Flaking and baking.

We survived a week of leftovers, adding a new dish here and there to prevent fatigue.  I still wound up throwing a bunch of mashed potatoes and stuffing away.  I shopped at the Aldi supermarket for the first time because of this article on Slate.  I was impressed enough to spend at least $80--fully 10% of that sum on blackberries--6oz. for $0.87!  The 25 cent deposit to get the shopping cart reminded me of E-Mart in Seoul.  Aldi is a bit of a drive from my house, but it's also close to another Korean grocery so I had lunch there (dolsot bi bim bap) and bought some stocking stuffers in the snack aisle.  Today I received a holiday email from a patient I took care of when we were stationed in Korea, complete with updated photos of her now four year old.  Time marches on.

What does the fox say?

What does the fox say?

As I write this post, the first snow is falling outside, and the first batch of Christmas cookies are fresh out of the oven.  We substituted macadamia nuts because we could--sadly the last bag in the freezer.  Sophie helped me make them, and then had to leave for a friends house before they came out of the oven.  Her last words to me, "Don't eat them all."  We have a batch of these chilling and I will make them this evening.  I doubt any of them will be around come Christmas. 

One of my Christmas presents arrived this past week--a 2-3 year old kaffir lime tree.  Ian and I potted it yesterday after Sophie's first winter track meet.  She ran the 500 meter (1:41) and then promptly ate a Nutella and jam sandwich.  I am debating a run this afternoon, and despite the potential for slipping, there is something magical about running in the snow.   I will seize this opportunity before it switches over to freezing rain as predicted.

Snowball rolling.

Snowball rolling.