“Time, time, time
See what’s become of me
While I looked around for my possibilities
I was so hard to please…”
It was a pretty hazy – and rainy – shade of winter in Southern California this past weekend, and yet time, time, time seems to have gotten away from me. Once again, I don’t have a proper post drafted up for today, so you’re getting the assorted-randomness bit again. I hope you’ll enjoy the diversion and not be quite so hard to please. ☺
- I’ve been thinking of this routine as “Ten Items or Less, on Tuesday” because that’s usually what I end up with, and because it references Ten on Tuesday, which I still participate in occasionally. But I’m now leaning toward “Tuesday Tangents” as an official title for these mental meanderings, because if I ever decide to make this a recurring feature, I like the sound of it – and it’s a pretty accurate description. What do you think: do you like it, hate it, not care, or have a better idea? If I make a button for it and all that “official” meme-type stuff, would you consider joining in every once in a while? (Consider those poll questions!)
- Last week was my last full work week of the year. We were away this past weekend, and I took a vacation day yesterday to try to get caught up on a few things (some got done, some didn’t), so I’ll only be in the office for four days this week. The company holiday luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday (they combined it with the Employee Recognition service-awards ceremony this year), and my boss is taking all of his employees out to lunch on Friday. Next week, I’ll be at work through the 23rd, and then taking vacation days for the rest of 2009. It’s the most wonderful – and least productive – time of the year! Are you taking any time off from work during the holidays?
- The main reason I’m taking off the whole week between Christmas and New Year’s is that my son Chris arrives on the evening of the 23rd, and he’s not going back home till January 2! He may not be with us the entire time – he has some friends in LA proper and will probably try to make New Year’s plans with them – but since he wasn’t here last Christmas, I want to spend some time hanging out with him. Even if he’s just watching the bowl games on TV and eating all the leftovers, I don’t get to have him around much any more, so I just want to be there. Of course, his step-siblings will be on school break then, so we may get a little extra time with them too.
- Are you the head cook for Christmas Day dinner at your house? What are you planning for your menu? I haven’t made up my mind about ours yet. You might think that being a blended family would make it more complicated, but there isn’t really a customary holiday meal that Tall Paul’s family is expecting. That’s both good and bad: fewer dished to be factored into the plan, but also less guidance. I also need to confer with my sister; we spend Christmas Eve at her house, so I won’t want to duplicate anything we’ll be having at dinner there.
There are a few dishes that Chris is used to – onion-roasted potatoes and homemade dressing – but they only make sense if there’s a main dish like roasted chicken (I mentioned at Thanksgiving that none of us really like turkey). Lasagna usually gets a good response around our house, and it feeds a big group pretty well (there will be seven of us). Regardless of the main dish, I’m pretty sure I’ll be making the trifle for dessert, though.
OK, I’ve got far fewer than ten items this time around, but I’ve also left some questions I hope you’ll answer in the comments. And please share some of the random tangents your mind is running after these days!