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Well. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited, happy, pleased, etc. I am to have the boyfriend home. I mean, really, it’s almost sad. Picked him up from the airport last night, dropped his stuff off at his parents’, came home and had dinner (chicken with blueberries and an apricot-dijon glaze) , enjoyed being in the same room at the same time, you know, the usual.

We drove down to Lakewood this afternoon and picked up two of his oldest brother’s kids and brought them to his parents’ and again, came home for dinner — it’s the last night of Chanukah, so we made more of those amazing butternut squash and sage latkes with Chicken Marabella (one of my favorite meals) and brussels sprouts with apples and bacon.

I’m off to spend more time with him — I feel like a social sponge, as if we’re making up for the last two months by spending every possible moment together. Silly, right?

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Happy Chanukah!

Okay, I know, it’s the second night, I’m late, yadda yadda. It’s been a rough week! (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot – time to for the quarter to be over? I think yes.)

I don’t even want to talk about today. It was positively miserable and generally disappointing. Worst of all, I’m disappointed in myself for holding so much stock in what people think of me. 30% will always love you, 30% will probably hate you and 30% won’t care either way. The remaining 10% – axe murderers and sociopaths.

The only (okay, major) upside to this whole incident was the untimely creation of Butternut Squash and Sage Latkes and oh man, are they delicious! I have to say, I’m not a huge latke fan. I know this is practically blasphemy, but as much as I love fried foods + potatoes, latkes just never did it for me – until now. Admittedly, these are potato-free, but they’re just delicious. For those of you who are skeptical of butternut squash (usually on my blacklist), just give it a try: it’s like the perfect combination between Russet and sweet potatoes. Convinced yet?


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Woke up, got dressed, ran around to the JCC’s Chanukah Pajama Jam festival to help set up a booth. The highlight? Eastside Chabad (Lubavitch) had an oil press and barrel of olives setup and made olive oil RIGHT THERE. It was pretty awesome.

Anyway, another chilly day: we finally cleaned out the impatiens and violets in pots by the front door, hung evergreen wreaths with Alanagh, moved the bright magenta chard to blue pots, replaced the chard with little 24″ lime green cypresses and an arbovitae for the front door. It’s feeling mighty Christmasy around here…

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