- Sugar cookies
- Garlic Bread
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Hash Brown Potato Casserole
- Green Bean Casserole
- Jello w/ Cool Whip Topping
- Peppermint Ice Cream
- Seven Layer Salad
- Caramel Corn
What's sad is I'm sure I'm forgetting something. Thanks must go to my mother for providing all this food within a 24 hour time span. Bravo, Mom!
Of course, this means I'm back at the gym with a vengeance. A small price to pay for all those sugar cookies. But they were worth it.
(My mother's sugar cookies are legendary. To me, anyway. She has these cookie cutters in the shapes of all things Christmas - snowmen, reindeer, trees, etc. - that she bought in the early 70's and has used every holiday since. This year only the ornament and bell cookies made an appearance, but I didn't mind, especially since she added sprinkles to the recipe.)
And, yes, we did have a white Christmas, even though my last post was hoping otherwise. I received nine inches of snow by Thursday morning, which made travel in my neighborhood nearly impossible. I was due to work at 7:00 a.m. to perform the weekly backup before we opened, but, due to the lack of plowing, got stuck in the road a few times. By the time I dug myself out it was nearing 8:00, so I gave up and worked 2-10 p.m., a rare night shift for me. By the time I made it to work, the streets were fine. Of course, the roads in my neighborhood were another story - they weren't plowed until late Thursday afternoon. Kind of makes you wonder why I'm paying the annual home owner's association fees.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon with Andie, back from Minnesota for the holidays. She and I went to India Garden for lunch, where she's somewhat of a celebrity. (Her family ate there a lot when she was growing up.) Everytime we go there I feel like I'm dining with a star. When we walked in yesterday, they didn't guide us to a table; instead they allowed her to pick where we would sit. And they spent time catching up, asking her how she'd been, how her mom was, etc. Unfortunately, she's not popular enough for them to comp our meals, but still, we received an awful lot of attention that normally we wouldn't get.
Afterwards she and I went to Half Price Books and took advantage of their 20% off sale. I bought three albums, actual vinyl albums. The first was Men at Work's Cargo, which I remember putting on my Christmas list in 1983 but never receiving. The second was the soundtrack to Xanadu, which is awesome. And the third was a Tom Jones live album that my grandmother had when I was a kid. If memory serves, it has a slammin' version of "Land of 1000 Dances" on it. I spent $2.50 for these three treasures. After we left the store, we went back to my house and played songs from them. Andie was amazed that the Tom Jones record was in such excellent shape, which I'm convinced is because no one's ever played it before. Come on, man, it's Tom Jones live. Who really cares? Other than me and my grandmother, that is.