Work is continuing as normal. Well, normal for December, anyway. I'm a week behind on web invoicing, but caught up in everything else. I'll catch up, though. I always do.
Thursday evening last week I went to the midnight showing of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with Matt, finari
, and narkeys
. We weren't going to show up until 15 minutes to movie start because we didn't want to wait out in the cold; however, when narkeys
called at 10pm and said that they let him in the theater and he was already sitting, Matt and I decided to head over and keep him company. I had lots of fun sitting and chatting, as always before a midnight show. As for the movie itself, I loved it.
Friday Matt and I went to our church Christmas party. He volunteered to bring some Thai desert, so he brought sweet sticky rice and coconut custard. Mmm. Heh. People either loved it or hated it. Funnily enough, the people who have milk or wheat allergies were so excited to see a desert with neither that they fell on it like piranhas. I still adore
the stuff. And now that I know how easy it is to make, I may be wheedling Matt to make some on a regular basis.
Saturday morning, Matt went in to the shop to work on some things for friends. I stayed home and straightened up the living room. Didn't quite make it to any other rooms, but at least the first room in the house is presentable again. Saturday evening, I dressed up in my 1860 dress and went to Dallas with Mom, Dad, and Matt for Candlelight at Old City Park. I had lots of fun, and since I wore enough layers under the dress, I miraculously did not get cold. ^_^ Matt snapped a few pictures... If I look good in them, I'll upload them to our website. :P
Sunday was normal, plus we relaxed all day and got extra sleep since both of us were feeling a bit under the weather. Monday was normal with work in the day and WoW in the evening.
Tuesday evening I chilled with finari
, chatting and watching movies. I really enjoy our walks, too. After that, I stayed up way too late reading Washington's General
and am paying for it today. If I hadn't brought the hound to work with me, I think I'd be way too tempted to curl up on his comfy cushion for a nap. I don't regret it, even though I still haven't finished the book. I'm closer, though, and have to finish it by Saturday when Mom comes over to pick up the Lex, who will be spending most of the day with me. Whee!! :D Um. Hrm. I think I need to child-proof some stuff. He's walking now, I think. Heh.
Difficulties with our trip to Ireland are finally wrapping up. It involved Matt contacting eBay, some other mediator, and the LAPD, but it's finally getting settled. Apparently once you pass the $2000 mark for a purchase on eBay, it becomes a serious, prosecuting-level fraud, which is nice to know. The travel agency is now being very communicative and conciliatory. Hah. So now it's looking like our trip will be in May. I have my renewed passport, now I just need to get that paperwork for the international driver's license.
I need to clean out the garage, and I'm finally feeling that urge again. I've been toying with the idea of converting it to a hobby area with one wall for Matt's things, and the other wall for my stuff. It wouldn't be a true garage conversion, as I don't want to actually not have a garage, but just move all the stuff there, make it habitable, and perhaps add a window and a window AC unit for summer... I think it's do-able. Now it just needs the doing.
My hound is sleeping on his cushion beside me, on his back, with his deep, narrow ribcage up and legs sprawled. He is in a right lead, too, which is particularly adorable. Ever since the Mama-san incident at the top of the stairs, he always stops at the shop door for a sniff. Just in case, I guess. I am always right behind him, though. Just in case.
We've also found a new game, one that I'd heard about others playing with their greyhounds and have long wanted to try. It involves a plastic grocery bag tied on the end of a long stick and then pulled around like a rabbit-sized lure. I now know why my hound flunked racing school. His prey drive is strong, but he knows that bag isn't prey, so he only chases it when he
feels like chasing it. He's also smart. He won't just chase it in circles. He sometimes waits for it to come around to him and then makes his lunge, or other times he'll cut across the arc and go straight for it.
I have found one way to entice him into the chase, though. I "sneak" the bag up behind him while he's distracted or pretending to be aloof, and flick him on the hind quarters with the rustling plastic, and then pull it quickly away. Oh, he is so
offended by that! Heh. He does a 180 bounce and off he goes. Once he actually growled when he lunged for it, and proceeded to chase the bag with great
enthusiasm. When he finally caught it, he tore it off the stick and carried it triumphantly to his corner of the yard. He then proceeded to shred the bag into little, tiny pieces, viciously shaking each piece before dropping it and tearing into the bag again.
I was laughing so hard I could barely stand.