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.
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.