have you guys seen this yet? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/angeliatrinidad/passion-planner-the-one-place-for-all-your-thought?
not that this kickstarter needs my help, having already raised 38 times its goal, but you know. this is the kind of thing that is almost embarrassingly my jam. when i lived in boston, i went to bob slate (an awesome independent office supply shop) literally everyday. i bought several times my body weight in various notebooks, planners, journals, & specialty paper craft supplies. i actually imposed a notebook moratorium on myself a few years ago, because i have literally milk crates full of blank or mostly-blank notebooks. (they’ve come in very handy now that ramona is getting obsessed with paper.)
i don’t really have a great need for a planner at this point in my life, since i am no longer involved in all kinds of collective projects with meetings & shifts, etc etc, but i could very well make an exception for this one. i’m such a sucker for stuff like this.
anyway. an update on my back: my doctor is thinking torn trapezius muscle &/or pinched nerve. she wrote me a prescription for more vicodin (without making me feel like a pill hound, which i appreciated), but i haven’t needed them yet. i’m still far from fully recovered, but i’m feeling much better compared to a week ago. i’ve been taking it easy, not doing any sewing (*sob*), & i saw my massage therapist yesterday. she’s really a miracle worker. she always gives me extra time on the table if we find a spot that needs a lot of extra attention (& is tipped accordingly). i swear, i walked out of there feeling four inches taller.
but i’m feeling nervous about doing any more big sewing projects when i don’t have an appropriate cutting area. i don’t know for sure that sewing is what caused this (my 40-pound toddler could also be a culprit), but i never really had a lot of problems with my shoulders before i started sewing in earnest. (then again, i didn’t get into sewing until i had a baby, so…)
jared is supportive of my quest for a good sewing/cutting table. i’m really fortunate to have a dedicated sewing space already, especially given how small our house is. i know a lot of people are working on their kitchen tables & having to clear everything away for meals three times a day. i have a big folding table in the living room. but my dream is to replace it with a cutting table of an appropriate height & a sewing table that my sewing machine fits into, since mine is pretty lightweight & tends to skitter all over the table while i’m sewing.
i was looking at the tutorial for a d.i.y. cutting table that was posted on the closet case files blog some months ago (aside: i still think that is a really strange name for a blog; apparently she means, like, the case files of a closet, not the files of a closet case, which would perhaps be more the more entertaining read), but i don’t want something that big. i don’t have space for something that big. maybe i can scale it down? or get jared to scale it down? but i’m also not sure i have the space for a big d.i.y. building project like that, & with winter right around the corner, we can’t count on doing it outside.
speaking of winter, today was the first snow. i actually took a walk in it (i’ve been trying to go for a walk everyday to make up for how little i get myself to the pool). it wasn’t really sticking yet, so it was nice. i started feeling all christmas-y, which is funny, since my family was never big on christmas when i was a kid & i never really got into it as an adult. now that we have ramona though, i kind of want to go balls-out for christmas. like, make a wreath, get a tree, make cookies, cut out paper snowflakes, try to teach ramona the value of giving or whatever. we did do the whole tree thing a few times when i was kid & i remember how good it smelled & how kind of thrilling it was to see the lights twinkling against the garlands.
(un?)fortunately, we travel every year for christmas, to see jared’s family. the one exception was 2012. christmas was about four weeks before my due date, so we were already planning to stay put that year. my doctor didn’t want me going out of state in my last month. & then, of course, ramona was born at the end of november & spent most of december in the NICU. she was released on christmas eve (best present ever!), but obviously that was really too late to go get a tree or do anything much besides maybe drink a little egg nog (which i love & jared hates). so jared made a tree by draping a green apron over a broom & sticking a lobster claw-shaped oven mitt on top as a “star”.
of course, having a guaranteed reason to go to boston every year is great! & seeing jared’s family is even more fun now that we have ramona. she loves them, they love her, & i love watching people coo over her. (if that’s wrong, i don’t want to be right.) ramona found a picture of santa claus recently & started calling it “grampy,” since her grampy actually does have white hair & a beard. now she asks for it everyday by saying, “grampy! grampy!”
& being in boston for christmas is twice as great. it’s kind of a christmas-y city. it’s just all snowy (usually–we did have one very mild december there in 2011) & densely populated so you get to see so many lights & wreaths. & probably a big part of it is spending time with jared’s family. that family time just feels christmas-y to me now. i’m not really close to my own family & spent most of my adulthood being grumpy about the holidays because everything was closed & my friends were all out of town & it was boring. (one thanksgiving, i went to maine to see my friends jessika rae. thanksgiving day was super-cold & you know. we were punks. we weren’t going to celebrate some imperialist genocidal “holiday”. jessika rae’s boyfriend said, “i really want coffee. i wish the coffeeshop was open. i mean, don’t get me wrong. i’m an anarchist. i wish everything was closed everyday. but i really want some coffee right now.”)
anyway, ramona is getting grumpy & demanding lunch, & this post really veered off in a weird, unexpected direction.