Productive break

Thanksgiving break has been incredibly productive thus far: Last night, I cleaned the kitchen, decluttered the living room, put away the clothes that had started to pile up on my spare desk in the bedroom, cleaned Hedwig’s cage, watched the kids win three basketball games (JV boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys), and washed three jackets that apparently hadn’t gone through the laundry before being packed away at the end of last season.

This morning, I had a 10 a.m. kempo lesson, followed by lunch with Ron. After lunch, I went out to run errands and wound up doing almost all of my Christmas shopping in the span of about three hours. (I am pleased to report that everything I bought today came from mom-and-pop businesses: the Route 66 Nut House, Lee’s Feed, Starship Records, and The Learning Shop.) Ron joined me for a quick grocery run and a trip to Target and Office Depot to pick up gift wrap, matte-finish photo paper, and A2 envelopes, and then I came home and started another load of laundry; put the turkey breast in the Crock-Pot; embellished some stuffing mix with sauteed celery, onions, and mushrooms and a handful of chopped pecans; made a batch of pumpkin fudge; brushed the cat; and designed this year’s Christmas cards. Go, me!

For my next performance, I will use my new paper cutter (thanks, Mom!) to cut apart the Christmas cards, then wrap the Christmas presents and move them off the couch so Ron has a place to sit while he watches football tomorrow.

I don’t particularly like turkey, but the house smells kind of awesome right now. Earlier this evening, I threw a turkey breast in the Crock-Pot with a couple of halved lemons and most of a head of garlic, sprinkled it with Scarborough Fair spices, and doused it with olive oil. We’ll see how it turns out.

Hope your day was productive and enjoyable, wherever you are.

Emily