November 26th, 2007

against demons

trying to write a normal entry

i am really glad to be alive. i am thankful for my family and my friends and my boyfriend and his family and our hedgehog. we had a really great thanksgiving in cleveland at z's parent's house. i love his grandma (his dad's mom). she's like a tiny version of my grandma. she's 90 and she baked the most delicious apple pie from scratch and was being very generous in letting the hansens keep the rest of it. later it came out that she was letting them keep it because she had cooked herself a smaller pie to have for her and her friend, but she had forgotten! she's just really precious. the turkey breast that his mom cooked was delicious. two kinds of stuffing, green beans, sweet potato souffle, rolls, and corn pudding(?). i feel like i am missing something. it was a great spread. i really hope that laini's parents got through this holiday okay. her and her family are in my thoughts a lot. i am really thankful to have known her.

alison preszler and ronimal are getting married! he popped the question on the beach in the bahamas. when i saw her two weeks ago, i totally called it. leslie t. and oscar o. are getting married april 5, 2008. it's so funny that all of a sudden, there is just a surge of friends getting married and having babies! good thing i have onesies made.

speaking of onesies, eliza brought a bunch of rwt stuff to white rabbit in iowa city, ia this weekend because she is awesome. i am craft cramming for the two craft fairs i have this weekend (depart-ment in chicago and bazaar bizarre in cleveland). i made a bunch more of the xmas "couldn't have picked a better ________" cards. i really need to make more "i'm glad i picked you" cards since i am nearly out. i am out of the baguette bday cards and i am running low on the croissant. we'll see what i have left. i don't have the money to buy more supplies to make cards with so i am making do and trying to use up the rest of the blank cards i have. with zachary being in cleveland until tonight, the living room is once again a craft explosion. i am trying to be good, but it's so hard when i want to watch a dvd and craft. i just have to lug everything into the living room and once everything is packaged, only then i lug it back into the craft room. yeah, the craft room is really just storage right now in addition to being a functional guest bedroom. i think once the xmas bonus from my day job comes in, i'll buy a cheap dvd player for the craft room/guest bedroom.

in addition to the craft cram 2007 that took place this weekend once i got home from clevland, i went out to dinner with my pal rachel senecal to flo, watched bad tv and movies (frida, life is beautiful, big mistake, safe), and made the best lentils and rice i have made yet. haven't made it in awhile, but wow, it made me really happy. tonight hopefully i will be able to pick up Z from midway in time to watch heroes and make some baked tempura tofu and PACKAGE up cards and make NEW stuff. ungh.

a great article on the controversy surrounding the golden compass:
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death is nothing at all (henry scott holland)

i can't remember who originally posted this poem because i have read it on lj before (it was simon), but i just saw michaelpop post it about his love's mother passing away this morning and i had to post it for anyone who may not have read it. it's truer than true. also, eliza posted the link to this and i really think laini would have gotten a kick out of it and then thought about making her own food orchestra. here you go: a vegetable orchestra.

"Death is nothing at all" (Henry Scott Holland)

Death is nothing at all. It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life
that we lived so fondly together is untouched,
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort,
without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
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gift exchange(s)?

as funny as it is i am still putting together the handmade gifts from september (was it september), i am getting much better with doing things in a timely fashion. i am participating in walter & veronica's stocking swap and it made me think how much i love giving gifts and getting random gifts. i loved jerroid's gift swap. that was awesome! i want to do my own e-gift swap. who wants in? if you do, comment with your full name, mailing address, email address, and some favorite things. i am setting a limit at $15 total for the entire contents of the package. you'll also have to pay to mail it (us and canada only please, friends). i am cutting this off thursday at 10pm (central standard time). then i will put everyone's name into a bowl and match everyone up with someone they will send to and someone who will send to them, so no one sends to the same person and maybe new friendships are made? anyways, awesome. i am also going to post this up on myspace to really mix it up with my friends! awesome!

also, a poll for ginny:

Poll #1095477 gift exchange = yay or nay?

if your work was doing a gift exchange, would you be into it?

depends on what the gift price is

what about at a friend's party?

depends on what the gift price is

what's a good amount that everyone's gift should total?


what's the best gift you've brought to a gift exchange?

what's the best gift you've received at one?

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