I have a ton of stuff to do today, and as many people around here, I don't really want to do anything but blog. I'm a lazy-bones though. As I've stated a few times 'round here, I spent two weeks training someone to do my old job, due to the wonderful world of union seniority. (I'm holding up the rest of the totum pole as I'm at the bottom) I didn't get to blog as much as I would have liked.
Blah blah blah ... I'm dull today.
Anyway ... yesterday .... my mum called me at 11 am and stated, very matter-of-factly, that we were moving my gramma Y into the nursing home later that day. I had to head to work at 2pm ... she wanted to get gramma over there by 1pm, move all her stuff in, and take her around to see all the people. YAY. I'm happy my gramma is in there as she has very severe alzheimers, and the activities will keep her going, I just didn't have a lot of time to get things done. In addition to that ... I needed to get to the post office to send off a christmas package.
We got gramma Y ensconced in her room, and the attendant took her out to mingle and meet people, I headed off to the post office with about 15 minutes to spare. I walked into the post office, and to my dismay (3 days before christmas) there were only TWO ... count them TWO people working the post office counter. I was like WTF ... you've got to be kidding me. I promptly turned around and left while stating ... loudly and off-key, that I'd be doing business with Fed-Ex. (and people wonder why the postal service is going to hell in a hand-basket) After that ... I headed off to work, not getting anything that I needed to get done, done.
Please don't get me wrong, I'm flattered that my family calls me first to help them get things done, a little notice would be nice though. In addition, it's not like I'm a freaking only child. (although, sometimes I feel that way)
Today, I have a few more gifts to pick up and I have to do some shopping for my other gramma, gramma M. She's making her awesome shrimp dip for Christmas, YUMMY ... so I'm not fussed about having this extra task to do. In addition, the fed-ex store is right near the grocers that I'll be going to so ... it works out nicely. I love it when things like that happen.
Finally, after all this running around, I'm going to run a hot bath. Drink several glasses of wine, and then wrap all my gifts. Woot Woot!
On with less pressing matters.
It's the time of year for "10 Best" lists. What's on your personal 10 Best—events, movies, music, anything—list for 2008?
1. A small European fresh-water fish (Gobio gobio) or any of the related fishes, often used as bait.
2. A gullible person.
3. A bait.
4. A pivot, usually made of metal, at the end of a beam, axle, etc., on which a wheel or a similar device turns.
(for 1-3) From Latin gobion, variant of gobius, via Old French and Middle English.
(for 4) From Middle English gudyon, from Old French goujon.
"The premise of the argument is that a majority of the American are gudgeons."
I may be finishing up Salvation in Death.
Tonight is: Leverage
THE HUNTER'S MOON.
THE Hunter's Moon rides high,
High o'er the close-cropped plain;
Across the desert sky
The herded clouds amain
Chased by the hounding wind
That yelps behind.
The clamorous hunt is done,
Warm-housed the kennelled pack;
One huntsman rides alone
With dangling bridle slack;
He wakes a hollow tone,
Far echoing to his horn
In clefts forlorn.
The Hunter's Moon rides low,
Her course is nearly sped.
Where is the panting roe?
Where hath the wild deer fled?
Hunter and hunted now
Lie in oblivion deep:
Dead or asleep.
Peel from 4 large limes (green part only; removed with vegetable peeler in 2-inch-long strips)
1 cup fresh lime juice
8 1/4-inch-thick slices peeled fresh ginger
1/4 cup sugar
30 large fresh mint leaves plus 10 fresh mint sprigs for garnish
1 cup Brazilian rum (such as cachaça)
3 cups ice cubes plus additional for serving
5 cups ginger beer or ginger ale
Combine lime peel, lime juice, ginger, sugar, and 30 mint leaves in mortar or medium bowl. Using pestle, muddler, or handle of wooden spoon, crush lime peel, ginger, and mint leaves together. Transfer mixture to large pitcher. Stir in rum. DO AHEAD: Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and refrigerate.
Add 3 cups ice cubes to lime mixture in pitcher and stir to blend. Stir in ginger beer. Fill 10 cocktail glasses with ice cubes. Strain or pour cocktail mixture into prepared glasses. Garnish each drink with mint sprig.