Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu (oddharmonic) wrote,
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu

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Home again, holiday decorations down, photos of the puppies up, and miscellaneous holiday chatter.

Our return trip to Dallas was uneventful -- the security screeners commented on Laurel's fabulous princess hat and let her wear it through the metal detector, the airline rearranged some seat assignments so two families that had children assigned to seats not adjacent to relatives were together (we weren't the only ones) and kiddo fell asleep for the last half hour of the flight. She was pretty excited when Vogon met us at the baggage claim with reindeer antler headbands and flowers, especially since she got her own bouquet this time.

I experienced acute sinus pain on the descent into DFW and none of my regular treatments helped much, so I spent Thursday attempting to sleep it off. I'm feeling better now, though still slightly out of sync with local time. I packed stuff to ship rather than take an extra piece of luggage, so that will arrive here soon too. Hooray for finding lots of patterns and fabric I had stashed away!

I got tired of Laurel messing with the Christmas tree ornaments despite repeated reminders to leave the glass ornaments alone (last year she broke a few), so I took it down Friday and have most of the holiday decorations packed and labeled to go to storage now. I want to get bags to hold the tree and wreath, but I think I may buy them online since the ones I checked out at Bed Bath and Beyond last week had far more capacity than I need. (Theirs hold up to a 9' tree and a 30" wreath; we have a 6.5' tree and a 20" wreath.)

I'll post vacation/holiday photos in the next week or so. After mentioning it in a past post, I have put up photos of my parents' and sister's puppies, Holly, Daisy and Bandit, to tide everyone over. (:

I saw some cute flannel PJs in Target when we were in Colorado, but they didn't have any in my size. I checked at our local Target Friday and they had the same limited size range. All I could find in my size were either chemises (if I wanted to sleep in my underwear, I wouldn't be looking for pajamas) or polarfleece, so I hit the kids' department where I found only pajama pants and things too twee for serious consideration. It's time to accept that I am squarely in the gap between kids' and misses' sizes, but I sure don't like it.

Most of the Target gift card Vogon said something about me choosing how to spend because it was just as much mine as his (?) was used on stuff for Laurel, although I did pick up a pair of french terry pants on markdown and a set of dry-erase markers with magnetic caps. Also, we bought a snowman-shaped drink dispenser that just slays us because the spigot is right where genitalia would be if snowmen had them.

For those of you interested in gifts: Laurel received several toys (two Barbie dolls and a horse for same, a My Little Pony, an Invisible Woman action figure, and a classic-style Viewmaster), an analog watch, a radio housed in a plush frog, several books (some as gifts, some purchased with a Tattered Cover gift card) and a ton of clothing.

I was given a Burt's Bees sampler, a set of makeup brushes, and gift cards to two bookstores, a fast-food restaurant Laurel likes and a clothing store that has lots of cute kids' clothing. I also received funds to apply toward a gift from my parents and Mom said useful things aren't excluded, so I think I'm going to split the amount between a package from the FlyLady shop and a basting gun since our local fabric store no longer carries them and I want one to use instead of fussily pinning a project currently taking up significant space in the living room.

saarlander and his wife gave us all the ingredients to make glühwein, including a nice burgundy and a pair of pretty mugs. (We gave them a gift coin to Gloria Jean's.)

I came home to Amazon packages containing Dave Eggers' How We Are Hungry, Paul Collins' Sixpence House: Lost in A Town of Books (which thrills me because Hay-on-Wye is someplace I want to visit someday) and Sgt. Major's album Rich, Creamery Butter, all from revme and his supremely good taste.

I gave Vogon some kitchen tools and a bag of Trader Joe's sesame glazed walnuts. If there's anything he wants he just buys it for himself, so I tried to find a few things he might like and went with it.

Biko received a short crinkle tunnel, a blue and white snowflake-print Kitten Mitten® and an assortment of small cat toys (balls, bouncers, mice, etc.). A pink felt mouse from the assortment appears to be the clear favorite so far.
Tags: 394.264_holidays, 616.212_sinusitis, 640.73_shopping, 648_housekeeping, 779_photographs, 917_north_american_travel

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