I pause in my Christmas gyrations to make this week’s Scattered Saturday post. Full Disclosure: I sat down to make this post earlier and just did not want to do it. I felt down, I felt stupid, I felt completely disinclined to make a blog post just for the sake of making a blog post. Remembering that doing something, anything often helps (if you can get yourself to do it), I did the dishes (there were not that many) and started another batch of Chex Party Mix (although I used the store brand version of Chex cereal) (I guess that is another Full Disclosure). I have one, maybe two more goodies to make (however, I have found that it does not pay to get too ambitious), then I can start packaging and wrapping.
The packaging is often the most fun. My husband Steven likes to put a present in a present, so we pick up various size tins and decorative boxes whenever we see them for a good price. For another reason, I am a terrible wrapper, completely unable to fold the corners in anywhere close to a neat fashion. However, I am thinking I will wrap the presents for my great nephew and niece, who are four and one. I think they will like to tear the paper.
I had been hoping for a return of Saturday Running Commentary today, but the early weather report warned of possible icy roads early on, when I would have liked to go. I am clumsy enough on my feet without adding slippery into the mix. Additionally, I wanted to run to Hannaford for just a couple more things. I felt like an independent, take-charge kind of woman when I went to Hannaford shortly after they opened, thus beating the crowd (although I kept walking into people; I did mention I was clumsy, did I not?), then drove to the Mohawk YMCA, arriving shortly after they opened. Half an hour on the elliptical made me feel even better about myself.
Steven got a little ambitious himself, scoring a same-day appointment appointment at the Hot Shot Salon and Spa in Herkimer to have his beard and hair trimmed. I admired his handsomeness before starting my first batch of Party Mix.
Later on, I went to Ilion with my friend Kim, to visit the New 2 You Consignments. We mostly went to visit our friend Robbi, the proprietress. We also got to see her lovely daughter, Megan. Megan is ultra-talented and is studying musical theatre in New York. Kim and I worked on a couple of shows with her when she was still local. We looked around at the merchandise, but the only thing I bought was a pair of Christmas socks. I love Christmas socks, and I do not have enough of them. I know, this is the time of year I should be purchasing things for other people, but, hey, Christmas socks. There could be no possible objection.
Before leaving Ilion, we stopped by Ilion Wine and Spirits, where I picked up a bottle of my favorite champagne, Great Western Extra Dry, made in New York State. Wine purists will point out that technically it is not champagne if it is not made in a specific part of France, but I do not care at all. Call it whatever you like, I like to drink it!
Making Chex Party Mix is a relaxing activity, because once it is in the oven you have 45 minutes to wait, needing only to stir it every 15. That part is sometimes a little stressful for me when I start to think I did not set the timer this time after stirring. Then I go to check, thinking I will set the timer for less than 15 if I have indeed forgotten. Then I have not forgotten, and much more time has passed than I realized, so it is good I remembered to set it. But other than that, a perfectly relaxing treat to make, and so tasty.
So this is my Scattered Saturday post. Only two more days till Christmas! Yikes! Well, I will be ready or I won’t. My family will not mind if I am not. They will not even be surprised. They have known me for a while.