Can you believe that it’s really 2017? Do you remember when the year 2000 seemed so futuristic and far away and here we are 17 years later!
How was your holiday? I never totally got rid of the grumps, but did manage to put on a happy face and hide them well enough as not to be a Debbie Downer.
Anyhoo, here’s what we did…
There is a story that gets told over and over about how when Tom and his brothers and cousins were younger, a giant costumed chicken would show up at various family functions. This year, Tom thought it would be funny if a chicken showed up on Christmas Eve instead of Santa.
Guess who he thought should be the chicken?
That would be none other than yours truly.
Thankfully, one of his brothers stepped in at the last minute and made a great Christmas chicken.
Santa showed up too. It was mayhem.
The boys pretty much got everything their little hearts desired on Christmas morning. So much for minimalism and simplicity.
I was off from work the week between Christmas and New Years. It was nice to hunker down and be lazy. We spent our time…
Taking a long hike
I checked out two biographies from the library, one on Julia Child and the other on Catherine the Great. Culinary History Royal Nerd heaven!
We went to the beach house on Thursday and stayed through the New Year. Biggest was excited to test out the crab trap that he designed and built.
He caught 11 crabs and we made a delicious crab bisque!
We went to the Melting Pot for dinner one night which has inspired us to up our at-home fondue game in 2017. I can already tell that my diet is not going to go well.
We visited the cat rescue and pretty much wanted to take every cat home with us.
I was particularly fond of the three black cats on the windowsill. How cute are they?!
And worked on a big puzzle.
I say “we”, but really it was “me” who kinda got obsessed with it.
I spent New Years Eve in my jammies reading about Catherine the Great, which was GREAT. Some of us didn’t make it till midnight.
Happy 2017, Friends!