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Yarn, Cars and Dinners, Oh, My!

You may be wondering why I haven't posted much in the way of "substance" lately, and I can tell you that there are a lot of reasons. I have to confess that not all of them are good reasons, but there are a lot of them. And because I, myself, am feeling a bit disjointed and scattered, this blog post is... well... disjointed and scattered.

So first of all, I have this rule that I use every year about this time. Basically, the idea is that I have to finish all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving, and it has to be shipped by December 9th. Mostly, this is because ALL of our family lives a long way away and we have to ship everything and UPS won't guarantee delivery before Christmas on anything shipped after that. But there's also the issue of the malls in this particular part of the country. Namely, you shouldn't enter a shopping establishment of any size after Thanksgiving without riot gear. Seriously.

What does this have to do with yarn and cars and dinner, you ask? Well, not so much with the cars (Sorry. No one's getting a car from me for Christmas), and I'd be happy to buy you dinner if you come visit. But this does have much to do with yarn. Unless you've been sleeping for the last several months, you know that I've taken to knitting... pretty much constantly for the last 6 months or so, churning out random things that various people (or dogs) ask for. And just recently, I decided to knit some of my gifts to people because, well, who doesn't like hand-knitted goods? I'm not going to tell you what I'm making, and I'm not going to tell you who it's for, but I thought this was a good indicator of the amount of knitting I have before me:

On Thursday of last week, I climbed in my car to drive to work and discovered my car was acting funny. I hoped it was just being slow to wake up, and tried to drive it, only to discover, about a mile down the road, that it wasn't shifting out of first gear. So I headed back home and begged the hubby for a ride to work, during which I called my mechanic and scheduled an appointment. Long story short, they didn't have the part, so they kept my car all weekend, and I got it back Monday evening. I missed my car while it was gone...

So, Saturday was our 6th wedding anniversary. On one hand, I can't believe it's been that long, and on the other hand, it feels like this is the way it's always been. :) I happened to mention to a friend at work about our anniversary and it ended up that there was a guy who knew a guy whose brother owns this really ritzy restaurant. So I made reservations. And didn't tell the hubby about these plans until a couple hours before we left. I only told him then because he had to drive and because I could tell from his face that it was making him crazy not to know.

We went to dinner and it was REALLY nice. Had a vegetarian tasting menu with paired wine selections. Fancy! Seriously, though, I now understand what the right pairing of wine with food can do. I've never been much of a wine drinker - prefer the harder stuff, myself - but that was amazing. When the dust had settled, the bill was a bit... okay... a LOT more than I expected, but it was really good food and it's not like we do this kind of thing all the time. I expect we'll go back at some point when we're needing to celebrate something else.

So that's what's happened lately. I apologize if it's not the most eloquent or humorous telling, but I'm still trying to kick this stupid cold and it's making me generally cranky and not good with the storytelling.

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