd today. I am glad I did copious reading of A.O. Scott's reviews and the various bits the NY Times had (including a series of things Stephen Sondheim himself had put together about what he'd had to cut for the translation to film.) It meant I was properly prepared and in a good frame of mind to appreciate the film for the film's sake.

And enjoy it I did.

I don't feel I need to say more that that; no spoilers here (except a mention that though Anthony Stewart Head is sort of in the film, his is a one-line cameo; nobody should have their hopes up about that.)

I'd be happy to discuss in painful detail with anyone else after they've seen it. For now, my impressions are still coalescing.

For those who are not already aware, by the by, Sweeney Todd is my favorite-ever musical. Which is saying a lot, as I am a big fan of the genre.
creidylad: (Glory Glee)
We drive past the train station.

Glory: Mommy, get Tony. Train.

Me: No, I'm sorry, sweetie. Remember, Tony took the airplane to go see his mommy and daddy.

Glory: (remembering) In soda.

Me: That's right, in Minnesota.

Glory: Ah, no. In soda. Tony in soda.

[livejournal.com profile] zantony, I hope you are having fun bathing in all that sweet, carbonated beverage. You are missed.

Food Banks

Nov. 30th, 2007 12:05 pm
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An article in the NY Times today details that many food banks are very short on cash/donations and some are having to close while others are rationing.

This is horrible. This is a last-ditch resource for many people in this country -- and in a season that has seen astronomical home foreclosures and spiraling debt all over the place, I have no idea what the families relying on food banks are going to do.

Sure, employment is up, but it's mostly service-secter jobs which don't really pay enough to maintain one person, let alone a family.

Why am I posting this? I don't know. I am upset and worried. Please, if you can afford to give, consider your local town/county/state/national food pantry. There's always Second Harvest.
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Regarding my diet, I have two words for you all:

Skinny pants! Skinny pants! Skinny pants! Skinny pants! Skinny pants!
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Well, it's official.

It seems there will be no more no more high tea at the Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel.

*heavy sigh*

Edit: As [livejournal.com profile] scottso has pointed out, it says it will be offering afternoon tea, though none is listed in its schedule. So I imagine there is hope! Hurray!
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A meme ganked from [livejournal.com profile] ladybarnard.

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, CD Player, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool.

The list behind the cut )
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William Shakespeare

Follow your spirit, and, upon this charge
Cry 'God for Harry, Creidylad and Saint George!

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:




It sounds sort of like my husband talking dirty to me, really.

Snail

Nov. 4th, 2007 08:32 am
creidylad: (Glory Glee)
"Snail. Issa snail."

Glory's snail picture

So sayeth Gloriana, who is a day or two shy of 23 months, and just drew it. Then she drew about twenty more little spirals she tells are snails, as well.
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There are eleven kids in Gwen's class. Four of them were Spider-man this year. Two were red Spider-man, and two were black Spider-man. This included the twins, who were split on the red/black axis.

Gwen, on the other hand, was a pirate. There were many pirates in the Kindergarten Halloween Parade overall, but Gwen was the only girl pirate that we could see.

She's been practicing her "Yo ho ho!" and "Yarrrr!" (both almost impossible for her to say spontaneously.)

Pictures later.
creidylad: (Glory Glee)
Tony has just gone to take a nap.

Glory decided I should have a nap, too. And then it was time to wake up. ("Kup! Kup!") and that I had a dream. I asked what my dream was about and she said, "Salad. Eating. Salad." I said, "I was dreaming about eating salad?" and she said, "Yeah."

She now wants to take a nap with her monkey and dream about salad, too. Even more than she wants to dream about strawberries, which she is currently eating.

Edit: Tony, per Glory, is dreaming about his broken blanket. ("Blankie. Broken. Oh." -- with 'Oh' said in a calculatedly heartbroken tone.)
creidylad: (Alphonse Mucha - The Moon)
As some of you know, my dear friend Zachary Mason won a novel prize last year sponsored by Starcherone press. His book, The Lost Books of the Odessey, will be published in February. Meanwhile, there is a web page up with the full text. Go read it!

Busses

Sep. 19th, 2007 12:56 pm
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I be waitin' down by the bus stop this mornin' and yon bus pass me buy. The landlubber steerin' her was late and ignorin' my daughter. So I rattled for me cell phone and called ye bus coordinator and told her me tale an' she be rippin' that bus driver a new one. Yarr..

This talk like a pirate day stuff is exhausting.
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From last year's teacher, received last night:

Hi,
Just writing to say good luck tomorrow! I'm sure you're all excited and nervous, but I know it will be great.
Keep in touch.
Kathy


From this year's teacher, received 20 minutes after the end of class:

Hi Cordelia,
Gwen had a great day. She is such a happy and bubbly child. She enjoyed
playing in the kitchen area and with the flannel board. She is already
naming most of the students in class, including the children she just
met today!
Mary Lou


Gwen is in good hands.

Gwen giving Mary Lou an apple
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Noggin, the network devoted to toddler programming from 6am to 6pm daily, is playing up National Talk Like a Pirate Day and will be airing pirate-themed episodes of its show.

It has become one of the official holidays of fall.

Yarrrr!

Butterflies

Sep. 4th, 2007 11:24 am
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Tomorrow is the first day of Kindergarten.

The butterflies will not be still.

Back

Aug. 27th, 2007 11:53 pm
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Back from a truly lovely and peaceful trip to visit [livejournal.com profile] shayde and [livejournal.com profile] catya and various and sundry other folks. Mostly we spent the weekend at Catya's family's incredibly cozy house on a lake in Maine (this was nowhere near the coast; if you cross the pond you are in New Hampshire.) It was great, among other things, to spend time with their son and get to know him a bit better and to watch he and his eight-year-old age-mate playing together all weekend. Whenever I see boys that age it reminds me, of course, of Patrick, but I find this no longer gives me melancholy. Instead it just makes me breath with relief and admiration to see the world Z lives in and the person he's growing into.

My favorite moment was waking up early Sunday morning and getting to sit and chat with Cat while we watched the sun find, light up and warm the water.

The girls I think really enjoyed themselves. Gwen can be hard to read in this respect, but she did consent to venture into the water a few times and even took two journeys on a motor boat -- the second with no parent along! Glory also got her first ride on a motor boat -- or a boat of any kind, for that matter. She told us "done boat," after, but I noticed she is no less taken with the notions of "boats" and "water" than ever. ("OooooOOooo, Daddy! Iseeya boat! OoooooOOOOooo, Gwennie! Iseeya a a WATER!")

There was the unexpected bonus of music Sunday night back in the general Boston area and a chance to meet [livejournal.com profile] redheadedmuse in person. Our lengthy conversation about Sarah Lawrence has my mind churning in interesting directions about what happens when I go back to school in a year or two. Hmmmm.
Monday (today) we met up with Pär, Minna and Aileen for lunch/playground before heading home. Great timing on all sides had all three available during business hours right when we wanted them. Hurray!

I always think of Boston as worlds away. It's really not. And I'm thinking we could and should make the trip more often.
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Brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] den_down_unda and the [livejournal.com profile] yaz327.

Rules: Here are 10 songs beginning with M. If you want to play, ask for a letter in comments. I'll pick a letter, and you have to name ten favorite songs with titles beginning with that letter.

(Side note: M is HARD to narrow down. Lots of stuff starts with M. There are favorite songs which had to be excised from this list.)


Presented in very roughly chronological order, behind the cut: ).
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Hi. Christopher got me a haircut for my birthday (which I'd asked for). Here it is:

Delia's cute curly hair

This was done at Devachan, which I highly, HIGHLY recommend as a worth-it visit for anyone in the greater NY area with curly or wavy hair.

The great part is that I now really, REALLY understand how to take care of my curly locks. They tell me I have Botticelli curls, which, seriously -- who would argue with that? I'll be growing my hair out longer again. And Jeffrey, who "took care of" me, told me that until I need my next haircut in 6-8 months, anytime I need a touch up or a styling, to give a call with a little notice and he'll take care of it for free.

Edit: This was not taken the day of the cut, but about a week after, after I'd been running around a bit that day. We cleverly haven't taken any pictures from the day of the cut off the camera yet. So this is what the haircut really looks like with typical wear.

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