Commence with the Flappy Hand Dance

I’m catching up on some online reading before going to bed and I hear something moving in the wrapping paper rolls currently on our dining room floor.  I wake up my husband (who has to work tomorrow) and make him turn on the light and check.  He didn’t see anything, but I totally heard what I heard.  A mouse trap is getting put out right before going to bed.    Ick.

UPDATE:  AAAAHHHHH!  It poked it’s head out from the wrapping paper tube!  They are ALL getting thrown out.  And also?  He climbed up the lights on my fake ficus, crawled across the mossy base, and fell into a bag of scrapbooking supplies.  I woke my husband up again and he took the bag outside and dumped it.  Yep the guy was in there.  So now I have tainted wrapping paper in my dining room, and a front porch scattered with my supplies.  But less one critter.  Which I think was a shrew.  He looks mouse-like but with nearly black fur and a pointy nose.  Not nearly as cute as mice.  But still making me keep my feet off the ground and randomly break into “Eww, eww, eww!”.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Baking Complete

The past two days have been a flurry of getting ready for Christmas.  A lot of the time was spent in the kitchen.  I made a few different types of cookies, peppermint bark and cheesecake.  I can’t share more than a picture with you, although I wish I could.  Hope your holidays are wonderful!

2008 Cookies

Peppermint Bark

Festivus (for the rest of us)

My day today was, shall we say, a little stressful.   Mostly due to the weather.  In the past two days we have gotten around 6 inches of snow.  I thought I was pretty much done with the Christmas shopping, but after a little chat with Amazon yesterday that did not go in my favor, I had to brave the elements and do some shopping.  At Toys ‘R Us.  Two days before Christmas.  With a bird.  Yes, a bird.  We took our little parakeet to the vet in the nasty weather to get his nails trimmed.  I’d do it myself, but I tried that a few times.  Once I think I broke one his toes.  They are about the size of a toothpick, and I’m pretty much an oaf, so to the vet it was.  Then the toy store.  With the bird.  Wrapped in a blanket.

No, I didn’t feel weird at all.

Anyway, after slogging through unplowed and unsalted roads for 30 minutes to get to the vet, I was not inclined to drive all the way back home when I was closer to Toys ‘R Us than I was home.  And being that the little bird weighs a whopping 45 grams, I thought he might freeze in slightly under 5 minutes, so we wrapped his travel cage in a warm blanket and brought him into the store.  On the way home I wanted to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts to get gift cards for a few family members who go there for coffee all the time.  I stop at the one near the dojang.  Only one card left.  I grab that one and go to the second DD.  Score!  I get my remaining cards and get ready to pull into traffic. (BTW, my 10 yo stayed in the car with the bird at DD).  I’m waiting for a HUGE break in traffic when what do I spot outside of the store, just a few feet from a giant inflatable Santa?  This:

Festivus

The Festivus pole outside of the Dunkin’ Donuts made my day.

Floating, Falling, Spinning

Took time release Sudafed last night (the good stuff, the one they nearly do a background check on you before they sell it) and Excedrin. Had the funkiest sensations while trying to sleep. Felt like I was going to not fall asleep, but pass out.

Between the pseudoephedrine and the caffeine in the Excedrin, I think I was a little high.

Food is Love

So….New Year’s is going to be here soon and we are hosting our usual dinner party for our closest friends. There will be about 8 of us (plus kids) and I need to start planning the menu. Last year I made individual beef wellingtons and lemon chicken (for those that did not want the beef). It was a smashing success, and I need to be careful not to set the bar too high. I thought I had that year. People were coming over, and I was still covered in flour from the pastry dough I wrapped the beef wellington in.

Did I mention I’m a rebel and it was the first time I had tried out both those recipes? I’d like to have a meal that is not only tastes phenomenal, but is a feast for the eyes as well. I’m thinking I want something colorful with a great mix of textures.

It’s funny, I don’t like the mundane, day-to-day type of cooking. Give me a challenge and I’m all over it like white on rice.

Say “Hi” to Fred Calamari!

I built a squid this evening. It’s a lot of fun. You can build your own and play with him too!
Go to Build A Squid.

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(found at Pharyngula)