Today, we have a bunch of fresh vegetables for our prompt of organic. After yesterday’s feast, this should probably be all that I should eat. But, there are lovely leftovers to enjoy, so that won’t be happening. Right down to the dessert, will be enjoying it all again tonight. Though, I think I’ve talked Philippe into making some whipped cream to put on top this time. I should note that our portion sizes are quite small, so it’s a feast of flavor, but the chef never allows me to overindulge. In this way, I’m fed a bit like Phineas, where portion control is a necessity. I pretty much eat whatever is placed before me until it’s gone. A gluttonous reaction that I’m not terribly proud of, to be sure. But, I’m mostly excited to decorate our tree later. We found one to adopt at Home Depot and I’m rather certain it’s not organic, but the house is filled with a lovely pine scent that signals the holidays are officially here. Soon, we’ll be taking out each little ornament and enjoying each little memory that comes with it. It’s not a bunch of family heirlooms in our box, but a seriously silly menagerie of things that we’ve collected together over the years. It’s fun to be reminded that you’re with the perfect person who shares the same flavor of crazy.
We have one small artificial tree that we bring out every year, but the base broke and it has to placed very carefully. Philippe was determined to fix it this year, so I suggested some duct tape. He looked at me like I was crazy, but in my defense, it’s the bit in the pot and nobody would ever know. Instead, he devised an elaborate solution to rebuild the tube that holds the tree itself, involving self-hardening epoxy putty. This is not something we have ever had in the house nor a word I’ve ever heard him utter before, so I’ve no idea where he came up with the notion. Yet, we purchased some today, so I’ll be excited to see how it all works out. It’s lovely to know that my slap dash approach is perfectly balanced with his more thoughtful planning. Though, honestly, the duct tape would have actually worked. Each year, my New Year’s resolution is the same. To become more organized and approach things with a more studied and careful approach. I’ve no idea why, as it doesn’t ever last the length of my first attempt.
Though I would love to be one of those people capable of creating very thorough plans, I know I’ll have to simply admire them from afar instead. I’m just not someone who functions like that. Instead, I have “bursts of intensity,” where I zoom forward and DO all of the things I possibly can at once. This is a perfectly ridiculous way to approach anything, but thankfully those bursts happen a few times daily and I can manage to get quite a bit done before getting distracted once again. Like making a daily doodlewash. With the holidays approaching, it’s going to be a true test to see if I can get anything done at all. My inner child is so giddy right now my head is almost entirely filled with excited giggles. But, that’s the fun of this time of year! So many wonderful things to DO! I’d love to hear what you have planned for your holidays ahead! And all of the fun traditions that you enjoy. Let me know in the comments! I love having traditions to ground me a bit as I bounce along through life. Though, I don’t think my approach is completely crazy. Instead, I simply like to think of it as going organic.
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