December 26th, 2013
I’ve been meaning to use this ornament in a 7 Days photo for seven years now, so I guess it’s time I got around to it. One of my cousins painted this ornament for me in 1981, when I was 6 years old. As a bonus, there are four ornaments in this photo that were made by 7 Dayers.
Becca (smiles2have) made Golden Snitch ornaments for me and Jen when we went to LeakyCon, the Harry Potter fan convention, together in Oregon this past summer. The TARDIS ornament was painted for me by Bonnie. The silver wreath at the bottom was purchased from Doow via her Etsy shop. And the sparkly lemon that is hiding behind my hand was made by sams&nickels years ago for an ornament swap.
That photo of my nonplussed, gap-toothed 6-year-old self always makes me laugh. I have no idea why I remember this, but I was wearing roller skates when this photo was taken. I believe my mom took this photo because I’d just lost one of my front teeth. (Cue “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”!)
Here’s my alternate Day 6 photo:
Me and Bonnie, on the way home from the movies. We went to see Catching Fire, Bonnie for the first time and me for the, uh, third time. It’s a really good movie, what can I say.
December 25th, 2013
I had taken another self-portrait for my Day 4 photo already when we went to Christmas Eve service, but I found myself looking at the candle I’d been handed at the door, idly thinking that I should snap a quick picture of the little cardboard wax guard that was exactly the same as every other candle I’ve used at Christmas Eve services at a dozen different churches. That’s when I realized my earlier self-portrait was about to become an alternate.
Alternate Day 4 photo, taken in a traffic mirror in my neighborhood. I’ve thought so many times as I’ve driven past it, “I need to use that in a 7 Days photo someday.” So I finally did. Sort of.
December 23rd, 2013
Some of the SoCal 7 Dayers have an Epic Final 7 Days Meetup planned for later in the week, but Elaine won’t be able to join us for that. So Bonnie and I met up with Elaine today at the Old Globe theater where Elaine manages the pub. She was kind enough to give us and our kids a quick tour, including the set for Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
I saw this show in 1998, the very first year it was performed at the Old Globe, on a field trip with the middle school I worked at back then. What I didn’t know until about 30 seconds ago, when I googled “grinch musical” to verify the year, was that Cindy Lou Who was played that first year by a then-unknown Vanessa Hudgens (who later starred in Disney’s High School Musical movies).