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Somewhere over New Jersey, on Christmas morning:

Me: Snow?
Him: Snow.
Me: En-chantment?
Him: En-chantment!

Enjoying a cup of my father-in-law's excellent cream Ceylon tea. He's got great taste in black teas, with teas from Yunnan being particularly well-represented. Finished Redwall, long on my list of books to get to before the Earth hurtles into the Sun. It is quite charming, just simple enough to be a children's book, but also contains enough death by siege warfare to be entertaining adult reading. I'll have to pick up Mattimeo when I return to SF. I do quite want The Redwall Cookbook more than any other member of this series though. There's only so much reading about baked silverling in rosemary, thyme, beechnut, honey and cream sauce I can really take.

Flight over was awful. The attendants were cheerful and charming, and the actual physicalities of the flight efficently professional. What made it bad was that I'd been having sinusitis up to that point, which gave me mild, persistent headaches on still ground, and just made me ill in any moving vehicle. In the last 15 minutes of our flight, Seth had to ask for aspirin from the attendants, as I was dry-retching, and my head just wouldn't stop hurting. I felt a little better in JFK, and managed to grit my teeth through the one and a half hours to Vermont. My in-laws were kind enough to let me sleep off the pain virtually the moment I set foot in their home. Since then, I have been staving off the need for painkillers, and largely avoiding being in cars where I can. I am not looking forward to the flight back. It will hurt, but at the end of it, I'll have fluffy cat, and LOTRO, and fluffy cat is good.

My mother-in-law showed me the Knitty Kitties eekers made for her birthday present earlier in the year. The kitties were modeled after all the family cats, and were lovely and plump and cute. They were a bit larger than I thought they would be. I hadn't dared open the wrapping they came in before forwarding them to the in-laws, so this was the first time I'd seen them outside of photos.

Seth got me a matching set of fluffy mitts, a hat and an extra scarf for the snowy landscape of Vermont, as well as the windy hillocks of San Francisco. In both cases, they have helped greatly. I am no longer chilled with burning ears while hiking to the coffeeshop for breakfast. I do feel slightly overdressed in both places, but I like my warmth. The husband pulled his back shortly before the flight, and has been in some amount of pain ever since. I don't know how he managed to look after me these last few days, as I haven't entirely been much help myself, but he has.

I wonder if I could reverse engineer trout in a cream sauce, substituting beechnuts for say, pine nuts? Although many sites online offer references to modern foragers harvesting beeches for salad leaves, nuts and apparently, a very tasty oil, I haven't had much luck poking for anyone selling this stuff commercially. There will be experimentation afoot once we hit California.

I have come to like this snow stuff, though I have had so far admittedly been in very little of it. It has a nice cruch underfoot, and when clean, is quite shiny and sparkly. Perhaps, I should take a walk in it tomorrow with the husband, if he is amenable.


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Dec. 28th, 2009 12:58 am (UTC)
Yay for first snow! Take pictures!
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
Alas, it was dark but beautifully gloomy by the time I took a walk in it. I got to make my first snow angel though!
Dec. 28th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
... somehow I did not know that there is The Redwall Cookbook even though I've read nearly every book in the series. >_<

I like Redwall - I suspect mostly for the descriptions of the food. :D
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
I discovered it by sheer accident while trawling Amazon one day. The first Redwall book I ever read was The Long March, at 13-years-old, and I was like, "OMG! Food! Like the Wombles! Must find more!" Naturally, it took me another 15 years to get to it. :)

The Cookbook has Redwall cuisine divided by seasons, and there's apparently a novella in between recipes to boot.

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