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Holiday wrap-up.

Christmas Eve was fairly amusing -- we had dinner at the Waffle House out on Wayne Memorial (I had a craving and the one closer to base is smokier than Philip Morris' test labs) and braved K-Mart for a gallon of milk since everyplace else was closed. I also scored the funny church sign picture (see post) on the way home, and afterward Himself parted out our poor airman's box turkey, which I'd slow-cooked all day. (I don't enjoy dealing with a whole turkey, but 12 pounds pre-cooking yielded 9 pounds of shredded meat for enchiladas &c.!)

Holiday phone calls were off this year, but I managed better than thought -- so far, we've talked to some of my family (Mom and Amy; everyone but Dave's down in LA), some of Himself's (his mom, Denice and Grandma Harmon), and willpower16. I think he only called because I e-mailed last week asking for an address to mail his [small] gift to, but meh.

1225_13melissalaureleatingDinner was our typical minimalist kinda meal -- turkey roast, cheese-laden mashed potatoes, herbed bread stuffing and mixed veggies. I meant to make a pumpkin pie, but simply didn't get to making a piecrust. I shall sometime this week as Joy of Cooking has a decent-looking pat-in-the-pan piecrust recipe that offsets the difficulty of making enough work space to roll out a regular piecrust. Tonight (Thursday) I made cupcakes and mini-Bundts, but I haven't frosted them yet.

In Himself's words, we made out like bandits this year. I'm just proud of my family for thinking in terms of usefulness this year.
- Family gifts were an HP photosmart 612 digital camera, Lindt chocolate icicles, and a crock pot.
- I got Wilton's 101 cookie-cutter set and a steam inhaler, a food grinder attachment for my mixer, pasta plates for the food grinder attachment, a Winnie the Pooh honey pot, and an Amazon.com gift certificate.
1225_01laurelrobertrain- Himself got a spherical plasma light, a Fluxx deck and... erm. I'll have to check the list I made of who got what and edit this later.
- Laurel got a Brio-compatible wooden train set and a battery-powered locomotive for it (Himself and I), My First LeapPad and a Pooh book for it (Amy and Branden), various clothes, a mini-Chou Chou baby doll, books and a new bedding set.

And now, kenwestervelt is sitting at the kitchen table playing Fluxx with Himself and drinking soda. He brought over leftover ham from Christmas with his family. Life is good and I've managed the past week without too many mood swings. (:

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