Pick a book to bring as a wrapped gift. Used, new, whatever. BUT! It must be OneHeckOfARead, and one of your favorites. Not a thoughtless cast-off.
Wrapped book shall remain wrapped all evening, until the end of Ruthless New Year’s Yeti Game. We don’t unwrap at the first round of cards. That’s too easy, dainty, nice, and polite. The elements of anticipation and surprise are what it’s all about! (That, and stealing.)
Wrapped book may be wrapped in really, really fancy wrap, as to 1) pique WBC members’ interest, or 2) give literary clue as to what the title is.
Card rounds will be called (2-3), and you WBC members should be conniving, ruthless, and stealth in your stealing and hiding of said gifts. Gifts may be hidden in your immediate seating area. (? Wear a fluffy poncho?) Stealing a gift requires the precise physical description of said gift. (E.g., “Margaret, I would like the red-flocked gift topped with a white damask bow”, or “Sharon, that pinecone-covered gift you just tucked under your ankles? It’s mine.”) The card rounds will be swift. (It hones our middle-aged (gasp!) thought processes.)
At the end of the game, one gift per WBC member, and those of you who have acquired a library of sorts, shall unwrap ONE and put the others into “the pile”. WBC members with no gift at the end (SEE?! This is why you are ruthless!) will choose from “the pile”, and enjoy the OneHeckOfARead you have picked. It’s a win-win. (But the memory/ruthless competition is oh, so perfect!) If this sounds atrocious? You should experience our Big Family Christmas in Oklahoma. We are barracudas. But you, too, can be a Wabaunsee Book Club New Year’s Barracuda.
Oh, let me tell you, we had SO much fun! And I really, really needed that! My Book Club friends are simply amazing women and I adore each one of them. We laughed, stole gifts, forgot who had what gift, and tried to hide our stashes from everyone else. I laughed so hard my sides hurt! (Of course, the full glass of wine I’d consumed had nothing to do with that. T’s wine glasses hold at least twice what my own glasses hold. So I’ll admit I felt a bit fuzzy.) The books were all wrapped so imaginatively – one wrapped in a map with a little toy bicycle instead of a bow (I forget the book title, but it was about biking across the Sahara or somewhere exotic like that), a square red tin with a clear lid filled with candy and a set of Erma Bombeck titles, a book of NPR interviews wrapped in a Presidential scarf (on which Barak Obama’s name is not – pointed out by the person who gave the scarf as a Christmas gift to the Book Clubber who was re-gifting the scarf), a shiny blue wrapped book tied to a small round hatbox (the contents of which I cannot recall), a book wrapped in floral paper tied with twine and holding a bookmark (this one remained hidden with the first person who snatched it, because none of us could remember who had it!), and my contribution, The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas, wrapped in a 9 patch quilt block that I sewed together that afternoon. I ended up getting the book of NPR interviews wrapped in the scarf. How appropriate – I love scarves! And I know the perfect occasion to wear this scarf: at a Presidents of the United States of America concert, if Some Postman and I ever get to attend one again.
It was such a fabulous evening. I do love Book Club!
About the outfit….the jeans are one of my favorites, and I love how the orange scarf brightens up the otherwise dull outfit. But that sweater, and that shirt – well, I wanted to give the sweater a shot, since I hadn’t worn it at all in over a year. I’m still on the fence about it. It bunches up in the back, which bugs me. But the shirt is definitely going away. It just doesn’t fit well. I even tried the trick of buttoning only the top and bottom buttons, which is a tip I learned from Allison of Wardrobe Oxygen. Nothing helped that stupid shirt stay in place. So into the thrift store bound sack it goes!
After culling my closet yesterday, it was obvious that I need to use what I have more creatively and not purchase any additional items for a while. Not sure I’ll actually be able to do this, since the end of January is a great time for clearance rack bargains. Maybe I should make a list of pieces to look for specifically instead of just buying stuff willy-nilly.
At any rate, here’s what I wore to church this morning. A good mix of new and old. Don’t you just love the fab background in the photo? With yesterday’s rearrangement of stuff, I’ll have to do outfit shots in not-so-pretty places. At least it’s somewhat neutral…
Last time I posted a blog was Jan 1, almost two weeks ago. It’s not that I’ve been overly busy, although I have had a lot going on. Most days, I even dress fairly decently. It’s just been difficult adjusting to having another person in the house all day. You see, our son has moved back home to live for a while, until he can find a job and get back on his feet. One of my birdies has returned to the nest, and this Mama Bird is still trying to figure out an adjusted routine.
Add to that the ongoing House Project – it’s time to work above the floorboards in the old master bedroom, now that Some Postman is finished with underneath the floorboards. Since he blew out our old closets in the laundry room a year or two ago, our clothes have been hanging in the master bedroom. It’s been like having a giant walk-in closet! Now the clothes must return to the laundry room, sans closet, so the dust can fly in the bedroom. I am trying to find spots all over the house for the rest of the things we had stored in there, too. Like my shoes…scarves…Boo’s toys…my plants…
I’m getting all discombobulated again.
On the up side, I went through my closet and removed a bunch of things I haven’t worn. Forget “use it or lose it”! Time to simply LOSE IT! I’ve come to realize that I buy entirely too many clothes at thrift stores, yard sales and clearance racks that don’t go with anything else I already own. Then those pieces sit in my closet, taking up space and rarely, if ever, get worn. Not sure I will be able to stop this bad habit entirely, as I simply ADORE bargain shopping, but the goal is to be more particular about what I actually purchase. Another thing I noticed as I edited my closet is that I have a lot more dress clothes than casual clothes. The only place I wear dress clothes is church, and less than a handful of other occasions. I guess it’s more fun to buy dressy clothes than everyday ones, but I need to cut that back considerably, since my “job” as a Frumpy Hausfrau doesn’t require such attire.
Can’t leave this post without an outfit photo, so if you will forgive the silliness….here are my two Dachshunds sporting the same little coat that I found at Goodwill last week.
We didn’t attend or host a New Year’s Eve party this year. Instead, we celebrated it the way we usually do: by going to bed at our regular time and going to sleep. Oh yeah, we are party animals!!
This is what I wore to church for the last Sunday of December. I bought the dress at Target last week while I was there returning some defective gifts. The dress was only $6! I didn’t try it on at the store – with all my winter layers, I’d rather just take a chance and try it on at home. It can always be returned! But this cute little black dress fit me just fine and I like it a lot. Should have had Some Postman take a pic without the sweater and scarf so the shape of the dress could be seen, but I’m sure I’ll wear it on its own eventually.