avanta7: (Santa)
Any traditional holiday foods?
For Thanksgiving, the usual turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and other assorted vegetables, fall asleep during the movie after dinner, dinner. Served at roughly 2 in the afternoon.

For Christmas, enchiladas. Homemade handrolled enchiladas. And maybe German chocolate cake from scratch, if I'm feeling really industrious.

Traditional holiday treats you don't care for?
  • Egg nog
  • Candied yams/sweet potatoes
  • Ambrosia -- You know, that god awful salad made with drained fruit cocktail (either with or without mandarin oranges), shredded coconut, and whipped cream. *shudder*
  • Green bean casserole

When faced with a box of assorted chocolates, which one goes first?
  • The caramels
  • Followed by the fruit creams
  • But if there's a chocolate covered cherry in there, get out of my way

Which ones go last?
  • Any of the brittles
  • And any that are mostly nuts
avanta7: (Dora)
Spouse and I had a lovely day yesterday. I got up early and made a pumpkin pie. Then I made stuffing and seasoned the turkey; both went into the oven around 9:30. I grabbed the frozen cranberries and made cranberry sauce. Once the turkey was done (about 5 hours later), I quickly made the mashed potatoes, gravy, heated the corn and green beans and rolls. Spouse carved the turkey and we enjoyed our meal.

After the usual tryptophan-induced nap, we cleaned up the kitchen, carved the rest of the turkey, and put everything in containers. Some of the turkey went into the freezer, and the rest into the refrigerator. I'm thinking I'll have a turkey and cranberry sauce sandwich here shortly.

Throughout the day, we watched a couple of movies; I knitted and he played video games; we chatted about stuff. He said some really sweet things about how much he appreciates me. It's good to hear that sort of thing. I need to remind myself to tell him the same thing more often.

I spoke to my Dad yesterday morning, as well. He's feeling very well after the surgeries (he had a cataract removed last week, a few days after his prostate procedure). Mom wasn't home. She was on her way to Little Rock to pick up nephew J and his son to bring them back to Batesville for dinner with the family.

Today I stayed home and puttered. Spouse left for work in the wee hours of the morning. The store opened at 6:00 AM today, and he had to be there several hours before opening to finish getting displays and product ready for the public. It's nearly 7:00 PM and he's still not home. When he gets here, I think I'll fix him a turkey sandwich too, and then put him straight to bed. Poor guy.
avanta7: (Cannoli)
Monday, at the doctor's office, I discovered I had lost eight lbs. Yay!

However, among the dishes I prepared for our feast yesterday were pumpkin pie (actually, two of them) and a pan of fudge. Both of which are as addictive as crack. I've had one piece of pie after the other today -- "Just a sliver" I told myself -- but those slivers have added up to half a pie. Let's not discuss how much whipped topping I've gone through. And the fudge? I'm going to have to throw it in the freezer so I can't eat any more.

If there's anything left of either of them on Monday, they're going to the office.

But I wouldn't count on it.

This is all my mother's fault, you know. She's the one who taught me to cook.
avanta7: (Exhausted Kitty)
...I wish all my friends and their families a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving evening. Now, I'm going to allow the tryptophan to take effect and go nap on the sofa.
avanta7: (LJ Strait Jacket)

In the year 2007 I resolve to:
Stop dating musicians.

Get your resolution here.

*snerk* I should have made that resolution in my 20s!

In 2007, avanta7 resolves to...
Get back in contact with some old victorian houses.
Keep my aa clean.
Overcome my secret fear of chorus.
Connect with my inner methodism.
Cut down to ten countertenors a day.
Lose ten dramatic arts by March.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Only ten countertenors? How will I survive?

On the twelfth day of Christmas, avanta7 sent to me...
Twelve teapots sewing
Eleven textiles writing
Ten countertenors a-bookcrossing
Nine books acting
Eight zingleberries a-gardening
Seven chorus a-singing
Six plays a-decorating
Five alco-o-o-oholics anonymous
Four vintage linens
Three craftsman houses
Two prairie-style houses
...and a liberalism in an ancient history.
Get your own Twelve Days:

avanta7: (PinkWall)
When I got up this morning, I discovered the Valentine Fairy had come in the middle of the night, for what did I find on my desk?

Valentine goodness )

And when I arrived home after a tiring, if uneventful, day at work, a package was waiting. Return address? From [livejournal.com profile] ottawabill! Another surprise!

Behold! )

And now for the meme-age that's been going around. I'll pass on the Johari window, thank you very much, but the rest of them? Yeah, I can do that.

avanta7 as an old woman )

Guilty pleasures )
avanta7: (Default)
In truth, it wasn't that bad. I'm surprised. But tomorrow, being both Christmas Eve and Saturday, is probably going to be a mess.
avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
Spouse and I are about to head to the mall.
avanta7: (Default)
avanta7: (Default)
I'm sure this online obsessing over dinner preparation is boring the hell out of you all, but hey! It's helping me keep track of stuff.

  • Dust furniture
  • Get dressed and put on makeup
  • Fret until the guests arrive
  • (Fretting canceled due to being READY!!!!)
  • Reheat yams, potatoes, rolls and stuffing
  • Prepare remainder of side dishes: green beans, corn
  • Make gravy
  • Set up buffet line
  • Serve dinner
avanta7: (TempestTeacup)
Left over from Thanksgiving Eve
  • Make stuffing
  • Move cupboard, catbox and watercooler out of dining area
  • Press and starch placemats and napkins
  • Magically create a centerpiece out of thin air and limited craft supplies
  • Make mashed potatoes
  • Mop bathroom floor and put out fresh towels
  • Vacuum the carpets
New for Thanksgiving morning
  • Cook turkey (went in the oven at 6:05 a.m.)
  • Prepare vegetable tray
  • Prepare remainder of side dishes: green beans, yams, green salad, corn?
  • Make gravy
  • Dust the furniture
  • Fret until the guests arrive
Ack! Ack! Ack!
avanta7: (Default)
  • Bake cranberry pie
  • Bake pumpkin pie
  • Stew cranberries for sauce
  • Make stuffing
  • Press table cloths and dress the table
  • Move cupboard, catbox and watercooler out of dining area
  • Press and starch placemats and napkins
  • Set table with fancy china, etc.
  • Magically create a centerpiece out of thin air and limited craft supplies
  • Clean coffee maker with vinegar
  • Prep turkey for the oven
  • Make iced tea
  • Make mashed potatoes
  • Mop bathroom floor and put out fresh towels
  • Vacuum the carpets
  • Clean kitchen once we're done cooking for the evening
  • Not sleep for fear I've forgotten something
avanta7: (Default)
As I walked up the steps this afternoon, I saw a package sitting by the front door. "Hmm," thought I, "those books I ordered from QPB the other day sure got here fast!" I picked up the box on my way in the house and opened it.

Lo and behold, it was a St. Valentine's gift from [livejournal.com profile] madame_urushiol!

Just look at all that lovely lovely stuff inside: a cute little sweetheart birdie, a fluffy little bear ornament, a brass heart-shaped cookie cutter with recipe attached, an enormous all day lollipop (cherry-flavored!), sparkly stickers, candy hearts, and ummm, no, there's no chocolate in here. None at all. Especially not a yummy caramel heart. Nuh-uh. Nope. No chocolate.

Thank you, my friend! What an unexpected and delightful way to end the day!
avanta7: (ChristmasAngel)


Dec. 17th, 2004 06:28 pm
avanta7: (ChristmasAngel)

You Are a Christmas Sweater!

Over the top, colorful, and totally flashy.
You're not afraid to be a little tacky.

avanta7: (ChristmasAngel)
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
You are 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing'. You take
Christmas very seriously. For you, it is a
religious festival, celebrating the birth of
the Saviour, and its current secularisation
really irritates you. You enjoy the period of
Advent leading up to Christmas, and attend any
local carol services you can find, as well as
the more contemplative Advent church services
each Sunday. You may be involved in Christmas
food collections or similar charity work. The
midnight service at your church, with candles
and carols, is one you look forward to all
year, and you also look forward to the family
get together on Christmas Day.

What Christmas Carol are you?
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avanta7: (Default)
Step One
  • Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
  • If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
  • Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
  • Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.

    And now here's the important part:

  • If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] whytraven for posting this in her journal.

[livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes
A list of wish lists

(My Wish List is in a separate post.)

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