The kitchen floor tile grout has been scrubbed, with a toothbrush. All of it. The backyard fruit trees have been trimmed. The catchall kitchen cupboard has been cleaned. The CDs have been retrieved from two cars and three rooms and returned to their rightful cases (well, as much as possible). Toby’s muddy paw print detoxification area has been cleaned. Dontcha love holiday prep?
Also, watched many Christmas movies (plus Julie and Julia with Miss Alex), including my very, very favorite, Prancer (though we let Steve do the crying this year). Finished knitting a scarf (though Mom will have to cast off for me). Made this yummy dark chocolate mixed nut bark thingie. Ordered crabs for Christmas Eve. Made little greenery arrangements for the house. Smelly cinnamon candle for the guest bathroom (someone, at some moment in the next week will appreciate that). Decided the menus, made the lists, one for each day. Steve did the backyard lights, which I love, love, love. Wrapped. Wrapped more. And more. And listened to Christmas music….Oh, and I made a strata with Italian turkey sausage, mushrooms, onion and spinach and three cheeses that rendered Alex incapable of saying anything at dinner other than “This is really good. Really, really good.” So that made me feel good. Really, ridiculously good.
We also watched the Survivor finale, and I was surprised but slightly pleased with the outcome. Also surprised and slightly dismayed to realize that was the 19th season, and if I calculated the hours I have spent watching the past 18….perhaps only missing three shows (and never the finale, I always see that) in 18 seasons, well, that’s something we don’t want to do, ok?
Still a bit more on the holiday prep, but I am thinking this is it…we’re on the Christmas runway.
Kate comes home tomorrow. My mom and dad will be here Wednesday. Then, you’d better watch out.