This Time Of Year

You’d think at my advanced age, I would know to get myself in gear and get things ready in time.  However, I always seem to be behind when it comes to Christmas.  I just had the scary realization yesterday that a week from this coming Saturday is Christmas Eve!!  Yikes! 

It always makes me remember this song “Twelve Days To Christmas” from the Broadway musical, “She Loves Me.”  I’m not sure how to add this to the blog like other people do, but listen to it on YouTube.  It’s hysterical and brings back a lot of memories for me. (Note To Self:  Learn how to add songs in 2012!!)

I really have nothing done other than having gotten the Christmas tree up.  That in itself was an accomplishment.  Yesterday we took our Christmas cards to the printer.  Do you think we’re a little behind?  Some how we always get it done.  I just need to focus and I can get it done. (Note To Self:  Learn to Focus in 2012!!!!)

I have no clues what to get anyone.  I hate being this way.  I want to get people thoughtful and meaningful gifts.  I want to get them things they’ll find useful or just fill them with wonder.  I’m just not good at it and this year along with not being good at it, I have no ideas!  (Note To Self:  Get a Clue in 2012!!)

Wednesday was a day of trying to get back on track after being in Maine for 4 days.  I started out with a good breakfast.

Oatmeal, protein powder and home frozen blueberries.  Very filling.  It was just what I needed.

I was out during the day with Gail and Alice.  We were mostly picking up food for the week, but being out in various stores, was what made the whole Christmas thing hit me.  I’d rather just cook.

Ralph wasn’t feeling well, so he was happy with scrambled eggs.  After all these years I’ve figured out how to make them the way he likes.  I cook mine to death, he likes his just barely cooked.  He was very happy. 🙂

I knew I needed a grain for dinner so I cooked (You can’t really call it cook) some bulgur.  That is the easiest thing to do.  1 cup of bulgur, 1 and 3/4 cups of boiling water or broth.  Pour liquid over the bulgur.  I usually put the pot in the microwave just to sit there.  In about 3o minutes, it’s ready to use! It goes a long way and is very inexpensive compared to some other grains.

Garlic sautéed in olive oil, nub of zucchini, diced tomatoes, edamame.

Forgot the cabbage in the group shot.  I chopped this up to add to the mix.  I always forget how much I like cabbage until I get it again. It’s also inexpensive, this big head was $1.39!

Mix it all together and…

Bulgur in the bottom, and topped with shredded cheese and sriracha sauce which I managed to spray all over the counter and myself. (Note To Self: Remember to Close the lid of the bottle when putting back on shelf in 2012!!)  It was delicious and held me for the rest of the evening except for 2 clementines that I had gotten during our shopping spree.

I thought I’d leave you today with a pretty sunset shot from Boothbay Harbor.

I have a few more to share.  It is such a beautiful place!  The purchase of this cabin has made Gail so happy.  That makes me happy.

Good Lord…I’ve got to go Shopping!!! (Note To Self:  In 2012…Oh, the Heck with it…get to work Now!!)

Happy Thursday!!!

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17 responses to “This Time Of Year

  1. I know exactly how you feel. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to get for my best friend and I didn’t want to get something generic just for the sake of getting something. But at the thrift store the other day inspiration struck and I found her the most amazing dress. It takes time to shop from the heart so you’re not left getting something you’re not truly happy giving.

  2. Good luck with your holiday prep!!!! Doesn’t time just get away from you!?!? It’s hard to sneak it an after work/on weekends!! Love that sunset!

  3. The song was attached for me 🙂

  4. I always forget how amazing cabbage is too! It’s such a simple veggie–in a good way. I love just roasting wedges of it in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper. Good idea to make up some bulgur–it really is easy, just like couscous, add water and wait…

  5. I usually choose books for everyone I love!

  6. Oh I am all about the Note to Self. Problem is I give myself way too much credit for making the note. So much credit that I never really follow up (Note to Self: follow up on notes to self!)

    • Holy Cow, Zo! I know what you mean! One of the reasons I keep telling myself I need to keep a journal. I could put these things down on paper and then flag them…then forget which flag is which…then lose the journal…Phooey!!

  7. Roz@weightingfor50

    I’m a big fan of bulgar. My husband…not so much. (I still make it though!) Good luck with the Christmas planning!!

    • Hey Roz! That’s one of those foods that Ralph doesn’t even like the Sound of…bulgur…yogurt…lentils…I cook a lot of separate meals for us. I don’t mind. I get what I want, he gets what he wants. It all works out!

  8. I love Christmas, but it is the most stressful time of the year for me. I have a large family and it is so hard to find the right gift, plus I have 12 of us who have birthdays within the first two weeks in December. I’m so worn out from running around, that I usually get real sick every January, but I still love Christmas. Hope you catch up with your running around

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