We had a good Christmas weekend. And week, for that matter, though it had its major low points as well. Monday -- Christmas Eve -- was the worst, between Colleen's temporary crown coming off, her scooter battery not charging, the fact that I hadn't bought any stocking stufers... Add back pain, sleep dep from a long night Friday (don't ask), and general grumpiness.
At least I actually noticed that I was depressed, angry, disappointed, and anxious. (And that the anger and disappointment were largely directed at myself, as usual.) Things improved from that point, thankfully. The evening and Christmas were lovely, with Naomi and her kids, Chaos and Rabbit, and Chip and Eli on Christmas.
We had roast beef on Monday, and borscht on Tuesday. I think the borscht was my best ever.
- Boil about 3 lbs of beef roast, an onion, two carrots, four peppercorns, and two bay leaves in water to cover for about two hours, until the meat is cooked and the veggies are nearly falling apart.
- Meanwhile, cut the tops and tails off three or four bunches of beets, and roast them at 350 degrees until you can push a fork through a beet. This takes an hour or so.
- While the beets are cooling and the beef is boiling, cut three parsnips, four turnips, and four carrots into julienne strips.
- Set the meat aside, and toss the veggies.
- Put the cut-up veggies into the broth, and start peeling and cutting up the beets. Expect to be caught red-handed.
- Add the beets to the broth. Shred half a red cabbage and toss that in,
- Cut up the beef and toss that in. Add a little more water if it looks like it needs it.
- Serve with sour cream and dill.
Tasty. We have, of course, been eating left-over roast beef and borscht all week. Only the YD is complaining; Colleen and I are not.
Naomi gave me a lovely REI Quantum Shoulder Bag for Christmas; it seems to want to be called "Red". I think her real name is Veronica, but she won't admit to it.
Red is about half an inch too short for my 15" work laptop -- the two corners stick out like little silver ears. Terribly cute. It can be forced into the main compartment, but my plan is simply to put a waterproof flap over it in bad weather. Other than that it's perfect; I really like having a bag that zips on top instead of having a flap, stays vertical when I swing it around to the front, and holds 9x12 envelopes without crumpling them.
A reasonably productive, if short, week at work. I made several stupid mistakes, but was able to recover fairly quickly thanks to git.
The usual collection of good links. Cringely has a post on Reagan and Newtown, about how Reagan destroyed the country's mental health system. There weren't nearly as many homeless people before Reagan, either -- there were places where crazy people could go to be taken care of. I read that Monday morning; it added to my depression.
Every once in a while I want to take a vacation -- just me, and nobody I had to be responsible for. *sigh*( raw notes )