Monday, December 19, 2011
Hello my friends! It seems like December is keeping us to a minimum doesn't it? I hate that.
I have been swamped with your basic holiday activities, company, family events, baking (oh god, the baking). And speaking of baking, are you guys following NOTABOUTTHEFACE's blogs about the deliciousness she makes??? Truly an artist. I am not joking.
Saturday, we went to my hubbys family for "christmas". They live in the foothills. We had it in the garage. Outside. In the cold. With one heater. Damn good thing I got a blanket in our "present game" because it sure came in handy! Where is a hot flash when you need one???? Anyway, did great that day, walked the dog, had lots of calories left for dinner. What was for dinner you ask? Pizza. Mm-hmmm. Great effort, people!!!! Anyway, I ate too much and then had too much desert (which I brought, not baked. Apple pie, chocolate cake and pumpkin pie from costco. Damn, they do a good job!!)
As you may have heard, I have shingles and so was quite uncomfortable by the end of the day. Thank you guys for all the comments, advice, goodies and well wishes. I know I should rest but it just aint gonna happen. I tend to "power through" and I guess my dad's raising me with the "Mind over matter" mentality still resonanates. I tend to keep going until I can't. That's just me. (maybe if it was a different time, I would rest and really milk it...nah, Not my style).
Anyway, yesterday, we walked the dog(and when I say dog, I mean the BABY or STITCHY as she is more commonly known) and I helped Kady with some cake balls she was doing for a catering job. She made Kahlua and cream (I KNOW!!!!!!!) and snowballs with white cake and beautiful snowflakey looking crystals. The Kahlua was baked into the cake ball and she coated them with chocolate and a beautiful white drizzle. They looked like truffles. And I have to say, cake balls are a pain in the butt and cake pops are way easier cause you have the stick.
Then we drove an hour to my neice's open house. Her and her B/F just moved in together and we met his family, which is awesome. They are fun and like to go riding in the sand like us and I can see us all having a lot of fun together. My niece is 31 and kinda my "first kid". SHe made me want to be a mom. WE have always been close and to see her so happy with this wonderful man, just brings ME so much joy. (she was married to a cop, they were together 10 years and one day he decided he didnt want to be married anymore. It broke her heart and almost broke her but she is made of tough stock and she got through it and is now happier than she EVER thought she could be! lesson learned people, again: sometimes the thing you think is the worst thing that could happen, is really a blessing).
So again, had a great early start to my day and then got to Jamie's. I went into a party food frenzy with nacho's, meatballs, crackers and FUDGE that my sister made. She makes the best fudge. I believe last year I had a little incident with fudge and I said there was no room in my life for fudge. That still holds.
Again, in the evening, my shingles started really hurting but I drove home cause Frank was enjoying the Corona beer with the "guys" in the kitchen. I love that I can go anywhere with him and he gets along with people and can talk to anyone. Men, women, kids, dogs, he just is very charismatic and friendly. I love him. If I havent mentioned that.
This is going to be a crazy, busy week. I am down to shopping for the final 3 items but I know what I need and where I am going so that will go fast. I then have to shop for my baking supplies which I am starting tomorrow. Kady has her remicade on Weds. which means about 5 hours in the hospital and I have to meet a customer so I can get paid (Yea! MY favorite part!!) then Thursday I deliver my baking goodie baskets and Friday, Kady has an endoscopy so we can make sure the Crohn's is under control (that shoots the day on Friday) and leaves saturday for us to get ready to go to GLAMIS sand dunes (we leave Tuesday for a week to meet our Utah friends and take our new trailer...soo excited!!!). On Christmas, we will go see Franks grandma and spend the day with my girls and on the 26th, MY family comes and I am excited about that!!
SInce my mom died in 1994,we have a fun theme every year (so we are not as sad) and this year is "Under the sea". The menu, you ask?
Lobster (steamed with white wine, butter and garlic)
Crab stuff shrimp
Clam chowder (earlier in the day)
Shrimp dim sum (egg rolls, pot stickers)
Mini crab cakes
Corn on the cob
(not to mention pumpkin bread, damn that fudge, and other assorted baked goods)
We are the people who give out the presents and actually sit and talk and watch each person open their gifts and then we talk about it and oooh and ahhhh over it... It takes hours and I like it. Frank hates it...rofl. His family gets a big pile in front of them, rip into and nobody knows what anyone got or if someone enjoyed what you gave them. It takes 5 minutes.
I think some sort of compromise is probably in order but in all the years together, we just go with each families tradition. (In protest, I always wait until I see everyone open the gifts I gave them and THEN open mine).
SO I have said all of that to say this:
I KNOW I should be resting but Im not going to.
I APPRECIATE all your love, support and friendship over this last almost 2 years.
I WILL do my best this week to eat well and keep walking and take care of myself
I WISH you all Health, Happiness, Good times and Laughter through the end of the year and beyond.
I WANT you to all make some memories during the remainder of this year. Odds are good that someone wont be here or something will change but it wont be exactly like this again. Ever. SO enjoy it.
I VOW that 2012 is going to be the year to make BIG DENT in the remainder of the weight I have to lose. I am not going to stay at 70 pounds down. I WILL HIT MY GOALS.
I will still be here through the end of the year but will not have a lot of time but please know how much you all mean to me and from the bottom of my heart, I wish every single one of you the best of everything and all the love your heart can possibly hold. Above all else, please know, someone values you, appreciate you and cares about you. ME.