This year I thought I'd go back (way, way back) to posting some fun(?) life updates with all my favorite phone photos from the week. Mostly because I'm too disorganized to fit all this stuff in separate posts. ::shameless grin::
Starting with the highlight: I got to see my favorite show at Universal three more times!
Celestina Warbeck and the Bashees put on "Nothing Like A Holiday Spell" for Christmas, and I am obnoxiously in love with it. (Here's my favorite song.)
The crowds were intense - even worse than the week between Christmas and New Year's! - but I gotta say, all the extra people made watching the show more fun. So much hooting and hollering and singing along - you could tell the performers were eating it up.
Check out the "snow" in all these sunbeams, so pretty:
And one more beauty shot from around Diagon Alley:
I've been playing with a new photo app called Pixaloop, check this out:
You can animate parts of the photo, add snow or rain, and you can replace the sky, which blows my mind. I edited this in Snapseed, which is still my favorite app, but then I added the sky and snow in Pixaloop. The free options are limited, but it's really fun! (This isn't sponsored or anything, just thought I'd share.)
In less photogenic news, MY HOUSE IS A DISASTER.
But at least the Christmas stuff is packed up.
Yes, we shrink-wrap our trees. It makes life so much easier.
So happy to have my pass-through back!
Since this was a FAQ: We had over a dozen people claim the gingerbread entry, but sadly nothing panned out. No one seemed to realize just how big it was (one person wanted to pick it up with a minivan!) or they wanted it for their kids' playroom, which wouldn't be safe. (This was built for display, not wear-and-tear.) So this was the end of the line for it, I'm afraid.
All was not lost, though: the House mascot cookies went to loving, nerdy homes, and John carefully took the entry apart to save all the wood for future projects. Oh, and we kept the big peppermint swirl and sticks. :)
We spent the weekend trying to get the house back in order, because hoo BOY what a mess:
(The ceiling lights are staying for now.)
One hilarious tragedy: in my zealous post-Christmas purge I accidentally gave away half the stuff that went on those shelves under the fake fireplace, because I flat forgot they were there. Oops. By the time John raced back to the thrift store to buy them back, all but one vase was gone, ha.
That's OK, though: I have plenty of steampunky stuff to make up the difference.
Speaking of my post-Christmas purge, I'm going to be giving away more stuff to you guys in 2019, so buckle up. John and I are still working out the logistics, but I already have a big box of former projects with your name on it, and ultimately I want to be making lots more to give away.
The house has been such a struggle for me this week, so it's nice to see a little progress. I've been feeling rough for nearly a month now, back to near-constant stomach aches and reflux even though I'm still on strict Low Fodmap. I lost two days in bed this week, just exhausted and hurting, bleh. I tell ya, Low Fodmap works for me most of the time, but as soon as I trip up even a little - or have an especially painful cycle - it takes weeks to get back to normal. So frustrating.
This was sweet, though:
John asked me what meal I missed the most, and when I said "spaghetti" he spent the whole next afternoon buying all the stuff and cooking it for me.
Unfortunately I was hurting again by the next day - no idea what the culprit was, as usual - but dang, that was good spaghetti. (Pro Tip: Barilla makes the best GF pasta!)
I did have a big Adulting day this week: got my first eye exam since 2010 (which I only know because I wrote a funny post back then here on Epbot, ha), went to the chiropractor, and then I went... ::shudder::... clothes shopping.
I feel like there was a time when I liked clothes shopping, but those times, like my patience for high-waisted shorts, are long gone. Why do all the yoga pants have elastic ankles now? What happened to all the non-polyester tops? And why, for the love of Stay Puft, are there only 6 skirts in the entire store? Do people not WEAR skirts anymore?? (Yes, I'm basing my opinion of all available clothing items from a single visit to Ross. WHUT.)
Still, I think this Hufflepuff dress is kinda cute:
Plus there was this:
Although I didn't buy it. I know, I know: my shame is great.
And finally, because I love you guys, please enjoy the photo I sent John from the dressing room after our hushed argument over what size jeans I wear. It turns out John was right, I *do* err on the side/size of too big:
I could have fit a basketball in those pants with me, if I'd had one.
(Back in MY day, jeans didn't stretch and were always too small. ::shakes cane::)