If we were having coffee, I’d tell you about my lower back pain which started just as I finished up from work for the Christmas break. I’ve managed to use it as an excuse to not do any of the exercise I’d planed in order to keep the excess away from my body. I think I overdid it in the lead up at the gym and cursing myself.
Christmas has been and gone in the blink of an eye and I’m starting to think about the New Year. The resolutions are there looming and I’m pondering how did I get to here without accomplishing the things I’d wanted to and then I’m reminded of the things I have done this year….a family trip to Orlando and a life dream of visiting NASA (which has to be a highlight). Importantly I’ve kept my job despite a number of turbulent moments. The house that owns us is starting to feel and respond to our ebb and flow rather than the other way round.
The boys are growing so fast now and an independent 15 year old in the house is both opening up free time and challenging the family of 4 dynamic. Exams are looming and the need to create study time a constant reality as he hit the books on boxing day.
My food aspirations are ever present and I did manage to tackle a few things from the supplements I’d collected over the last few weeks in the run up. My highlight has to be the Donna Hay Chocolate Meringue and the Cranberry and Pear Compote from the Waitrose magazine. Roast Shoulder of lamb (Cumin and Szechuan pepper lamb with steamed aubergine) from Ottolenghi in the Guardian provided us with a few meals, not sure the rub was worth the agro and perhaps just slow roasting au naturale would have wielded just a wonderful result. The aubergines, steamed and dressed in the juice were pretty tasty though. The masterclass yule tide log, although simple in it’s constitute parts…assembly under time pressure proved a challenge…..the boys didn’t seem to mind though.
I’ve set myself a challenge of tidying my desk today, filling those things that have built up over the year in order to be ready to hit the new year running.
I hope that you had a peaceful Christmas and wish you a great start to the new year.
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