December 11th, 2010

humped zebra

Another day, another symptom

My cold is following its usual progression. I should be over it soon. Just in time for shoulder surgery on Monday. O, joy. The symptom du jour seems to be a rumbling cough and a hollowed-out kind of tiredness.

Choir rehearsal this morning, Progressive Dinner tonight. Lots of housecleaning and food prep in between. Cantata in church tomorrow, followed by a lady's 100th birthday in nursing home, Venturers, and Church Council.
xmas cats

Christmas madness in full swing

Got up early this morning and powered ahead. Put laundry away, did some clutter removal. Makayla came over to help Deanne clean. Cantata rehearsal went well, but it wore me out. Had to sit down through part of it.

Then I butchered the two PISMOs that were waiting on me. I now have 16 inch-and-a-half thick toronados for tonight's steak au poivre. Deanne is prepping veggies. Ours is the entree course (#3), so we'll pop in between appetizers and soup & salad to put the veggies in the over and bring the steaks up to room temp. Then we'll bail a little early from course #2 in order to fry up the steaks. I should be making the pan sauce about the time everybody gets here.

The cats will be put in their night cage before we leave for the appetizer course so that there are still ornaments on the tree when our guests get here. After tonight, we'll just pick them up and put 'em in a box until it's time to put everything away.

Right now, I'm just trying to rest up a bit before the final push of the day.

Quiet time

The Progressive Dinner went well. It was a lot of fun. I'm run to rags, but I'm hoping to get some good sleep tonight. The steak au poivre was wonderful. AND, we've got some chain meat and scraps, which, together with the leftover roast veggies, will make an amazing beef stew. Yum!

Sassy was an excellent hostess. The kitties are now let out of their cage and are romping about. I managed to hack my way through a multitude of Christmas songs at the piano after dessert, so that went well.

Big day tomorrow. Here's hoping the weather cooperates!