This week has been amazing and crazy-making at the same time. The worst part -- I spent almost the entire last week in bed. My pain management doctor went on vacation without leaving anyone in charge to write refills for pain meds, and mine are too strong for just anyone to write. While that sucked on a royal level of suckage, it also gave me some opportunities I may not have had otherwise. I watched a ton of movies, read a lot of books (including reading "The Hobbit" to Zack and starting the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and crocheted a bunch of blankets and scarves. Pain will not keep me from staying busy on some level! And since pain kept me awake longer hours, I had more time in which to enjoy these things. Looking on the bright side helped.
Today I got my prescription filled and I'm taking advantage of being up to be with my family, but I'm stopping here for a quick photo view of the past month.
Around the middle of the month, we drove to visit my Dad. And what should my eye light upon first, as we walked in and gazed upon the tree?
And there wasn't just one. There were three of the creepy things.
Mr. Ray, as Zack calls his grandfather, got him the LEGO kit he had been wanting for ages. Every time I think SURELY we have all the LEGO Star Wars kits that could possibly be made, out comes another one!
Pretty soon those LEGO instruction books are going to be as large and complicated as my Organic Chemistry textbooks. They certainly cost as much!
After we got home, I opened packages to discover this ADORABLE present from Sherry Ellison of Creatology. Remember my random blog post about losing my marbles? Sherry is amazing with a needle and thread and made this cute fabric origami box and filled it with marbles (and included some extra ones in case I lose any more!)
One goal for this coming year? Holding on to my marbles.
Our Christmas was lovely. I only wish it had snowed! Santa brought Zack a keyboard with instructions to "share it with your Mommy". I wish we had room for a real piano, but now I can teach Zack how to play and eventually find a place to take advanced lessons myself. The highlight of the afternoon was being able to play the "Linus and Lucy" Charlie Brown theme.
(Did you notice the elf sitting where the sheet music goes?)
Rick and I give each other presents throughout the year since neither of us is very good at keeping secrets. I have actually lost some of the smaller presents I bought for the guys as I hid them TOO well. Their Christmas Eve tradition of opening an ornament was fouled up because the only ornament I could find was (thankfully) Zack's. I have NO IDEA where I hid those other ornaments. Or a few other small things.
ANYWAY, because we give each other presents during the year, Christmas is not a huge deal between Rick and I for giving gifts to each other -- it's all about the boys. But he never ceases to surprise and amaze me. My favorite gift this year, I think, was a new addition to my vintage camera collection. He gave me a miniature/spy camera and film to go with it. It's only about 3" long and I ADORE it.
He also scored a deal on a bunch of vintage typewriter ribbon tins. While I collect typewriters, I have four adult and three toy ones and there's just not much room for any more, but there's always room for a cool tin! Remember me showing you this pink Panama ribbon tin some time ago?
Now I have an orange one! I don't know why I love vintage tins of all different sorts, but I do, and this year I'm going to have to figure out how to build a case to display them properly.
And lastly, we got a family gift of Trivial Pursuit. Whenever the older boys come home, playing games, particularly Trivial Pursuit, is high on the list of must-dos. Between Ebay and finding them in stores, we now have every edition of the game. We even bought the kid's version so Zack can play with us more easily.
So here we are, on New Year's Eve, and I'm looking forward to tonight's game. I'm hoping to be able to sum up my thoughts of the past year and hopes for the coming year soon, and I hope they come out cogently and with the right expression.
Thank you all so VERY much for visiting, reading, commenting, and emailing me this year. All of those things were an incredible gift.