Sunday, December 28, 2008

Festive Fiascos

Current Mood: Really sluggish....

Current Song: Happy Holidays from the Simpsons

Well, it's been a bit of a gong show getting the turkey dinner out and on to the table. Seriously, not even funny what's been happening the last few days. For one, it snowed like it was going out of fashion. It's the type of thing that we're not used to dealing with here on the lower mainland and it caused all manner of havoc.
One small example of that was turkey dinner. We prepared it with much forethought. there was strategic planning around the turkey and all of the fixings (I was in charge of pouring the ice-water...they don't trust me around these parts to do anything remotely helpful. Mind you, I'm an excellent cook, but not when Queen Bossies are in the kitchen). In any case, the dinner was set to occur Friday at 3 PM. Our family made it about a block down from our house, and got stuck in the snow. Due to the fact that there were two grandmothers in the car, they couldn't very well hike the block. So we were stuck with a 15lb turkey and many fixings.
The dinner didn't happen yesterday either. So it's today, with 2 day old turkey. I don't even want to look at it. In the first place, i'm not a big "meat" person...let alone large poultry. In any case, we'll suck it up and make the best of it.
Making the turkey itself was a chore. We don't eat bland food around here, so there are enough spices in that turkey to set your eyes on fire. It was in the oven forever. And because we washed it more thoroughly than anything, around hour 3, an area of warm pressure developed over the turkey and it was liquid bonanza. With fear of over fire, we were switching this and that to try to keep the whole thing from exploding. The kitchen looked like a scene from ER.

Needless to say, it's been a massive chore. But there has been a bit of boxing day shopping in the course (mind you that almost didn't happen because of the slush that now reaches your calves). SIGH!

This is why i don't celebrate. Too much hassle...and for what? I'm glad that holiday season is coming to an end. We need some semblance of normalcy around here, that is not punctuated by giant poultry and too much sugar.

Well, this is the last blog of the year (I'm spending a couple of days out and I won't write until the new year). In honour, I've done a small Meme, summarizing the year: I call it 40 Things of 2008

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Graduated with an MA and visited Paris, Did a blogathon and hung at out Pubs a lot (I don't drink, but it's good fun to be with friends)
2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't make any so I won't be keeping them or making them for next year. I find them too pointless. Though I would like to continue on my training as a powerbitch
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not that I can remember...and if they did, I guess their baby just wasn't that important to me :P
4. Did anyone close to you die?
All depends on your definition of close
5. What countries did you visit?
France and UK, and parts of Canada
6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
- A job I absolutely love
7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory?
- July 18th - the deadline for my MA thesis
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Again, the MA thesis
9. What was your biggest failure?
I don't think there were any major failures because I didn't take many risks
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope, just a bad ear infection...thank god
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn't buy it, but the Nikon D40 camera that i got as a grad present...forever amusing
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
MAISers for powering through, my sister for her very busy schedule...
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
I can't say much in this arena, but at some points, maturity is the best method of handling things and we need to be vigilant of people's boundaries. That's all.
14. Where did most of your money go?
- school fees, a sad but very true statement.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The national choir I was a great opportunity to sing with a talented group of people, and to travel. Also Blogathon, which was a lot of fun to do and I got to make some great contacts.
16. What song/album will always remind you of 2008?
Viva La Vida, hands down
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? happier
thinner or fatter? the same, surprisingly
richer or poorer? Materially, about the same (I'm very careful with money) and in every other aspect, richer.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Written for fun
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
checked facebook....seriously...this is sick
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
probably with family, and a big dinner, which didn't happen
21. Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
- mum, and HJ...but I'm not a phone person
22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Not so much my thing...
23. What do you not want to carry with you to the New year?
Risk aversion. I want to take more risks next year, so when I'm 50 I'm not regretting my life.
24. What was your favourite TV program?
Greys and the various others. I recently got into Corrie Street
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? not really...i do from time to time reprioritize certain's not really their fault...
26. What was the best book(s) you read?
Sweetness in the Belly by Camilla Gibb and the Memory keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards...both amazing books...
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
- Ryan Scott
28. What did you want and get?
Almost everything...i have been lucky to get whatever I wanted in time...this year was no different...
29. What did you want and not get?
My dream job...but all in time...that's the focus for next year
30. What were your favourite films of this year?
- Wow, I soo don't remember...I think Get Smart was good....other than that, I don't remember what I saw....oh yes, Atonement
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 26, and as usual, I asked for no fuss...then i went to london the following day....oh yes, and for some reason I cried...
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
immeasurably? hmmm...nothing...everything is good the way it was
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
The usual....classic...pretty monochromatic....longer hair this year
34. What kept you sane?
- My many new friends, and blogging...and singing and family
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Strombo of course...
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Hm....I don't think there was one particular one...but the US elections were fascinating to watch...also the many shocking horrible atrocities that I view as part of my life's work...
37. Who did you miss?
I've gotten over missing people in the old sense. I think the most important people in your life are around you when you need them. Anyone that really deserves to be missed is there.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
All of the MAISers who bring incredible skill, talent and humour to everything they do...
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.
Everything happens in time....when it's your time, things happen for you. You just gotta wait it out...
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?
"Change is gonna come" by Seal

Alright, my dears. Have a good safe New Year and we shall be talking in 2009 :) Ciao!