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1  Re: Pocket Letters Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: January 20, 2017 06:45:06 AM
I received, from geekgirl1000100! I got it last night after my volunteer orientation for our local SPCA, which was appropriate because...


KITTIES! (This also helps explain why my cat wanted to sit on it. Or that's just because he's a cat and it's a thing and cats want to sit on all the things.) They're such little cutie pies!


And here's the back! I forgot to take a photo after I pulled out all the bits and pieces but I'll edit and add a photo tonight!

I love it so much, thank you geekgirl1000100!!!
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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: January 18, 2017 12:26:16 PM
Cairo, Illinois, or Cairo, Egypt?  Grin
Ha ha!  I can't believe you even know about Cairo, IL!  While I have been through there on my way to Kentucky, this time I am headed to Egypt.  I import belly dance costumes and then travel around peddling my wares.  I usually have one buying trip each year, but I didn't want to mention anything until I had firm travel dates.  My mom and her friend are coming, so Anana will be sure to see some of the sights I wouldn't normally go to.

To be fair, I misremembered and thought the American Cairo was Indiana but I looked it up (we librarians are always doing that... hard to shake the habit). I can't wait to see Egypt photos!!!

Meanwhile, Aurora had a fun trip to Mt Trashmore, highest point in Virginia Beach, former landfill turned city park. It's an excellent Pokemon Go hot spot and I have a new year's resolution to hatch an egg every week (it sounds more fun than "walk X km each week").



That's the city seal on the side of the "mountain" (even being from Tidewater, I know it's barely a hill). It faces I-264 so you can see it from the interstate as you're entering Virginia Beach. Also a great kite-flying location.
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3  Re: Paper De-Stash and Junk Journal Goodies 2016 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: January 11, 2017 03:48:38 PM
Eeee so much stuff in my package from rockingbearranch!!! It's amazing how much you can pack into a simple USPS box...


Lots of washi tape, a whole skein of yarn, some mint tins (which I never have enough of because I don't eat any mints that come in tins)...


I was given fair "warning" that there would be several old book pages, which I looooooooove! (They even smell like old books; it's so awesome.) Those things near the bottom that look like little matchbooks are little mini notepads! So cute!


Some pages got kind of buried as I laid this one out but there are lots of planner-type pages and things, which is so my thing. In one of the photos (I think the first one) there's even a roll of washi tape with the days of the week on it <3


More beautiful papers, and magazine pages...


And a few stamped pages (obviously the ampersand one is my favorite  Grin )

Thank you rockingbearranch! I love everything and can't wait to use it all!!!
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: January 07, 2017 06:25:16 PM
I was a terrible hostess and completely forgot to take any photos of Aurora during our annual New Year's Eve fondue party!!! I made it up to her today with a SNOW DAY! (Sure, it's a Saturday, but I was on call for work, so it felt like I got out of work anyway!)

We built an Aurora-sized snowman!



More photos on her Instagram, @lv_aurora !
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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: December 27, 2016 02:18:56 PM
Wow Anana has been up to so much! I did a terrible job of documenting our multiple Christmas celebrations (we have FOUR: at home just me and husband and the gifts my mom ships us; my family at my grandparents' house; my dad's house Christmas morning; my in-laws) but I did capture the most important part of the holiday season (to me, anyway): LATKES!



At my in-laws' house, we are casual celebrators of Hanukkah, and we usually fit in a single night of Hanukkah whenever my sister-in-law can be home for it. She's unusually busy this year, so we just made it Christmas dinner this year! Aurora enjoyed watching the process of making latkes (and, even better, eating them!) and hearing the Hanukkah story, all in the same night as opening Christmas presents!
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6  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: December 24, 2016 05:57:34 PM
Aurora and I have been so busy (surprisingly, not with Christmas stuff... I had a very stress-free gift choosing/acquiring/wrapping year... which is what happens when half the gifts you give are gift cards and you accept that that's how it's going to be this year) but we did manage to take some photos today! My favorite is probably this one:



My husband got some lotto scratches with his gift at my family's Christmas this evening, so Aurora helped him scratch them. (We even had a winner, I think it was $10?)

More photos on her Instagram at instagram.com/lv_aurora
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7  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: December 11, 2016 08:44:26 AM
You know those trees made of piled books that you see a ton of on the internet this time of year? (Or maybe I just see a ton of them because all my friends and family share them with me since I'm a librarian.) Well, our library built one this year! And decorated it with bookmarks and things.

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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: December 04, 2016 05:26:13 PM
Aurora has also not been up to any exciting adventures lately but she did help decorate the tree:



Hopefully we'll have some more interesting stuff in the next week or so!
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9  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: November 30, 2016 06:34:44 PM
I don't know if I've ever been the first to post in a gallery... this is so exciting! I swear I was told to open early (it was heavily implied that there were delicious goodies that were best enjoyed "fresh"!)


Here's everything I pulled out of the box! The stocking is still full in this picture... I feel terribly spoiled. On the left, you can see the reversible message board (with the poinsettia print), under that is a chalkboard flag banner, and above that is something I never knew I needed but totally do: it goes under your foot pedal for your sewing machine to keep it from dancing all over the place! To the right of the stocking, we have socks (I'm actually wear the fuzzy red/black ones right now) and some candy (which I've never seen before but very excited to try) and a fabric insert thing for tote bags so there are little pockets for little things!!!


The little gifts wrapped like big candies were a spice jar with a baggie of gummi bears crammed inside (yum!) and a tube of Godiva chocolates (another yum!).


Then I emptied the stocking!!! The orange-y thing on the left is for putting on the dashboard to set your phone on (which means I need to dust my dashboard!). There are baggies of mini candy canes drizzled with chocolate, all of my favorite candies, coasters/mug rugs in two fun prints, a headband and lip balm clip in match black and white prints (with watermelon lip balm in the latter!), some cocoa mixes (it was 72 degrees today so I think I'll wait a few more days before indulging in those) and in the light blue "&" package there's a gooey marshmallow chocolate thing that looks amazing!!!


I just really love this packaging job!!! (I stop at Taco Bell when I have the work shift that ends at 9pm so the bags will keep reminding me of this for weeks to come!) And inside, I found...


They were hard to get a photo of, sorry. The red thing is a bowl cover but it can also be flipped over to make a bowl itself! (The attached note suggests munchies on the couch, and I'm inclined to agree!) AND AND AND... A sewing mat / sewing machine cover!!! I wanted to take an action shot of it but my sewing machine is buried behind many storage boxes right now and won't be pulled out until the weekend.

I love everything so much JS, thank you!!!!! And getting to open so early has put my butt in gear to work on JS's package!!! (That, and NaNoWriMo is finally over.  Grin )
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10  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 24 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Alexampersandra on: November 27, 2016 01:13:55 PM
Looks like I'm going to have a problem with Aurora peeking in the stockings!!!

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