I am so conflicted about Christmastime.
On the one hand, it’s a heyday of clinking cocktail glasses and plates of delicious nibbly things shared with friends and family. These, I support wholeheartedly.
On the other hand, there’s the terrible music. And the mile-long shopping lists. And the annual paradox of how to manage multiple family units in multiple time zones requiring multiple (ridiculously expensive, because we never have our shit together enough to book in advance) plane tickets and just…[insert head explosion here]. Christmas in Cancun, anyone?
But if there’s one thing I can always get behind, it’s holiday smells.
Which is why I am totally geeked out over these:
Why, yes, I would like my hands to smell like a peppermint patty and/or freshly plucked pine needles every time I wash them. And the dishes?
A kitchen sink full of clementines makes me a happy girl indeed.
Holiday nerd, I tell you.
Aside from getting overly excited about snazzy-smelling soaps, there’s the matter of the tree. I almost didn’t share this because it is really that nerdy, but here it is.
Somewhere in this apartment is a box of ornaments. But I cannot for the life of me find it. So I adorned the tree with the race bibs that have been piling up in a drawer. Totally dorky, but kind of entertaining – and seeing them makes me smile. 2010 was a fun year for racing.
So…yeah. You won’t catch me listening to Christmas tunes, but I celebrate the season in my own way.
Off to wash my hands superfluously and get another hit of that hollyberry….
Today’s EAT: Remember when I yammered on about sharing cooking failures as well as successes? I’m keeping my word. My oven produced a pan of sad soggy tofu tonight.
It seemed like a good idea in theory: tofu marinated in leftover cranberry sauce, loosened up with a little vinegar and honey. But…the marinade was too thick? Or maybe I didn’t press enough water out of the tofu? They never crisped up and were just sort of blah.
A snappy side dish saved the meal though:
I cubed up and sauteed this teeny delicata squash in apple cider. Super simple and surprisingly delicious. (Recipe here – via Epicurious)
Dinner of cubes:
The tofu was alright when smothered in goat cheese and candied pecans. Lesson learned: don’t get all fancypants and improvisational with the tofu marinade. I’m still a novice with the stuff!
Today’s DRINK: I polished off last night’s yummy Petite Syrah. Look for cocktail night tomorrow – Friday night, time to get wild!
Today’s RUN: I set out to do 4 today. I ended up doing 7. Oops. I was running with some local running buddies and yapping away and it just happened. Oh well – my Achilles doesn’t seem to be any worse for the wear. Taking tomorrow off so I don’t blow through my self-imposed mileage limit for the week.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you travel for the holidays – and if you’re married/engaged/dating, how do you deal with multiple families? And more importantly, does anyone want to go to Cancun for Christmas? We just need an airline that will fly us there for free and an unoccupied villa on the beach. Margaritas are on me. 🙂