Saturday, November 12, 2005

Enjoying The Quiet

A Light Sabre Fight

My guests have gone, leaving me with some much needed peace and quiet!

The visits culminated with a lunch, attended by all of my three children, two friends, and of course my grandson.

My son had assured me he was on a diet of steamed vegetables, but regressed to his usual stir-frying within a day of his stay. He stir-fried his rice, his vegetables, and even the semolina flour he used in an Indian pudding he made for the lunch.

I'm still cleaning olive oil from the stovetop, the cupboards, and even the doorknob to my office, which my son used as a guest bedroom.

After all this, I was dreading 'doing' Christmas this year, and thinking of offering to host Christmas Eve instead of the usual all-out Christmas Day meal. Setting out lots of appetizers and perhaps a lasagne or some homemade soup sounded appealing as well as easy on the cleanup.

Then I checked my emails. My sister offered to host Christmas Eve, letting me off the hook! Sure, I'll have to drive 3+ hours to get there, but it's a dream-come-true.

I'll probably bring some home-made bread, and whatever else is requested, but I can promise there will be absolutely no stir-fried foods traveling along with me!

16 Comments:

Blogger Squirl said...

All right! You're off the hook. Driving over three hours is definitely worth it. Glad to see you back. We didn't even mess your place up with a party while you were gone.

I asked, but they were all party poopers!

12:50 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Hey! It's good to "see" you again. Sounds like a good plan for Christmas Eve. Last year I stumbled onto what I thought was a fabulous idea -- the family together for Christmas Eve breakfast (brunch, really). Breakfast is so much less stressful than DINNER. We made some breakfast qucihes, frittatas and such, and Jif kept the waffle iron hot, and people came and went, depending on how much they had to do. I loved it. I might even do it for neighbors sometime. I know you didn't ask for any of this, I've just missed you, and feeling chatty :)

12:53 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

squirl-
I'm so glad to be back!
I noticed my blog was clean and tidy when I returned.
I love to drive, so 3 hours isn't too bad, except I have to go back to the S.F. Bay Area. Just not used to that traffic anymore.

susie-
Glad to "see" you too!
Christmas Eve brunch sounds like a terrific idea! Sort of an Open House?
You can come by and chat anytime you want.
I've spent a week talking with a 3 year old, and listened to my Hindu son talking about Krishna, so I'm good and ready for some "normal" conversation!

1:25 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

:::doing a little happy dance::::


YEAH SierraBella is back! Missed you and your pictures, blog, comments....everything about you (ok that sounded a little needy, sorry)

That's great news about your sister hosting Christmas. You & Mr. SierraBella should stop by my parent's house (in Alamo), that's where The Hubs and I will be. If you bring your Grandson perhaps we can have an impromptu introduction ;-)

Glad you're back SB and I'm glad you have your "space" back too!

5:09 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
Flattery will get you everywhere!
I'd love to go to Alamo! Do your parents live near Gary Radnich? Too bad I'm heading over the Altamont Pass, and crossing the Bay to San Bruno. Freakin' long drive from here, but I'm looking forward to it. We don't see much in the way of Christmas lights up here, so I'll get my fill on the way!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Romani Heart said...

I guess Christmas is going to come whether I want it to or not lol. Glad to see you back :)

5:41 AM  
Blogger nope said...

Sierra, good to see you're back. I've been checking every day!

The olive oil thing is funny - I've just recently understood why it is a 'healthy' oil, but it's still pure fat. Your son sounds like he's running from the inevitable. I could go for steamed vegetables for about a week, though!

A long drive around Christmas is a wonderful idea - it gives you time to get ready and then to decompress. If I get the job I've applied for, I've told my husband I want to go driving for about a week - maybe we'll head up to the northern tip of Michigan. That's a long drive!!!

Again, welcome back!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Nina said...

I am looking forward to Jan 1, 2006. Not wanting to deal with Christmas this year at all. It is nice when someone else is doing it.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Wow, I haven't even thought about Christmas yet. I'm still trying to figure out Thanksgiving! It will be our first holidays in the new house. I have no idea what we are doing.

9:22 AM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Hey, hey... what's this about unscheduled pre-conjugal visits between LE's friend and LE's fiancee'?

Soooooooo glad to see you out and about in the bloggerhood again!!! Missed you lots, but the pic of LE's competition holding the phone was..., well..., one heckuva consolation prize! He's hella cute!

11:17 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

romani heart-
I normally love the holiday, but it surely is time consuming!
I really am glad to be back.

indiaiynke-
My son eats no meat or eggs, but can (and does) eat sugar as well as that olive oil.
You're talking about one long drive there!
I'd love to drive from here (California) back to Maryland (where my mother's family was from,) then head up to New England.

nanina-
You're the last person I expected to say that!
I'll bet you do the whole Martha Stewart Christmas...

kat-
First holidays in a new house are so fun! All the old decorations seem new again, although figuring out where to place them can be a pain...

11:40 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

eclectic!
You snuck in while I was commenting!
I was hoping you wouldn't see that soozieq and I were scheming...
Happy to be back blogging, I thought you all would have forgot about me by now.

11:45 AM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

oh dear lord, does Gary Radnich live in Alamo? I had no idea. UGH.

As far as I know, no my parents don't live near him.

Uh-oh...I just thought that since LE wasn't around that well you know, Sydney could meet other boys closer Eclectic....but then again, there is that whole boob fetish thing with PJ....perhaps Sydney should just stick with spooning with a Blog Frog ;-)

p.s. I did NOT put the Frog next to her while she was sleeping. My Brother did....granted he's just as odd as I am, but I didn't feel like it was my place to force her to cuddle with a Frog. That's more of Dad thing to do.

4:35 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

soozieq-
I believe Gary R. does...

I'm thinking Sydney's big brother, and dad, will be having lots of protecting to do in the future.
Imagine, boys waiting in line already!

I'll have to come over and see your latest blogfrog photos! Probably tomorrow, because I have to log off ASAP! Dang, I hate when that happens.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

We're having Thanksgiving dinner at my house so my dad doesn't have to worry about a mess at his house.

7:45 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
That's so nice of you! I'm sure he appreciates it.

11:24 AM  

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