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It's 6:15, and I've been up for a while. I don't like getting up this early, but I woke up around 5 and was laying in bed making myself depressed, as I am wont to do, so I thought I would get up. What I really want to do is take the other half of my ambien from last night and sleep another 4 hours, but instead maybe I will go get breakfast somewhere, or at least coffee. (I am developing a bad Starbucks habit.)

I didn't do a damn thing yesterday except play Auto Assault.Oh, and I did get on GuildWars late last night, and I'm glad I did, because everybody who went to Lion's Arch or Kamadan yesterday got a (presumably temporary) sex-change. Since 11 of my 12 characters are female, I had 11 new male characters to look at. The results were rather varied. Possibly the most amusing one was Gia the ritualist, who came out a bit on the frou-frou side:

April Fool

Male ritualists are usually considered to be rather hot, but that's just too much jewelry for my taste, I think.

Saturday my aunt met me at my mother's house and we went through some of Mom's stuff. Jewelry, for one thing, of which she had a lot, mostly costume, and mostly not to my taste. We put the real jewelry up so Paula and I can look at it later, and I also boxed up a lot of pictures of Parker and a few other things for Paula. She said she did not end up with a lot of that kind of stuff in the divorce. And lord knows Mama had plenty. Mama also had at least 3 sets of dishes - although when we started pulling stuff out we decided that it was mostly just 3 sets of plates and not a lot of the other stuff. She had a very old set of Desert Rose, a set of green Spode plates, and a set of that green Corelle with the ivy. I decided I didn't really want the Desert Rose, and neither did Paula, so one of my cousins is taking it. If they hadn't wanted it, I probably would have sold it on eBay, because I do think it is worth something. Paula wanted the Spode - I would've taken it, if she hadn't wanted it, but she did, and the fact is that I don't have much use for fancy china anyway - so that leaves me with the Corelle. I don't have to take it, of course, but it's not a positively ugly pattern, and Rob is hard on plates so I probably will take it. My existing dishes are blue so the green will go okay with it.

Date: 2007-04-02 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My grandmother got Desert Rose when I was small. It was the stuff she had always wanted, and Grandpa decided that they were at a point in their lives where she could have the china she always wanted and eat off it every day and enjoy it. I don't much care for it (ack! the pink!), but I really love that he wanted to do that for her.

Date: 2007-04-02 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My aunt thought I ought to take the Desert Rose purely for sentimental reasons ("But she got it for a wedding present!") but I just didn't really want it. I already have my grandmother's china which I never use, I don't need more dishes which will just sit around. I can't see using it for normal daily use, myself, we are too apt to break things at my house. I like the idea of keeping something like that that was a wedding present; I just wish it was something I actually liked better.

(If it was up to my aunt I would have already brought home half the contents of my mom's house. She wants me to keep everything.)

Date: 2007-04-02 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My grandma had twelve siblings originally. (Seven are left, plus Grandma.) They grew up in the early part of the 20th century in a blue-collar household (farming and carpentry), so the idea of having Something Nice To Pass Down is extremely, extremely important to all of them. But my mom and I are both only children. So everything -- and my grandparents have been able to afford a lot of nice things over the years -- will be ours.

Luckily, that also means that we don't have very many people who are close enough relatives that they will feel they can step in and tell us what to do. I hope.

One of my friends and his wife bought her recently-deceased grandfather's house, and it was just a nightmare, because her aunt had agreed that she would let them make it their house, but she just couldn't do it. Grandpa had hardly used that couch -- couldn't they keep it? Grandma had always meant to do something with that quilt batting -- couldn't they make quilts? I think it's still going on a year later. Sigh.

Date: 2007-04-02 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OK, I think it's a little out there to expect somebody to take up quilting just to use up the batting! (I will happily take leftover batting, but Saturday I found a whole big bag in the closet that appears to be scraps of wool batting. I think that's going to have to go to the quilt guild. And I don't really know if they'll want it either.)

I guess that I am lucky - my aunt does try to talk me into keeping things, but if I am adamant she backs down and doesn't try to guilt me (much). And I have to be adamant because even after we move we're not going to have that much room.


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