Monday, December 27, 2010

Prime Rib and Popovers

Are some of the simplest and yet most delicious foods in the whole entire world.

Also, MS and I have very generous families.

That is all.

How was your Christmas?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

(Shh...don't tell anyone...)

But I think I'm actually ready for Christmas.

The gifts are purchased, and most are wrapped.

Those that needed to be shipped, are shipped. And most of those have arrived at their destinations.

The roasting beast for roasting has been ordered and I'll pick it up Friday and cook it and we'll eat it, yes we will.

There are still some cookies left.

I think I even have enough wrapping paper.

But I'll go tomorrow and buy more. Just in case.

I wouldn't want to jinx anything.

The cuteness! It burns!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas traditions

The Tree: this year it's the little, table-top version. We use the card table as the "trunk".
Tiny Christmas tree

The Cookies: It's a well-known fact that Santa prefers chocolate-chip.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, close up.
(photo taken with my droid under fluorescent lights, uploaded to fb, and then color-corrected in my computer.)

First Posts

A bit different from the way I've done it before, the title and first sentence of the first post of each month for 2010.

January: Sweater knitted.
Now I just need to make up the sleeve seams, block it, sew in the snaps and put on the buttons. I loved the way it turned out

February: Gryffindor scarf update.
Knitting done. Weaving in ends 3/4's done. Need to block and add fringe. Wow! I knitted a bunch in the first part of this year!

March: I would say something if I had something to say...
Will catch up here later this week. Sorry for the silence here, but I'm noisy at my other blog and on Twitter. Yeah, my posting everywhere went way down this year.

April: Things I wish I would make time in my life to do

* Hawaiian Dance lessons. I still would like to make time in my life to do this.

May: Cropped!
From this: (pic) To this: (pic) I wonder what he'll do with his hair next?

June:Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Mysteriously Knowledgeable 8-year-old
I would accuse him of reading ahead, but MY SON would NEVER do THAT. He's a reader, that one.

July:Briefing in brief.
We went to Vermont on Amtrak. Ah...Vermont. Ah...Amtrak.

August: Whatever you're interested in, Dick Francis has a book about it (Part 1)
Photography? REFLEX He died earlier this year. I am so glad I got to tell him several times how much I enjoyed his books.

September: View from the Waiting Room
Sitting in the waiting room at the car shop, waiting for them to change the oil, rotate the tires, and do all the stuff one likes to get done before traveling in holiday traffic 6 hours each way. He really is an amazingly patient boy

October: What we're doing around here
MM is acing tests (spelling, math, geography: all A+) and enjoying school immensely. I can't tell you how relieved I am about this.

November: Was gonna post last night for NaBloPoMo
but something came up. That was really not fun. At all.

December: A Scene From Thanksgiving
MM starts a book club: Now that was a really fun time.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My son admitted I was right

Twice! In a 24 hour period!



Plus, he's wearing footie pajamas. Right this very minute.

Muffin Man, with his back to the camera, wearing footie pajamas with rockets on them

Muffin Man, with his back to the camera, wearing footie pajamas with rockets on them.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

In Attendance over Thanksgiving Week

My two grandmothers.
My mom and step-dad.
Me, Mr. Spock, and Muffin Man.
My sister, her husband, my niece and nephew, and the wonderful exchange student.
My Aunt and Uncle TandemBicycle and their daughter (cousin in picture).
My Aunt and Uncle JustAFewYearsOlderThanMe and their three kids.
My Uncle SnarkySenseOfHumor, my Aunt WorksWithSpecialNeedsKids, their two daughters, their grand-daughter, their eldest daughter's boyfriend, their youngest daughter's best friend, and the best friend's daughter.
My mom's Cousin MiraculouslyGetsYarnUntangled, her stepfather, her son, his partner, and their two kids.
And a brief visit by my mom's friends, FamousActorAndSinger and CollectsQuilts, and one of their sons, PlaysBanjoAndSingsBeautifully.

My mom hemmed some pants for me. We ate 4 tons of food. Mr. Spock and I figured out my parents home theater system and wrote up a user's guide for it. I knitted on a hat which I had to rip (thus the yarn detangling), and start again (it's much better now).

In short, I can't wait until next year.

A Scene From Thanksgiving

MM starts a book club:

Left to right: that's a wonderful exchange student from Indonesia who came with my niece; my delightful cousin who shares my birthday; and Muffin Man. They are reading the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. MM finished the whole set of five books in two days.

They represent 1/10th of the crew that was at my mom & step-dad's for the holidays.