This weekend . . .

I had a very fun photo shoot with a 6 month old.

Fought traffic and Christmas shoppers to go pick up my iPhone 6.

Zoomed through the grocery store at record speed. What’s the cost per item when you spend $200 in 40 minutes?

Made a delicious dinner of filet mignon, baked potato and roasted asparagus which we enjoyed while watching a sappy Christmas movie.

st lucia buns for carole knits

Made lussekatter for St. Lucia day. They were deeee-licious.

Made caramels. And peanut butter balls. And toffee with chocolate and sea salt. Tis the season.

Listened to lots (and lots) of Christmas music.

Had a wonderful Saturday night with friends. I was particularly pleased to hang out with my former boss as I miss him terribly.

Watched the Pats squish the fish while stirring (and stirring and stirring) the above mentioned toffee.

Worked at the Kiwanis Christmas tree sales. When we left last night we were down to 40 trees so it’s almost over. Hooray!

How was your weeekend?

Thursday Things

As much as I love the holiday season – and I do!! – it’s hectic. And my to do list is as long as my arm right now. There’s shopping and baking and wrapping and merrymaking and it’s good. But hectic. And so, today, you get a list of the things I’m thinking about because that’s about all the mental energy I have for the blog right now.

chocolate peppermint cupcakes for carole knits

  • I made those Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Buttercream Frosting last Saturday. They were very very good. The recipe is from Tide & Thyme and you can find it here.
  • Speaking of last Saturday, it was the Kiwanis Club’s 31st Annual Christmas on the Common. As Immediate Past President of our club I was chairman of this event. It was a lot of planning and preparation and work – not just on my part but also on the part of the various committee chairs and club members. And it rained. It didn’t downpour but it was soggy and drizzly and not at all what I had hoped the day would be like. Still, the craft fair was great and the food vendors were happy. The heated tent was rocking with our very own local boy band and lots of lots of people came to see the dancing schools and school band perform. The best part, though? When it was over.
  • Yesterday I shared the new JOY! sign I bought at Target. It’s on my mantel and I love that it’s red and that it represents my One Little Word for 2014 as well as my feeling about this time of year. I’m starting to think about my One Little Word for 2015, though, and I’ve had lots of words rolling around in my head. I’d like to go with shine but I feel like it’s over used and not at all original. I have also debated light, peace, give, play and create. Right now create is the front runner but I’m not sure if it has chosen me or if I have chosen it. And I definitely want my word to choose me. So I’m waiting.
  • A few weeks ago I read an interesting and disturbing article about food waste. As someone who manages a food pantry, I am acutely aware of the widespread problem of food insecurity and the juxtaposition of food waste and food insecurity is not lost on me. I tell myself we don’t throw out a lot of food at our house but I think, in reality, that we do. So as we move into 2015 I’m going to try very hard to be aware of the food that we have, to not overpurchase, and to use what we have before it spoils.
  • I, along with 1.5 million other people, have been completely taken by the Serial podcast. It’s fascinating and intriguing and I absolutely love the theme music, too. This past week I discovered the Slate Serial Spoiler Specials podcast – a podcast about a podcast, if you will. I love listening to this because it’s like having a conversation with a bunch of people about what I just heard on Serial. So, do you think Sarah Koenig is going to drawn any definitive conclusions about this case? Or do you think it’s going to end on a we-will-never-know note?
  • My friend Bob has been in remission from his stage IV pancreatic cancer since early last September. Today he is going in for a PET scan to see how things are. I’m nervous and scared and really really hoping that things are still good. I’d appreciate any good thoughts, prayers and healing energy you could send his way. Thanks.


Ten on Tuesday

For today’s Ten on Tuesday, I have asked everyone to hit “shuffle all” and list the first 10 songs that play on their iPod or whatever device they use for music. I have to confess here, though, that my list is actually from November 24th. I had thought of this prompt and was going to use it for a blog post during NaBloPoMo – I had written the list and filed it away – put it in the freezer, as Vicki used to say, but then I never actually finished it and posted it. So I’m doing that today, partly because it’s already done but also because any list I create right now is going to be all Christmas music since that’s all that is on my iPhone at the moment. (My storage is full and I had to rotate off all of my other playlists to fit my Christmas stuff on there. There’s a solution to this problem arriving by the end of the week, though.) And so, on a Monday in November, these are the 10 songs I listened to on my way to work.

January 12, 2012

  1. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
  2. Try to Remember by Ed Ames
  3. The Long & Winding Road by The Beatles
  4. I’m Shipping Up to Boston by Dropkick Murphys
  5. Lawyers, Guns & Money by Warren Zevon
  6. Jolly Mon Sing by Jimmy Buffett
  7. Old Fashioned Love Song by Three Dog Night
  8. Eighteen Wheels & A Dozen Roses by Kathy Mattea
  9. Halo by Beyonce
  10. All That I Want for Christmas by The Rescues

It’s an eclectic list, that’s for sure, but any list from my music is going to be. I listen to oldies and 80s and schmaltzy stuff that my parents liked. I listen to rock ‘n roll and country and folk. And I love it all! I think it’s very appropriate that the last song of the 10 is a Christmas one. Yes, I started listening in November. Not to all of it and only in the car but that one by The Rescues is from a Grey’s Anatomy episode (season 6, episode 10 if you want to know) and it’s a real favorite of mine.

I can’t wait to read all of your lists. Be sure and add your link below if you wrote a post for this week’s topic. Click here to subscribe to the weekly Ten on Tuesday email.

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