||[Jan. 7th, 2012|12:25 am]
Holidays! They are over! Well, all the big clumpy ones, anyway. (Clumpy in the sense that they ALLHAPPENATONCE! Sort of.)
I had some good holidays. In case you missed the post, Thanksgiving was spent up in Wisconsin with my mom. Christmas Eve, Brent and I spent the day and evening together, quietly. For the life of me, I can't remember what we had for dinner, but we opened our presents to each other German-style (e.g. on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas morning), and saved the rest for later that week when we went up to Wisconsin again to celebrate Christmas and my birthday with Mom. Gifts included a Kindle, fuzzy socks (blue! like Cookie Monster!), The Rabbi's Cat, 2 Professor Layton games (probably my favorite presents!), and a Totoro calendar. The calendar is actually a Totoro resin figurine on a grassy base holding a sort of shepherd's crook/fishing pole and off that is hanging a string with a hook, and there are pages shaped like fishes with the months on them! It is terribly cute and I really need to find a prominent place to display him. TOTORO!
On Christmas Day, we were pretty busy! I did sit around for most of the morning on my computer but then we drove out to Oak Park to help a friend with her computer. While Brent was working on that, I went over to another friend's house to visit her, since I hadn't seen her in a really long time! This friend (M, with her husband J) is the lady with whom I used to stay when traveling in or out of the area; she always had a guest room open for me and Oak Park was an ideal stopover place because it was close to O'Hare and relatively close to my mom. I like to call her my "Oak Park mom." That is, once my mother moved out of Oak Park. ANYWAY, we had a really nice visit, and Brent also finished in time to come over and meet M and J and chat for a little while before we had to go home and start dinner. Christmas dinner was to be turkey, mashed potatoes, and some sort of vegetable (I was thinking glazed carrots) but since we had run late in Oak Park and didn't think of going to a store earlier while they were still open, by the time we got home everything was closed. Also, we were having Couchsurfing guests who would be eating with us so the half-bag of frozen peas I found in our freezer wouldn't be enough. Sooo I scrounged some more and found a bag of frozen edamame in shell that we ended up boiling and tossing in salt that we ate as a sort of appetizer to the main course. Unfortunately, the propane tank for the fryer wasn't working properly so the turkey wasn't done in time, so we sort of had our dinner in stages: edamame, then mashed potatoes (and some garlic flatbread that we created from thick flatbreads and garlic butter), and finally the turkey last. Which STILL wasn't even completely done in the middle at 10pm when we finally ate it, but we cut off the outsides and stuck the rest in the oven.
Then last week, Brent took the leftover turkey and made miso soup with seaweed and put the turkey in it! It was surprisingly good, though if you're used to miso soup with seaweed and tofu it's a bit of a surprise to get that turkey flavor.
The visit with Mom was nice, and there were no trips to the emergency room! Always a plus. We had a meeting with her friend Susan, who offered to gift us with our table decorations (she used to be a professional flower/landscape designer), and she may also make our bouquets though we'll pay for the materials for those. Susan also made a DELICIOUS Asian-style (sort of a Vietnamese/Filipino style) soup and noodle dish when we came over. Soooo tasty.