- Googling the game Zoom Schwartz Pifigliano after seeing it mentioned in one of my old scrapbook journals. We played it at day camp. And Buzz. Those were fun games. Why don't we play those anymore?
- Copying the poem Animal Crackers for jackiejj. My mom used to read that to me, along with the poems about the Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat, and the Sugarplum Tree, and Over in the Meadow, and the little girl with the little curl right in the middle of her forehead.
- Reading a chapter from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator to Martin.
- Watching the glee with which my children brushed their teeth this morning because of their New! Magic! COLOR-CHANGING!! toothbrushes. Plastics technology rocks!
Yesterday was a happy-mail-dance day. All that mail that was held during our trip arrived at once in a big envelope, and there were 2 little envelopes inside and they were for me! One was an absolutely stunning amethyst pendant wrapped in curling silver wire that I special ordered from the incredibly talented Kythryne Aisling at Wearable Sculpture; my early birthday present for myself. In addition, she included a lovely and completely unexpected pair of amethyst earrings! My thanks to chimeraesque for the recommendation to her site. I'm so pleased and I can't wait to wear it. :)
The other envelope for me was a copy of bluepoppy's book! It's a breezy and extremely readable book about feng shui for college students living in dorm rooms, and I wish I'd had a copy when I was in college, although to be fair, I'm a bit skeptical of the whole feng shui thing, or at least skeptical of the extremes to which I've heard some people enthuse about it. Regardless, a great deal of it seems to be common sense, and since there's a sad lack of that these days, I'm all for anything that genuinely helps people better themselves and their space. While I was reading it, I found myself thinking a few things. One: that I seemed to have been already intuitively incorporating a great deal of balance in my surroundings, according to the basic principles of feng shui. Two: that I wanted to know more and find out how the elements described in the book for small one-room living situations apply to large sprawling ranch-style houses like ours. Then I stopped halfway through and scribbled a list of things I wanted to improve and do during the next 2 weeks. This morning, I picked the book up again before I got out of bed and finished reading it, and then I jumped up, energized, and CLEANED THE WHOLE DAMN HOUSE. Bluepoppy! You sneaky thing!