Okay, technically it started less than a week ago but since Christmas is really the only worthwhile part of winter I declare winter to be over and replaced by the Miserable Rainy Boring Season. (Why yes, I would be less bitter if it were snowing right now. However did you guess?)
The past two days were awesome, though. Christmas Eve was the quietest in recent memory due to Chris's grandmother just having had foot surgery and not wanting a huge crowd. In light of this Chris and I offererd to cook dinner for both then and Christmas, both of which turned out awesome. For Christmas Eve we made lobster bisque, (me) a really delicious paella with shrimp, mussels and chicken, (Chris) and potato salad (also Chris.) Christmas dinner was a fairly traditional turkey one accompanied by a rather tasty salad made with wilted spinach, pomegranate seeds and walnuts, roast root vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, and sausages stuffed with Edam, onions and garlic, all courtesy of me and supplemented by a mint chocolate mousse cake courtesy of Chris. Then we all kicked back and watched the Doctor Who Christmas special which was very silly but which featured a number of seriously awesome supporting characters who I hope get their own spinoff at some point. (You guys would watch a TV show about a Victorian detective lizard woman, her human wife, and their beligerent potato-esque alien butler, right? Let's petition the BBC!)
Chris also got me XCOM which I've been playing religiously in between bouts of haphazard essay writing. If you're familiar with You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, imagine the parts of the book report song where Lucy is just listing random facts about the book in no particular order just to pad out the word count and that's basically where I am right now. I have half of January to edit it, at least, so that's something.
I hope you've all had a good one and I'll see you in the coming year. Don't let Miserable Rainy Boring Season (or Miserable Hot Sweaty Season for you, Vel) get you down.