I can't seem to put these away. The candy canes are the only thing left from Christmas around here; major cleaning is still in process.
Today the sofa slipcover is in the wash, which is a necessity when you can see shoeprints on its kick pleats and bookclub is here next Monday. I have to say, having an off-white slipcover shows me exactly how dirty things can get. It makes me look at my other furniture and think, hmmmm... It doesn't help that we have a golden retriever who likes to snooze with her back to the couch in the same spot every day. A lot of that dirt is from her. But I'm pretty sure the pen marks and smudges on the cushions are not. Anyway, I don't mind washing it. I really like knowing it's clean.
Speaking of bookclub, has anyone else read "The Double Bind" by Chris Bohjalian? I really enjoyed it, but it is the kind of book that you can easily ruin for someone just by talking about it. Just imagine The Great Gatsby + photography + mental illness. I'm sure that cleared it up for you. Ha. The end did catch me by surprise, so I can't wait to discuss this with my fellow bookclubbers. Now I just have to figure out what to serve for dinner and we'll be ready.
One more note. I promise I am not going to turn this into a pregnancy blog. But I did go to the doctor today and we have a strong heartbeat, which is such a relief. Also, since I am considered 'high risk' due to my 'advanced age' (ahem), I automatically qualify for a Level II ultrasound for my next appointment in February. There will be lots of detailed measuring to confirm healthy growth and normal development. I'm hoping not to be so paranoid after that session.
Oh, another thing. We really don't want to find out the gender, so hopefully they can keep that under wraps, too. Fingers crossed. I found out with the other two, and since this is my last chance at experiencing this miracle, I want to look at my husband and have him tell me in his own words whether we'll need the blue or pink going home outfit. I can't even imagine how awesome that would be :)
Have a happy weekend!