I'm sipping my morning coffee, reflecting upon a really lovely weekend. Probably one of the nicest holidays I've had in a while.
First off, I've got to give credit to Central Market. Our Thanksgiving meal was amazing. The food was wonderful, the pickup was a BREEZE (15 minutes in and out of the store on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - miraculous!) and the directions were clear and helpful. It still was a lot of food. It was packaged as service for 6-8 and I think it was a generous eight. I did add brussels sprouts, but we still had plenty of left-overs. Contrast this to Pebbles' experience at her in-laws, where she said there wasn't enough food and that they ran out. She was shocked, as she is used to the food orgies put on by my side of the family. Anyway, I don't know that I will ever cook a big meal again. This was just too good and too easy.
I did have a lovely time decorating the table, although I didn't get a picture of it. It wasn't my absolute best, but I let it be at "good enough". The dining room is adjacent to the living room. Bick lit a fire, so the whole area was just very cozy and festive. Mom and my sister actually showed up and seemed to have a good time. My sister is still following her eating plan and I believe she said she'd dropped either 17 or 19 pounds. All of this got me to thinking how our family traditional dishes have evolved or devolved into a calorie-laden disaster. Everything has too many add-ins. Baked sweet potatoes have exploded into almost a dessert, given the amount of butter, sugar and marshmallows. Mashed potatoes now must come with added cream cheese, sour cream, more butter, etc. Corn is now corn souffle. Green beens have become the ubiquitous casserole. And I've already given the story of the pie martyr. It's all too much. Too over the top.
We ended the day with some football and ham sandwiches.
Next day we had some errands to run. I needed to get MalibuKen inspected and to visit a Reata-South specialized supply house. I'd decided to seek contractors there at a mobile supply place. Alas, they were not open on the Friday after Thanksgiving, but it did help me get myself back in gear. I pulled another dozen names off of Angie's List and started making calls. Two people have returned calls so I've got an appointment this afternoon and another tomorrow. And because I'm continuing to pursue this, I think I've undone any goodwill I might have generated over the holiday. Still with the push-back and the attempts to focus me on other, far-less critical, but outside projects. So frustrating. Again, I will keep my focus on the problems that are mine to solve.
Saturday we went down south to this. The weather was beautiful! And while I've been there several times, I'd never been to the Fair. In my mind, I'd somehow decided this was a Christmas craft fair, but it was not. It was so much more. It was like the best county fair you've ever been to in your life! I can really bring out my inner EarthMother/Hippy Chick/Low Footprint Urban Broad here! We watched a demo on timber frame barn raising, saw a spinning and weaving demonstration. Listened to a talk on keeping bees and another on keeping chickens in an urban setting. There were soap-making and cheese-making demonstrations as well as amazing food for purchase. As Bick said, it was unlike any fair food he'd ever had - grass-fed beef! And most everything is grown organically, right there on the farm. We, along with everyone not at the mall, spent a lovely, sun-baked day (we both got a kiss of sunburn) looking at the animals and reliving a small bit of our earlier lives on the farm.
Things are not looking good for Bick's mom. She's back in ICU. It appears this will be a rough holiday season for the family.
I didn't get near enough exercise over the holiday. I did a short yoga practice, but nothing else, really. Bick is looking for a treadmill and I do hope that he finds one. I'd love to have some exercise options when I am up there and the weather is bad. I need to remember that I can buy a day-pass at my old gym, if I go during manned hours.
So there's a post that covers everything but the kitchen sink. I am hopeful that the next two days will have me picking out all the finishes I need for the kitchen reno. I'm tired of having this hanging over me.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Clean your kitchen sink.