I’m baaaack… It was really nice to just relax and sponge off my parents for a couple of weeks. Lots of family time, playing with my nephew, teaching my dad about vegan cooking… exactly what I’ve been needing to recharge and reevaluate.
It was a smaller year where gifts were concerned, which was good because it really forced us to focus on what was important to us about xmas: family (and food). Most of our gifts were homemade and Rick and I agreed to a $20 price limit for our gifts to each other. I, of course, overshot this my second day in Vancouver while shopping with my parents, but Rick’s awesome sweater with the leather arm patches was still 70% off and he loves it to bits.
I was tickled pink by Rick’s gift: Paul Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth. I’d completely forgotten that I’d mentioned wanting to buy it this summer, but Rick remembered. And after realizing that Amazon wouldn’t get it in again until well into January he even had a co-worker help him hunt down the last store in all of Montreal that carried it. While most people wouldn’t think that a book about the historical Jesus by the director of Robocop would be that romantic, it was the perfect gift for me from the perfect husband for me.
I also cleaned up in the clothing department, inheriting a heapload of jumpers and skirts from my preggers sister. Woo me! My grandmother also offered me a beautiful vintage sapphire coloured wool coat with fur trim, very Audrey Hepburn. The jumpers will really help with another of my goals for 2012: wear more skirts. Working at the videogame company I got stuck in a rut of jeans, t-shirt-hoody. But now that I’m an independent business owner, I’m feeling I need to make more of an effort to feel pulled together and presentable. Playing with my feminine side should help with this, and I’m considering adding a “What I Wore” segment to the blog to encourage myself. What do you think?