Monday, November 30, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a Lot....Gloomy

Yuck, pixies. The weather here is dreary and drizzly and blech. Yes, we are spoiled. I'm not going to tell you the "cold" temperature that we are suffering.

A bit of Family Togetherness Overload Syndrome from Thanksgiving. When we arrived home Saturday, we all retreated to our respective corners for introvert time.

Mr. E is returning to the Big D on Thursday. Friday would have been his nephew's 15th birthday, and the family is gathering to eat pizza at nephew's favorite place and support nephew's dad/Mr. E's brother.

So, we are taking any and all ideas for fun in the midst of gloomy/missing Daddy. I have my eye on our town's Christmas festival on Saturday. And I discovered a cardboard build-your-own-nativity in a box the other night, so we may do that. We also could make the annual gingerbread cookies, though it's a little early.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving (U.S.)

This is the start of the festive holiday "overload" season!  We'll be open 24/7 for all of your whining and anti-whining needs!

Featured this week:
*  Recipe sharing welcome!
*  Stupid pet tricks!
*  Stupid people tricks!
*  Things I'm thankful for.

We're going to the kinda-in-laws again, a big semi-chaotic feast.  I'll be taking along veggies and dip, a savory sweet potato gratin (this time w/o sausage, since son's GF no longer eats meat), and because the gratin will only have a pint or so of heavy cream, chocolate mousse for a dessert.  One year there were 3 pumpkin pies, so I'm going bold with chocolate.

This morning, I'm finishing 3 chunks of work.  Two are done!  As you can see, it is already break time, because the last piece is so boring complex and important.  It could change the entire way this problem is viewed, or (more likely) simply stun the reader into a deep lethargy.

Fortunately, I have substantial help from my office assistant, Minerva, who is sitting atop the filing cabinet so as to keep a close watch on any shenanigans that other animals might try outside the window.  It's a thankless job, but somebody has to do it.

What's up with you?

Monday, November 16, 2015

From the trenches...

Send your reports!  The whines and anti-whines, the big, the small, the silly, the icky.

Today is my beloved's birthday!  Once again, he will be older than me for the next 7 months.  We're going to dinner for 2 at a nice place; will do a larger dinner another time, when more of the family can come.  Our son remembered to call, but he forgot the date and called yesterday, which is probably just as well since he has night school after work today.  Daughter is off today, and baking cookies.  There is a giant basket of gourmet treats, which he can feast on at leisure. 

AW:  I mis-remembered the date something is due, and it's next week!  Still stuff to get done before then, but it feels like a gift.

Family:  My aunt is a genealogy freak -- I mean, she recently discovered that a woman from the House of David married some ancestor in the 700's, so we have all heard that we are actually part Jewish.  My aunt's youngest son lives near me, and we carpooled yesterday to the distant party for his older brother.  He thought the cousin whose funeral is this week (he recalls this cousin not at all) was some kind of uncle; did not know that his mom's mom and cousin Jim's mom were sisters.  Conclusion:  the family telegraph operates weirdly.

And how's by you?

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Whine Central

It's been a tough couple of weeks here in Pixie-ville.  Our posses are tired from chasing after jerks and mean people. We ache for one another at the losses our beloved pixies are experiencing. So, dear Universe, enough already!!!

Here at Chez Sue, I've come to the end of my study leave week and will have my next non-preaching Sunday in late February. The very thought of it is exhausting. I'm not sure why that feels so overwhelming - it's the same every year - but tonight it's very big and looming. *sigh*

AW: My sister is coming to visit next weekend. Plans are in place from Thursday night to Monday morning.

W: The thing is, of all the four sisters, I'm the only one still, there's that. Still, it will be great to see her when I can. (wow, that's whiny)

What's new in your world???

Monday, November 2, 2015

All the news that's fit to print!

ELECTION:  The fabulous Doorbell Queen, our own LIZ, is nearing this week's election.  Sending powerful good-luck and get-out-the-vote vibes from around the intertubes!!  Passing the chocolate; chilling the champagne.

WEATHER:  It rained all night, the first real rain of the season (which started in July)!  This amount of rain might be meh news elsewhere, but we sure need it.

WILDLIFE:  Due to the rain, The Man dressed in office clothes instead of his usual bicycling clothes (dry weather means he rides to work), and the dog was so confused that she just decided to wait on the bed for his imminent return.   Minerva the cat is going to the vet today!  She's the one we can catch, and daughter is taking her.  It's probably no biggie, a lump that doesn't seem to bother her -- but she hasn't met our vet since she was adopted.

What's the report from your neighborhood?