Rel-eve-d

Thanks for all the well wishes. I’m happy to report that I woke up feeling better and the boys are on their way. Hopefully, our plans will go off without a hitch. It would be nice to break the NYE curse and start 2018 off right.

Jeffrey has the fire going, and we plan to have a quiet leisurely warm, comfortable afternoon with the guys before heading out to an early dinner, then home for a few rounds of “That’s What She Said,” (which is a silly, more PG innuendo game version of Cards against Humanity,) while we wait to ring in the New Year at midnight with champagne before promptly heading to bed.

We’ve spent (or attempted to spend) NYE out and about, at parties, and away from home, but we find we prefer the peace and safety of a quiet evening at home. I guess we’re officially fuddy-duddies.

On another note: It’s a balmy -1 degree out. Rita seems to be handling it ok, but Harvey is having a hard time with it. The cold ground hurts his paws and, within seconds of being outside, he has trouble walking, sometimes before he’s even able to do his business. We have to scoop him up and carry him inside, where we gently warm his paws with our hands by the fire. It’s both adorable and heartbreaking at the same time.

Have a safe, warm, peaceful New Year’s Eve whatever you do.

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New Year’s Evil

Our simple New Year’sEve plans are set: The BF Jim, his hubby and their dog are to arrive tomorrow, mid-day. We will all go out to dinner, then quietly ring in the new year at midnight with a champagne toast and hugs all around.

Once again, however, what I have come to think of as “the New Year’s Curse” has struck again: I’m having gut issues. The major kind that makes moving about, let alone eating, extremely uncomfortable. (I suspect I made a poor choice of eating ham for dinner two nights ago – turns out pork is not my friend.)

Almost without fail, every year something happens to ruin our New Year’s Eve plans: I get sick, Jeffrey gets sick, the weather is bad, or some other nonsense, but more often than not, it’s me and my gut that ruins it.

So, instead of spending the day cleaning and running errands, I spent the day in bed, hoping to rest and let my system get up and running again. The only silver lining is that I got to finish this book…

…and start reading it’s sequel:

Both are fun reads about short lived and one-off failed super-heroes and Super-villains.

Plans are on hold until tomorrow morning, when I will give the guys thumbs up or thumbs down about spending the evening together, depending on how my guts are.

Here’s hoping it’s not an ominous start to the new year.

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Urge to Purge

This morning began the great purge: ridding the house of sugary holiday treats that are way too tempting and dangerous to keep around. What prompted the purge? Pulling on my “big pants” which have grown snug. Again.

Sigh…

Aside from the purge, I hope to return to regular tread-milling and exercise. The extreme cold and constant work stress sap me energy and will, but I’m going to have to push through and git ‘er done.

In other news:

Rose Marie died. I am a big fan of her character on the Dick Van Dyke Show and the BF and I have been rewatching the series during our visits, as time allows. I have the sads.

A lesbian couple and their two children were brutally murdered in their apartment, 7 miles from our home. There are no suspects yet, but it has us on high alert. I have the fears.

The roads were empty this morning on the way to work. Perhaps New Year’s Day has prompted people to take today off for an extended holiday weekend. I have the regrets.

A am officially dreading the packing up of holiday decorations and the re-assembling of our house on or after New Year’s Day. It will be no less than a two day job, if not more. I have the procrastinations.

Here’s to warmer weather, fewer chores, and better news.

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Baby, it’s $&!#*?!# Cold outside

It’s not going to be above freezing for at least the next seven days. We met friends out for dinner last night and it hurt to be outside. If it weren’t for my remote car starter, and a working fireplace, I’d suffer a lot more than I do.

I’m welcoming care packages of warmth and above freezing temperatures.

Stay warm!

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Christmas, Take 2

Twas the day after Christmas….and time to do it all over again. The BF Jim arrived this morning for our Annual “BF Christmas” – a second round of gift swapping, holiday music, snacks and cocktails. Jim and I have been doing second Christmas since our friendship started over 5 years ago.

One of my BF X-mas gifts: a pillow with April, Oliver and Tajiri – the giraffe family we visited for my birthday this past year in May.

We left gifts for Jim’s husband in CT when we attended their holiday party a week ago, and Jeffrey worked today, so he and Jim will swap gifts when he gets home. I suspect there may be a second round of cocktails.

It’s exciting to extend the holiday a bit, each year. We will celebrate New Year’s Eve with Jim and Ken next weekend, then we have “Little Christmas” with my Mom (who was in Phoenix to spend Christmas with my oldest brother.)

After all this celebrating, February is going to seem rather bland by comparison.

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Christmas 2017

It’s official. It’s Christmas morning, 2017. It snowed overnight and continues to snow, so it’s a literal Currier & Ives Christmas, a blanket of white covering everything out our window, Christmas jammies donned, presents under the tree, fire in the fire place, holiday tunes playing, and more treats than two people have any business eating.

For the last twenty years, Jeffrey and I have celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Solstice, and Nothing at all.

Our celebrations have been big and small, no gifts to extravagant, spent alone together and with others, at home and away.

Whatever, however, and wherever we celebrate, it’s always a bit magical, because we’re doing it together.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate and a happy, peaceful days to those who don’t.

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Pre X-mas Prose

‘Tis the night before X-mas

And here in our house

Dogs are a-snuggling

With me and my spouse

The fireplace crackles

With flames warm and bright

We’re all settled in

To relax for the night

Foods are abundant

Salty and sweet

Cocktails will help make

Our repast complete

We’ll watch Game of Thrones

Then a Movie or two

Then head to bed early

To await you-know-who

So to friends near and far

Who visit, call or write

Seasons greetings to all

And to all a good night

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A Solchriskwanzikamadanmas Miracle

For those who have lost sleep and agonized over my lack of Rice Crispie Treats for this Solchriskwanzikamadanmas Season, your suffering for my loss has come to an end:

Braving the mobs of procrastinating last minute shoppers, we made a run to yet another local grocery store for a few items Jeffrey wanted. Since we were there anyway, I took one more stab at locating a gluten free rice crispie cereal and some gluten free marshmallows. Much to my joy, I found some cereal but, sadly no gf marshmallows. Jeffrey suggested we check some Marshmallow Fluff and – VOILA! – Gluten Free! So we rushed home and I immediately made some Rice Crispie Squares:

Holiday joy fills my home, hearth and heart once again.

Just wish I had found this before I cut up the stockings into pieces, destroyed all the presents, and burned the tree down.

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Now THIS is a Saturday

It feels like Christmas this morning: hot coffee, big pile of Comics, lights aglow, and not a single thing that needs to be done or place I need to go today.

Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!

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Holiday Headstart

Yesterday was a standout of stressful days at work, so I decided to take a mental health day today and get a head start on my 4 day (now 5 day) holiday weekend.

In our house, more than gifts and decorations, the holidays are about yummy-for-the-tummy treats, so I headed to the grocery store just before 7:00 am this morning to try and beat the crowds and get all my shopping done. I had to buy baking supplies and dinner supplies for the long weekend. It was snowing out so, although a little slick at points, it was very pretty to drive in. As soon as I got home, I started baking, and when all was said and done, several hours later, this is what I had to show for my efforts:

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Labeled above, you’ll see my shopping and baking efforts (all gluten free goodies), plus one tin of gluten-filled cookies baked by a friend of mine and sent to us for Jeffrey’s enjoyment. Way more sweets than anyone needs, but I like variety. Not shown are the deviled eggs, BLT dip, and Garbage Bread I prepped and put in the fridge.

My only disappointment was that I really wanted to make gluten free rice crispie treats (my all time favorite treats) but I could not find gluten free rice crispies cereal or gluten free marshmallows to make them with (they exist – I’ve had them – but I couldn’t find them at my local stores.)

Although exhausted from baking and doing all those dishes over and over again (our dishwasher is broke and I needed to use several dishes over again) I still managed to run out in the snow (again) to pick up my comic books (nothing better than spending a Saturday morning reading comics under blankets with coffee and puppies,) do laundry, and sweep and vacuum before Jeffrey got home.

Once Jeffrey was home, he built a fire, we ordered delivery for dinner (to give me a break from kitchen duty) and I whipped up a couple of new cocktails I’ve been eager to try. “Green Lantern Cocktails.” I stumbled across the recipe while doing some random google search for something and, of course, I HAD to try them. Its made with Gin, Kiwi, Viognier White Wine, Lime juice and Simple Syrup These are the things with which I needed to make them:

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And this is what they look like, mixed:

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Yummy! We really like them.

Once these were mixed, and dinner had arrived, we retired to the Living Room to relax and enjoy our dinner, drinks, and watch a holiday special or two, when we discovered Rita Mae and Harvey had beat us to the punch:

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It’s a dog’s life around here, for sure!

Tonight’s feature presentation: Rudolph, a terrible story about misfits being rejected until they’re useful.

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However, I love Hermey the Elf and can totally related to him hating his job and wanting to do something different. Plus, I love the Misfit Toys (especially Charlie in a Box) and I love how the misfits band together to look out for one another. (F*ck you, Daddy Donner, Santa, Elf Foreman, and bullying Reindeer for rejecting Hermey and Rudolph!)

With all the wrapping, shopping, baking, meal prep and cleaning done, I get to just enjoy the next four days.

Now THAT’S a Happy Holiday to me!

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