Health food makes me sick.Calvin Trillin
Entries from December 1, 2005 - December 31, 2005
It feels so good -- I've already cleaned out the pantry, washed the guest room bed linens, cleaned out the frig, and it's not even 10 am! Now I'm in the basement with a fire, "Something's Gotta Give" is on in the background and I'm trying to talk myself into tackling the stack of bills on my desk. Blech!! I finally got the courage to sneak up on the Visa bill -- whoa girl, you can handle it...help I'm hyperventilating. Surely I did not do all that damage?!?
LOL LOL -- the movie is at the part where he's just come to her house after the trip to the hospital and he's stumbled into her bedroom by mistake when she's disrobed. Shock! Scream! LOL. I guess every woman over 50 can identify with Erika -- wouldn't we all love to be wildly successful playrights with a house in the city (NYC) and on the Cape and what fun to have a young, gorgeous Dr be infatuated with us! And, then, how comfortable (and painful) to finally fall in love. My New Year's wish is to have dinner at their restaurant in Paris -- Le Coubert I think. Now, the Dr. has just asked her out to dinner and she's giggling inside and thinking this can't be happening, but it is!
I think I'll play hooky tomorrow, too!
PS - watching a movie that makes you happy is good therapy for the shock of paying your December bills.
Whimper, whimper. Well, we made it through the holiday. My brothers and their kids, a niece who couldn't get home to Mom, and my daughter and grandkids all made it to the house Christmas Day. I do love to cook and this year tried to keep it reasonable in terms of the work load. Everyone started arriving around 3 pm or so. Here's the menu:
Crudites and Dips (the ubiquitous Ranch style and a ginger/soy dip that was different and great)
The above we consumed as we waited for everyone to get here so that we could proceed on to:
Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Horseradish Sauce on Baguette Slices (thought I had retired the national debt when I paid for that slab of beef)
Twice Roasted Herbed Potatoes
Layered Salad (thank you Megg)
Squash Casserole (thank you girls)
And for dessert:
Christmas Cookies (thank you Noah and Avery...yep, the ones Avery licked LOL)
Caramel Cake (thank you Becky)
So, as usual we were well fed. I'll post the dip recipe, stuffed m'rooms later.
We did the "while elephant exchange" which turned out to be great fun as we watched Aaron's agony with his chocolate fondue fountain, Thomas with his designer throw, Harold with his Madagascar game. It was a hoot.
Recently I finished reading "The Shadow of the Wind" -- the review is posted. The plot twists and turns so you feel you're chasing a balloon and just when you're about to grab it, the wind takes it in another direction. Often I couldn't remember the original plot I was chasing. The ending is one you would never in a thousand years conjure up.
I'm now reading "A Million Little Pieces" which didn't sound that appealing to me when I read the review, but I find I can't put it down. Talk about watching a train wreck.
I'm sitting here uploading music to my iPod...here's a few names you probably haven't heard in a while -- the Crusaders Vocal Album, Moody Blues (love that Justin), Stevie Ray Vaughn, Steve Winwood, etc etc. Dang, I'm old.