I feel like those cuckoo clocks where every hour on the hour, a lady and man come rolling out on a track, bow to each other and then do a spastic dance, moving one way then abruptly turning the other way, then changing midway and bowing in the other direction again. That’s literally what’s happening in my mind right now – a crazy explosion of movement and panic and contradictions. I’m unable to focus on one thing for very long because there’s so much to do and so much I want to tell you!
I sucked it up and went with Rabin to the midnight premiere of the Star Wars movie last week. While I can’t bring myself to really like the Star Wars franchise, I really admire the fandom and the level of commitment of the fans. I feel that way about Harry Potter & X-Men, so I get it. I get the excitement, the joy, the anticipation, the fear that comes with the release of a new movie or chapter in the series. I get the pure excitement when I see a trailer or pick up a nod to a previous movie or event that feels like it was written in just for me. I understand the goosebumps when you hear a few lines from the theme song, or the relief and elation that comes when the movie ends up being great, and the thought-provoking-ness of the theories that bounce around the internet before and after the movie releases. I get it, geeks. Respect.
A few other things bouncing around in my head:
- I failed at wrapping the gifts I did buy, which reminds me once again how amazing gift bags are.
- Poor, poor Steve Harvey. I can forgive reading a card wrong, but I can’t forgive not spell-checking an apology before you Tweet it. I also can’t forgive those suits he wears on Family Feud.
- Storm is the most useless X-woman (?) I’ve ever seen.
- Grinding your own cardamom without a spice grinder is stressful but totally worth it. Prepackaged ground cardamom doesn’t even come close.
- Pet peeve #75: When people say ‘cardamoN’.
- Enough with Trump and the Kardashians!
- Rabin ages well. Like a fine wine. Or Scott Bakula.
- I’m okay with not meeting a lot of my personal challenges this year. I’m ending the year feeling content and at peace with my life choices, and it hasn’t stopped me from making lists about 2016.
- Oh, and this recipe if you have a hole on your Christmas menu and want to fill it with a vegetable:
Quick Stir-Fried Asian Zucchini
1 Medium Zucchini
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1 Medium Onion, sliced
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
Roughly cut Zucchini into sticks. Warm sesame oil in a skillet and add onions. Cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add zucchini, soy sauce and peppers and stir to thoroughly coat with oil & soy sauce. Cover and let cook for 1 minute. Add pine nuts, and let cook for another minute or two, stirring regularly to ensure that nuts do not burn.
This recipe keeps well so you can even prepare it a day ahead of your meal. Like today.
So enjoy Christmas if you’re celebrating it, enjoy the Boxing day sales, or the drama and excitement that normally accompany family gatherings. Enjoy the solitude if you choose to have a quiet day, the food, the compelling yule log on TV, the spiked drinks and your special traditions. Happy Holidays!