I haven’t exactly been the best at staying on top of some of my posting in the recent months, so we’re going to call this portion of the blog the “holiday leftovers” – which in no way diminishes their importance btw! We all know that leftovers are buh-mazing.
Thanksgiving Visit with Jan:
Back during Thanksgiving I had my annual Jan Reynolds Ingersoll visit!!! In fact, she even came to church to hear me sing that Sunday morning because I had a solo! (Read about the experience on her blog here). And, if you know anything about a visit to see Jan then you know to expect a couple of things:
Blurry photo of the two of us / An action shot with some kind of weapon / Me, posing with a giant stuffed animal
And lest we forget – an appearance from our good friends Feral and Domesticated Cougar (this time in holiday attire!):
I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR!!!
Christmas Eve Shrimp Dinner with Will:
Before the two Christmas Eve services at my church I again had the pleasure of joining Will and his family for their annual shrimp dinner. I even got to catch up with my favorite misunderstood Christmas curmudgeons! (This year I was doubly lucky because I also got to see them all again on my drive home from Crockett back to Houston after Christmas!)
Sid Becomes the Pied Piper Once Again:
When Hannah was visiting recently after Christmas, her dad, my uncle Sid, came over to the city for the day to help dress shop for Hannah’s junior voice recital in February. In the car to dinner I showed him my clarinet I had taken from Crockett and he couldn’t wait to play it when we got back to my apartment later! (Too bad the ol’ gem needs a bit of work to it). At any rate… it was the first time he’d picked one up in years!
Proof for the grandparents!
Sugar and Spice… :
No good leftover meal is complete without a second (or third) helping of those holiday pies, cookies, cakes, random sugar packets you have lying around the house just begging to be finished before they spoil. And by spoil I mean someone else eats them. Regular blog readers will know of my undying love for anything Speculoos, and this Christmas totes delivered!! Mallory’s dad had traveled recently to the Netherlands and was kind enough to bring me back, in addition to the yearly Maersk butter cookies, a jar of the ONLY FOUND IN EUROPE crunchy spread! Not to leave Mallory high and dry on the Speculoos front—here she is with her giant cookie!
Mom managed to join the fray and somehow found me a whole CASE of the German equivalent of Speculoos. What the WHAAAAAT!!!
And now… FOOD COMA!
Artist: No Doubt / Album: Everything in Time