Sue - I just cook the rice and chicken strips in the pressure cooker with Uncle Ben’s long grain rice and a flavor pack that Comes with it. I Only add bouillon with the water for the rice. Tasty and easy!
We had an auto acccident last night after going out to dinner. It was dark ,raining, very heavy traffic and my fault it happened. I was turning left between some cars stopped at a light. There was a turning lane on the other side of the stopped cars and a car coming that I did not see. I hit the side of her car and totally smushed the front of mine. No one was hurt but I had some chest tightness and EMTs did an EKG on me. I was fine but do have muscle soreness in my chest and have been taking Ibuprofen today. I think the chest tightness was the muscle soreness from the seat belt. Had the car towed last night and went to the shops the a.m. to get things started.
The accident sort of took away the trill of me getting my violin at the violin shop after dinner. I was so excited about it. Haven’t found an instructor yet though. Will probably try to start lessons after Christmas. Sue, why did you stop playing your violin and sell it? I can’t wait to start!
Will have all the kiddos tonight overnight so DH and wife can go to a Christmas program at church.
Will be really busy from now til New Year’s. Will try to check in spottily.
Have finally gotten the knitting on the socks started well enough to continue and make it look like something. Happy with my new skill!
JoJo, glad you are okay! Good luck with the violin. It’s a challenge, but a beautiful instrument. I think my parents still have mine and my sister’s.
We are doing Christmas with my dad’s side of the family this weekend, then will be home on Christmas Day. I made my grandmother’s coconut cake today. It has to sit for a couple of days so it will be moist.
Oh, how scary about the wreck, Joanne! Yikes—so thankful you were not injured badly and hope nothing shows up as a problem down the line. Do you have a rental for now and is it totaled? Sounds as tho it may be. I absolutely hate car wrecks—even fender benders—they make us feel so awful. Sad to have that going on with Christmas and all! Aren’t you really sore today?
Holly, I can’t remember whether you ever were allowed to share your grandma’s recipe—-could you? I love coconut.
DD and company came last night in spite of the girls not feeling well—DGD13 has a flue but the doctor said she could come—DGD17 has a bad cold—So I am washing up a lot—but know we could end up catching it—-still I am glad they came. DGD17 and I just shopped at two places and got the last thing for DGS13 and some makeup for me. But it wiped her out! DD and DSIL both worked remotely this morning—now napping. They had a long day of 9 hr drive and Molly sick off and on. Stress!
I did gym classes this morning—glad I was able to—tomorrow I won’t since my teacher will have a sub and it’s never as good. Was hoping to take the girls to my classes to have everyone meet them and have them participate but cannot do that with these germs and not feeling well.
Making cheese enchiladas for tonight’s dinner with a salad—-basic romaine with some red wine vinaigrette. We took DD’s car to Toyota today to replace headlights that had leaked and were full of vapor and useless—our family gift—wow, super pricey cause the labor is a lot—dumb RAV4 design—have to take the whole bumper off to change the headlights!
Need to finish editing my letter to the kids and get it printed. And we have nothing wrapped so really have to get with it. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Merry Christmas, everyone! I will be absent from here tomorrow with 14 for breakfast, and 12 for dinner! I just prepped the cheeses for my egg muffins for tomorrow—sort of quiche in a muffin cup. Had planned to bake bread today but we are going to see Star Wars instead at 3:20 so I gave myself a pass—-rather relieved!
DGD13 feeling pretty awful again today even tho she was better yesterday—-ugh. Not sure she will be able to go.
We all went to Coco last night—OMG the best movie—-it is so beautiful and so touching. I think everyone should have to see it. It so reminded me of two Decembers ago when we were in Puerto Vallarta and came back so touched by the family love that the Mexican people have and openly show their elders. It also was very touching since it was so close to the letter I have prepared for the kids in several ways.
Letters are all printed and done and wrapped with the book Being Mortal. Feel a bit intimidated just because I don’t want the kids to think I am crazy. But they are saying what I felt I needed to say.
DH and I have the gifts wrapped and under the tree.
Getting cold here, expecting some snow tonight. Supposed to be over by tomorrow morning, hope so, we have to drive to my sister's house. It will just be all of my family and my BIL's mom. I'm bringing hors d'oeuvres - cheese, pate, smoked salmon.
So the saga of my mail order pills continue...I got an email notification that it was delivered yesterday afternoon, but they came when our concierge stepped out for 15 minutes and the email said it was delivered to the front door. I thought it was stolen, but the conceirge went over the video tape and said the UPS guy took the package away with him. Meanwhile I called the mail order place and they are sending another package. Unbelievable.
SO and I are not giving gifts to each other, really out of ideas. But I just went out and got him 2 bottles of very good single malt scotch.
Jojo, thank goodness you are ok after the accident. I hate anything that has to deal with car maintenance, for some reason it just stresses me out. Glad you are enjoying all the grandkids. I never had the time to play the violin and didn't touch it for over 20 years. It takes a lot of dedication. When I played regularly it was practice almost every single day.
Holly, it's great that you are taking on the tradition of the coconut cake.
Joan, a lot of people visiting! Hope the sick ones feel better soon.
The dr visit for the yellow fever vaccination was enlightening, what with all the other things like malaria and hepatitis! Ended up also getting a hepatitis A shot as well.
We are getting laundry done, beds put away, dishes put back till next year, etc. Think I will leave the tree till New Year’s Day and take it all down while watching the Rose Bowl Parade. Yesterday i sort of hit the wall after lunch—wow—2 1/2 hrs snoozing on the couch. Then went to bed by 9:30–and slept till 6:45–playing catch up!
DD and company left about 7 am yesterday so I was able to do pilates and yoga—need to get back in my routines. Today I will freeze the leftover lemon pie—I allowed myself one more day of eating some=—also need to get all the rest of the cookies deep in the freezer where I cannot easily access them—but it was sort of fun just chilling out for Christmas and allowing myself the luxury of having a few things with everyone else.
Our Christmas was one of the best ever I think. Christmas Eve afternoon, Star Wars movie. After we had cabbage and matza ball soup, potato pancakes, rye bread and pastrami from The Bagel Cafe which is the best Jewish bagel place in town—-wow it was packed with business—took us one hour to get our take out order and we just barely got back in time for the movie. DD and the boys met us here and ate and afterwards we sat around with me pushing six kinds of cookies on them—-had a cookie tasting party! DGS17 was here and sober and was so much his old self. DGD13 stayed home in bed for the movie but managed to eat a bit with us.
Christmas morning we had 14 for breakfast—met DSIL’s new SIL and really like her. I used my Demarle muffin pan and made CHILI Releno quiches in it—two sets—-OMG they were so good! Had bagels and cr cheese, some of the wild smoked salmon the DGS’s had caught last summer, and bacon. Very informal—-fill your plate, park somewhere and eat—-everyone seemed to blend together really well and DGD13 was feeling nearly well so participated. My surprise gifts (did not ask anyone what they wanted) all went over well and DGS17 loved the reindeer onesie I found for him and wore it all morning. So silly, but fun. DD (from here) took DGD17 to a long yoga class and I made my cake and pie and salad for dinner and set table. DD asked DGS17 not to smoke pot (he went back to his dad’s to “take a nap” so she was worried) and he promised not to—so he was back for dinner fully participating and having fun with us. It was so nice. Jordan and Justin came too. DGD17 was feeling so good (tthe therapy she is doing is so helping her be herself and not stress out) and she was so funny. I had bought poppers—Nutcracker ones) and everyone popped theirs and each had a whistle of a different tone—then there was a music code sheet so everyone tried to line up and play the music—it was hysterical—the whistles were cheap and hard to hit the notes but it made it so funny—-ended being a laugh fest. Did all that before dinner.
Dinner was good—lasagna went over well—after dinner we played DGS13’s game I bought him—-Speak Up—-it i the new game with the mouthpiece for each person and cards=—you try to say the words on the card and your team has to guess what you say—-OMG, we laughed so hard we were almost sick. I was so happy cause Justin stayed and participated and seemed to fit right in. He had never met anyone but DD and me and Zak but it went really well. Jordan stayed with us till late because he wanted to play the marble game we taught him at the beach as did DGD13 so six of us played that—including DGS17 (first time) and DSIL, DH and I beat the young ones! All in all, it was just a really fun time, I was so much more relaxed having a main dish that required next to nothing—I will definitely only do that sort of thing for Christmas from now on as I really got to enjoy the entire evening.
DD called yesterday and she felt the magic of the day as well—-she loves having DGD17 go to yoga with her—she doesn’t have girls and always wanted one—and she also saw how much the therapy has helped DGD17 jut be herself with everyone—she has this fabulous sense of humor that often was hidden from outsiders under a layer of stress but with maturity and this help, it seems she is so much more comfortable and she is so full. We had Martinellis in wine glasses and she did a toast—then Jordan pretended he was a sommelier evaluating the wine and DD videoed it—-OMG, so funny.
So, enough about us—Meanwhile it looks as though the east is going to get hit hard with winter soon—hope it’s not quite as bad as some of the predictions look.
JoAnne, I hope your back and whole body didn’t go into a whiplash kind of reaction—-sometimes people get worse after a few days after an accident like that. Did you go to someone else’s or host dinner? Did your older DGS seem okay—I know you said you hadn’t had much contact with him lately. My former music teacher was in a car accident Christmas Eve day and walked away from two cars being totaled—-said she felt as tho someone was offering her a new chance at life!
Sue, did you get to your sister’s okay? I imagine you are in full packing mode now—cannot believe the trouble that the prescription has been. So is yellow fever a big concern in So AM?
Holly, how was CHristmas? I’m guessing the quiet of working without school actually in session is kind of nice—-I used to love working the week after CHristmas in my school because i could get so much done with no distractions of actual school in session. Are you doing anything special during your actual days off or just chilling out? ARE YOU getting adjusted to the new bridges by now?
I saw Valerie’s posts on FB and instagram—wow they are in lots of snow—looks like they got a really nice house in Maine.
I must get back into my tracking and drop the couple Christmas sugar pounds I have bumped up..then try to drop a couple more before MX . We leave on the 20th so I should be able to manage that—I have been very achy—I think the sugar promotes inflammation so am thinking if it stops when I stop eating the sugar now it will be very interesting—-
Hope you all will try to see Coco—-oh my it is so beautiful! I am thinking of going again and taking WW BF cause I doubt her husband will go.
Went to yoga and weights today and then picked up DGS13 and went to lunch, then shopped for DGS12–tomorrow he and DDIL will be in town so we will give him his gifts—-took advantage of after sales at Tilly’s and Am Eagle Outfitters. Have to wrap them yet.
DGS13 and I came back and he beat me terribly at cribbage. I made him dinner—DD, too, but she had a taste of some popcorn someone gave her and did not realize it had peanuts in it so was not able to eat—gave her benadryl and she crashed on the couch while we ate. SHe and he are leaving for Reno tomorrow and will ski in Tahoe two days with an old girl friend of DD’s. We get to feed and take care of the animals.
I just finished doing a bit of floor exercise and plan to read a bit—-want to read A Wrinkle in Time so I can go see the new movie when it’s out. Then I must read the Alienist for book club which is in two weeks.
It has been a Whirlwind week! DGD22 came in Sat. I was horrified at how he looked - long hair , beard, and beads - looked like he dropped in from the 60’s. He has some crazy idea about going into music production (some”school”in Boulder where he does internships for theater. He will live in a house with 5 other guys thT he really doesn’t know and work “somewhere “ too. I’m waiting to see if it pans out! He just seeems to be floundering with no real direction for his life. Also since he is now 22 he seems to want to flaunt his independence with alcohol. We’d. Night he told my son that afternoon that he was going out with a friend from when he lived here that would help him “network” for his music production. DS had tickets for Stars Wars for all of us at the dinner theater and was very disappointed. DGS22 said he would meet us there later but never showed up. DS texted him several times and he would never Nswer. One time he just said please let us know that you are all right -no answer. He did not come home til 5a.m. And DDIL said that he reaped of Alcohol. DDIL was really mad that he was so inconsiderAte and told him so.. Don’t know what is in his head. He just seems so emotionally immature. We had paid $500 and DS $250 on his plane ticket. When DH and I took him to catch his plane, his bags were $60 to check and he looked at us- so DH paid it!. I am so disappointed in him and wish he would “grow up”. He says he will be back here in the summer for a “gig” and will “DJ” for it. Hope he doesn’t think we’ll fly him here for that.
I have put one wt. during the holidays- back to 124. I’ m sure not working in the yard as much as not helped that. The kids helped me some today with the yard clean up. We had such a mess from the snow storm. DGD11 was the most helpful and I asked that he come back next week whsi
While they are still out of school and I will pay him to help me. I had a difficult time doing much of it my self. I think I may have a broken rib or clavicle. I thought it was just muscular from the seat belt. It is getting worse instead of better. I made a dr . Appt for tues. certain positions really hurt, especially trying to lie down ( and then get up) ,coughing kills me. Funny thing I don’t remember hitting the steering wheel and was not hurting this bad then, just some chest tightness. Feel better with a tight front fitting bra and the posture corrected on. Guess we will see. I slept propped up last night.
Other than the DGD22 drama we had a great Christmas and enjoyed the family. DS and family from Houston went to NYC on Christmas Day. Haven’t talked to them since they left. They came home today
Holly - my DDIL has an I-watch and loves it and the benefit of not having to take her phone everywhere. I love it because she gets and answers my texts right away and will not do that with here phone. She says she think someone, maybe google, Came out with a watch that will sync with android phone. Would be interested in seeing that.
Joan- your grandson sounds like he was a pleasure to be around this Xmas! I know you are relieved to see him like that. You certainly had a busy and family filled Christmas.
Sue - it seems the postman would have at least leave you one of those notices about being able to pick up your package! After being together so many yrs, buying Christmas gifts for each other seems sometimes silly as we can get whatever we want when we want it. But is always a nice gesture if you can think of anything. Glad your immunizations are complete and you are ready to go!
BTW - Star Wars was OK but nothing special. Seems to be THE movie to see though. 2 I want to see are The Orient Express. and The Greatest Show on Earth. Joan what is Cocoa about?
JoAnne—so hard to see the oldest DGK making decisions that are not family oriented and seem self destructive. Yes it was great to see our DGS being straight and participating fully—but he would not agree to staying off the stuff to go skiing with DD and DGS13 today. That’s sad. But as Jordan’s brother said to me, at least he respected the request to be drug free for the Christmas events. That feels like progress—or at least feels like he values spending positive time with family. That I think has to be the big disappointment—maybe your DGS22 is trying to make a statement that he no longer feels he fits in—and maybe he’s just being immature and selfish—hard to know. But I know it hurts to watch it.
I am glad you have a dr. Appt—OMG, if you broke something don’t you have to put in a claim on your insurance—or was it left open ended.
Coco is about our ancestors and not forgetting them and about allowing people to follow their dream but not have their dream replace family. It’s a really beautiful film.
Made homemade pizza tonight and it was so good—-enough left for another meal for both of us.
I finally got a walk in—walked over to DD’s and got the dog and walked him back—2.5 miles—need to start getting a walk in daily even if it is a mile only. The weather here was spectacular—high of about 64 today—sunny. No wind! Yay.
I read A Wrinkle in Time today and yesterday. Now I can go to the new movie.
Now will start The Alienist—have heard it is graphic and brutal==hope I can handle it. We have book club the second week of January.