I am gaining mad skillz. Or something.

I think I have finally mastered soup. I seem able to more or less consistently make soup that tastes of something, generally something I am willing to eat. This is a considerable improvement.
The keys seem to be: 1. not stinting on the broth, 2. using a bit more seasoning than I think I really need to, and 3. not putting in *too* many veggies.

The latest batch is pleasantly over-garlicked.

Seasoned greetings. Get out the salt shaker...

Happy, merry, joyous, cheerful, or otherwise good:
Christmas, Yule, Hanukkah, New Year's, Kwanzaa, Solstice, Saturnalia, Ashura, St. Nicholas Day, Human Rights Day, Asarah B'Tevet, Yalda, Boxing Day, Bacon Day, Pearl Harbor day, Agnostica, or anything else you celebrate this time of year.
(thanks, http://www.brownielocks.com/DECEMBER-2011.html)

I don't even know what some of these things *are*...

Party party

I'm having a Christmas/housewarming party.

Probable party time (barring Something Coming Up) is December 10, starting around, let's say, 4:30 pm. I'd like at least an approximate headcount. So, if you might be coming, please let me know...

And, if you wish to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, bring something in giftable condition. Ask if you need more details.

And if you want to come, and didn't get the invite email, let me know, so I can add you to subsequent party-related emails...


My Christmas/housewarming party is tentatively scheduled for the 10th of December, in... early-evening-ish.
I will be having a White Elephant gift exchange, so if you might be coming, start looking around for something that you... don't want, but think someone else possibly might.

Bastard grandchild of condoage

My closing date, originally scheduled for the 12th, and tentatively expected today or tomorrow, has instead been moved to the 14th. I am mightily annoyed. The bank doesn't seem to want to actually *sell* me the damned thing, they keep dragging their feet.

It has been pointed out to me that it would make sense to move my big moving day from the 17th to the 24th, because of my unexpectedly late closing date. I am taking this advice. Please let me know if this changes your likelihood of being able to help.
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