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18 December 2012 @ 10:55 pm
Damn you, Christmas! 1*  
So, I spent last November to May with minimal work, and Mr B has not been working for the last 18 months. This has been less than financially optimal, I calculated how much money we were down over the period: it was a Very Distressing Sum. Happily I charge such an egregious amount for my services that we've been able to keep going without too much stress, but I have been Making Economies.

And, being a crafty type, I thought to myself: why spend a fortune on gifts when I can make them!?

Which is why, a week from Christmas, I have a huge pile of gifts to finish making and a massive blister from hot glue on my thumb. Cold water really does work, though: three hours of alternating water and ice packs last night shrank the size of the blister by about 60%.

I am SEWING the rest of the gifts. Maybe a spot of knitting.

And if you are not in Australia or New Zealand and are yet one of the few people I have been organised enough to get a card to (a ridiculously small number, sorry!), let us pretend we are Italian and Christmas goes through until 12th night, at which point La Belfana will arrive and clean our houses!

* It's ever so likely there'll be a 2 …
宝井かりん: 大ちゃん - sweet princetakarai_karin on December 18th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Or, we can pretend we're Russian and our Christmas is in January :3

You're making me worry though, please find time to rest your fingers :/

I'm looking forward to Christmas but dreading it cause I've a condition and am only allowed to eat a limited list of things. Christmas would be filled with family members coaxing me to ditch my proper diet while I try not to snap at them with 'and I'll be the one with a colic not you!' T.T

Haha why am I tl;dring in your journal... Sorry bout that.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 18th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
Not at all! This is the HOME of tl;dr ;-)

Being Russian is an EXCELLENT plan! Alas, I have no Russian family members, but I do have a good Russian friend, so I will ask him for tips.

And I know exactly how you feel: I throw up with pig or cheese and frequently tell people I'm Jewish or Muslim because it's just so much easier than having to go through whole palaver every time. Thankfully, I look Random Foreign, so it's generally fine, and I make guilt donations to Jewish charities and the Red Crescent to make up for my evil. I used to take my own food to family events rather than get into any 'Oh it's all too hard' debates. Damn families!

Fingers fine: I can type with only selected ones :-) I calculated that I've averaged 60,000 words a month for the last four months: I might even try to keep up something like that next year but make more of it my own stories!