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I'm Dreaming Of A White . . .

New Year's, apparently. It's snowing heavily outside. The Pony family is (allegedly) going to a New Year's party in Massachusetts tonight. I really hope we make it. I heard it was a rockin' party last year, and I was kind of jealous, because the party I was at last year was not so much fun. But we shall see what the roads are doing.

In other news, the saga of my whackadoo governor continues to amuse. He's given one more gigantic "fuck you" to the party, putting Roland Burris in a rather uncomfortable spot in the process. Oh, Blagojevich. You and Sarah Palin should form a comedy act.

In further news, I have acquired two-count-em-two CDs of the Barry Sisters. I plan to inflict them on students within the next few months. Watch this space.


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Dec. 31st, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
It's very cold here too but, um, that's probably just to us wimps. I was out washing the car earlier and thought my hands would fall off in the cold.

I hope the roads are clear enough for you to get to your party. Have a great time. I'm in tonight so it's pyjamas and champagne for me.
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Why were you out washing the car in the middle of winter?

It hasn't stopped snowing all day, so we're not going to be driving over a hundred miles to a party. Instead, I'll be making a nice dinner for the Pony Parents, and we'll go and visit Aunt and Uncle Pony tomorrow when the weather is nicer.

Mom Pony and I spent an hour digging out the driveway this afternoon. Just as we finished, we noticed that the snow was covering up all our work again.
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Hope the Pony Family make it safely to the party and back home! I, like Dot, am in tonight. Not pyjamas, since friends are coming after dinner and the grapes, but definitely champagne!
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
The Pony Family isn't even going to attempt the roads tonight. The snow has only gotten worse. We'll go visit Aunt and Uncle Pony tomorrow.

Dinner and the grapes? Are these special grapes that I should know about?
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh that is too bad that you cannot make the party! But I'm glad you are playing it safe. New Year's driving is usually scary enough with all the drunks. No need to add snow to the mix.

Dinner and the grapes? Are these special grapes that I should know about?

In Spain, the superstition is to eat grapes at midnight for good health in the New Year (I think it's good health, maybe it's prosperity--I always forget the details of these things). I think eating chickpeas or split peas is supposed to bring good fortune in the US, right? I get the biggest kick out of New Year's superstitions!
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Hoppin' John, with blackeye peas, is supposed to be the southern thing to do. Maybe Karen can fill us in on that.

We didn't make the party, alas, alackaday. But we had made a challah and a kugel to take with us, so I took the challah and turned most of it into a big pile of French toast for Mom and Dad Pony. Dad Pony really likes homemade challah, and he really likes French toast. Mom Pony really likes having someone else make dinner while she gets to laze around. So they were both really thrilled with that.

And we will have prosecco at midnight. Even if I have to wake up the Pony Parents to do it.
Dec. 31st, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
oh i cannot believe that I have never ever introduced my friends to the most unusual originally spanish experience of chiking up win grapes! I'm posting it, so everybiody gets to know!
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
See, we drink our grapes rather than eat them . . .
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I had forgotten about the grapes! I love that!
Jan. 1st, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Sorry you had to miss the party, but it was the smart decision. Besides, what you ended up doing doesn't sound at all bad. I'd be thrilled with French toast made out of homemade challah. *excuse me while I swoon*

You're entirely right about Hoppin' John and black-eyed peas. I can't abide the latter and am none too fond of the former so that's out here, but we do have pork (another New Year's "good luck" food. Leafy green vegetables or carrot "coins" are also favored (for prosperity). We had pork loin, crinkle cut carrots, and mashed potatoes. (No symbolism to the latter. We just like them.) My husband also had sauerkraut. ick
Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Challah French toast is one of life's great secret luxuries. The Pony Parents were thrilled.
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