It’s a new semester, and a new year. I have two new roommates again (one of them remained the same, one changed, and we added a fourth this semester), and a new schedule of classes, as well as a bunch of new commitments (in addition to Bible Study, I’m doing a once a week Hosea Study over the phone with my bf, I’m becoming more regularly involved with my department’s service work at a local homeless shelter, I’m helping Oceanic Tongues prepare material for – and will be flying out to help them present it at – the Listen to the Silence Conference next week, and I’m working on getting a summer job, for which all of my options involve unusually extensive application processes…)
I have a huge backlog of photos that I’d like to post from the break, but as I’m already in hyperdrive mode with the amount of work I have to do, I’ll only be posting intermittently in the next few weeks – whenever I feel so led.
The holidays were wonderful. It was awesome to have three FULL weeks of break, and my bf came and visited my family for a whole week, so we got to spend lots of quality time together. I took him to Philadelphia’s historic district and Chinatown, and we visited the USS New Jersey, the city war memorials, and the Franklin Institute (which has an awesome new Narnia exhibit). My grandmother was extremely happy to have three kids in the house to eat her cooking. My mom tells me that she loves it when I’m home because I have the biggest appetite out of everyone in our family – yes, I even eat more than my athlete brother – and Grandma feels that the quantity of food one consumes is directly proportional to its deliciousness. You can imagine how delighted she was to have D and his big appetite around! There were feasts practically every night! 🙂 I also got to spend lots of time just hanging out with my family, and catching up with old friends. My parents took me shopping, and to the bookstore, I played music with my brother, and I pitched in at my dad’s business for a few days. My friend L and I took an awesome day trip to Longwood Gardens to photograph the flowers, fountains, and Christmas lights, and I was also able to grab lunch and coffee with my friend B before I left.
I got absolutely no writing done (just some revision here and there). My brain needed the break. As a result, I spent a lot of free hours leafing through cookbooks, baking, reading prose instead of poetry (for a change), and (in the days leading up to Christmas, at least), crafting.
Here are the handmade gifts that I gave out this season
For my roommates…
…Cute makeup pouches from Etsy seller OpheliaMiller, into each of which I tucked coordinating Swarovski crystal jewelry sets that I made myself, American chocolate (holiday Kit-Kat), and felt flower brooches with crystal centers, which I made after being inspired by this tutorial.
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For my mom, an Auntie (close family friend), and one of my mom’s colleagues (after seeing the photos of the brooches I made for my roommates, my mom “commissioned” two: one for her, and one for her friend)…
…More felt and crystal flower pins. These were a little more elaborate than the ones I made for N & M. If you look closely at the center of the red poppy, you’ll notice that I did some embroidery on the petals, as well.
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For my dad, a chemist whose company’s product is used to monitor the health of dairy cows…
…a Scientist Cow painting (on a miniature 4″x6″ canvas; in acrylics).
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For my boyfriend (a gamer who just moved into his first apartment)…
…a throw pillow shaped like an Xbox 360 controller (I snuck a little applique’d heart on the back – I know I always say that I’m “allergic” to sappiness, which is why I don’t write him love letters, but sometimes I can’t help throwing a little cheese into the equation, in spite of myself).
That’s enough for now. I’ll save the food and Longwood Gardens photos for a later post.
And oh, yes. The bf also gave me a copy of Adobe Creative Suite for Christmas (!), so I’m going to try and do more careful post-processing from now on. My albums will still be housed online at Picasa, however.
Now, off to attempt some work…