It's New Year's Eve and with Comfort and Adam back in town they came over to hang out with us.
Chris sketched an elaborate menu of different snacks available. We didn't end up making all of them, but most of them were around for devouring.
maternity insert for my button jacket that I made yesterday. It worked well enough, although because I made it with so much extra room to grow, it was easy for a cold blast of air to get under my jacket.
I think this will work nicely. We will see tomorrow when I wear it out and about on lunch.
Like I mentioned yesterday, the whole thing isn't super pretty, but someone with better sewing skills than I could make the front of the insert more appealing (so you wouldn't have to hide it with a scarf) and fancy it it up a bit.
I just think it's really cool that the whole thing came out decent enough that it's usable. I suppose this is how you get better at sewing. You keep doing random projects.
Maternity jackets are expensive. And the only decent alternative I've been able to find is this $60 zipper insert that requires zippered jackets. And, for $60, you might as well hunt around for a cheap maternity jacket or just pay $20 more and get a whole jacket.
Since my jacket is all buttons and I only have two months to go, I decided to try to make my own insert. I ended up buying way more fabric than I needed, so I spent roughly $35 when I probably could have done this for $15. But now I have extra fabric for some future project.
Initially I was going to use elastic loops to connect to existing backing buttons on the left side of the jacket (where the buttons are). But after messing around a bit trying to make the loops stay connected to the tiny backing buttons it was obvious that wasn't going to work.
That also meant I needed to use the button hole option on my sewing machine. And it worked amazingly. I love that thing. I didn't even have to touch anything. It just auto button holed wherever I told it to. I want to now put buttons on everything.
It looks silly in the photo and not quite straight, but it stays put.
Right now the insert is almost too big since I wanted to make sure I had room to grow. Plus I could always wear layers or a thick sweater. I suppose I could add another set of button holes and tighten things up if I needed, but for now I'm going to just experiment and see how things go.
The final dimensions of the actual insert ended up being 22 1/4" by 13 1/2". The whole project took me most of the afternoon since I really wasn't 100% sure how I wanted to do it and I'm not terribly proficient at sewing things. But I managed to avoid having to buy unnecessary clothing and I now know how to sew button holes. So that's a win to me!
Dinner was delicious, and I can now say I've had spaghetti squash. I'm definitely going to have to try making it at home sometime as it seemed like an easy substitute for spaghetti noodles.
They also gave us a large bag of baby stuff. Toys, a book, a cute Spider-Man shirt. Hooray! We didn't actually have any toys, so now we do.
Today we rounded out our Christmas celebrations by doing a small Christmas day together at home, which is what we love to do.
Chris always buys something for Leki so he emptied Leki's stocking that was full of little toy mice and treats.
When the two Chris' came back we had a late lunch together. Then Chris headed out to meet up with some family. It was awesome seeing and catching up with Chris.
So we settled in to do gift exchanges before the weather got icy. In the photo you can see massive (and heavy) Marvel anniversary book my parents bought Chris. As Chris said, it's basically a coffee table!Green Lantern for Chris and Scooby Doo (with pants!) for me. Between what my friend Lori gave us and what we received these last two days, this kid is going to be all set to spit up on all sorts of clothes!
Chris bought his dad a little toy drum set since his dad used to play drums.
rum balls were probably the easiest to make.
chocolate crinkle cookies probably the most time consuming because they had to be chilled before baking.
mini-cheesecakes, peanut butter kiss cookies, and Russian tea cakes. All of the recipes I used (except the rum balls) I got from my mom, but the recipes I liked to are close enough.
I'm officially out of butter now, and I've already used over a dozen cookies, so I feel like I'm probably all set for now. And full. So full. I mean, I had to taste all of the cookies (except the rum balls) to make sure they came out alright!
So I made a batch of my great grandmother's Champion White cookies, which are a lot of flour and some sour cream so they're basically a more flour-flavored sugar cookie. I prefer them, because that's what I grew up on, and I kind of think regular sugar cookies are disgustingly over-sweet, especially since they almost always have frosting on top of them.
I also made some Graham Cracker Chewy Bars, which I stumbled across years ago that taste a little like pecan pie in bar form.
I will admit that I would be fine if it was a show just about Kublai Kahn. Benedict Wong, who plays Kublai Kahn, is awesome.
Dragon Age: Inquisition. The photo doesn't do the game's graphics justice. Unfortunately, unlike the PS4, the Xbox One does not have any sort of screenshot option. Trust me though, the game looks very gorgeous.
Adam and Comfort came over for a few hours for TV night. They also flipped through some of Chris's art books, including his Andrew Loomis books that he loves.
Leki was less than thrilled. He boldly attacked pant legs and hung on, nails dug in. Sometimes that little guy is a monster when they come over. And by sometimes, I mean every time. He loves when it's just men who visit though. Dan is his favorite person to greet at the door.
Rh negative blood I was treated to an extra shot so my body doesn't potentially go after the baby if he has positive blood. But really, that shot wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.
Arena Place over by the Van Andel progress over the last few months. They're still at it.
They're building a lot of new things in downtown Grand Rapids. It will be interesting to see how well things are supported in a generation and if they can shift the mindset of the area to be more interested in coming downtown and paying for parking.
Toy & Comic Expo held twice a year in a small school gym about two miles from where we live. This year since Adam and Comfort have moved back into town, they decided to give the show a try.
Grand Rapids Comic Con so there was a much smaller emphasis on the comic portion and a much larger one on general toy collection. Especially vintage toys. The crowd was also significantly older than I was. A lot of 50+ aged people toy hunting.
The show does have a certain charm (especially due to an announcer that spends a good portion of the morning giving out door prizes and talking about specials) that makes it amusing to go to, even if I don't personally collect anything they'd sell.
Origins. I didn't do every side quest and have every little conversation, but I did a fair amount and I was still able to complete this game in roughly half the time it took me to complete the first game.
But it's finally done and I can get into Inquisition, which I've been excited to play since last year when they really started to ramp up the media on the upcoming game.