Heading North

Tomorrow the boyfriend, puppy, and I embark on The Great Christmas Roadtrip of 2011. We are piling ourselves and all of our various suitcases, kennel/toys, and gifts into my car and hitting the 18-ish-hour road to Ohio. This will be an occasion on two fronts: 1) the boyfriend has somehow never yet been back to the northern ancestral home of his girlfriend in the 2.5 years we’ve been together, and 2) we’ve never done a roadtrip this long with the puppy this size (last uber long roadtrip with her was when she was a wee pup you could pick up with one hand; now she’s 55 pounds). I’m more worried about the first than the second. The pup loves being in the car, and was really good on the last long trip. But the room we’ll be staying in back in Ohio is my old room – which remains unchanged since my high school years. Yeah. The boyfriend is going to be exposed to that. I don’t have boy band posters on the wall or anything, but it’s a lot of Amanda-dorkdom to take in all at once. Plus my mom will have ample opportunity to show embarrassing photos and tell embarrassing stories to go along with them. And then, when we head up to my uncle’s in Michigan for the big Christmas get-together, there will (inevitably) be nosy questions about when we’re getting married/going to have babies.

If our relationship survives being hit with all of that, we’re pretty much soulmates. 😀

In other news, being sick all last week means the shop did not get all of the cool new things I wanted to put up. But that actually works out ok. There’s going to be a bit of a re-branding of both shop and blog for the new year. Nothing huge, just a little re-organizing and a slightly different name to accommodate the big picture I have in mind. 🙂 Stay tuned, and happy holidays!