I didn't have a chance today to pull out recipes and start making that big bad grocery list, but tomorrow I really need to start. Luckily, we are only going to be six people for dinner, so that takes a lot of the complications out of the whole situation.
I feel I've been a bad, bad blogger. Work has stepped up quite a bit this week. Good for my paycheck. Bad for getting anything else done. When the entire day is spent in front of a computer screen, it doesn't make for compelling writing. But I've been keeping up on all of you. Doing my due diligence and reading. Just no writing, so I hope you're in a forgiving frame of mind.
And I've been taking notes on HGTV and Food TV and yes, even the Today Show. The other day they were showing table settings - easy things to do to make your Thanksgiving or holiday table fabulous. Did anyone else see that segment? One idea was to take little pumpkins and spray them white, slice a little slit in the top and VOILA! - place card holders. Well, it got my juices flowing, is what it did. And these days, the juices don't flow quite as... well... juicily, so I was excited at the inspiration. OR - I may take those same little pumpkins and spray them gold and glitter them. I'm excited just thinking about it.
But whatever I ultimately decide to do, I need to start taking stock of what I have, write down some ideas, and make some plans. I haven't had a small crowd for dinner since probably last Thanksgiving so I'm looking forward to it. Starting to stretch my muscles and work up my endurance for the Great Day Of Cooking. The weather has been crisp and cool - perfect for a holiday feast.
I've been riding my bike on a pretty regular basis. I have a friend who is the perfect biking buddy. We've worked our way up to 10 miles already! I came home with sore knees today and was tired afterwards, but - 10 MILES!! I was stoked.
In other news, I sat around in my nasty exercise clothes and worked until 4pm when I finally took a shower. Sadly, now you know, dear friends, what a pig I can be. But no one was home, and the workload kept calling me. Is that too much information? Can we still be friends? Because I can promise you if I'd had somewhere to be I would have cleaned up. Immediately. My standards may be low, but I do have some.
Tomorrow is soon enough to start making lists and sharpening details. Tonight I'm enjoying listening to a little Neil Young - "Cowgirl In The Sand," "Long May You Run," "Cinnamon Girl." Brings back the wayward days of my youth which, come to think of it, weren't all that wayward. And if you know different, just keep it to yourself. Because right now, it's all just a sweet romantic memory and I'd like to keep it that way. Old friends and confidants who will forever be some of the sweetest memories ever in my somewhat selective mind.
"We found things to do in stormy weather. Long may you run." - Neil Young