Holiday Week

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Holiday Week
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Mon, 12-23-2013 - 12:39pm

Here we are, in the countdown until Christmas. For those of us who celebrate it, are you ready? Shopping, wrapping, baking on track? How will you celebrate this year? If you don't celebrate Christmas what will you do on the 25th?

How will you spend this week? With the holiday in mid-week some people are taking the entire week off, for others its not conducive to even making a long weekend. In Canada is Boxing Day typically a day-off from work? 

If you have time, tell us what your week will look like.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 1:28pm

I had planned on working today.  I have 5 vacation days left and counting back from the end of the year meant today being my last work day.   But  I work for a family owned business and the boss took his entire family to Disney World so we are closed all week.  So that means I have to work either next Mon or Tues and I chose Tuesday.

The only thing I have left to do is wrap one present and Christmas dinner prep.  It was an unplanned last minute gift.  A couple of days after buying some thing for my DD  I got an e-mail saying I could get a free mug so I got one for DD3.

In about 1/2 DH and I are going to see Anchorman 2.

Tomorrow will be prepping for Christmas dinner.  I am making lasagna.  Will get it all made tomorrow and cook it on Christmas.  DH will be making peanut butter pie.

We will have 10 for Christmas dinner.  Our usuall group of myself, DH, three DDs, DD1's boyfriend, DH's dad, step-mother and her brother, plus this year the addition of DD2's boyfriend. 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 1:45pm

I took off 12/19 aft thru 1/1 - our company shut down 12/21-1/1 and gave us 4 of those days; if you didn't have vacation to take the other 4, you are home with no pay (and til next year with the new owner, we can't carry over).  DH took off too; ds is working today, tomorrow and Friday. Wed we go to MIL's as usual; I'm tasked with green beans (so I'm doing a Food network recipe with bacon for 2# and the other pound is with lemon/butter for the non meat eaters). 

Thursday is a ride with family through our local park with lights (pile in cars with walkie talkies) - first is chii here (usually pizza but we thought we'd mix it up).  I'm doing meat chili and have some snacks, alcohol, soda, water, and the hot chocolate for after. Another SIL will bring chicken chili, another veggie chili, another green salad, another fruit salad (haven't heard from the 5th SIL yet or the 2 BILs), MIL brining chips/dip and bowls and napkins (no clue why on the bowls/napkins!).  This is the low key event after the chaos on the 25th - I'd rather just do our event!

Today we just did a bunch of errand running; ds is working; hope to see him later.  He'll help this week with the green beans and the chili.  Oh, I'm also doing these little brownie santa hats that I think will be perfect for after the chili - you can either cut out little rounds of brownie or I think I'll use my small muffin pan - then you put white frosting on top, invert a strawberry and put it on the frosting, then put another plop of frosting on top so it's like a santa hat on a small brownie round - small, can pop them in your mouth, easy...

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Registered: 04-29-2000
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 1:50pm

You know, I don't know how I managed last year's Christmas preparations, seeing as I was in pain with polymyalgia at the time.  My memory of that time is completely gone!  But here I am - now dealing with osteoarthritis in the knees and aside from that difficulty - I seem to have so little energy which I don't know is from the sore knees or something else?  Well, I am not panicking so much as just desperately trying to do the rest of what needs doing for Christmas.  That includes making a pie or two.  And then there's wrapping gifts (not too many to do but still I've not got to that yet).  I  just dry-brined my turkey which is a first time thing for me - I read about how you can apply kosher salt to the turkey's skin and then wrap it all in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for a few days.  I have to now get to making the pie dough.  I've  never bought pre-made frozen pie shells, but you know I'm thinking...maybe that's a good idea considering?  Ugh.  Ray may not go to work tomorrow (long story as to why he might be able to take that time off - not that I can explain it but anyway) and I will be glad enough if he's home to  help with these last minute preparations.  Which are not so bad but still more than I seem to be able to handle on my own this year.  *sigh*  There's the floors to be vacuumed and a general tidy up and dusting to do around here.

Also Ray has the week off between Christmas and New Year's - which again I am thankful for!  We have invited friends, a couple, for dinner either on Friday or Saturday this coming week.  All depends on when they would like to come since we haven't got a lot on our agenda so far for the week after Christmas.  We also have other friends we plan to invite (not the same time as this aforementioned couple) - anyway with Ray home to help out, I am sure we will do fine enough to host friends. 

I just wish I felt more energetic.  This has been really hard - to adjust doing what I can do and not getting upset by what I can't do.  Ah well...

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 12-23-2013 - 10:24pm

Nope, not ready. I don't have terribly much to do but it looks like Tuesday the 24th will be very busy to get it all done. I'll try to get the last minute grocery trip done early before it gets too busy (hope I beat the crowds but everybody may have the same idea) then spend the rest of the day at home. 

All of the gifts have arrived but nothing has been wrapped.

Dh is making tofu enchiladas for dinner on the 24th. I think that he and dd may go to a movie during the day---which would be good because then I can freely wrap their gifts. I have to make a cake with ground almonds instead of flour for Christmas dessert, and also some flourless muffins for Christmas breakfast. Dinner will be simple---turkey, fresh cranberry sauce, baked yams, buttered peas. I guess some rolls too, for dh. It will be just dh, dd, and me so we don't need a lot of courses or a large quantity of food so I won't make dressing. If we want an "appetizer" I have some nice cheeses.

Dd arrived on Sunday late morning. We've been spending lots of time catching up with her--dh saw her for a weekend a couple of months ago but I hadn't seen her since late July (for FIL's bday party) and that was pretty hectic so its nice to have relaxing time. Today was "play day", we got some salad/sandwiches and drove up to La Jolla and ate our lunch overlooking the ocean. It was a gorgeous sunny warm day. Later we walked around the shopping district for a while. Then dd decided she wanted Pinkberry yogurt which I had never tried. There is a shop in the neighborhood next to mine so we drove there, and got frozen yogurt to spoil our appetites for dinner! Its the "sweet-tart" type of frozen yogurt and I really liked it because it was not cloyingly sweet. 

On Thursday we're driving up to Orange County for lunch with sister in law, niece, and her kids. Friday dd has to be at the airport around noon to return to NYC. On the weekend we plan to go to Mexicali to visit dh's family, haven't decided yet which day. After that Christmas will be officially over.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
In reply to: elc11
Tue, 12-24-2013 - 1:23pm

Just thought I'd tell you that I was talking with Nora on the phone yesterday.  They do have power - but for some reason (which both she and I don't understand) their computer is not working during this ice storm.  Or the internet anyway?  I am such a dummy when it comes to computers and how they work that I don't understand why this is so.  Anyway she wanted me to pass on this bit of information to the board. 

If all continues to go well, though, her mother should be out of the hospital soon if not already.  She was admitted recently due to pneumonia.  Nora went and spent two days/nights there with her.  When I spoke with her yesterday Nora was only recently back home but had had a nap and some decent food - so felt a lot better than when she just arrived home. 

However the ice storm has ruined their plans of seeing their daughters, sils and grandchildren (as they were to come during this time) so another time has to be scheduled for this visit - though when yet, that's not been determined, at least when I spoke with her. 

Hopefully the temperature will rise and the ice will melt and fall off branches and Nora will have her computer time back and thus join us here on the board. 

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Tue, 12-24-2013 - 3:41pm

Shirley, thanks for the update on Nora.