Hello and welcome to this millennium’s episode of Catching Up With Tess. Things have been non-stop crazy since we got back, of course, so I’m only going to be able to remember a few things we’ve done. But I will dress it up with some pretty things and some links, and we’ll be all caught up. Mmmkay?
My gosh, I missed this town while I was gone. In fact, I still feel like I miss it since I haven’t been away from my desk much since we’ve been back. The quickly-thinning calendar plucked us out of the airplane and spun me right to work with:
- Name-changing. Nothing says “I was supposed to rest these couple of days but I’m running errands instead” better than running errands. Name-change errands, to be specific. How I long for a day when errands will not need to be run in person, and everything can be done online in 5 minutes, freeing up the extra hour you would have spent in the DMV for activities such as croquet, video games, or learning Greek. Anyway, henceforth I shall be known as “Mrs. Daniel Shebaylo,” or “Mrs. Shebaylo,” or “Tess Shebaylo.” So far so good, though the signature is probably hard to get used to for any person getting a new name when they’re almost 30. Luckily, for those of you who bristle at the first sign of change (I sympathize because I am one of you, usually cat-like in my hatred of a change to my routine), “Tess” still works too. And “Dixon” still works if you’re Kathryn.
When we landed in Richmond we had less than three days to come up with this. And of course, being the Halloween lover that I am, I was acutely aware of this fact and it was stressing me out. Thankfully everything came together effortlessly, Sweeney Todd with his razor and Mrs. Lovett with her meat pie. The usual Oregon Hill festivities took place, and we ended the evening with an amazing party at Dave and Kristin’s, where Phil owned everybody with his Robot E. Lee costume.
- Work. They say that going on vacation doesn’t really help to make a person feel rested, because when they get back from vacation they have to work twice as hard to catch up. This is true. I have only just now gotten caught up with my responsibilities at work, but luckily the folks at the temple are sweethearts and the most gracious co-workers in the universe, and they probably figured it would take me a while to dig myself out of the confusion. And now my desk is clear, I’m keeping up with things, and ready to take it all on again.
- Thank-you notes. I addressed and stamped all the necessary envelopes, and then chipped away at the pile of thank-yous to be written. It took a few days, and Dan did help out a lot, and it felt so good to be done with the last official wedding to-do. Things look pretty good on the other side of the wedding…there are a lot of things I can’t wait to get back to…
- Chores. You turn your back for five minutes, and things get gross. I think our cats are determined to get little pieces of broken kibble into every crevice of our old, splintery house. We have one of those old houses that never really looks clean, no matter how hard you scrub it. So I settle for EXTREME ORGANIZATION. Which always wins. Still, it takes a lot of time. When I’m doing chores, I’m stressing that I’m not writing or hot-gluing.
- RVANews. It takes me forever to get the articles I write for RVANews done, but it’s because of being a slacker and a procrastinator…once I get rolling, of course, they come very quickly. Anyway, since it’s hard to battle writer’s block at the last minute, I try to stay ahead on my articles. I’ve been VERY behind lately, though, so I spent several days’ free-time on that stuff last week and now I’m at least caught up. Look for more of the same Richmond Proper goodness, as well as an upcoming holiday Etsy guide!
- Soup. I love fall vegetables and couldn’t wait to start cooking with them again. And I also love making a big pot of soup and eating it for lunch for the next two weeks. So I made a delicious acorn squash and pumpkin soup the other night and we all loved it, and now I’m armed for the cold with my containers full of soup. Except that today it’s 70 degrees. FAIL.
We finally watched the movie Metropolis, which is a silent film classic. It was very good, and made us go “what the HECK?!” a million times, like all almost-a-century-old films should.
This weekend: New Moon and my 10-year high school reunion. And maybe Megadeth (fingers SO crossed) if we get out of there early enough. I am one happy girl. Although I do live in fear that if we miss Megadeth, a certain redhead will show up at my door in the middle of the night, demanding my Biggest Fan card back. The horror!
Some long-lost links…
- Guys, really. TIGHTS ARE NOT PANTS.
- Zounds, I’ve been INTERVIEWED!
- Spats: it seems wrong that I still don’t have them, doesn’t it?
- Adoring these font-lovers’ note cards.
- I’ve been watching a lot of Enter Kazoo Man. No big deal.
- I knew it.
- I agree with Phil. I like life’s simple pleasures.
- Interesting to hear a different perspective on “fair trade.”
- Hooray for personal style! I don’t believe that everybody should dress like me, but that they should dress in a way that uniquely reflects their personality, or their story, as this article puts it. Down with the mass-produced uniform!
- Congrats to my girl Casey for making it into Style’s Top 40 Under 40.
- LBH: some of these bachelor/bachelorette party ideas are lame, but most are cool, and you can at least save yourself the embarrassment with not being able to come up with something less trashy than the usual. Plus, being productive and learning a new skill never hurt anyone.
- Colonial Williamsburg’s photo collection: now online. Go forth, and never be bored again, fellow historyphiles. I’m sure I’ll be mentioning more about this later.
- Oops, I just blogged about Star Wars twice in one go. At least it was for a good cause.
- I have a pack of unused doilies and am feeling inspired by Courtney’s post…