Knife Fights, Turkey Trunks and Old Lady Bathing Suits: Kicking off Holiday Season 2013

It’s not as exciting as the title may suggest.  I just wanted to pique your interest…

So, here is another reason why I need one of those Life Alert things:


Yup.  That is a knife, that flew out of my distracted hand, spun about a few times, and stabbed my floor.  It went all the way through that runner and into my bamboo flooring.  In fact, it took a pretty good tug to remove it from the floor!

Good thing it’s not the first time I dropped a knife.  I knew to not try to catch it and just step backwards to avoid stabbing myself.  Practice makes perfect?

I shouldn’t live alone….or I should stop watching TV while handling knives…especially shows like Scandal (what the what??) and Orange is the New Black (whaaaaat?  Why?)

I know I’ve been kind of quiet lately.  Not busy, just haven’t had much to say, or share (publically at least).  Hence the need for a fun blog title.

Thanksgiving Dinner

I hosted Thanksgiving at my place and kept it simple by sticking to dishes I knew and were easy.  Roasted veggies (cherry tomatoes, asparagus, butternut squash and sweet potatoes), mashed potatoes (regular and sweet…because one brother hates sweet potatoes and I love them), herb roasted turkey breast (which, unlike the recipe, I roasted at 400degF for 20 min then knocked it down to 350 deg for about an hour till it was 165deg.  And I learned how to break down a turkey trunk and next time I will buy split turkey breast, not a turkey trunk), broccoli & apple salad and sausage apple stuffing.  Some mac & cheese courtesy of my brother, Maple Apple Pie from Wobble Cafe and Carrot Cake made by me.  It was ample food for 5 people already stuffed from non-stop noshing all afternoon (which included a whole plate of deviled eggs).  A Thanksgiving much enjoyed.

Thanksgiving Dessert
Carrot Cake

I made another batch of those Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I also found out that the flavor definitely intensifies a bit with age.  When bringing them to work, I had to be careful how long I kept the cover off.

I am still not running.  I am dealing with it surprisingly well.  Actually, it worries me how well I am taking it.  Have I fallen out of love with running and using this as an excuse? Will I never get back to the level I was at?  I’m too afraid to think about it, and even more afraid to get back out there to find out.

Thankfully, I have been able to replace running with swimming because, let’s face it, I have no willpower when it comes to food, especially during the holidays.  My suit is old and getting a bit baggy.  I finally ordered a new one, but till then, I feel like a little old lady in her little old lady swimsuit.  All I need is one of those swim caps with the under chin buckle and flower pattern!

My photography class is wrapping up soon!  I’m going to really miss the developing and darkroom fun, but at the same time, I’m a little antsy to reclaim my Thursday nights (and not have to hike back to my car at night down a rather dark and quiet street).  For the past 8 months I’ve had late night Thursdays.  I could use a breather!

Hopefully I’ll get back in the kitchen and try something worth sharing.  In the meantime, the holiday season is upon us and only two more weeks until the shortest day of the year!  Enjoy it!

Tree Ornament

About chezsylvia

Engineer during normal working hours...photographer, baker, cook, runner, crossfitter and traveler the rest of the time.
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