December 18th, 2008

A Pocket Full of Murder

Five Things That Make Me Happy Meme: Now With Added Picspam!

Bookshelves of Awesome
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shoebox2 tagged me for this meme, and cesario tagged me for a similar one a few days ago, so I guess it's time to pony up... but I'm going to do it with pictures.

Here's #5: the Bookshelves of Awesome.

Basically, I told my husband I would like another bookshelf because the ones we had were overflowing. He took this as a personal challenge to get rid of the old, mismatched bookshelves we'd accumulated since our marriage and make some new ones from scratch.

Next project: a new desk. Because he's just that crazy, yes.

Up next, #4.

ETA: Link to the large version so you can see the spiffy detail work.
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Things That Make Me Happy #4: Snickers

Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
She's grown so much since we got her from the shelter in September! And she has really been the most wonderful cat we could wish for.

Among other endearing traits, whenever we go out she waits patiently at the window for us until we come home. She's a very social, loving, patient sort of cat -- even when my 3 yo squashes her in one of his enthusiastic hugs. He calls her "my best friend".
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Things That Make Me Happy #3: N's Menorah

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My oldest son, who is 8 years old, has been studying seasonal traditions at school. He became fascinated with Hanukkah, and on his own initiative went back into our shed and built a menorah -- all by himself. All my husband did was the spraypainting afterward.

He took it to school, and his teacher displayed it in the library for the month of December. I'm really proud of N's talent with woodworking.
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Things That Make Me Happy #2: Great Walloping Wads of Books

Lovely Pile of Books
Originally uploaded by synaesthete7
I usually buy books for all my nieces and nephews at Christmas, and I had a particular book in mind for one nephew that I thought I might be able to find at

I... may have got a little carried away. But -- they were incredibly cheap! AND they delivered in just two days!

Mmmm, books.
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Things That Make Me Happy #1: Memories of Wales

Okay, so this isn't something that made me happy TODAY, exactly, but I still treNational Library of Wales, AberystwythImage by rj-anderson via Flickrasure my many fond memories of that late August research/anniversary trip to the south of England and Wales. Waaaaaaaales. Oh, Susan Cooper, how I blame you for writing The Grey King and kicking off my passionate love affair with all things Welsh.

Anyway, I will just shut up and let you enjoy the pretty pictures now. First off, me looking understandably happy in front of the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. WhichGardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr was, not surprisingly, a thoroughly brilliant place.

Then, since I am rambling around in no particular order, we have the gardens at Powys Castle, Welshpool, which are utterly stunning and have probably been used for the setting of any number of Regency-type movies. Tier upon tier of gorgeous blooms and immaculately trimmed hedges, and magnificent architecture all around.

Oh, and did I mention the view? Yeah.
View from Powys Castle, Welshpool, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickr
Also, the back roads in Wales are made for midgets driving incredibly tiny cars, which we were not (and were not driving) so we had to get used to the glorious fun of driving very cautiously around all the blind corners just in case we happened to meet somRoad to Blaencelyn, WalesImage by rj-anderson via Flickreone coming head-on the other way. Fortunately, as we were travelling deep in the Welsh countryside, this hardly ever happened.

I have many more pictures from the UK trip to share, but I'll save them for some posts in the New Year...

Anyway, that's it for me. If you'd like to do the "Five Things That Made Me Happy Today" meme, consider yourself tagged; otherwise, never mind. :)
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