Also, I had dinner with spiralstairs last night and I am super pleased that she is back in New York! We had Thai food, and I showed her my new little apartment.
I finished Fairest and now I am reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. It is very sweet and has gorgeous illustrations and nice book design. This is kind of wild because so far this year? I have read more books than seen movies. That's like, unheard of in Tea-land. But I have been trying to read more. I'm a very slow reader, and it tends to frustrate me, while I'm a very astute film-watcher, and movies take the same amount of time no matter how quick or slow you are. So I usually default to films. But reading! I don't know. I read a lot more when I was a kid, and I think I stopped in college, when it became difficult to read anything on top of my course load. I mean, I didn't stop completely, but I was lucky if I read more than one non-comic book a month. I would like to read more!
The last of the holiday hats is in the mail, and seori, it should reach you in the next few days. I didn't mention them outright because I didn't want to spoil it for anyone, but guys, to those of you who took pictures of yourselves in your holiday hats, thank you so much! It was a joy to see you all wearing them!
For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, instead of cards this year, I sent everyone who requested a card a hat, and I tried to match it to their favorite colors as they listed them on my gift card post. I made almost forty hats in a month, and then mailed them at the post office, which was a nightmare in and of itself, because, you see, the local post office won't let you mail more than ten packages at a time at the desk, no matter how small they are. So I had thirty-six packages to mail out, and several of them were meant to go abroad, which means I had to mail them at the desk. I waited on line for the automated postal machine, but the problem is, they took out all the stamp vending machines in the post office. So the only way to buy stamps is with the automated machine. There wasn't anyone behind me when I started, but by about five packages in, the line was starting to build up, so I turned to the line and explained the problem and said I would do a few at a time and then let the next person go, and then a few more, etc.
One of the women threw a fucking shit fit, which would have been understandable if she had been the last person on the line, but she was only the third person, including me. So it was only as if she were the fourth person. She started bitching me out about how I had to go to the counter and it wasn't fair for me to use the machine. So I tried to explain that I couldn't used the counter. She went and got a postal worker and tried to get the lady to tell me I had to go use the counter. But the lady was like, "uh, no, actually, she's not allowed to use the counter, she has to use the machine." And then the flip-outtie lady, you could tell that she got very apologetic and realized that I had not been lying to try to delay her mailing stuff. Although she probably could have been done and out of there and she kind of ended up holding up the line longer than it took me to mail five hats, but she was nice after that.
It took me over an hour to get the hats down to a number where I had under ten and could wait on the regular line, which I did. Ten more minutes of waiting, and then those hats were mailed, and I was out.
seori was away when all this went down, so I didn't mail her hat till yesterday. But when I went to mail it, I was all, hee, this time I only have one thing.
And then I slid my card through the little slidey-pay thing at the register, and the lady's computer glitched up like whoa. So then I had to sit there and wait while she got her machine fixed because we weren't sure if the payment had gone through or not, so she didn't want to send me to another register to ring me up and charge me double. Which was fair, but oh, post office, you are so totally inefficient on purpose.
I totally just edited this post with an ETA that was longer than the original post. Win, me!