Can you believe that this is the last Friday of January? What happened to this month? I guess I must have blinked. I need to stop doing that. Friday also means Friday Fragments time – I love the opportunity to purge my fragmented mind each week thanks to our lovely hostess, Mrs. 4444’s.
I’ve been so busy with racking and bottling wine this week that I still haven’t made any attempt to take down the Christmas tree. It has no decorations on it, so it’s just a giant tree in our living room. With lights. Princess Nagger wants me to keep it up and put Valentine’s Day decorations on it, but I’m not sure I want to wait that long to get the monstrosity out of the living room. I’ll keep you posted.
Every 6th school day Princess Nagger’s class has “Library Day”. Right before the Christmas break she brought home two books – a Pteranodon one (of course!) and an Easter one. With the long-ish break, they were misplaced. She had two Library Days after the break where she was not allowed to check out any new books because she hadn’t returned the original ones. I finally found them right before the last Library Day so she was able to check out 2 new books (finally).
Good thing I found them – I started checking Amazon.com to see about getting replacements in case they never turned up, and one of them would have been $25.00 for a used one. I found them tucked in with the ginormous pile of papers of her first grade work that never seems to end. At this rate I’m going to need to buy a crate to put them all in if I decide to save them for prosperity. Princess Nagger was excited that she got to check out 2 new books – and of course they were both dinosaur ones.
I have a couple of “Thank You’s” that are overdue – first, Kristen the Goat sent me some of her Food magazines that she no longer needed – she had them wrapped up tightly in some cool paper that the post office tattered and destroyed, but luckily the band of paper she had to keep the magazines secure within the cool paper kept them from being scattered into no-man’s land at the post office. I particularly liked her note she wrote on the inside ‘band’:
Thank you, Kristen! These are going to be put to good use for sure!
I also am behind on a big Thank You to Yaya for sending Princess Nagger and I these beautiful scarves that she made herself:
Aren’t they cool? Well, I suppose I should say they’re warm! So soft and such a pretty color of purple. Since Princess Nagger’s favorite color is purple, she’s claimed them both for herself. But said I could borrow the bigger one if I want. I especially love the label Yaya added:
Thank you so much, Yaya! These will definitely get lots of use during this very cold weather!
The battle with our mail carrier is still continuing. I think she did end up getting in trouble over the whole not picking up a priority mail envelope from our mail box issue during the holidays. I’m guessing the loser postmaster also must have gotten in trouble for that – and our subsequent phone conversation – because this time when I filed a formal complaint online I didn’t get a snarky letter from the postmaster defending his (wrong) actions. Of course that means our mail carrier is pissed off at me even more, and it shows when she delivers any packages:
Instead of stacking them neatly on the end of our porch (as agreed) so it would be easy for us to retrieve since we don’t enter or exit the front door, we come around from the back. Standing next to the porch from that side, it’s about waist-high. On me. I watched her deliver the boxes above as I was keeping an eye out the window for the bus bringing Princess Nagger home from school.
The mail carrier stood at the edge of the porch and shoved the boxes across the porch, leaning as far over as she could to push them as far out of reach as possible. I thought about tapping on the window to scare her, but refrained. I think I need to ship out a bunch of (heavy) stuff just to make sure I put them on the porch out of her reach so she’d have to walk up the steps and haul them down, instead of leaving them neatly stacked on the end of the porch for her convenience like I normally do. Turnabout is fair play after all.
Princess Nagger Conversation of the Week:
Princess Nagger was playing with some empty carboys and air locks that I had set aside for the next round of wine making coming up.
Me: “What are you doing?”
Me: “Practicing what?”
PN: “Practicing making wine for when I’m old enough to help you.”
Me: “Oh, really? You plan to help me make wine when you’re old enough?”
PN: “Of course! But I need to practice first so I can do a good job, then maybe when I’m old enough you’ll let me do it all by myself.”
Me (laughing): “When you’re old enough, I’ll definitely teach you all about it, and then you can make some yourself.”
PN: “That’s the plan!”
If you’re just hanging out at home on Friday night (and blogging), feel free to join in on Ann’s Virtual Girl’s Night Out (boys are welcome, too!)