Friday, August 31, 2012


Just some glimpses of my life over the past week or so...
I stitched up this Pride and Prejudice embroidery, and I'm pretty smitten with it. Go ahead and laugh at me if you must, but P&P is my favorite book (tied with the Chronicles of Narnia series). Poor Mr. Darcy is a bit clumsy with his first proposal, but he does manage a few eloquent lines. Like this one.
The pattern is from Little Dorrit & Co.

I've been listening to She & Him's Volume One...on vinyl! I think it's the neatest thing ever when artists release new music on records. And the best thing about She & Him is that when you buy the vinyl album, you also get a code to digitally download the entire album (at no extra cost). I had already bought a few of their songs for my iPod, but now I can have all of the tracks.

I love the sunny, 60s sound of She & Him. And I love how warm and different it sounds this way.

{You can buy the vinyl version online, but I got mine at FYE. When we had one at our mall, I never shopped there because they were really overpriced. But while at a different mall last week, I was drawn in by the "We sell vinyl" sign in the window, and it was worth the trip.}

Oliver is my companion while I sew. He was my brother's cat, but now that Cody has married and moved out, I've adopted him. Ollie is ridiculously sweet. He talks all of the time and is very affectionate, always wanting attention. If you ignore him, he rolls around in the floor and curls his front paws up in the most irresistible way. He is also a polydactyl cat, which means that he has thumbs on his front feet and always looks like he's wearing mittens.

It's a bit awkward trying to sew when you've got a solemn black cat observing you, about a foot from your face, and occasionally swatting at the spool of thread.

Jack is a bit antisocial and shy. He's the most loving (and vocal) when he's hungry, and he has his eating schedule memorized and comes running within ten minutes of the times he always gets fed. :) I like to call him pleasantly plump...he weighs about twenty pounds. And even though he won't curl up and sleep in my lap like Oliver will, he's sweet in his own way and I'm biased about him because he was here years before Oliver came.

{I wonder if blogging about my lovely cats is the first step of becoming a Crazy Cat Lady.}

I'm rereading Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale, because I have the sequel, Palace of Stone, waiting to be read as soon as I finish! I adore her books...they're so well-written and memorable and satisfy my fairy tale loving self.

And as I read, I'm following along with the book club she did on her blog for PA this summer. It's such a neat idea that I wish more authors would do! It's like the book version of special features on a DVD. :)

A little package arrived from England at the beginning of the week (could someone tell me why English mail is so thrilling? Is it because it has that little blue sticker that says Royal Mail?). It contained the two latest additions to my brooch collection (I know...I have a problem).

A tiny heart-shaped one covered with a page from Pride and Prejudice. They're randomly chosen, but I was rather pleased that mine had the word Darcy on it. :)

And an Aslan-shaped one made from a page of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. {It's from the last chapter, as you can see.}

They're really bookish and beautiful...the wood makes them lightweight but sturdy, and they're covered with glossy varnish that makes them even more durable. And the packaging was adorable- they were wrapped very carefully and in old book pages! They're from House of Ismay, if you're wondering. :)
How was your week?

Until next time,

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I realize that I have a lot of little quirks (I recently discussed some of them that come with being an introvert...thank you all so much for the lovely comments on that post! They made my day :). Being a book nerd, I have a lot of strange bookish habits.

I love to read. I know that comes as a surprise to most of you...ha. I've loved books for as long as I can remember. Goodreads to me is like Facebook is to most people. I remember, as a kid, going to the bookstore inside our local Goodwill (yes, ours basically has a used bookstore inside) and scouring the shelves for interesting books. Then I was looking for anything in the Babysitter's Club or the Saddle Club series or ghost stories. I do the same thing now, except my tastes have changed. :) It's hilarious to see how many of the books I've purchased in my life have that familiar scrawl in the upper right corner of the first page: the month/year the book arrived at the store and the price written underneath. {I try to erase it now, but sometimes you can still see the faded pencil marks.}

You know the reaction of some people when they find out you read for fun? I feel as much disbelief toward people who don't. I remember reading in homeroom before class in the 7th grade. A boy came in and saw me and said, "Don't you have anything better to do?" I said, "Not really."

Now, about eight years later, I have finally formed a comeback. (Don't you love it how that happens? :) I should have said, "What? Like shoot wasps at people?" That was one of his favorite class past times. A wasp was a small piece of paper folded up until it was as hard as rock, and the boys shot them around class with rubber bands. They were surprisingly painful (I was accidentally in the line of fire and got hit once).

And since I'm feeling strangely nostalgic, do you guys remember Scholastic book fairs? Best day in the entire school year.

I collect books. Sure, I want to own copies of favorite stories and I love the possibility of what is inside a book I've never read before. But I also buy them because I love being surrounded by them. I carry one with me at all times...this seriously comes in handy when you unexpectedly have to wait somewhere. As Lemony Snicket says: Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. :)

I'm also a bit obsessive about my books. I try to keep them all in good condition, but of course my favorites are a bit more worn (as well as the ones I have bought used). Books that are worn from reading are fine, but stains and crumpled pages and damaged covers drive me crazy. I love old books because they're beautiful and have so much character, but I have a hard time actually reading them because I feel like I have to be so careful because they're fragile.

Here's how my bookshelves are organized: by genre (fiction mostly, plus a small section of memoirs/biographies and then other misc. nonfiction), then in alphabetical order by author's name, then for the most part in publishing order. I know this might sound borderline OCD, but I'm just being honest here. :) Every so often, after I've acquired several new books, I go back in and rearrange where I need to. I'm not a neat freak as far as cleaning, but things must be organized or I can't think straight. And my bookshelves are one of my favorite things to organize (I don't even mind dusting them :).

Let's talk about book covers...I break the rules and judge books by their covers all the time. I'm not saying that's a good thing, but a pretty cover sure does help draw me in. In general, I hate movie covers. I have a few of them, but they're sort of a last resort (as in they were really inexpensive or my only option at the time). I'm also not a fan of covers with faces on them. Occasionally I like it a lot, maybe even love it. But most of the time I don't. I like matching covers. But sometimes I break down and buy unmatching ones if they're much, much cheaper. My Anne of Green Gables set is completely mismatched because they all came from Goodwill. Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series, which I adore, has original, unique, illustrated covers and blah redone covers that feature faces. I have the pretty Goose Girl, but finally bought the others in the ugly versions because they were much cheaper (seriously...this Enna Burning vs. this one?).

My fascination with pretty covers and different editions is also why I sometimes end up with multiple copies of books, but I'm trying to stop that. :) I have four different copies of Jane Eyre. {A big part of the problem here is that I'm so sentimental over books...if I get a new copy, I can't bring myself to get rid of the old one.}

I try to only read one book at a time. If I'm reading more than one, I get distracted and end up focusing on one more than the other anyway. One novel, I mean. I also have one nonfiction book going at all times, usually a devotional or something by C.S. Lewis that I read at the time of day when I journal and read my Bible.

And even though I have several pretty bookmarks, I never seem to use them! I always end up using random slips of paper (like sticky notes folded in half) or little promo cards that are always lying around.

I used to feel like a criminal when I didn't read all of my library books before returning them. Several weeks ago I brought home a big stack of books, and I've been reading through most of them. But there are a couple that I was really excited about at the time but don't really want to read right now. I was contemplating reading them anyway, but it hit is too short to read books that I'm not excited about reading. I know that sounds silly and a bit obvious. I'm finished with school, so my days of required reading are over! There are so many books that I can't wait to read (or reread), so why should I waste time with ones I'm not excited about? (Besides, seven out of ten library books isn't bad at all. :)

P.S. I collect pictures of my weird book habits on Pinterest on my Bookish board.
So, fellow book nerds, I've spilled my embarrassing habits. Now it's your turn. Please share in the comments! :)

Until next time,

Saturday, August 25, 2012

It's my one weakness.

At my house, we love Lark Rise to Candleford.

I watched this BBC series for the first time a little less than a year ago (and wrote about it here). I absolutely love it. Earlier this year, I broke down and bought the complete set from eBay.

You might remember how, a couple of months ago, I got my parents hooked on Bleak House and Little Dorrit. I told them that they should try Lark Rise, too. I was pretty sure that my mom would like it, but I didn't know if Dad would or not.

They both love it. :) I finished rewatching the fourth and final season over a week ago, and they quickly caught up with me (they just finished a few days ago). My dad says it's one of the best TV shows he's seen and that now it has ruined him from any other shows (true quote, though I don't know whether he wanted me to share it or not. :).

There is definitely something special about Lark Rise to Candleford. Me and my parents talk about Thomas Brown and Minnie and Queenie like they're real people who we know. They speculated over what might happen and I refused to give them any hints. We discuss which of Laura's suitors is the best (personally, I don't like any of them! Alfie is my favorite, though he doesn't quite count :). I jokingly call my parents Mar and Par.

The show is hilarious and heartbreaking and sweet. It's just gorgeous. I'm sad that there aren't more episodes, but at the same time I'm also a bit relieved. The last season is my least favorite...things just feel a little different. If they had continued, the later seasons might not have been as magical as the first ones. I do love the very end of the fourth season, though. Everything that I wished to happen did, and it felt like a perfect conclusion.

Although quite a few of you commented on my last Lark Rise post saying that you love the series, too, it doesn't seem to have been as popular (in the US, anyway) as some other BBC programs. For example: Downton Abbey. I have a theory that's because it's just a good, clean historical story about normal people. I don't think it's quite exciting enough for American audiences to appreciate (unless you're someone who, like myself, loves period dramas anyway).

Downton Abbey, on the other hand, has been a smash hit in the US, even among people who don't usually watch that sort of thing. I think a big part of its popularity is because of the scandal factor. Don't get me wrong- I'm a Downton fan, too (the Dowager Countess is one of my favorite characters ever), but the reason it's not higher on my list of favorite BBC shows is because of how edgy it is at times (first season in particular). I don't like having to be paranoid about content I don't want to see in a BBC mini series.

Anyway, now I have to find something to fill the void since my parents have finished up Lark Rise. :) I think next I'll let them borrow North & South. Then maybe Cranford? But first I'll have to rewatch that's been a while since I've seen it! :)

What's your favorite BBC mini series?

Until next time,

{If you've seen any episodes of the show, you'll understand the title of this post.}

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Stitched dresses {and film fashion}.

I had an idea, a while back, to embroider the gorgeous gown that Audrey Hepburn's character wears in Sabrina. That inspiration got me thinking about other memorable dresses or outfits from classic films. I was struck with the idea that there are some dresses that are so familiar to us classic movie nerds that we can instantly recognize them, even without a famous face wearing them.

And that's how the Film Fashion embroidery series was born. :)

Now, months and months later, the idea has actually turned into something real. I googled reference pictures of a few dresses, and worked on sketching out patterns. I'm not an artist, so this took quite a bit longer than it would have for an artistically inclined person. :) Then I tried to squeeze in the actual stitching in between the obsessive bouts of knitting that have come in the oddest of times, during this miserably hot summer.

So far there are three pieces, but I'm starting on some more, once I narrow down my favorites. My goal is about ten or twelve in total.

First up is, of course, Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy gown from Sabrina (seen here). This is my absolute favorite one that I've stitched so far (and I generally hate strapless dresses). I'm so tempted to keep it for myself, but I can always make one for myself later. I'm also biased because I adore the song that is playing in the background of the party scene: Isn't It Romantic?

You can find this embroidery in the shop here.

The second one is the black dress Rosemary Clooney wears in White Christmas, after she has run away from Bing (who, at the moment, she mistakenly thinks is a greedy jerk). I always loved this dress, with the unusual neckline and the flared, mermaid skirt. I also love the long, shimmery, white gloves she wears. I'm crazy about Rosemary Clooney's voice- I think she's very underrated! In this scene, she sings Love, You Didn't Do Right By MeI'm not crazy about the strange tanned men in black who dance in that scene, but that's another story.

This one is available in the shop here.

The third embroidery is the sweet blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. This is probably the most recognizable outfit in classic movie history. And you'll probably have Over the Rainbow stuck in your head for the next week (you're welcome :). I know technically Dorothy doesn't have the ruby red slippers and things are a little less colorful when she sings the song, but I couldn't resist including them.

You can find the embroidery here.

One of the reasons that I'm so excited about working on this series is because not only are the finished embroidery pieces for sale, but I also made patterns for them! So if you're a stitcher, you can make your own. You can find the embroidery patterns in the Etsy shop here.
So now I want to know...what is your favorite classic film frock? It doesn't have to be a dress- it can be anything, even a men's outfit (though personally I'm struggling to recall any memorable men's clothing. Except for maybe Gene Kelly's rolled-up shirt sleeves and vests- especially the yellow one!- in Singin' in the Rain). Do you have a favorite outfit from a newer movie?

Until next time,

Monday, August 20, 2012

Babes on Broadway.

I haven't forgotten about posting about the Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland musicals! Here are my thoughts on their third musical, Babes on Broadway.

This film begins a little different from the other two in that Mickey and Judy's characters aren't friends who have known each other for years. Tommy Williams (Rooney) is an aspiring Broadway actor who is barely getting by singing with two buddies in a basement spaghetti restaurant. He meets Penny Morris (Garland) at the local drugstore where all of the Broadway hopefuls hang out. Tired of being turned down by producers, Tommy decides to create his own show. He uses the plight of orphaned children who want to visit the country to bring publicity to his show, but Penny has mixed feelings when she discovers his selfish motives.

I like the supporting cast in Babes on Broadway- it seems like the friends of Mickey and Judy's characters get better in every film. :) There's Virginia Weidler, who plays Barbara Jo, one of the older kids at the orphanage. You might recognize her from The Women or The Philadelphia Story. I also especially like Ray McDonald, a very talented dancer (who was also in one of the Andy Hardy films, Presenting Lily Mars, Till the Clouds Roll By, and Good News). There's also another young couple that I can't remember the names of. :)

The music is pretty good, though there are only two songs that I really like: How About You? (I adore that song) and Anything Can Happen In New York. As for the plot, I like that it's Broadway themed and takes place in New York, but it is reminiscent of certain parts of Strike Up the Band. Example: sad children whose needs force Mickey Rooney's character to choose between selfish career goals or doing the right thing.

Still, there are some great moments in the film that always stand out to me. One of them is the film debut of Margaret O'Brien. It's only a brief moment, but it's hilarious. :) A tiny girl, speaking in her solemn dignified voice, begging to save her brother from the electric chair, or something morbid like that. Also- the little boy who sits down at the piano and plays a beautiful piece with nobody even glancing at him. {Donna Reed and Ava Gardner also have bit parts.}

Mickey Rooney has a few unusual key the Carmen Miranda impersonation (which is equal parts creepy and hilarious) and the banjo solo (he's not actually playing, but it sure looks like he is). Judy is lovely in every scene she's in, as usual. I love her hair in this film, too- it looks very grown up compared to the earlier musicals. Also, keep an eye out for an older man who looks almost exactly like Mickey Rooney does now. :) That was his real-life dad, and the resemblance is obvious.

The "ghost theater" sequence, when the pair reminisce about Broadway greats before them in an abandoned old theater, is interesting but seems to slow down the film a bit. It's an inclusion that feels a little like the Nell of New Rochelle act in the previous movie, but I much prefer the hilarious NoNR number. And the ending number seems a bit lackluster for such a cute film (it's also a blackface minstrel routine that feels very similar to the one in Babes in Arms...I think Mickey and Judy are even wearing those same costumes at one point?).

A bit of trivia: While most musicals seemed to be a happy escape from the war that was going on at the time, Babes on Broadway is one of the few that actually acknowledges World War II. Also, Shirley Temple was originally planned to play the role of Barbara Jo.

Overall, Babes on Broadway is a nice musical, and just as enjoyable as the previous two (you can read my reviews here: Babes in Arms and Strike Up the Band). But the last Mickey/Judy musical, Girl Crazy, is my absolute favorite. :) I hope to post about it soon!

Until next time,

Friday, August 17, 2012

A retro apron.

I've been doing a lot of sewing over the past week or two. This summer I'd spent so much time knitting and embroidering that sewing had been pushed to the side, except for a few wallets for the Etsy shop.

I'd forgotten how much I love it. :) This week I even sort-of enjoyed the aspects of sewing that I usually dread, like cutting out the fabric and hemming.

This apron is made from Sew Liberated's Lola pattern. I had a hard time finding a cute cotton that I liked and wanted to use. I finally decided on a retro red print with little pictures that look like they could have come from a 30s children's book. :) The only downside is that the red bias tape blends in with the fabric instead of standing out like it should.

I've made several aprons (to sell, for my mom, etc.), but this is the first one I ever made for myself. I'm hoping it will inspire and motivate me a bit when it comes to learning to cook. The kitchen is a pretty scary place for me- full of sharp knives and hot ovens and other misc. dangers for a klutz like me. :)

I've always struggled a bit with bias tape (I can never seem to catch the back of it when I'm stitching!), but this pattern used unconventional ways to apply it, which I really liked. And there is a lot of bias tape and rickrack on this apron. :) So even though it's simple to sew, it took a bit of time.

The pattern is also a bit different because the front is made from one piece of fabric instead of a skirt part attached to the top part. The waist ties are a bit higher (or they were on me, anyway), and the apron is looser than most I've made. Very comfy, though. :) I did make the front section about 1 inch wider.

I know that red and yellow is a slightly tacky combination. But I like it anyway. It reminds me of elementary school and ketchup and mustard. :)

Even though it wasn't in my list of fall sewing goals, the apron is something I've been meaning to make for a while now. I've also been making other progress in my fall sewing, too...I finished a dress today that I'll probably post about next week. I also found some cute crafty flannel for pajama pants.

I had ordered some wool blend gabardine from Denver Fabrics for my purple Penelope coat. I was hoping it would be perfect because 1) it's wool, 2) it was purple, and 3) it was on sale.

It came this week. Unfortunately, instead of being purple-ish like the picture implied, it is cranberry red like the name implies. The fabric is gorgeous and soft, but it won't work for the coat (not just the's much too lightweight). It's so pretty that I'm not going to return it, so I guess it'll be made into a skirt or a dress or something. :)

So today I went to Joann's and bought everything I need for my purple coat. Purple corduroy, a green and cream print for the lining, and a slippery green lining for the sleeves. I also bought some Pellon Thermolam Plus to interline the coat with. I had planned on using flannel all along, but suddenly realized last night that it could be disastrous, given flannel's tendency to shrink on me.

The colors are so much prettier in person- the lighting was bad for this picture.

And another quick little project I did the other day- a cover for one of my old pillows. This is significant because I love the Eiffel Tower fabric and because this is the first project I've completed entirely on my vintage sewing machine. :) The machine ran perfectly, though it made me nervous because it was almost impossible to sew slowly on just rolled along.

 What have you made lately?

Until next time,

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Short-Straw Bride.

When Meredith Hayes was a young girl, she stumbled onto Archer land. An accident there left her with a permanent limp and a more sympathetic view of the reclusive Archer brothers (or one of them, anyway :) than most people in her community have. Years later, she once again steps foot on their property. This time it's to repay a debt when she has overheard a dangerous plot to take the Archers' land. A series of events leaves Meredith with an apparently compromised reputation, so the four brothers draw straws for who will be responsible and marry her.

Over the past year or so, I've read all four of Karen Witemeyer's novels. I loved them all, and Short-Straw Bride is no exception. Ms. Witemeyer always manages to write memorable characters and creative plots. I think she must have a Book Cover Fairy Godmother, too, because her novels always get adorable covers (which, I'll confess, is important to me. It's hard to pick up an ugly book :).

I was especially excited about this book when I heard that it was loosely inspired by the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (one of the most gloriously colorful and suspend-your-disbelief musicals ever).

Anyway, I seriously enjoyed this book. It dives right in with a lot of action at the beginning, which I think is unusual for this sort of novel (they usually save the thrills for the end). The middle of the book mostly focuses on the growing relationship between Meredith and Travis, and then at the end there's a bit more conflict. Speaking of Meredith...I liked her well enough, though sometimes she was too much of a risk-taker for me to be able to relate to her. :) Travis was an interesting character, and I especially liked the backstory of his family and the explanation for why he vowed never to leave his land or his younger brothers.

The romance was sweet. For a change, I like an occasional story where the marriage comes first and the romance slowly grows (though it's certainly not a situation I'd want in real life :).

I also like that the four Archer brothers were given distinct personalities. Travis obviously was the main male character, but the other three brothers weren't just lumped together. The youngest, Neill, might have been overlooked a bit, but Crockett and Jim were well drawn characters.

If you like historical romances, you'll like Short-Straw Bride. In my opinion, Karen Witemeyer stands out in this genre and write reliably good stories. Can't wait for her next novel! By the way, if you're interested, you can view the book trailer here. I've watched it several times just to hear the music. :)

Until next time,

{Note: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.}

Friday, August 10, 2012


I am an introvert. For years, I've been called things like quiet and shy, but they've never quite felt accurate. Now I think I have the right word. {If home videos are to be believed, though, I was not an introverted child. I was surprisingly obnoxious, loud, and bossy. Guess that comes from being the older sister. :)} Here are some things you might not know about me...

I thrive on consistency and routines (I'm a bit obsessive with my routines :). Spontaneity and change almost always make me nervous and unsettled.

Being around a lot of people for a long time drains me. Even if I'm having a lovely time. At the end of days like that, I want nothing more than to get by read and journal and think and just recharge.

I hate the telephone. Awkward pauses and silences are just exaggerated on the phone. I need time to think of responses, and I need face-to-face interaction to see how the person is reacting to what I'm saying. {Also, I sound like an absolute country hick on the phone. Or at least I do on the answering machine, so I assume I do in phone conversations, too.}

Crowds and large groups of people make me nervous, especially when they're strangers. I'm really self-conscious.

I took a public speaking class last spring because it was mandatory in my program to graduate. It was one of the scariest things I've done. I talked really fast and sweated a lot and my hands shook, but I finished the class and even scraped by with an A (proof that this Hermione would face anything for an A :).

I'm awful at multi-tasking. I try it a lot, but I can't get anything done when I'm trying to do two or three things at once. I need to concentrate on one thing.

I'm also awful at small talk. I guess you could say I'm quiet, because I generally end up listening more than talking. But...get me started on a topic I'm interested in (sewing, old movies, books) and you'll be amazed at how much I babble. :)

I am okay with the fact that, compared to most girls my age, I'm basically a little old lady trapped as a twenty-one year old. :) I spend my weekends at home, knitting and watching old movies, instead of being out and about in town, socializing.

I feel comfortable with silence. Just because I'm not talking much doesn't mean something's wrong. Sure, I might have something on my mind, but it's probably not anything worrying me. I'm probably plotting a new crafty project or thinking about something I've read. :) I threw this one in because my mom always worries something is wrong when I'm in a quiet mood.

I never liked group work in school. Part of it was because I was so obsessive about my grades that I didn't want someone else's indifference to affect my grade. But it was also because I worked better by myself.

But I don't want to sound so negative. It's not that I don't like people! :) I don't always want to be alone. There are lots of people that I love spending time with. It's just that I'm not as effortlessly social as most people.

I've known these things about myself for quite some time, but it seemed like nobody else felt this way. Then I came across this book, which I finished reading last weekend, called Quiet.

And it was amazing! All of these little things weren't just personal quirks...they were characteristics of introverts. This book talks about how our world, especially America, has an "extrovert ideal." We are drawn to loud, confident people. We automatically assume that the loudest, flashiest, best presenters are the best- that they know exactly what they're talking about. We like charisma. Quiet, introverted children are a cause for worry and concern because they're social in a different way from other kids.

It was fascinating. Did you know that the brains of introverts and extroverts are wired differently, even from birth? Of course, life and experiences have an effect, too. The basic message of Quiet is that introverts and extroverts are different. But one is no better than the other- they both have advantages and disadvantages. They're both good at certain things, and lacking in other areas. So they can balance each other out. :)

{The book held my attention more than I expected it to. I'm a novel kind of girl- fiction is my thing. When I read nonfiction, it's typically memoirs, biographies, etc. It did get a bit dull in a few spots, though. And it revolved a lot around the corporate business world, which isn't interesting or applicable to me, so that got a little annoying.}

But of course, this book wasn't written from a Christian perspective, so there's a bit more to it than that for me. Which of these things are natural personality traits that are fine for me to accept, and which are fear-things that I need to move past, that God can help me work through? When is it okay to stay in my comfort zone (if only comfort zones weren't so darn...comfortable :) and when do I need to step out?

What about you? Are you a quiet introvert or a super-social extrovert? Or somewhere in between?

Until next time,