Old Shoes & Picture Postcards.

The Whirlwind has offered little respite, and I’ve felt like some kind of cad by remaining so devoid of communication here; I’ve watched some people get tired of silence and peacefully withdraw to other, more lively climes. It’s only the height of the busiest time of the year at the store, but we’re handling it like old salts, with our sanity intact – though a bit frayed at times. The proprietary lineup will see great change with the waning days of the old year and the premiere of the new, but new blood will mean new passion and motivation – a helpful tonic for brittle, old bones and cynical dispositions. I get to craft them the right way, and they’ll give me what I need to carry on, as well, in a glorious new symbiosis.

The last day off before X-mas was spent blasting around a festive San Francisco, gathering last-minute home upgrades with as much style and as little cost as possible. We don’t need much at the new digs, but of course we desire and aspire to much – brushed-aluminum toilet brushes included. The evening included a jumble of Christmas cards to dearly missed people far away. It was also an opportunity to play some smooth music on the stereo, to toss in some crackling pine logs, and keep the Merlot-a-pouring. The housemates sat around and caught up for the first time in what seemed like generations, and foreign addresses were written out by the dozens.

It was the first time I’ve been able to connect with the ghosts of my distant friends, and there was a definite melancholic tint to the experience, though the revisitations were warming to my heart and the surroundings were perfectly sumptuous. Each greeting was both regretful for leaving and lovingly optimistic about future gatherings…wherever that shall be.

There is scads more to report on, much of which will be shortly forthcoming, and with lavish, four-color illustrations, to boot!

Hearth1

Hearth2

26 Responses to “Old Shoes & Picture Postcards.”

  1. kimmaline Says:
    December 19th, 2004 at 6:59 pm

    How very, very homey. That looks like a fire to be curled up in front of.

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 3:56 pm

    Room for two, baby. Room for two.
    🙂

  3. kimmaline Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:44 pm

    I would actually love very much to get together and see you. It has been too long! Maybe after the first of the year???

  4. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:45 pm

    You bet. With pleasure.

  5. lekvar Says:
    December 19th, 2004 at 9:02 pm

    You said "scads".

  6. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 3:57 pm

    Better than 'scabies' or 'angioplasty'.

  7. Anonymous Says:
    December 19th, 2004 at 11:37 pm

    Your home looks wonderous! Now the only thing missing is a warm feline friend for your lap while you continue to sip wine in front of the fire :o)

  8. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 3:59 pm

    Knowing the little runt, he'll hurl himself into the blaze just so he can have a little extra attention.
    🙂

  9. melismaticdrill Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 12:01 am

    That is an impressive looking room. Out of curiousity, where do you work?

  10. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:01 pm

    Glad you like it. 🙂
    I manage the Bay Area's finest leisure shop, Gamescape. We pride ourselves on carrying anything social and cerebral, non-electronic and stimulating. Board games, traditional games, RPGs, hobbies, wargames, darts, etc.

  11. podle Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 12:24 am

    O that looks so delightfully warm and welcoming. The place already looks like its been lived in for your years (by you guys, I mean). I'm surprised no one is curled up, catlike, in front of the fire.
    I hope your winter holiday is as comfortable and sweet as the picture suggests it should be.

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:11 pm

    You're such a dear. I can't wait for things to mellow out with work after the holidays so we can all relax and unpack and…just be.
    You know how it is. Soon though, soon.

  13. lady_in_satin Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 1:28 am

    Is that really the place you *just* moved into?
    What the…????

  14. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:05 pm

    Heheh. I guess we're suckers for instant gratification.
    That, or we have WAY too much stuff. 🙂
    When you guys coming over?

  15. lady_in_satin Says:
    December 21st, 2004 at 2:07 am

    We're invited? Cool!
    We're low on cash right now, so it will depend on when we can get someone to watch our kids (who is not our $15/hr sitter)…

  16. scotis_man Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:06 am

    I love the second pic … Wow!

  17. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:06 pm

    Cheers. He's one of our many in-house gargoyles.

  18. scotis_man Says:
    December 21st, 2004 at 2:45 am

    Ya know … we still need to get together … I'll have my gargoyles call your gargoyles …

  19. angledge Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:06 am

    Our house rocks!
    Sitting in the living room together whilst chatting, writing Christmas cards, & drinking Two Buck Chuck was a wonderful close to the weekend.
    AND we have the world's most stylish toilet bowl brush. I think you should post a photo of THE BRUSH.

  20. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:14 pm

    Re: Our house rocks!
    Have no fear, dear housemate. They shall speak of the sterling toilet brush and its escapades and adventures for generations to come.
    It hath created a swirly and calleth it art.

  21. thistlelurid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:39 am

    soooo comfy…….ten times better than my mental picture…….
    ::jealous of you guys and your REAL logs:: :*)

  22. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:15 pm

    I got a log for you, lady.
    We're going to have to drag you screaming away from the fire, aren't we?
    *prepares the wine for use as a lure*

  23. evils Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 6:59 am

    That chair looks like the best place in the world to curl up and get lost in some literature. So cosy …
    P.S. Can I move in as your new house cat? I'm (mostly) toilet trained, quite independent and I promise not to clean my private parts in public whenever you've got guests round! *hack hack* Damn hairballs …

  24. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:17 pm

    *steps gingerly around your expectorations*
    Of course, darling. But perhaps we can charge admission to view the nubbins-cleaning sessions?
    Think about it?

  25. _phobia Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 3:20 pm

    Sounds quite lovely 🙂
    If only I could weave words the way you do…
    You can take a fairly regular activity (wrote out cards by the hearth) which sounds nice indeed, and make it sound so lovely and beautiful and romantic… *sigh*

  26. FunkyPlaid Says:
    December 20th, 2004 at 4:19 pm

    You're too sweet, B. I've often been accused of over-embellishing, and some even find it annoying.
    My grad professors, for example. 🙂
    But I'm so glad you enjoy reading, and I thank you for doing so.

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