As I mentioned a couple of times last week, I’m making Tuesday Tangents a regular feature here – and I hope you’ll consider joining me! I love reading about your own random ramblings in the comments on my Tangents, but maybe you’d rather post them on your own blog instead? If you do, just come back here and leave me your link in the comments so I can go visit you (I’m not planning on using a Mr Linky unless this thing grows more than I expect it to) – and help yourself to the button, too!
❊ ❊ ❊ It didn’t arrive until some time on the 20th, but my sense of Christmas finally showed up. It just needed a tree and cookies, apparently…
We had decided to wait to put up our Christmas tree and decorate until after my stepson’s birthday party, which took place on Saturday. We didn’t have the party at home – he wanted to have it at the go-kart track where his cousin had his last party – but we invited the family back to our house afterwards, and we felt that having the house all Christmased up might take the focus away from his birthday celebration, since that’s a common hazard with December birthdays anyway.
My husband brought the tree in on Sunday morning, and we decorated it with my stepkids in the afternoon. I always enjoy seeing our special ornaments every year, and it was fun getting the tree “dressed,” even if it’s not exactly a work of art. The garlands on one side look like they were hung by drunk monkeys, quite frankly – that was the first description that came to mind, and Tall Paul didn’t disagree – but the whole thing looks like it was a fun family project, and that matters more than picture perfection, doesn’t it?
In between the tree placement and the decorating, I had some time to myself, and I spent it in the kitchen baking. My son arrives from D.C. on Wednesday evening – barring another East Coast blizzard, of course (which I REALLY don’t want to think about!) – and I traditionally meet him at the airport with a bottle of water and a bag of homemade cookies. Years ago, his dad came up with our family variation on the Toll House Cookie recipe – leave out the nuts, and use butterscotch chips in addition to the chocolate ones – and that’s how Chris likes them. Tall Paul likes his cookies with chocolate chips only, though, so I made two separate batches to accommodate them both. (My stepkids will eat them either way.) I added my own favorite twist – a teaspoon of ground cinnamon – to both batches. And since I actually prefer brownies, I baked a batch of those too. I brought a sampling of it all to the office yesterday, and I’ve already set aside Chris’ “greeting” cookies for tomorrow.
I’ll be doing more baking for Christmas dinner, of course – I’m not counting on very much of Sunday’s efforts still being around by then. Do your holiday preparations include baking, too? What goodies have come out of your kitchen recently? ❊ ❊ ❊
I received a lovely package of treats from Cindy, who blogs at Wears Many Hats (which she does – she has a very eclectic blog!). Take a look:
Here we have a pair of bath mitts, two body mists – one for energy, one for relaxation – from The Healing Garden, a matching notebook, notepad, and refrigerator magnet, and a reader’s best friend – a bookmark! Thanks, Cindy! ❊ ❊ ❊
❊ ❊ ❊ The consequence of a busy weekend – one spent in places other than in front of my laptop – was nearly 600 unread posts in Google Reader on Monday morning. I skimmed a lot and made judicious use of the “mark all as read” button, but I expect this to become less of an issue over the next few days – it was the storm before the calm. I’m pretty sure blog updates from all sources will slow significantly over the next week or so…and that means mine, too.
I’ll be “unplugging” for a few days as of Thursday, and next weekend’s Sunday Salon may be a “Sunday Salon on Monday” post – we’ll see how it goes. And despite what I said in this week’s Sunday Salon, it looks like my “Books of the Year” post will probably be postponed till next week, when I plan to focus on “the year in review” generally. In addition to those, I do hope to have some time to during the break to do some writing, and get some future posts lined up!
So, with just three days left till Christmas (!!), what tangents are your thoughts taking? I want to know!