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(Almost) Finished Room!

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Well, as usual, this room decorating project has taken me a lot longer than I expected. But it's almost, almost done, so I'll go ahead and get some pictures up.  Furniture rearranged. Walls and ceiling painted: coral and true white. Finished duvet cover and pillowcases. Christmas paper snowflakes hung!

Thankful

I didn't get on board with writing something I’m thankful for on every day in November. But here’s a list of things that have crossed my mind lately:  (In no particular order.) Finally having someone else in the family who wants to play games all the time. When I was about 8, I wanted to play games all the time. Now Ryland is in that phase and I’m enjoying playing games with him. Dutch Blitz is our favorite right now. Warmth. So I hate being cold. Absolutely hate it. I've always felt that way, but now that I've traveled to tropical climates, it’s even worse.  I’m dreading the rest of fall and winter and wishing for sunshine. Also, hating socks and being cold is a terrible combination. I drove by a homeless man the other day and his cardboard sign mentioned being cold. It made me really sad. Living in a place where there are a lot of people standing on corners, I’m kind of calloused about it. (And I have mixed feelings about giving them money.)  But I was just thin

Fall Knitting

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The weather is started to get a bit chilly, which means I'm feeling more inspired to knit. I finished this scarf for my mom in teal bamboo silk yarn. I made it much longer than the pictures you can see on Ravelry. I'll take some pictures soon. It hasn't quite been cold enough for scarves yet! After figuring out how dolls work while I was in Haiti, I've started on geeky fangirl project. I don't have all the yarn I need for it yet, and I'm broke, so it's kind of on hold. But I promise it will be awesome! I saw this lovely sweater in the window at American Eagle the other day, and I'm trying to duplicate it fairly closely out of the leftover light blue wool from the toddler weiner dog sweater I made. I've already messed it up and had to start over twice, so we'll see how it goes. It's just feathers and fans mixed with drop stitches, but this is the first time I've done either of those plus I started it a few sizes to big the first ti

Room Teaser

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After five years of living in this house and almost a year since I "undecorated" my room , I finally made some progress. Before I left for Haiti, I picked up fabric for a duvet and pillows. Last weekend was I used loosely followed this tutorial I found on Pinterest and got it done. This week I made a couple trips to the store and picked a color and we painted my room over the weekend. That means I'm almost done decorating my room. This week I still need to make some pillows, paint the nightstand, get the pictures up on the walls and do a few other little projects. I'll take some nice photos (Sorry, these are terrible phone pics again.) and give the full reveal when it's done, hopefully next week! I gathered up all the stuff I've been collecting to decorate with. I've got a little bit of something for each of my trips up there! (Travel/Decorating tip: Postcards make great, cheap souvenirs that you can turn into wall art!) I love my comfy comfor

The Lion King

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I had so much to say about The Lion King I made it a separate post. You can see my entire NYC post here . The Minskoff Theatre itself was rather lovely. We had great seats; the front row of the balcony right in the center. We didn’t have to deal with anyone’s heads and we could see everything because we were up a little high, but not too far back.  Drums! The show was so good that I cried for the first few songs. Rafiki (who is a woman in the stage show) started and some other singers came up in our part of the audience and then all the amazing puppet animals came in. The gazelles and birds were probably my favorite in that scene. There was an amazing fabric sun and then Pride Rock rotated out of the stage. All of the production design is just stunning. There was a great scene where all the dancers had these huge grass platforms on their heads and were basically portraying the grass.  Madame Tussaud's wax figure of Rafiki in the lobby.  Everyone was s

The City That Never Sleeps

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By the time I got through immigration, got my bag, and went through customs, Mom and Peace were waiting for me in the terminal. They were a lot more tired than I was, having started their day around 4am, and flown cross country. At least the time difference works in their favor. All the changes of pressure had given me an earache though, and we still had a long way to go to get to our hotel. We stopped for bathroom break and a water bottle and then hauled our bags up and down several escalators and elevators, including one broken escalator, to get to the air train that goes in between the terminals in the Newark airport. From the air train we had to get on the real train to get to Penn Station. (I had hoped we would be able to see Grand Central, but it didn’t work out that way.) From Penn Station it was a 12 block walk to Times Square. We made it about as far as 34 th St, (where we saw Macy’s) and then opted for catching a cab. That was definitely the craziest cab driver we ha