Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For Your Eyes Only

I think this will be the last year I'll be able to make something for The Prawn in plain view without arousing her suspicions. It probably helps that she's used to seeing me make a mess with scrappy stuff on the table. It also helps that there has been such an incredible scrappy mess on the table that she probably can't even see what I'm up to. :) I think I've finished the recipe books. All that remains is to load the recipe pages into the little albums. Yes albums, plural, because there are an ungodly number of them and I had to break them down into Stove Recipes, Blender Recipes, and Sandwich Maker Recipes. This will mean nothing to those of you whose households are not graced by the presence of fuzzy little Webkinz, but they will mean the world to Prawn. I hope. :)

So now, in my weird and strangely pleasure-delaying ways, I have put the very last disk of Going Postal on pause, stepped away from the final stage of the project, and sat down with my computer to blog. The kids are in the basement with a friend, playing some strange and exciting Pirate Ship game they've invented. I know there are swashes being buckled, because I saw an armory load of wooden swords and shields getting dragged down there. Hopefully there won't be any severed limbs to deal with. The crew ate lemons just before going to sea, so at least scurvy isn't going to be a concern.

I could take this opportunity to make some secret things with lovely secret fabric I bought the other day, but I fear that the crew will likely pop upsatirs to dry land at the most Inopportune Moments, and unlike The Prawn, the others suffer from Insatiable Curiosity whenever I'm sewing. So it will have to be a matter of Secret Midnight Sewing, I think. In the meantime I'll make more Christmas gift bags. I seem to have given away rather a lot of them, and I'd rather be flayed and hung from the yard arm than resort to paper.

We've started reading Swallows and Amazons again, which I don't think Fishy and Prawnie remember much at all. The Bigs are enjoying it more than ever, as am I. I think the combo of S&A and watching Pirates III is what spawned this latest seafaring game. If you haven't read it, all I can say is that this is a series I wish every child could read. One of my Desert Island picks for sure. (you know - if you were stranded on a desert island and could only take X books - perish the thought!)

Enough pleasure-delaying for now. I'm off to see what finally becomes of Mr. Moist Lipwig.


armalicious said... I love reading about kids using their imaginations while playing! It gives me so much hope for the future!!

And I thought I caught some Captain Sparrow inspired sentences in this post. I'm quite certain that I'm getting Pirates III for Christmas.

Also, I don't know what it is, but there is something in the way you describe the way things are at your house (homemade Christmas gifts, strange and exciting games that are invented by things we've watched/read, etc) that make me have flashbacks to when I was growing up.

Claire said...

I've never heard of this series before. Sounds great, especially WildCat Island, heh, heh!

Candace said...

Amanda - Hopefully they are good flashbacks. :)

I really enjoyed Pirates III. I think it stood up very well to the others. Very impressive for a part III of anything.

Claire - They're great books! I think if I visit Wilcat Island, I'll have to do my Twisty Bobcat Pretzel impression.

radioactive girl said...

I love that you are making the cookbook. I would LOVE to see it. You are so creative! My kids would love something like that too. I am currently knitting like crazy for them for Christmas, and managed to do it right in front of most of them, with only hiding what I am doing from my almost 10 year old because I think she might ask what I am working on. Homemade presents make me so happy!

Candace said...

Tori - I'll try to take som epics. Though I'm pretty bad at following through with that stuff. :-P But I really should post some pics of all that work.

Ah, knitted stuff is so yummy! I have to get better at it. Now that I've rediscovered the joy of audiobooks, maybe I could be more patient. :) Are you going to post pics?