Thanks Wally and Anne. I ended up getting a vase at Crate and Barrel. It'll stay in the car, unless I see others bringing in presents...kind of wimpy, I guess, but it's a plan.
Other news from yesterday...it was a busy day...I cleaned the fridge, went to Costco and got a few things that made sense to get in Costco quantities for Passover -- carrots, apples, red peppers, eggs, and a whole salmon to make salmon gefilte fish. (a friend's recipe that I had last year and actually liked). Took a trunkful of clothes to donate....old coats, DSS's clothes and some of mine.
Got my car inspected and it failed
turns out the reflector on the fog light is cracked, and that's actually a safety violation. You don't need to have fog lights at all, but if you do, they're subject to the same standards as regular headlights.
Had 2 conference calls...one in the morning and one mid-afternoon...nothing momentous, just time-consuming.
Got my car washed inside and out...it needed it.
Went to the mall and got the Crate&Barrel vase, a bunch of little things at the Discovery Store as Passover gifts for kids, and a dress for myself at Talbots. Didn't actually get the dress. They made a women's size and a miss's size version. The 16W fit, but it was cut higher in the waist and fuller in the sleeves. The regular 16 was the largest size they had in the store, but definitely a better cut for me...true waist and longinsh cap sleeves. I'm pretty sure the regular 18 will fit great, but possibly the regular 20. So I ordered both from the catelog and will return one of them.
After the mall, I went to the grocery store and home for dinner with DH. We had butternut squash soup, steak, and roasted veggies. Then I literally collasped on the couch.
Today will be finishing the kitchen cleanup, making the fish stock for the gefilte fish, a walk, seder planning with DH, and the engagement party.
Tomorrow is cooking -- chicken soup, gefilte fish, layered vegetable kugel, and sephardic charoset (a mixture of dried fruit and nuts). Hopefully with some time for a walk and some fun.
Monday it's work and then to my cousin's house for the first seder, with soup and kugel in hand.
Tuesday it's cooking and preparing for the second seder at our house. (turkey, tzimmes (beef, sweet potatoes, carrots, and dried fruit), a spinach kugel, and asparagus). Guests are bringing the matza balls for the soup and desserts....including fruit.
Wednesday I rest and DSS comes home.
Here's the dress. I tried the link a bunch of times and couldn't get it to work...that's why this post looks like it's been edited so much.