When the house is all decked out for the Holidays (falalalala and all that), the already small space becomes more than cozy -- downright intimate , you might say. But then, when the tree's been carried out and all the ornaments are safely wrapped in tissue and stored back away and all the needles vacuumed up....well, plain ol' daily home is HOME!
Reminds me of a story (which, if I told before, you may skip). In years past we've called the International Student Association occasionally and invited a foreign student or two to share Thanksgiving with us. It's been unfailingly a completely delightful experience; now that the grandchildren are big enough to sit like normal human beings at the table, we haven't space. But one year we had the pleasure of a young man from Mainland China and his wife.
He had come to Madison first and gotten a modest apartment on campus, and then his wife came. When they got here, the wife looked around my living room (which was nigh on to filled with the big table we set up, having no real dining room) and she declared, "What a a lovely house, so PALATIAL!" If I'm not mistaken, our whole house is about 1100 feet of "palatial".
But they then explained, during dinner, that when the husband had sent pictures of their little one-bedroom apartment to his wife in China she had replied inquiring how many other *families* they would be sharing the space with! Tends to give one some perspective, I must say. If you think of the living spaces millions of people have all over the world (and indeed the fact that a powerful lot of folks are living in little TENTS in refugee camps all over the world), why - I guess she was right, our digs really are palatial! I think of our house as my nest, and it's sort of a bookcase with some knitting space, a place to sleep and a place to cook and eat. Oh, and the biffy; I wonder how many people think, over the course of a week, even, about their biffies. Indoors, efficient, clean, warm -- and have you ever ogled the variety of terletpaper available? Mind-boggling.
NINE DAYS left until the Inauguration, remember, counting down here. I think I may make some of the posh little finger foods generally reserved for New Year's Eve for the occasion, in fact.
By the way - no worries, anyone who might be working, as I'm SURE it'll be rerun -- often -- and I'm guessing the entire event will be on YouTube within minutes, too.
It's also very clear to me that the cat's out of the bag (oh it is to LAUGH) regarding the YakTrax. I have to say, I couldn't be happier to discover that apparently a LOT of other people have known about them, because what a good idea! (I will pass along Randi's warning that they can be slippery themselves on the linoleum in stores. though - when you get to the store, take 'em OFF!) and thanks, Randi, that is very worthwhile advice.
I'm catching up on things here -- last week I went with an old friend (she actually IS a little older than I, if you can imagine; furthermore we've been friends for 37 years!) She retired not long ago, and fills her days three times a week with dialysis - but she's been taking advantage of Opportunities for the Elderly around town lately and if I'm not busy at the Museum I can go with her (legitimately). So we went to the Senior Center downtown last week for Lunchannamovie. This was the lunch -- and you know, it doesn't look particularly appealing, now I see it here, but it was actually very respectable. The fish was baked and mild, and there was good tartar sauce (one of those little packets). The peas were probably frozen, but they were very sweet and delish. The cheesy potatoes could've been hotter but they were fine. I gave my friend the bread, as I'm not very bread-y. But the movie? Well! They showed "Mama Mia", and had popcorn and apple juice in the bargain (did I mention the film was free?) I just watched the movie-reviewer guys on the teevee and they panned it, big-time. Spoilsports.
OH, I agree, Pierce Brosnan can't sing. But you know, he's one of those actors I could watch reading the phone book. The one thing that struck me was, it really looked like everyone in that film looked like they were having a BALL, and therefore, so did I. I like watching people having a wonderful time. (Hmmmm....I may be singularly easy to please, being as I enjoyed the meal and loved the movie. Just sayin'.)
OK, tomorrow is my Writers' Group so I have some work to do this evening, and the weather forecast for the next few days promises "record-breaking sub-zero temperatures", like -40....can you imagine the wind chill? I b'lieve I'll get out my layers in the morning, yes I will.