Posts from the ‘Holidays’ Category

The Birthday Question

It was my birthday yesterday. It was a generally low-key day, which, except for “big birthdays” (I’m halfway between 2 “big ones” right now) is how I prefer it to be. My original plan was to go to my spa of choice (read: the one where I had a nice amount of gift cards) but it turned out that they’re closed on Mondays. Plus Joe and I couldn’t go out to dinner because Read more…

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When Expectations Are Low, There’s Nowhere To Go But Up

Last year I made a Valentine’s Day dinner that was for the books…the dinner itself was pretty good (linguine and clam sauce with baked parmesan-topped zucchini) but the dessert, which I invented myself (mistake #1), totally sucked. Everything with it went wrong, to the point where Read more…

The Last Christmas ’10 Entry (I Promise!)

The Christmas decorations are all gone from the outside of the house. Don’t pat me on the back too much about that – I was still one day later than the Read more…

Old Lang’s Sign

Good-bye 2010!

Like every year that has preceded you, you had your good points and your bad points, your ups and your downs. Some of the highs didn’t always always match some of the lows but some of the lows weren’t even close to matching the height of some of the highs so, as far as I’m concerned, it all pretty much evens out in the end. Life is good and life goes on.

THINGS THAT HAPPENED 2010:

I’ve re-acquainted myself with Read more…

About My Christmas Decorations and Stuff…

I’m probably confusing a whole lot of people with my talk and pictures about Christmas and then out of the other side of my mouth I say I’m a Secular Humanist. Actually, it gets better than that. Much.

You see, I was Read more…

The Story (and Recipe!) of the Effing Gingersnaps

Part of the Christmas traditions I’ve developed as an adult is baking. Lots and lots of baking. I bake for family, for friends, occasionally for mere friendly acquaintances, you get the picture. Although I have a few recipes that I tend to use year after year (hello, Kahlua Brownies! Thank-you, Aunt Sheila, may you R.I.P.), I try to Read more…

We Interrupt This Holiday Programming…

I’ve had the plague for the past week or so – probably the worst case of it that I’ve had in a good 10 or 20 years. It was the kind of “really bad cold” where I had to slow down on a lot of my everyday activities this time of year (I am SOOO behind on my baking!) and completely stop others (I only had 2 patients but I gave my visits away to other therapists so I wouldn’t risk spreading my germs to them) in favor of sitting, resting and watching more mindless TV than I’ve watched in years.

I got to watch a lot of Christmas specials that I usually don’t remember to tune into, like Read more…