21 December 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy

We got a thin layer of light, fluffy snow on top of the small amount that's already here, which makes me happy. Anchorage is nearly two feet shy of the snow that normally falls at this point in the winter.

All the presents we've purchased are under the tree, more or less. So that's one less thing to think about.

Gasoline has dropped to $3.04/gallon; with a 10-cent discount (affiliated with a grocery store), the $2.94 I paid yesterday was the lowest it's been here in ... what? Two years? Three? I can't recall.

Meanwhile, there's a lot going on: weekend chores, grocery shopping (some holiday meals coming up, don'tcha know), laundry, cleaning ...

We're trying to take care of all the things that drive my wife nuts on Christmas Eve, so that she can relax and concentrate on things she wants to do - like fixing the Christmas side dishes.

Younger Daughter the Pastry Chef has offered to prepare the meat and desserts.

Older Daughter got in on the act last night. It seems there was a candy mold in the pharmacy lab where she works as a compounding technician, for preparing certain meds as lollipops for kids. It's never been used, and probably won't ever be.

So, with her supervisor's permission, it mysteriously wound up in her kitchen last night (heh), wherein she made strawberry-and-rum flavored lollipops.


Meanwhile, my Christmas present from my lovely, thoughtful bride was just shipped this morning, and will be here between Dec. 29 and Jan. 5 ... or so says Amazon.

I'm okay with that. It's a thing I've been wanting for over 35 years, and can finally afford to afford it. There's always been something we needed first, or some lean years when I wouldn't even allow myself to think about it. But now we can, so ... pictures will be forthcoming, once it arrives. :)


Cathy said...

35 years - waiting !

This is pretty exciting :)

OldAFSarge said...

Oh you tease you!

Old NFO said...


Rev. Paul said...

Cathy & Sarge - you'll note I didn't say everybody would think it's as big as deal as I do, but it's something I've wanted for a very long time.

Thanks, NFO. It should provide years of enjoyment!

Sandy said...

Rev. Paul,

Your Sweet Wife will be very happy you and the girls are taking away some of her work on Christmas Eve.

Your Wife will be very excited to receive this long awaited Christmas gift (35 years wow).

Rev. Paul said...

Sandy, two minor corrections: the girls moved out nearly a year ago, and the present's for me. It's the only thing I asked for, this year.
But yes, it's been a LONG time coming.

Ed Bonderenka said...

What caliber?

Rev. Paul said...

It isn't a firearm, Ed; the girls gave me a Garand last year, which was on my bucket list. This is ... something else.