Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas Week

Work has been very busy, the holidays have been busy, I've been trying to get some freelance stuff done, and shop, and wrap, and work . . . but there have been some very nice things happening, too.

Bob and I had a nice Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at his parents' house with his family, as we always do. He was getting a cold, though, and was feeling worse and worse, so he stayed home on Christmas Day while I went out to spend the day with my family. I made Stephenson's Green Rice Casserole from an old recipe booklet that Bob's mother had given me long ago. I'd never made it, but now that Stephenson's is closed, if I'm going to have it, I'll have to make it!

It turned out fine, but I had adjusted it a little to make more, and I think it turned out a little dry. But it was still good.

Bob hadn't felt much like doing our own Christmas on Christmas Eve, but he had one gift that he wanted me to open -- a beautiful turquoise blue semi-precious stone pendant set in silver. He couldn't remember what the name of the stone was, and I don't recognize it, so one of us will have to check with the shop. It's lovely, though. He opened one gift, too -- a pair of slippers that he needed badly.

We opened the rest of our gifts on Christmas morning -- he got me underwear, a candle, a movie (Matchstick Men), a calendar and candy and an iTunes card, and I got him a calendar and a shirt and an iTunes card . . .

On Thursday evening I met Barb, Patti and Sue for dinner at Cheesburger in Paradise, which was a lot of fun. I brought home half of my meal (chicken quesadillas), which I took for lunch yesterday. Someone had come in for a meeting, and brought bagels, so I had a cranberry bagel with my tea for breakfast. David called in the morning, and my old friend Matt from Lynqs days came in, and Clark, Shane's dog, was there, and later Anna came in with Dominic. Both Clark and Dominic hung out in my office for awhile. Clark likes the carpet, and Dominic likes the whiteboard.

Then last night, Bob and I got home at the same time, and we immediately went back out to the wholesale club. I picked out a couple of pairs of lightweight flannel pajama pants and a bag of grapefruit, and Bob got a beef roast, a bag of shrimp, and a bag of potatoes, then we went over to Culver's for hamburgers. They had special cranberry milkshakes for the holidays, so I had one, and it was delicious. I love the "special" things that some places have during the holidays, like the cranberry bagels and shakes. I had driven through McDonald's a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed to find that they didn't have anything special -- they used to have peppermint shakes at Christmas, but I guess they don't do that anymore.

All in all, it was a pretty good week, and yesterday was an exceptional day. And now I have another four day weekend! Barb's going to come over during the day on New Year's Eve to exchange gifts and hopefully go out for lunch or dinner or something, and maybe go out and see Bob at the store. And now -- Saturday morning -- I need to go out and run some errands, go to the library and the grocery store, and I can't remember what else ... look at my list.

And think about some goals for 2008.

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5 comments:

peacejen said...

I copied the Green Rice recipe from your link. Sounds great, but what is the seasoning mix they list? Is it the same as seasoned salt?

Thanks and Happy New Year!
- Jenny B

Willa said...

In the printed recipe I have, it just says "Accent," which is MSG, but you can easily leave that out. I don't/didn't use it.

Anonymous said...

I haven't thought about Accent for years. You used to see it all the time back in the mid-70's. I can still picture the little round white carton with red lettering. I don't think I've seen it in years. Brings back memories. I'm in Independence and drove by Stephenson's today. It's sad to see the for sale sign on it.

Sandy

Sabrina said...

Oh Willa, I just loved this post. I always love all of your posts, but something about this one was extra special. Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you and Bob and the cats!

I was just thinking...I think I am going into year 12 of reading your journal! It's been an absolute pleasure, and I look forward to many more years - thanks for being there!

Maggie said...

Dear Willa, hope you have a wonderful 2008. The cacophony of fireworks still continues here in Liverpool as I type this!

Happy New Year!