We had a lovely Christmas - low key, low pressure, scrumptious, with a couple of strange contretemps.
We did our cheese & charcuterie platter-type dinner for Christmas Eve, and even managed to use the salt block to cure some salmon for consumption (which was really kind of cool - although next time we'll probably stick the block in the oven before hand and use it as a kind of shabu shabu type thing). It definitely works, and it definitely adds salt! And we opened the 'christmas eve present' (just one, usually amusing), which is where i FINALLY got my copy of Adam Lambert's For Your Entertainment. yes, you can laugh.
Christmas morning present unwrapping was awesome - the pets quite liked their presents and the people loved theirs (even the ones from the pets). Several worked out better than I'd hoped they would when I got them, and Mom and I did our usual chortling with glee over the presents we knew about (buying together is always more fun - then you get what you really WANT).
However, after presents, while I'm making awesome pancake puffs from my AWESOME as seen on TV Pancake Puff Maker (dude, seriously, it's awesome), and Neil's beside me doing bacon duty, when suddenly.... the grease attacked! Lept out of the pan, ran halfway up his arm, and over a bunch of his shirt. Poor guy, scared him half to death. Also? Burned like the dickens. Luckily he was mostly ok, and it was only a first degree burn, and we got him to cool water in time, and had aloe in the house for after. It still looks angry and red, but it didn't blister, and eventually stopped throbbing in pain, so that's good.
We also managed to put a hole in our floor. Well, not us per se, but .... our hardwood floor is apparently not laid over a solid foundation. It's terribly creaky most of the time, but yesterday Neil stepped funnily and low and behold - a board is loose or something. Basically if you walk over the wrong patch of floor the end of the board pushes in and down. It hasn't snapped yet, so that's a plus!
Besides staying away from grease and this one spot on the floor we've done pretty well, I think. I managed to not make Christmas calls, so I'll be making happy new years calls instead (just didn't really feel like being on the phone for christmas day). We watched White Christmas which was awesome, and the 1994 remake of Miracle on 34th street, which was absolutely horrible (they cut out my favorite scene!), and parts of the Colbert Christmas special, which I think delighted my mom the most. And even though our yukon gold mustard potatoes didn't ever get cooked properly enough to consume, Neil made this absolutely scrumptious stuffed flank steak and honey carrots, and I made the craziest salad, and we had fresh fluffy bread from the farmer's market, and chocolate chip cookies for after. While it may not have been the crazy culinary foray into the classics that sometimes happens for our Christmas dinners, it was really nummy, so it all works out.
And in the grand tradition of Kate & her Mom, we went and saw It's Complicated today (Sherlock Holmes is next, but Monday night) and had a grand time. My mom is kind of adorable at movies, and we laughed out loud, which is a good sign, even if i wouldn't necessarily say 'oh, go out and watch it!' to anyone who didn't already like that kind of movie. Steve Martin was pretty awesome in it though, and very understated, which was kind of cool.
Finally though, tomorrow we're going to be frosting Christmas cookies! And you may be wondering, why do we have Christmas cookies to frost? Well, because we didn't stress about making a ton of them before christmas... and now we have the leisure to play without the pressure. I kind of like this whole relaxed holiday thing. Much easier on the brain ;)
I hope all of you who were celebrating holidays enjoyed them all vastly. And those who don't celebrate, I hope you all are having lovely weeks and weekends too!