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archive for December 2005

what an entrance!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Oh the holidays… For some reason I tend to keep myself freakishly busy when I don’t even like Christmas. But today, today all is right with the world for one second because it is the winter solstice. It’s the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, so I was bracing for full on winter. This week however, we are seeing temps above freezing and it feels – AMAZING! I’m telecommuting today since no critical deadlines are looming, and everyone I work with is out of the office. Good thing too, because I finally finished Ben’s quilt this morning at 8 am, just in time for Jeremy to run both quilts to the laundromat for a wash (rag quilts clog your pipes, but industrial pipes at the laundromat can handle it). While he was out, I made the gift bags and packed some goodies for BIL:

mushy brain

Sunday, December 18th, 2005

I cleaned up in the kitchen and hit the booze early (like at 8 am) because hot wassail sounded so good with zero degree temps outside. Nicole called it hot sangria. I can see the colonials tanking up on hot wassail while running around in the winter night singing carols to the town. Boozy, warm, and loud – that’s the life of a revolutionary…


here we go a wassailing


**Jump for more butter**

juicy fruity

Friday, December 16th, 2005

I whipped up some crabcakes, hashbrowns, and stir-fried zucchini for dinner tonight. Jeremy loves fresh hashbrowns on the skillet and I had some extra yukon golds to finish off.




I got the biggest pomegranate I have ever seen the other night, for Jeremy. He loves pomegranates. These were all behemoths grown by POM, the makers of the pomegranate juice and juice blends. He told me he was fearful that POM might be some evil company (he hasn’t looked into it and I’m too tired to do so now). I told him since it wasn’t labelled organic, it already had one strike against it. Which got me to thinking that there really are very few companies that I feel I can support guilt-free. Then again, I imagine it is like choosing the lesser of two evils (sort of like elections). Tonight, anyway, the pomegranate seeds were bursting with juicy flavor.