Stitching Pirates dA group. I had sent Peter Polar Bear to a lady in the States, and received those two gorgeous stocking ornaments from a lady in Italy, along with some really good Italian chocolate. Since I didn't do any decorating for christmas this year (first because of thesis and no time, then because we weren't home anyway) I didn't get to hang these yet, but I promise to find a place of honor for them next year!
A few days later, I reveived an envelope from my friend Magical from the Netherlands, which has some great snacks, some tea (that I still need to try) and this beautifully stitched card. It was a total suprise and I absolutely loved it ^_^
I also received a parcel from my friend Ashley, but since she sent the same one to everyone in our group of stitchy-friends, I don't get to open it until everyone has theirs...so it's now sitting at home and out of my reach, which is probably a good because I'm a seriously curious girl!
From my grandparents, I got a few really useful stitching tools on christmas eve: one is a portable daylight lamp, which can be adjusted in almost every direction. I'm really glad about that, as I will probably have quite a few more business trips next year and hotel rooms tend to have rather poor lighting. I also got a Pako needle organizer: It has blank cards to put the color symbols on, and about 50 slots to put threaded needles in. I wish I had had that for AoF, but my other projects can use it just as well ^_^
So much for christmas...since we were here, we visited with lots of people, which is generally fun, but also exhausting, even more so for an introvert like myself. I'm cherishing every quiet minute I have for myself, I'm also trying to squeeze as much stitching in as possible, because I can't live without that and I also realized that it helps me cope with company much better than usually. And after some initial explaning, most people around me tend to be fine with it. So I manage to make quite some progress on lady again - didn't quite reach the page finish for new year, but I will continue to work on her at least until Sunday, when we make out way home to where (hopefully) stash for my new starts is waiting. So far, I made a mad dash for the lower right corner, then continued filling in the sky.
With all that stitching, a bit of watching happened as well:
- Edge of Tomorrow - I gave this one to Felix for Christmas, and from the trailers we had quite high hopes for it. While still being entertaining, it wasn't as good as we had imagined, pretty forseeable action with some forced homour. Still fun to watch, even though I don't really like Tom Cruise.
- Transcendence - Another one I gave Felix for Christmas. This one was a positive suprise for me, didn't expect to much from the trailer, but the story was really well thought-through and rather deep. Johnny Depp did a great job too.
- 47 Ronin - The last movie Felix got for christmas. I really liked the trailer for this one, and the movie itself wasn't bad either. I love Japanese stuff, and even if it's quite far from the actualy, historical story, it was still lots of fun.
- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - We went to the cinema with a friend for this one, and I really enjoyed it, even the Tauriel/Kili-storyline everyone keeps rambling about. I decided long ago that I would stop comparing books with the movie adaptions, and like that it was really, really good.
- Buddy - A German comedy we randomly caught on TV last night, that was quite crazy, but also fun to watch.
- Scandal, S3, E13-16 - Only 2 more episodes to go, then I will have to decide on something new to watch for when I'm alone.
We also did a few rewatchs, How to Tame your Dragon 2 with Felix' family (still loving it!) and 'Die Feuerzangenbowle', a german holiday classic.
I think that's enough catching up for now, hope to see you again soon with new adventures!