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It’s One of THOSE Days

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Fly Eagles Fly

It’s the morning after the Eagles whooped the Vikings but good (how ’bout dem Iggles?) and my throat is a bit sore after all the yelling and chanting and carrying on I did last night. Lemon tea with honey will help with that, I’m sure.

Given that I’m in a pretty buoyant mood, I decided to hit the ground running with some long overdue projects. I’m in the process of establishing a shop on Etsy.com (store name: BeeKayCreationsGifts). I have some pricing kinks to iron out but (fingers crossed) I can get it up and running by week’s end.

I’ll also have two bangin’ Eagles cloth bowls done in time to post for sale. A run to JoAnn Fabric and Craft will soon be in order, as I will need Eagles bandannas for Maggie and Sarge, and will definitely want to make a Super Bowl wreath for the front door. (At least my Valentine’s Day wreath is in good shape). JoAnn better do me a solid and send me a “get 20% off your entire purchase” coupon by the weekend. I think it’s time.

Orioles fabric was special ordered and is in the house ready to go for more bowls and bandannas, and I’ll pick up some Phillies, Yankees (blergh), and baseball cloth as well.

I’ve also vowed to fully clean one room a week until the house is clean, in case the spousal-unit and I decide to have a Super Bowl party. So far I’ve done the foyer (with the exception of the floors) and most of the living room (excluding the baseboards). I’ll let you know how that turns out.

Off for another cuppa—have a wonderful and creative day!

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Still the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (?)

Quelle surprise, I am managing to hold it all together! I am thisclose to sending out cards, decorated an evergreen swag for my front door (the anemic bow on which needs replacing), put pine garland on the front porch railing (again with the anemic bows—I could not find the red velvet bows I use most years), and my holiday decorations are out.

Tree is going up later today, and as soon as I get my funds straight gifts will be ordered (lists are saved online, thank God, and most of them are still available). Fingers crossed that Santa bought from my Amazon wish list; also fingers crossed that my gifts will ship on time.

(I also need to remember to get stocking stuffers for Maggie and Sarge.)

Our holiday visiting schedule has been ironed out; I only need to decide what to make for Christmas Night dinner. I am torn between something traditional (ham [with turkey drumsticks for Baby Bro as he does not like ham], mashed potatoes, filling, vegetables, rolls, and dessert) or something not so traditional (stuffed shells, lasagna Bolognese, rolls, salad, and dessert). The latter can be made pretty much ahead of time … but who doesn’t like a traditional Christmas dinner?

But before Christmas, we have birthdays to celebrate—namely mine and Baby Bro’s. It’s my turn to pick where we are going to go for dinner. I’m concerned that dinner on a Friday night during this heavy holiday season might be problematic; perhaps picking a weeknight to go out might be the way to go.

And of course, after Christmas we have New Year’s Eve. The spousal-unit and I typically go out for a nice late lunch and then stay the hell home that night to avoid amateur hour (amateur night?). The SU’s birthday follows hard on the heels of New Year’s Day, so there’s Yet Another Dinner I have to figure out.

Which further leads me to New Year’s resolutions.

  1. I need a job!
  2. I need to quit smoking.
  3. I need to keep working on my anxiety issues.
  4. I need to get back to craft work.
  5. I need to learn to better schedule my time.

Not necessarily in any particular order.

And finally, how ’bout dem Iggles? Last night’s game was a real nail-biter but they pulled it off when it counted. We’re hoping Carson Wentz isn’t as badly injured as the media is making it sound. ETA damnit, torn ACL.

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Fly Eagles Fly

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It’s That Time of Year (Again)!

Holiday (and birthday) season is in full effect chez BeeKay, and I’m trying to keep things low key and serene. The spousal unit and I used to send out holiday newsletters, with the last being in 2008 (I thought it was 2009 but in retrospect we were too busy to send Christmas cards that year, what with being new small business owners at the time). We decided to renew that tradition this year, and I uploaded the first draft to Staples.com to print in color for review. Won’t be able to get it until tomorrow at 7:00 pm, unless I want to pay a rush fee (no, thank you).

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First draft, needs minor tweaks

Order. Cancelled. The spousal-unit will print it at work tomorrow.

Last night, we stopped by Target and bought a box of Christmas cards, just in case we didn’t have enough to accommodate our mailing list. While in the basement pulling together everything I’ll need to decorate the evergreen swag for our front door, I found two nearly full boxes of Papyrus Christmas cards—I love Papyrus greeting cards—in addition to last year’s left over cards. I think we are all set for this holiday mailing, once the newsletter is finalized. We’ll just need to get stamps.

Holiday Swag

I hope I can find a swag that doesn’t look this ratty.

This week, I have to clean the living room from stem to stern so I can put out all of my holiday tchotchkes, and so we can put the tree up over the weekend. I have a new tree skirt halfway finished (photo to follow) in case I don’t want to put out my tried-and-true holiday cats tree skirt (ditto).

We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with cousins Terry and Troy at their new home in Maryland. Their holiday spirit was in full effect, with at least five (five!!) festively decorated trees throughout the house, an amazing array of delicious food, and a house full of family and close friends. Needless to say, no one left hungry—Martha Stewart has nothing on those two!

I do have some gifts ready to be wrapped, and have a few more to buy, but I am stumped as to what to get my brother. I know cash or gift cards are always welcome but I find them unimaginative. I have no idea what size he wears, and don’t want to ask because he’s gained a lot of weight since he quit smoking. Perhaps some gourmet foodstuffs, as he is a foodie (which also accounts for his weight gain) and yes, a gift card (groan). Perhaps I will gift him a subscription to Cook’s Illustrated as a gag gift; he thinks it’s pretentious. “Do I really need to know what the dude was thinking while he harvested his home-grown turnips at their peak freshness? Do I look like I care? Get away from me with that crap.”

Lately, however, this place has been my go-to for inexpensive quality gifts.

As for birthdays, mine is the 15th, my brother’s is the 20th, and the spousal-unit’s is January 2. I hope to have the family birthday dinner at the Peanut Bar and couple’s night at Lang Restaurant (formerly Hong Thanh at Sixth and Court Streets in Reading). So glad tasty Vietnamese food is closer to home!

And further regarding birthdays, an Eagles win would be an incredible early birthday gift! Let’s go 11-1, Birds!

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And Here We Are, AGAIN

Well, it’s 0443 and I am awake WAY earlier than I need to be. Unfortunately, the creative juices decided to get flowing so I figured it would be best to just stay up, check my email, check Facebook, and make a final list of what I’d like to get ready to post on etsy.com. I have a ton of the cloth bowls made, mainly Halloween- and football-themed, with some fun and fabulous ones to boot, and have holiday-themed ones ready to be assembled.

I also decided to make some really sweet team headbands. By the end of the week, I’ll have (drum roll please) …

  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • New Orleans Saints
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • New England Patriots
  • Miami Dolphins

along with some cute quirky prints. If these do well (fingers crossed they do), there will be baseball headbands shortly after the New Year. (Photos to follow, BTW.)

Once I have prices figured out, it’ll be off to the races! As always, watch this space!

I managed to see Tulip Fever when it was in my neck of the woods. Dame Judi Dench and Christoph Waltz amazingly excellent as usual (tho’ Ms. Dench was on screen for maybe a total of 15 minutes) and Alicia Vikander (who is getting married to Michael Fassbender of Inglourious Basterds fame) is a stunningly gorgeous talent. Looking forward to seeing Victoria and Abdul (again with The Dame, there is nothing like a dame) and maybe going on a haunted house tour in anticipation of Halloween.

Finally, Pinky the bear is ready to go to her new home. Sarge is sad to see her go, but he has found a new friend in Gingham the cat. Only in this house do the cats get homemade toys. (Again, photos to follow.)

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