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By ana (Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 05:46:04 PM EST) christmas (all tags)
I'm actually doing okay.

So far, I'm doing well. Last night, despite some angst, I sang with the choir, things went well, and I'm most impressed with the Byrd O Magnum Mysterium.

Yesterday morning, a friend who's been very sympathetic, even to the point of treating me more or less as human, who's also in the choir, bleeped me on facebook to invite me to dinner after Mass.

It was delightful. Anyway, good conversation, good food, good company.

Today being Sunday there was just the one mass, the Solemn one, at 11, without choir. I decided to go; it'd occupy 2.5 hours including travel time. It's nice to have time to actually think about things like the Incarnation, without rushing to learn music, etc.

And then home again. I had taken the bird down from the freezer yesterday, and this morning I put it in brine. Thanks to wndl, the slow-cooker is big enough for a whole chicken. So the French Guinea Hen I procured (apparently the smaller Cornish Game variety were sold out), at 2/3 or so the size of an adult chicken, fit easily.

Stuffing with bread, sausage, and herbs, check. Warmed over (from yesterday) roasted butternut squash with cranberries, check. Roasted Guinea hen, with some stuffing inside, and the rest in a separate dish, roasted. Cranberry sauce (with a pomegranate and a tangerine in it). Brussels sprouts, steamed (but not quite long enough. Mmm, chewy). And a mashed potato. Kind of bland. I should learn to make gravy.

Here's the photographic evidence:

The above photo was taken with my gift-to-self new iPod Touch, replacing a 2nd generation one that was getting flaky and elderly (4 years is like forever in dog years). Twitchiness supplied by the author, and is in no way the responsibility of Apple, its subsidiaries, or other sweepstakes entities.

While waiting for the bird to cook, I phoned my mother to wish her and Dad Merry Christmas on the actual day. We did the big family thing a week ago when I was there.

It's been a good holiday. I'm hoping to attend mass at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist Tuesday, which is the feast of the said Saint John the Evangelist (to whom the gospel is imputed). There's something comforting about their chapel, stark stone that is is, and the lifestyle there, where they routinely address issues like solitude and loneliness. Which, to be sure, are endemic in our society.

And there were a few snowflakes in the air this morning. Nothing stuck, but it was pleasant to be reminded of snow, even so.

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Merry Christmas by clock (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Dec 25, 2011 at 10:19:03 PM EST
Maybe I'll learn to make gravy too. Someday!

I agree with clock entirely --Kellnerin

I had part of a solitary Christmas here too by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 12:51:28 PM EST
I had to do the opening of presents on Christmas Eve at my parents as ex had LO for Christmas Day. I got to sleep in on Christmas Day.

I guess I would have been busier if I was dating someone, but I had the choice to be solitary or be part of erupting family drama, so solitary was the way to go.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB

you should borrow her PJs by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 03:29:55 PM EST
that'll stir up the drama..

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Happy Boxing Day by iGrrrl (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Dec 26, 2011 at 12:51:29 PM EST
Gravy is easy.

I like to make some of the stock by simmering the innards that come with the bird in enough water to cover, and use that. I also like mashing up the liver and adding it, but that's a matter of taste.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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