Saturday, December 04, 2010
I visited a girlfriend yesterday, driving to Sperryville through a suddenly winterized landscape. Hard to believe only 2 weeks ago we were still ooing and ahing over the vivid autumn colors. They're all gone now and soft grey skies etched with spidery tree limbs have taken their place. I love all the seasons, though I admit I can get tired of the extremes of summer and winter. But in December I want to see that spare combination of dark and light in the landscape. It makes me feel cozy and free to take it easy. I never feel like I can kick back in the summer but when darkness falls at 5 o'clock and the cold wind blows, I can pull into my cuddly little house with my knitting and my fire and my dogs ...and in December, a beautiful glittering tree, and feel loved.
Visiting Jennifer made me feel loved too. We met at a knitters retreat 8 years ago, our eyes connecting across the room, and we knew - we were kindred spirits. We are very different sorts, but we harmonize. I'm a good bit older than she is but at this stage in life it hardy matters. She is still in the child rearing phase of life so the demands on our lives are different. She lives in an elf house her architect father designed for her and her artistic eye has enhanced what was already a charming place. We took a class on dyeing wool and yarn one spring and as we drove away she was obsessed with the idea of starting her own hand dyed yarn company while I couldn't wait to go home and teach all my friends what I'd learned. That's the biggest difference between us. But it is one of those things that only adds to our friendship.
It's a 2 hour trip into the mountains from my house to hers and I was hoping I wouldn't succumb to the snackattacks that so frequently hit me when I'm in a car. Well - I did more than hope. I prepared. And so I am happy to report that
1. 5 fruits and vegetables ___x__
2. Only carrots to snack on in the car (I'm taking a road trip today and I've been craving carrots lately) ___x___
3. 8 glasses of water because it's sometimes easy to forget to drink water when you're driving ___x___
Score 14 - 1 hour and 10 minutes. Yippee
I wasn't quite sure about the 5 fruits and vegetables till I remembered the butternut squash soup Jen had fixed for lunch. Yes. Also, as I was driving home I decided I would like to be just a wee bit hungry ... or even hungry ... for dinner. I thought maybe things would taste better if I were. I wasn't actually hungry till I was just past Fredericksburg on the long home stretch, so it wasn't as if I was depriving myself. But I did want to nibble on something - a boredom issue, for sure. So I kept promising myself, just till you get home. Think how much better dinner will taste. Remember Hunger is the best sauce.
So - what's on for today? Ahhh. The first of the Christmas parties, that's what. And this one is a foodie paradise party. How will I handle that?
1. 30 minutes of walking at lunch time at the gym.
2. nothing alcoholic for you, my girl. You're driving.
3. I may have 8 party bites. A bite equals 2 tablespoons. As big as those balls you used to use to play Jacks with. The size of a Ritz cracker with crab dip on it. If I figure each tidbit is 50 calories, that would be 400 - doable party fun. Of course, all plain fruits and vegetables may be enjoyed in unlimited quantities.
Hope you're feeling festive today!