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December 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Home for the holidays: See you next year!

So, how’ve you been this end-of-year holiday season? Sorry I’ve been slow-to-go on the blog lately, but please forgive me. You can listen to my sob story, as described on Food for Thought last Wednesday — when I was snowed-in with everybody else. Last week I was looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve dinner with friends in Issaquah (canceled due to snow). And our annual Christmas Day gumbo-fest at home (canceled due to a serious head-cold I’d caught from Mac, who’d caught it from Nate, who got better a lot faster than his parents have). Our friends understood when we suggested it might be prudent on their part to stay away from our house on Christmas lest they ring in the New Year with the mother-of-all-head-colds:

But they did drop off a tin of homemade biscotti later (thanks, guys!), and Mac did make his “famous” gumbo for our immediate family Chistmas Day — his way of celebrating his birthday, which he just happens to share with a certain Someone:

Mac’s gumbo was extra-delicious this year thanks to earlier counsel from gumbo-meister Kevin Davis, who divulged his “secret” ingredient. Davis’s verbal lagniappe: “smoked ham hock.” Anyhoo, a (relatively) silent night it was, indeed — if you don’t count the strains of John Pizzarelli singing Christmas carols. And after breaking bread with my boys, I grabbed a nightcap and a box of Kleenex, wished them all “a good night” and tucked myself in at 7:30.

Well, I may not have my health, but while my ailment’s still lingering, at least it’s temporary. And I do have my family, my friends, my home and my job — for which I am exceedingly grateful. Did I mention it’s pouring rain as I type, melting (yes!) the last of our “Winter Wonderland”? Or that we’ve welcomed a new member into our family? Call me a sucker, but Nate finally got the Shiba Inu he’s been begging us for for the past two years:

Mya Kai (not to be confused with our dearly departed Maia Wolfe) is a Shiba Inu-American Eskimo cross, a 2-year-old sweetie who lost her home due to foreclosure. Nate found her via Petfinder.com (her name was Mya! we had to look!) and, as Mac said, “She’s unpacked her bags.” Having made herself at home — and made friends with our American Eskimo, Kodi, a previous adoptee via Petfinder — she’s proven to be a great snuggler. Which will soothe me this week as I hunker down, take some time off, play Foodie Fight (thanks for the great gift, Watsons) and look forward to a happier, healthier 2009. Something I wish for all of you.

I’ll be back at my keyboard on Monday, January 5th. See you next year!

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