You can see my current predilection for list-making erupting already. With so much going on in so many directions, lists, litanies, even catalogues become surprisingly calming -- or if the calm fails to arrive, at least I begin to see why it's so elusive....
So instead of fighting it, instead of regretting that I missed Five Things Friday, please indulge me with a very rare Six Things Saturday this penultimate weekend before Christmas.
1. Today, the delivery truck arrives with a new-to-us dining table and chairs -- mid-century modern, teak, a different table than we'd planned on when I wrote this post, but we're fairly confident this one, 'tho bigger, will play nicely with the grand piano as well... The delivery truck is also bringing a small leather armchair (it swivels) bought rather impulsively when we spotted its small silhouette in a display window, so now we're crossing our fingers it will sit as nicely in its new home as we imagined. . .
3. I made the tourtières for Christmas Eve, and they're in the freezer, already for their turn in the oven followed by a fragrant and savoury entrance at my daughter's a week from today. So pleased the kids wanted me to make these again (they hesitated to ask since we'd already offered to host Christmas dinner, but I love the tradition we established about ten years ago, love that some traditions fade but new ones overlap and replace them).
4. I've made several meals this week -- not such a big deal, except that I've relinquished most of the cooking to Pater over the years of his retirement, and I'd like to hope this might be a trend to finding my own way back to the satisfactions of the kitchen. Up until now, my retirement has been taken up with preparing for and achieving this move as well as with some significant travel. But I begin to see the possibility of a schedule that might include some culinary indulgence -- (did you notice that I've used this word several times in this post -- I almost deleted it because of that, began looking for a synonym. . . but it occurs to me that I might want to think about why I'm craving -- and granting myself, occasionally -- some indulgence. Hmmmmm)
5. Yes, we've begun watching The Crown, and we got caught up immediately, will definitely be back soon to watch the full series. But we had to stop for the new episodes of Rectify. Or, at least, I had to stop, and once Pater viewed an episode, he was hooked as well. I'm still not sure how this could have happened, but he swears he didn't see the first three seasons, and I'm pretty sure it's American Football's fault (or basketball, could definitely have been basketball). This series is so brilliant and thought-provoking and sad and beautiful and difficult that I'm thinking now I might just have to go back to Season 1, Episode 1 and watch it all over again with the Mr. Have you seen it? Do you agree?
6. Were I to cram a whole cutlery-drawerful-of-jangling-stuff at you in one bullet point, I might tell you that I love my new leather pencil-skirt, bought on sale last week, but that I've worn my very utilitarian, new snow boots much more. And that I had a lovely lunch with my daughter after our joint shopping expedition. Said daughter knows very well that a restaurant meal isn't probably complete until a dessert (or two) has been shared. We got two forks with this little beauty . . .
As we took our photo ops in the lobby, some of the VOA workers or volunteers offered the girls giant lollipops as cute props -- Nana had to quickly step in to explain that the lollipops weren't for them to eat (in fact, I'm not sure they weren't just cardboard or another facsimile material). Seriously, can you imagine offering kids a treat like this and expecting them to understand they couldn't immediately rip the wrapping off? I was relieved we didn't have a meltdown right there!
But no, I should just stop, right? Take some deep, slowing-down breaths, sit and look out the window at the still-dark city streets, thinking that next week, those streets will lose a dark minute or two in the morning and in the evening as we begin our climb back toward the light. Meanwhile, some wonderful celebrations ahead. And I can close this Random post with that image of Smiles and Lollipops. Happy Saturday! I know you're all rushing as well, but if you find time to wave a hello in the comments section, I'll wave back. xo