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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday, Sunday

Busy day but felt good. I made slow cooker chili* from a Cooking Light recipe that called for a bottle of beer. Tasty. H. and I raked, I shopped for my Thanksgiving pie ingredients and our friends the Mernins came over for Sunday dinner. Nice. Good night to you.

*It was called Chili con Carne but with H. being vegetarian, I made it sans Carne. We also added the last of his tomatoes from the garden, which added great taste but too much liquid. I browned about a pound of lean ground turkey and served it on the side for those of us who wanted to add some Carne. Best parts: Healthy [lots of red peppers and onions] and once it was in the slow cooker, it just simmered all afternoon and was ready to go when company came, no last-minute scrambling.

  1. Good skin care.
  2. Weight Watchers. Tail end of meeting but still helpful.
  3. Braved the huge crowds at ShopRite, everyone laying in their Thanksgiving supplies. Could barely move your cart. House now stocked with enough pecans, red apples, green apples, butter, flour and sugar to make 2 pecan pies [one to take to Maine, one for Punchy's golden-hearted therapist] and 2 apple pies [one to take to Maine and one vegan, with no butter in the crust, for Fig].
  4. Raking=good exercise.
  5. Healthy dinner, and lots of water.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rolling: St. Vincent

Saw this movie a week ago and still thinking about it. About Bill Murray's acting--visiting the nursing home [tender]; after a stroke [convincing]; with the boy, Oliver [tough yet tender]; and Oliver's mom, Maggie [brusque]; and hanging with the blonde, Daka [cannot explain succinctly].

I like the way Murray portrayed an alcoholic. I like close portrayals of addicts, because addictions are all around us and even in us but to show them in a raw, real manner--and tap into the rest of the person, too, not just the problem but the heart--takes skill and careful brushstrokes.

I don't know. It's still staying with me.

Good night.

  1. House cleaning and load of delicate laundry with Woolite.
  2. Went to Punchy's last soccer game of the season with Sis and Don. [H. was working at an event in NYC.] Had fun spending the afternoon with them.
  3. Wore my Fitbit Flex charger in new fuchsia bracelet.
  4. Finally signed up for Netflix; first month free. Watched first two episodes of "Orange Is the New Black." I don't know if I like it, but I think so. It's certainly addicting. Have you watched it?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Peace & Quiet

Grateful for the flickering flame on the white pillar candle, a 3/4-full tank of heating oil, the cozy living room. Good night.

  1. Boot camp in the dome.
  2. Walked puffer around the block.
  3. Delicious afternoon nap on couch.
  4. Spinach & white bean soup.
  5. Went to ob/gyn for overdue checkup. That's a biggie. Got Rx for mammogram.
  6. Have my Fitbit Flex bracelet and charger up and running. Had to stay up to call Customer Support. Now I'm ready to roll.

Good Night, Rockettes

At the last minute, a friend gave us two free tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular tonight! Punch and I were wowed by the 7 p.m. show. More details to come. Lucky.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Holiday Shopping Blizzard

Tiffany & Co. catalog, a beautiful read.
Buffalo, NY aside [that snowstorm looked fierce], it's getting treacherous this shopping season. The catalogs, the emails, the personal appearances. [Tory Burch signing the bottles of her fragrance that you purchase, Bloomingdale's, Short Hills Mall, noon Saturday. Sadly, Punchy's last soccer game interferes.] The coupons, discounts, free ground shipping, free expedited shipping, free shipping both ways always. The limited edition chocolates, cute pajamas, flannel sheets, glittery tights, sparkly shoes. [I hope Figgy won't mind me saying she bought a gold sequined romper at Forever 21 for New Year's Eve.] The free gift wrap, gifts with purchase, and hurry-up-just-one-more-day Thanksgiving specials. The breakfast pastries to have delivered to your door for holiday houseguests, the pies to order from Union Square Cafe [pecan pie or pumpkin cheesecake pie, $39 each]. The beautiful catalogs from Tiffany & Co.; King Arthur Flour; and Neiman Marcus.

For that matter, the recipes--The New York Times Food Section today is great, with a Thanksgiving side or dessert recipe from every one of the 50 states. Should I swap my Ann Landers pecan pie [secret passed from an old friend, Marilynn Poe] for the recipe from Georgia in the paper? I just might. What about those Pecan Pie Bites from Colorado? The sugar, the whipped cream, the pecans...the oyster dressing. The turkey, the cookies, the new car deals. The My American Girl Doll with the snowy white ear muffs. Yikes. Deep breath.

It's tricky to weather it all without slipping and sliding or getting lost under an avalanche. To see clearly and figure out what to buy and stash, what to skip. I think I'm feeling a bit snowed under.

Good night.

  1. Boot camp in the dome.
  2. A couple of apple slices.
  3. Trying to get things in order healthwise.