Bah Humbug? Whatever....

Saturday, December 22, 2007
Yesterday I was pissed at the world and could have cared less about the holidays. Without getting into all the sordid details, it involved muffins, mittens, and a missed Christmas concert. I was completely bummed out but I'm over it now and realize that stuff happens and you just have to let it go (there's the hard part!).

Now, I'm back (relatively) in the mood and feeling better. In between the crappy stuff yesterday, there were a number of really good moments as well. The head of our division let us out of work at 2:00 yesterday afternoon. Wooo hooo. After the announcement, my immediate boss took our small group out for lunch at the Garage, one of Edmonton's best burger joints (note: I had the chicken burger which was only so so but the others said their beef burgers were awesome, fantastic, delicious, and the best). Since we weren't going to be back until just after 1, she told me to just shut down and bring my stuff with me and I could leave after lunch. Double wooo hooo! On top of that a present for my mother showed up in my mailbox the other day. After the half marathon back in August, I ordered one of the photos of her from the official photographer to commemorate her victory (someday...I'll have one of myself...). That was four months ago. I had given up on it, and since I hadn't bothered to keep a receipt I didn't bother trying to call and ask about it. Sure enough, just days before Christmas, the photographer sent me the photo. Seems he wasn't sure if he had sent it or not so he sent along a copy just in case. I'll have to send him an email today to express my thanks! Mom's going to cry for sure when she opens it along with her homemade shawl and the Best of Tom Jones CD I made for her!

As I sit her eating my breakfast of fried Mundare sausage and perogies (yes, I'm a bit of a freak), I realize I'm once again looking forward to a tiny apartment full of people and spending Christmas day with family and friends stuffing myself.

For those of you not familiar with the ethnic makeup of the Canadian prairies, we have a HUGE number of folks of Ukranian heritage and garlic sausage, borscht, perogies, and cabbage rolls are standards at many a family feast, whether you're Ukranian or not. Trust me, yummy. Personally my family's of English extraction (with a dab of French/Dutch) but my father used to make his own cabbage rolls and once tried his hands at making homemage perogies. And yes, that IS a giant perogy on a fork and can be found in Glendon, AB.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's so great that you are going to be able to make your mom cry on Christmas, that's what it's all about. She's going to love her photo.

I'm glad you are back in the holiday mode.

Gardenia said...

I hope to try some recipes from Mr. Anchovy for Christmas. I somehow got a cold - everyone else in family had it, no wonder. Will cook if my petals aren't drooping to low.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love perogies. Happy holidays to you my friend.

Randal Graves said...

Yikes. That'll take one giant tub of sour cream and truckload of sauerkraut. Now I have a taste for pirogies. Have a groovy holiday!

mister anchovy said...

anytime is pierogi time, I say!

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