Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Morning After the Day After Christmas

I finally found my camera cable, but all the Christmas photos are on Number One Daughter's camera, which of course I don't know how to use. We had a great Christmas. I got an I-Pod AND an electric blanket and earrings and so many other things I can't even remember, and NOD got socks and sweaters. Hmmm....

I can't remember the last time I didn't have a workout scheduled for a Saturday morning. It's a weird feeling. I have no idea what to do with myself (here's a hint, Jeanne: WRITE YOUR DAMN CHRISTMAS CARDS!). Yesterday morning, I ran five miles at a numbingly slow pace (58 minutes. Come on!!!). I will never understand how I can get so slow in one week. NEVER. NOD has guests (elementary school friend and her husband) staying for the weekend, so she insisted we clean the house on Friday. So bossy. I spent the rest of Friday cleaning and baking. And baking. Tally so far: two loaves of yeast bread, two loaves of quick bread, lasagna, french toast, pecan pie. That's a lot of food to come out of this dump place:

I like to call this shot "Hell's Kitchen." You can clean this kitchen as much as you like but somehow it still looks like an unmade bed. Notice the artful tower of pots and pans. That I washed several hundred times. Notice also the missing drawer. It's much easier to the get to the second drawer this way. Eliminates all that sliding open and closed. It's possible that we're a bit behind on the renovation plan.

Lasagna, made from an authentic ancestral recipe, and Eggnog bread, on my NEW STOVE.

My Major Award for coming in 2nd place!

Major Award, frontal view.

There are many more photos showing off my homemaking skills, but you'll just have to wait for them.

P.S. Old School Runner has a fantastic post about unusual Christmas songs. I wish I'd thought of that. But I was far too busy cooking up the carbs. Leave him a comment with your nomination.

9 comments:

Thomas said...

Sounds like you got a much better deal for Christmas than NOD!

If you begin showing off your mad baking skillz, I'll have to start doing the same!

Kelly said...

I hear you about the kitchen... mine has METAL cabinets from the 1960s. And I would give almost anything for a dishwasher.

As for the dieting, I'm in luck... cause before my diet, I thought about food constantly, so this is nothing new for me. Just channeling that energy into thinking about calories instead of what kind of chips I'd like to gorge on tonight.

LBTEPA said...

I thought for a minute you got a Christmas tree for a prize, how cool... oh well. Don't do the cards. Merry Christmas darl :)

eileen said...

I would call your "Major Award with Christmas Tree" your Christmas card....and you just sent it. So, there, that's done! I agree with Peter, I'm impressed (and very happy) you made nice with NOD's Dad's family.

Susan said...

Eggnog bread? Puh-leez send me that recipe! Sounds divine.

If you ever need help/advice on your kitchen renovation, your Architect friend Susan is available.

Rhea said...

Ooohh, Fed-ex me some of that lasagna, STAT! Hey, I am reviving my running blog. Yes, 'tis true. But I'm doing it on Vox instead. Look for invite.

David said...

Great looking lasagna. What time are we eating? I'll be right over.

Kelly said...

Hahaha I don't even know what eggnog bread is!
And I LOVE eating chocolate chips. I usually try to measure them out beforehand... put them in a little bowl.

Vickie said...

When you figure out how to use that iPod, let me know. I've had one for 6 months and haven't figured it out yet.