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archive for December 2004

the trud

Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Trudi came over for the authentic Chinese dinner last night. She’s hilarious. We had not seen her in months. I always feel like I’m rushing to tell her things and hear her stories because we have so much to catch up on. I appreciate how honest she is about herself, and also that she has a great sense of humor. Hope her eyeball surgery went A-OK today. This is what we had for dessert – apple cranberry crisp:




And then I sent Trudi home with most of it. Too many desserts – I don’t want them in my house anymore!! That girl is too thin, anyway. I need to fatten her up with more cooking…

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mammoth holiday

Monday, December 27th, 2004

Mammoth was nice this weekend. In fact, I’m convinced it was better over Xmas b/c we saw a gazillion people driving up to Mammoth yesterday as we were driving home. What a zoo. Big storm coming, should dump some nice powder. The mountain was hard pack and crusty/icy in places. Saturday was windy and so we actually got a nice inch of powder on some runs. Then Jeremy took a spill and we decided to call it quits (after I did a big mogul field and decided not to push my luck). We put his knee and ankle on ice and I think it helped reduce the swelling, but he’s going to see the trainers today. We also took Kaweah around Rock Creek on Christmas Day:




Boy did she have fun…

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in the mood

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

Yay! I found liquor-filled chocolate bottles at Cost Plus Imports yesterday. I also bought more chocolates and other interesting things for Ben’s crackers (a mini gummy hamburger which is nice and squishy). When I unloaded all of the candies into this large bowl on the table, I told Jeremy we may have more candy than can fit into the crackers. He assured me this was not a problem.

Baked more brownies and this morning I got up super early to bake some cakes, make more crackers and print some little cards for my mom. I’m totally wired but I know I’m going to crash later in the day. We’re having a small potluck today at work. It was originally a “white trash” potluck lunch, but folks got a little bashful about the white trash part. I think true white trash food is kinda scary, but the standard casseroles and dishes that I saw growing up in Virginia – that’s good stuff. It’s bad for you, but it tastes great. I’ve found that white trash is not a Southern thing per se, because you find this stuff anywhere in America where white people can’t really cook (the midwest comes to mind, rural locales, upstate NY…) No, I take that back – there are few really good recipes that come from the midwestern “white trash” category. The best ones really are from the south. I brought potato-cheese casserole. I got the recipe from my ex-boyfriend whose family is from Kansas (there ya go!).

Oh, Kaweah isn’t seven years old, she’s six years old. Carrie pointed out to me that Hailey is only six and a half – and Hailey is older than Kaweah. I hate to say this, but we never remember the year Kaweah was born, only that we got her close to our second anniversary. And we couldn’t remember which year we married… So Kaweah gets a year back!