My mother-in-law has a particularly impressive ability to both spill wine and break wine glasses. These are, of course, not mutually exclusive occurrences, but generally one does follow the other and, more often than not, in a fantastic spectacle of coordination.
It’s fluid motion these days: knocking over the glass; spilling the wine; cleaning the red stain! But, while Wine Away is our favoured companion for spraying away our red wine woes in a matter of minutes, I decided to make a preemptive strike to retain some of our stain-removing reserves.
While I vowed not to make any Christmas presents after last year’s wooden gift extravaganza, in the final hour, I inevitably buckled in the face of the alternative: Spending more time in the mall.
And so for one of my gifts, I made a set of Story Dice. These are quite simply 6-sided dice with pictures on each side, but the fun is in how you use them. All you need to do is roll a handful of story dice across the floor and you have the beginnings of a magical fairy tale!
For the past couple months, I have been avoiding the shop. It was a long battle to plead for garage permit approval only to boil down to 30 torturous minutes in a meeting with the horrible Board of Variance. Their ignorance on the situation and their strangely biased comments against “the young people” moving into the neighbourhood culminated to the anger and deep hatred I feel for them at this moment; but in the end, I’m at a loss for words. It is clearly a story for another time.