There's been a lot of this going on over the holidays - by "this", I mean both sleeping, and shielding myself from what is going on in the outside world. The deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds a mere 24 hours apart was a terrible shock. Fisher had always been fiercely vocal about her battle with mental illness, and I greatly admired her for that, and Debbie, well, she was Debbie Reynolds. "Singin' in the Rain" has always been one of my favourite films.
I got new eyeglasses from Old North Optometry. The shape is different from what I've had in the last few years and I loved the colours used in the stripes on the frame.
After said dinner (pork enchiladas), we had some messy good fun decorating a batch of Pusheen the cat cookies that our friend Lola had made that morning. Apparently, I can be as detail-oriented in my cookie decorating as I am in many other aspects of my life, as evidenced by my blue and green polka dot cookie in the upper right, compared to many of the less-detailed abstract ones the others created. In the bottom right corner is Heather's Christmas tree topper, which her husband found at Halloween. A good bat skeleton should definitely be displayed more than once a year.
I spent a day in Stratford visiting my mother, and found some time to do a bit of shopping for myself which included the book and paper dolls above. I loved making my own paper dolls when I was a kid, and the outfits in this particular book are fantastic. There may or may not have also been the purchase of a couple of dresses, but you'll have to wait to see those.
Sylvester has made himself very much at home, and as to be expected, I have fallen completely in love with him. His days are filled with eating, sleeping, belly rubs, and playing with his beloved Cat Dancer.
I found it easier to get through the holidays by listening to my inner voice which says it's ok to feel sad, and stay home with a book or a movie, instead of forcing myself to be social and pretend I enjoy the chaotic food and shopping frenzy that so many people embrace at this time of year. I hope you all had moments of peace and joy to balance out the stress and anxiety that often comes with the season. 2016 has been a devastating year for many people and I am wishing for a brighter 2017.