Archive (week of 12.9.01):
In the past couple of days, I have failed to mention the following things:
By some miracle, I have finished my holiday shopping. Okay, it's not a miracle. I had two more days of forced vacation that I had to use up, so I was able to spend all day thursday and most of friday shopping.
The past couple of years I bought almost all the gifts I needed from Amazon or some other on-line retail shop. This year, I'm fed up with Amazon (but their wishlist feature is lovely) and have only used them for the secret santa thing.
I received an e-mail from a long lost friend on thursday night, and replied to the e-mail and then received this:
"Your message has been enqueued and undeliverable for 1 day
to the following recipients: (insert name of long lost friend here)
Reason: unable to deliver this message after 1 day
The mail system will continue to try to deliver your message
for an additional 6 days."
Thank you to Jenn for my secret santa gift.
And that brings us to today:
which is B's birthday. I'm making him chicken cacciatore for dinner. I might even bake a cake, even though he says he doesn't want one.
It's not that I don't have the money to...well, actually, that is why my co-workers are getting home made baked treats for holiday gifts. Even if I did have the money, I wouldn't know what to buy these people.
I prefer to give the gift that says "I was thinking of you, and thought you might be hungry".
I'm becoming increasingly fond of the edible gift. It's thoughtful, time was devoted to its creation, and once its eaten, there's nothing left. You don't have to worry about it cluttering up your shelves, or make sure it's in plain sight in case the person that gave it to you shows up unannounced.
I made maple walnut shortbread this year. I don't have time to post the recipe, but if you really want to make some, go buy the holiday issue of Real Simple. It's full of great ideas for holiday gifts, etc.
My favorite things about this time of year: california finally gets some cold weather and all the holiday lights.