Friday, September 16, 2005  

Best Secret Pal!!

Wow! When I got the slip notifying me that I had a package to pick up, I had NO IDEA that my package would be from my amazing secret pal, with a huge box full of amazing goodies!!!

First thing I noticed? My secret pal had decorated the box with an adorable kitty. Cricket approved of the decorating scheme.

And the inside was even cuter than the outside.

And check out the loot! :)

That's two skeins of Lorna's Laces in Icehouse (I love this color!!), a bag of REALLY neat rubber-band things (so not sure how to describe them. But trust me, they're really neat.), a custom cd mix with some great jacket art, a card with the reveal information, one of those "takeout for two" kits that I always think about buying, but never do... and the coolest notions box ever. How cool?

And every single one of those little boxes on the right has its own little lid. It's SO COOL.

But the best gifts weren't for me. See, my secret pal, Samantha, included some great gifts for the animal contingent!

Abby got a felted chew toy (and, according to S, she LOVES it!!!)

But Cricket scored the ultimate - kitty-crack. Cricket, a.k.a. "psycho-kitty," has never had catnip. Perhaps I took good-old Nancy's "say no to drugs" too seriously (HAH!), but for whatever reason, I've kept Cricket well away from the "catnip crowd." You've seen them - hanging around, trying to score hits out of the herb garden, passing off dried oregano to the more gullible kittens... well, now Cricket can be seen, eyes wild and felted kitty-toy in her mouth, assuring me that she "can stop any time she wants to."

But Stephanie, perhaps knowing that Cricket's catnip-fueled mania couldn't last, planned ahead -

What a lovely kitty-bed! And as she notes, it WOULD make a beautiful display basket for projects in progress, should Cricket get tired of it. I think I'll have to introduce Cricket to her bed when she's "come down" from the catnip - right now, she seems to think she needs to attack it!

Thanks so much, Secret Pal! Oh, and you may notice that there aren't any pictures of the super-yummy treats. Ummm, maybe you forgot to pack them? Especially the walnut biscotti? Speaking of, if you wanted to send me the recipe for the 3 types of biscotti you've sent me (sour cherry pecan, oatmeal cherry, and walnut) I would be eternally grateful. Like "Cricket when she gets her catnip fix" grateful.

I'm really looking forward to today - I'm heading to spend the day at the Happy Place, and I'm currently loading up the new HP audiobook onto my ipod. I finally got it from the library - and thanks to the ipod, I don't have to rush to finish it before the due-date!

Today's knitting agenda - finish Mariah (we might not speak for a bit unless I can figure out how to bind-off the bottom so that it matches the cast-on edge better), finish my Ambles sock, and figure out what I want to knit next!!!


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