Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: First, in being where you belong, and second – and best – in comfortably going through everyday life; that is, having had a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.
— Theodore Fontaine
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
1. Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey [I bought this for my niece when I was in Boston in March, and we read it two times a day for the four days I visited her afterwards]
2. Gerbera daisies
3. the smell of garlic sauteing in olive oil [growing up, we’d walk in the house and say, “Smells great, Mom, what’s for dinner?” and the only thing in the pan would be olive oil, garlic, and onion]
4. Socca, best eaten walking around the Sunday open-air market in Vieux Nice
5. the way wet leaves stain the sidewalk with their colors in the fall
6. when you and the bank agree on the amount of money in your account [my bank has said I have between $7 and $12 more than my checkbook says for more than a year; if I could ever get a consistent difference for 6 months, I’d just adjust it and move on, but it keeps changing]
7. decorating for Christmas, even if you’re the only one who will see it
8. the runt of the litter
After my “alternative work assignment” day today, most of my Christmas shopping is done, I just need one more thing for my dad, and two things for my brother. Karen is coming this weekend with baby Caroline, and we’re having a Christmas cookie baking marathon. I’ve choosen some pretty ambitious recipes, so we’ll see how they turn out. I chose Peanut Butter Nanaimo Bars, Double Chocolate Sable Cookies, Kris Kringle Cookies, and Coconut-Peanut Cookies. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but the Nanaimo Bars are no-bake, and the Coconut-Peanut ones look pretty simple, so I’m hopeful. Karen has chosen traditional sugar cookies, which we’ll roll out and use my extensive cookie cutter collection on, as well as Snickerdoodles (which, to my surprise and dismay, do not actually contain Snickers), and a cookie to be named later.
Hopefully the results will be great, and I can take a bunch to work to share and save some for my family on Christmas as well. What are you making this holiday?
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