I love that line from John Hughes classic, Sixteen Candles! It’s so funny, awesome and can be used for so many things. I used it as my title because I wanted to update you on what’s been happening this year so far. First of all, how the hell did we get through the 00’s so fast and enter a whole new decade? Crazy!!
January has been good so far. Every year starts well for me because the first day of it is always my birthday. This year was the best birthday celebration yet! On the 1st Hubby and I were joined by sixteen friends and family at Macaroni Grill for a nice dinner and then we had them all over to the house for dessert and games. Hubby had asked me what I wanted my cake to be and I asked for cupcakes from my Martha Stewart Cupcake Book. He made German Chocolate & Hummingbird Cupcakes and they were delish. Half the group left by 9:00pm and the rest of us played Beatles Rockband (thanks Mom & Dad!) followed by Taboo. That was hilarious!
So to continue the birthday celebration, Hubby took me to Walt Disney World and on the Disney Cruise. We had invited a ton of friends and family to meet us there and had sent out the flyer/invite in our Christmas cards two years ago but with the recession that didn’t really work out the way we had hoped. We still had a very special time with those that were able to go, which were Hubby’s folks, his sis and her family and his bro’s family. We missed my bro-in-law who due to his deployment wasn’t able to go with us. We had a fabulous time playing our roles of aunt and uncle to our three nephews and two nieces. What fun they are! Except for the chilling temperatures in Orlando and the rain and cold weather on the Disney island Castaway Cay, we had a really great trip.
Meanwhile, back at home, Rocky was at a pet retreat where his dermatitis wasn’t healing as we had hoped. With the dry, freezing air here in the DC area this winter (except right now, with daytime temps in the low sixties) poor Rocky developed a deep dermatitis. It is pretty nasty and on his chin and lower lips but seems to finally be healing a bit. He is on a steroid, antibiotics, Benadryl, vitamins and a cooling gel to sooth the itch topically but to prevent him from scratching, you guessed it, he has to wear “the cone of shame.” Poor Pooh Bear! He’s been wearing it for a month now and has come to accept it. Sometimes his sores bleed a little though and he has a disgusting habit of licking the inside of the cone, like he pulls his head back so he can lick the surface of plastic under his chin if we haven’t noticed the dried blood there and cleaned it first. EEEWWWWW!!!!!! I KNOW! Here’s a pic of him from the other day when he was laying in the big chair in the sun. It looks like he’s waiting for the artist to set up the easel and start to paint his nude portrait or something. When I showed this pic to Hubby he almost teared up he was laughing so hard. Rocky cracks us up!!
So, since returning from our trip I have had an awful cough and cold that unfortunately I passed on to Hubby and he’s in the midst of it now. I have felt better for a few days now so I have been able to use my big Christmas present from Hubby. My craft table from Potter Barn!! Now I have longed for this particular piece of furniture for at least four years and I still can’t believe that it’s in our house and in my craft room now but it is. I am sooooo LUCKY to have such a generous husband. He checked in on my last night while I was making my thank you cards for my birthday gifts and he exclaimed, “You’ve got a craft room!” It’s pretty cool. Here are a couple of pics of it. I love that I can just leave the room in the middle of working and not have to clean it up like I did when I used the kitchen table for card making and sewing when we lived in Memphis and Okinawa.
Besides reading this year I will be working in here and happy as a clam about it. Now I just have to finish arranging my office and the books on the shelves and I’ll be all set. I might alphabetize my books by author. Since I have so many it might make it nicer when looking for something. Do you have your books in an order of some kind or are they just there waiting for you to pick then when looking for your next read?