Monday, December 31, 2007

Bah humbug

We don't generally do presents for Christmas, but this year was a bit different, and everyone was required to participate, even me, the Grinch of the family. But my loved ones both know me and love me, and they picked out the perfect gift: it's tiny, it's red, and it has a social conscience.

Now, if I can just figure out how to use iTunes [stop that laughing!]

I did well on the giving end too. The edibles were a big hit, as I knew they would be, and at least two of the toys got carried around by their recipients for multiple days. A gifting success if ever there was one.

One small hitch: the ginger ended up in the white chocolate and not even for crystallized ginger will I eat white chocolate. Fortunately a clan as large and diverse as ours will always have a few oddballs of questionable taste, and the ginger was the first to be consumed. I did manage to lay hands [and tooth] on half of a Starbucks-filled real chocolate one though and it is to die for.

Speaking of food and grinchiness, I heartily recommend both ratatouille and Ratatouille.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Hipparchia.

I hope my older grand nephew likes the movie as much as you did, because he received it for XMas, actually my nephew and his wife received it, but I thought the lad might enjoy it.

Steve Bates said...

Happy New Year, hipparchia!

hipparchia said...

happy new year!

hipparchia said...

i was told that it's the first movie the kids ever sat all the way through. i also stayed in my chair for the whole movie all the way through. i can't speak for the little ones, but that's a feat for me.

Steve Bates said...

"Ratatouille" is quite wonderful. And ratatouille has always been one of my favorite dishes. Years ago, a Scotswoman told me that in her vicinity, it's called "end o' the garden." That's too mild: it's much better than that!

Once again, may 2008 treat us all far better than that wretched year just past.