Breaking radio silence. The plan was to stay away from the internet for a while, but it doesn’t always work that way, and some issues have to be resolved. Since I am on here anyway, might as well ramble.
Thank you for the awesome launch of Sweep in Peace. It hit #31 on USAT and #8 on Wall Street Journal, and I am positive it would’ve hit NYT, except that NYT didn’t know it existed because of Friday release.
For some odd reason – BFF Jeaniene believes it to be mental exhaustion – this release was exceptionally difficult for me. To the point where I couldn’t sit in the work chair for a few days. I’m in it now, and I seem to be up and running. I have no choice. I have to get myself together after Thanksgiving, because we are not missing another deadline. Fallout 4 really helped. I shot so many feral ghouls in the face. Also, the other day, I was making my way to Corvega plant, and a mole rat ran out of nowhere and it had frag mines strapped to it. That was a holy crap moment.
I don’t understand it where this truckload of incapacitating stress came from. I suppose Avon negotiations were a big chunk of it. That was not fun. Maybe it just all accumulated. Anyhow last Friday I went outside and saw the hedges which died sometime this summer from the combination of drought, acidic tree leaves, and too much shade. It looked bad. The small space by the house also looked bad. It was covered in weeds and rocks and chunks of some broken plastic container. I looked at it and thought, “We have the worst looking house on the street. If we don’t do something, we’ll start getting princes looking for Sleeping Beauty soon.” So I made myself get into the car, and drive to the store, and buy mulch, plastic border, and two saws.
And then my husband volunteered to help me, because he is a nice guy, and we cut down the hedges together and dragged them off. Then I raked it and deweeded it, and installed the little fence, and mulched it. I also bought some containers and flowers.
Okay so it’s not perfect, and we will get a service to extract the stumps once we get past holidays. But for now I’m happy with it. It was so satisfying, because I went out and did it, and it looks nice. The house is brighter. The hedges were so tall, they partially blocked the office window. And when stuff in the containers dies, I will empty them out and put something new in there. I have one more container left. Maybe I will buy a pretty plant today.
I have broken with tradition and we’re getting a smoked turkey this year. That leaves me with ham and sides. Gordon will smoke the ham, and I have to decide what sides to make. Mashed potatoes and stuffing were requested, so those two, and corn and green beans, of course. I have a kick butt recipe for a Russian potato-type salad called Olivier, but nobody will eat it. They all hate potato salad and mayonnaise and I would feel stupid making it for myself, because there is no way not to make a big bowl of it. If I make a big bowl, then I will eat it for a week so it doesn’t go to waste, and I so don’t need the extra calories that salad packs.
What are your favorite sides?