Yummy, yummy, yummy chocolate! It is soooo good. I was savoring it last night as I was holding a screaming baby and watching Martha Stewart's Apprentice at 1:30 am (but that's a whole 'nother story...).
Then, today, on my way out the door to pick Sydney up from school, I found two more little packages waiting for me! I was already late, so as much as it killed me, I had to wait until I got home to tear into them.
The first was ANOTHER little sumpin' sumpin' from my lovely SP6.
The Fiber Trends felted clogs pattern! Yahoo! This solves my dilemma over the Conwys. I'm going to make Sydney's teacher & assistant clogs for Christmas! That way, there's no unanswered questions about why I asked for their foot sizes. Plus, who wouldn't want a pair of felted clogs? Since you just wear them around the house, there's no worry about fashion tastes. Plus it gives me an excuse to buy more yarn at Lint on Monday...I think I'm going to use Lamb's Pride for these babies since I was so happy with how it felted up for Spork.
As if that wasn't enough, I got a package of good stuff from my Knitty Holiday SP. Check out this swag!
So, this little package o' goodies includes a cute little holiday bracelet, some body butter and peppermint foot cream (complete w/ pumice board) from the Body Shop, a book called "Tomorrow - Adventures In An Uncertain World" which is full of inspirational quotes acted out by really cute and amazing animal pictures, and three knitting-related items that each deserve their own sentences...
First, the 365 Knitting Stitches A Year perpetual calendar. Funny, I almost bought this for myself the other day! I love that it can be used over and over and over. Then, a little zippered bag that contained a wonderful circular needle that was hand-carved in Nepal. Too cool! I'm going to have to find something to knit up on a size 11 circ! And to top it all off, a ball of Knit Picks Ambrosia (which is baby alpaca and cashmere) in a lovely green color. Love it, love it, love it!
Thanks to all y'all who have been showering me with great gifts these past couple days! It is so much fun getting prezzies in the mail! It helps make up for the fact that the kids have been sick for over three weeks now and we've been trapped in the house. Owen got a fever last night (not sure from what) and didn't cry himself into exhausted sleep until 1:30 am. Poor little guy! Bill was kind enough to drive Sydney to school this morning even though Thursdays & Fridays are my days, which allowed Owen & I to sleep in until 10:30. That helped a little bit, but Owen's still cranky and feverish. I hate having sick kids!
I had another interesting "mommy experience" last night that made me think about the differences in my psyche now that I'm a mother. I was watching the Joy Luck Club, which I've seen a few times (and also read the book) but never since I had kids. If you've seen it, you might remember there's a horrible scene where Ying Ying drowns her baby son in order to punish her evil husband. I've seen this scene before, obviously, and it didn't really make much of an impact on me since I didn't remember it. But last night, it nearly made me throw up. I watched up to the point that she let go of him in the bath and the water covered his face - then I had to change the channel. I sobbed for about ten minutes while watching Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back (hoping that would take my mind off of it). It was just too horrifying.
It was interesting, too, that I felt so unsympathetic to a mother who would do that to her child. Most of you probably don't know that I suffered pretty severe post-partum depression after Sydney was born. I never felt the urge to hurt her, but I did entertain the thought of walking out the door and never coming back, at some points on a daily basis! I was convinced that I was such a horrible mother that Sydney & Bill would be better off without me around. That I was doing more harm than good by being there. Fortunately, Zoloft helped me get my life back in order before Owen was born (and here seems like a good place to insert a hearty "screw you" to Tom Cruise and his anti-antidepressant rants). Fortunately, I have to think really hard to remember what that kind of hopelessness and despair is like. My reaction to the movie last night made me realize how far I've come. Yay for Zoloft!
Finally, I want to apologize (again) for being lax in commenting lately. I am so #*&@#*$ busy these days that it's really hard. I do read you all in Bloglines, though! So don't feel too neglected! Bloglines is great, but I really wish you could comment right in there instead of having to click over to the blog. Oh, well - maybe someday!