Much to be thankful for this year:
1) No snow. Or...snow in small doses. For us prairie people, this means, no more than 4 inches at a time.
2) I don't have to cook. Our good friend, Thuan, made Pho Ga for Christmas Eve dinner with Vietnamese hollow bread...so tasty and warm and yummy and delectable and just sublime. Until I tasted his dessert: Tau Hu Nuoc Duong. I was in heaven. True heaven. And Christmas dinner is currently being prepared by Liv and her Father, Tinton. A traditional Christmas dinner of turkey with raisin stuffing, mashers with gravy, creamed corn, homemade buttermilk biscuits, olives, cranberry sauce, that green bean dish with fried onion rings on top and homemade pumpkin pie for dessert. Dinner's at 5. Wanna come?
3) Liv was speechless with JOY over her Santa gift of a trip to Ireland with her Father to see her fave band and check out Trinity for two weeks in February. She also liked the blue lacy suede coat and Daft Punk and The Nationals cds. Plus...Vince and Thuan spoiled her rotten with a lovely pearl necklace.
4) Our gift from Vince and Thuan: four pounds of Temple Coffee and Tea, Kenya Kamviu. The BEST coffee in the world. Bing, Liv, and I are all coffee addicts and this brand is one that we ALL love and never buy since it must be ordered and is expensive and we make do with Dunkin' Donuts.
5) My gift from Tinton: tickets for Liv and I to see the Moscow ballet when they come in town to perform Swan Lake. Bing was overjoyed that she was not included in this gift as she can't sit through ballets of any kind.
6) Many other gifts, all lovely, especially a self portrait done by Liv and a gift certificate to Starbucks from co-workers.
7) Socks taking turns lap sitting as we all opened gifts last night after our Vietnamese feast. He is a gentleman dog, makes everyone feel welcome.
8) Finally going as a family to see the new Hobbit movie this morning.
9) Listening to the Jimmy Dean Christmas album right now. Hokey as all get out, but lovely.
10) Knowing that there will be lively conversation at the dinner table in less than an hour. Or as C.S. Lewis put it:
The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.
Peace to you all on this happiest of days.