It's an honor just to be nominated... It tickles me to no end that I won a JenLa Best of 2004 award in the Best Family Stories, Please Adopt Us! category. They wrote, "Seriously, don't you wish Vicki was your mom?" That humors me because 1) when I was little and people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd always say, "A mom," 2) my own mom says that I'm often more like the mother than she is (that's part of a longer family story) and that she sometimes defers to me as if I were her mother (I'm sure there's a story there, too, or at least some psychology), and 3) I really do enjoy being a mom, I love my girls, and apparently it shows. I've made my acceptance speech at the JenLa blog and I'm starstruck to be in the illustrious company of other
members of the academy award-winners.
This is what it looks like to be stuck in a hotel room, watching The History Channel, while waiting for van repairs when you were supposed to be on the road, heading to Gulf Shores. They did swing by Gulf Shores and Kiln, MS, too, as you can see. The kids said that there were lots of folks honking when they posed for the picture in Kiln. They finally made it to New Orleans and, even though tired, spent a little time on Bourbon Street -- shopping and taking pictures. They met up with their grandpa (DH's dad) and a good time was had by all.
They stopped in at work on Friday at 10 a.m. on their way home and Maddy went right over to pick up Mickey. That was one happy little dog! That evening (after naps) we had our 6th Annual New Year's Eve get-together with friends and family who brought way too much food and, you know, once that bubbly starts flowing... let's just say that I really like it! This is a tradition that began on New Year's Eve 1999 -- we had a fire in the pit in the ravine, shot off fireworks in the snow, and waited for the lights to go out and ensuing chaos which, of course, never happened. It was pretty windy this year, so we didn't do the fire; our guests weren't all that disappointed -- in fact, I think one of them wanted to kiss me when he heard the news!
That 1999 New Year's Eve was something else -- remember all the coverage of celebrations around the world and how beautiful they all were? DH's brother called from the west coast that morning and I got the word, excitedly, to "Turn on TBS." So I did. "The Andy Griffith Show" was on and, while I've always liked that show, I wasn't really sure what Andy, Opie & Aunt Bea were doing on that New Year's Eve morning that was supposed to be so exciting. Oh, he meant PBS and the celebrations being televised!
We had a very lazy New Year weekend. A little baking to start the new year, eating lots of left-overs, watching a little football -- and knitting! I worked a little on my mitten, but I'm still not even finished with the cuff. I wound up all the blue Merino Aran and started the cardigan again. I have 7 inches of the back done -- I would have more, but I had one false start. I also spent one of the gift cards I received for Christmas and there are a couple of books on the way -- The Plot Against America for Knit One Read Two and Folk Knitting in Estonia for fun!
I wish you all a very happy new year and look forward to both new and continuing friendships in the knitblog world.