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Snow squalls and sunlight!

Posted 01-20-2010 at 11:55 AM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Strange day up in 413 today, kids were nuts today
little one down for nap other off to preschool,
much needed quiet time before I go off to work for the evening. Went and rented Night at the Museum 2, they didn't take the lock off of the case so I have to go back and have them remove it
I dropped off my boy at preschool and went to buy the newspaper, and a squall goes by with the
most picturesque snowfall I've seen in a long time.
Looked like ones you see in the movies with the BIG flakes everywhere very Christmasy, now it is blue skies and very sunny. Looking forward to Penguins vs Capitals tomorrow night Crosby vs Ovie. I'll be writing soon, finding this blog thing pretty relaxing after 2 postings
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Writer's Blog

Posted 01-19-2010 at 08:14 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

But apparently not writer's block!

I sat down to write my Christmas letter short story rough draft only for it to dribble pitifully over the page. It's evident that I'm not one of those snappy lifestyle article authors that can write a self-absorbed mostly non-fiction self-deprecating piece in the first person. That and my inspiration won't carry a whole story. I need to seek out a bit more inspiration and go back to that.

Additionally, I sat down to work on the cookbooks. What a project! I began to write the notes on thrift topics and historic notes (each cookbook has a different focus, but there's overlap in the notes), but found I wanted to test a few things out in the kitchen before writing their sections since I had some ideas about prep that, if they work, would save time, money, and effort so I'd like to include them.

As if that weren't bad enough, my muse is pitching inspiration at me for a whole different story for the girls!
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Got to take down my last tree.

Posted 01-19-2010 at 12:09 PM by xmas365 (Christmas, Life, and Family)

Time is moving to quickly right now, I have a tree up that I need to take down, took the first one down last Monday, was to take down the second one down over the weekend but got behind.
I know part of the problem is I don't want to do it because it is the end of decorations until November.

Let the bells ring out for Christmas!
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Timely Thoughts on Gifts

Posted 01-18-2010 at 01:22 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

While I hadn't intended to walk about with Christmas on my mind until my remedial prepwork day on Saturday, I ended up cleaning out the gift closet some last night and its been Yule on the brain ever since. Today I completed the design on five custom photobooks and ordered them, along with a slew of regular prints. Four of the books will end up under Christmas trees in shortstacks of similar books tied up with satin ribbon and tucked into a book tote. These kinds of gifts seem to turn the women in my family inside out for joy. Similar items, such as prose books of family history, do it for the men. Both take effort on my part and need lead time for vetting and printing, but otherwise they're quite affordable gifts. As far as I'm concerned, NOTHING says Christmas like such tailored gifts, so it's not surprising that I have a slew of them to do:

1. "Sisters" Photobook - The one I just completed.
2. Eldest Daughter's Years 1-3 Photobooks - Already done,...
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First Prepwork Day Review

Posted 01-16-2010 at 07:40 PM by Sapsorrow (Maman Noel)

First the good: not a complete disaster!

Now, the reality: it was a wash prep-wise. I'm the mother of a newborn nursling and a healthy three year old, and full year to plan or not, I'm being a bit too ambitious. I now know that extensive crafting and sewing is right out of the question. No problem, I'd rather postpone crafts to next year than give up on the great cookie baking this year.

I didn't get the Christmas chest set up, and I didn't complete my Christmas shopping (for remaining perennial items like lights, decor, and stands). Instead, I ran into trouble with the other holidays, like overbuying for Easter gifts. No worries, the extra purchases fit right in with the gift plan for Christmas, so into the gift closet and marked off my list. I also failed to collect cookie and dinner party recipes, even look at patterns, or make plans. Mostly I price shopped and mused about what the holidays mean to me. Consequently, I'm assigning myself a make up prepwork...
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