Monday, December 14, 2009

stocking the pot

It's not quite time to serve them up yet, but like any self-respecting list junkie, I have got the list ingredients thrown into the big stock pot, and they are now simmering quietly on the back of the stove. In a week or two, they should be perfectly stewed and the cream will rise to the top.

But it's hard to wait. And just like those cookies that are supposedly being saved for the big feast, nobody will notice if there are a couple missing.

So here then is a little practice list, a little warm up for the high holy days of list-making.

Things That Make Me Smile:
- straight lines - graph paper, plaid, grid roads, argyle, perfectly hung pictures
- those thick wooly socks that you only dig out of the sock drawer on really cold days, socks that are so thick that they won't fit inside your boots but that's okay because you're not going anywhere anyway
- that one present under the tree that has the recipient totally perplexed and you know they will never guess what it is, not in a million years
- a big pile of books beside the bed, waiting to be read, and a week of Christmas slothfulness in which to read them

Speaking of books, over at the Bookworm Collective, I have just reviewed a book that I read on the plane. It's quick, it's full of pop culture references, and it fits in your purse. I invite you to have a glance.


Volly said...


Your blog makes me smile. I don't always get time to read it and only comment sporadically, but I appreciate the time that goes into it, the variety of topics, and the fact that you frequently offer commentary on mine. Thank you! I hope you have a great holiday season, because you know how to make it fun, and your worldview is too generous to confine it to one prepackaged holiday.

Cheers, and happy 2010!


Karen said...

I'm going to have to stock up on books for over the holidays. Picked up some thick wool socks over the weekend (good thing as the wind up here is HOWLING outside my bedroom window). There might be one or two confusingly shaped gifts under the tree this year but most are DVD shaped.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thank you, Volly! Well speaking of making people smile, your lovely note certainly made my day!
And I always appreciate your thoughtful posts, which always make me nod my head vigourosly, sometimes whilst simultaneously shaking it, which is no small feat. Happy 2010 to you as well!

Ahhh those mysterious DVD-shaped parcels! There is something distinctly comforting about those, Karen.
You would certainly need those wooly socks recently, as I can't even imagine the -56C windchill you were having. You guys are tough, man!

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, I currently have several lists on the go...Where would I be without them? I actually have a really busy time coming up and I'm stressing a bit, but the lists are helping me stay completely out of denial....

BeckEye said...

I never thought about perfectly hung pictures as something that makes me smile, but when I see a crooked one, it drives me MAD.

Allison said...

There is something to be said for a crooked picture. You know the one that you always level and then as soon as you walk away it slips down. The view must be better from that angle.

Look forward to your lists as they arrive!

justrun said...

Mmmm, Christmas slothfulness. I can hardly wait.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I don't know how I would get by without lists, Wandering Coyote. Mostly they are of the to-do variety, but I love this time of year when they let me play a little.
Hope your lists remain your friends!

I know, Beckeye! I cannot stop myself from straighening out a picture, so watch out if I am ever at your place.

Oh yes, those pictures with minds of their own, Al. I have agreed to disagree with a few pictures over the years.

I've actually been practicing, Justrun, but don't tell anyone.

John Mutford said...

I'm with you on all but grid roads. So lacking creativity. Then, I'm used to the roads in Newfoundland where they all follow the coast line, so it's not exactly creative there either-- just not boring.

Remi said...

Sadly, I had to stop stashing my books in purses. Way too many strange looks.

I do have a more than respectable pile of books by my bed, though. Now if only I could manage the week to lie around and read them.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I prefer grid roads in a city, John, as they are much more pleasant for walking. Here in the suburbs there are no straight roads and it may look pretty on paper, but it takes forever to walk anywhere.

You likely weren't using the right purse, Remi. A summer purse in winter is a no-no.

kelly said...

I posted a comment and its gone...where did it go? I'm sure it was the most brilliant comment ever too. Now I forgot it.

Anyhow...another thing to add to your list of things that make you smile.
When smug west coast people get a ton of heavy wet snow and then the next day it rains and they have a foot of gross yucky slush

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am quite certain it was the most brilliant comment ever made, Kelly, I would expect no less. But I am comforted by the thought of ankle-deep west coast slush.