Hi folks. I left my germs with Eliot and Asa when I headed out to California and now Eliot sounds like he’s been smoking two packs a day since he was 12. We all fell asleep around 8:30 last night. Eliot’s still asleep 11 hours later.
Today’s goal is simply to make a plan for the rest of the month — and maybe empty some kleenex-filled trash baskets. Asa and I have a gingerbread house decorating get together at 9:30 this morning. And we travel for Christmas on the 22nd. Responsibilities and goals in between are fuzzy. I know I need to make Christmas presents for many people. I need to make the people list today. And then I have to figure out the annual Howard Baked Present. I think we sent out biscotti last year. We’re in a bit of a biscotti rut actually. I think it’s been biscotti for a few years. (They just travel so darn well.) Before that we were in a bit of a homemade jelly rut — until the Pectin Disaster. Christmas bagels? So many decisions. Such a perpetually dirty house. AND it’s Eliot’s birthday on the 24th. Christmas Eve and Eliot. Send your brilliant birthday present ideas now! I arranged a mountain bike present from friends and family three years ago and I haven’t been able to top it. Oh, and I have to figure out our fish dishes for the Feast of the Seven Fishes. What? Unfamiliar with the Feast of the Seven Fishes? No Italian blood? I’m sorry.
I hope you’re all having a good morning. A big group of us is heading out to Bandera on Saturday. Come join us if you can. 6am at the Exxon on Bandera and 1604. I think some are leaving at 5am too. A. and I will be out there Sunday too.
The North Face people sent me a very nice note and took me off the DNF list. Thanks North Face folks! It feels good to be an official finisher.