|Pre-Christmas-shopping fortification, exquisite French breakfast pastries and coffee at Thierrry, a precious quiet moment with Pater...|
If my blog stats are any indication, the busy-ness of the season is already taking readers from the screen just as it's dampening my energy and ability and enthusiasm to write about anything other than gift-shopping and family gatherings....which, I suspect, can take on the smug tone of those insufferable Christmas newsletters.
Still, I somehow feel anxious when I'm not checking in with you regularly. I could take one of those one-week blogging breaks other bloggers do regularly to refresh their blogging spirits, but honestly? I suppose that, for me, I value the discipline of the regularity. Or my OCD tendencies are more pronounced than I recognize....
All of which is to say that here I am, with not so much to say except that I'm busy shopping for (a very few) gifts and spending time with loved ones. Yesterday, we hosted a small crowd (all family, immediate and extended) to shower my son and daughter-in-law with baby gifts and love and best wishes for an upcoming move.
Pater had made our tiny apartment sparkle with coloured mini lights and a wee artificial tree, and while I was home on the island marking last week, he'd put together an array of easy cheeses, fruit, olives, hummus, crackers along with wine and beer. Entertaining Made Easy 101. It felt good to host a fewtive event again--we haven't for years, in deference to work schedule, but keeping it simple made it possible. Yes, some crowds would demand a more sophisticated menu (at least a few hot hors d'oeuvres, gleaned from the latest cookbooks), but our emphasis was on relaxed, convivial fun, watching little girls get comfortable again with aunts and uncles and great-aunts and great-uncle.
I did get a few photos of the event -- my favourite is probably of a soon-to-be papa playing under the buffet table with a certain 6-year-old. I may share it once I get back to my regular computer with its camera hook-up.
Meanwhile, having spent a glorious afternoon shopping with one daughter on Friday afternoon (she booked off work just so we could lunch and shop together!), I'm meeting another today for a similar gig. (I'll have to be careful...I ended up doing the "one for you, one for me" gift routine the other day...the sales are so good and the shopping enabler so....able at enabling!). Honestly, if you don't mind surrendering the element of surprise, this is a lovely way to Christmas shop!