All is calm, all is bright

18     (number of times I ran the dishwasher in the past 5 days)

11     (maximum number of people I had at any meal)

2       (pieces of new furniture I bought in the past week)
4       (pounds of meat that I turned into sausage & meatballs)

3.5    (pounds of sausage and meatballs in my freezer right now)

8       (pounds of Honey Baked Ham that were eaten in the last 4 days)

??      (bottles of wine consumed)

0       (nervous breakdowns by anyone during this extravaganza)

The holiday season has officially ended. All the houseguests have gone home & we’ve taken down all the Christmas decorations. We’ve eaten most of the leftovers, with the obvious exception of homemade pasta sauce and meat to go along with it. We’ll be eating pasta in various forms for the next 2 months. Well worth it for all the fun we had with the family.

The season started with Ashley & my annual bakefest of cookies and candies and ended with shoving all the decorations back into the attic until next year. In the meantime, we had an excellent holiday season. Lots of food (I’ve put on more poundage than I care to think about right now), lots of family, lots of memories.

Here’s to a great 2009!

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