lundi 26 décembre 2005

What are these clouds of which you speak?

It is sometimes surprising how family can completely wear you out. My mother being from a very large family, Christmas Eve involved, in sum, 11 adults, 8 children under the age of 14 (including the newest addition to the family, my cousin's 1-month old baby who spent the entire day sleeping), and then 8 of us that fall in between those two age groups. (You see, I can't classify myself as an adult yet. That involves responsibility and stuff like that.) That is a LOT of people (yet not the entire family), and I spent most of it playing Mouse Trap, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Kerplunk, various videogames, and Cranium. It was largely me and my 30-yo cousin (father of the new baby and happy to be playing with people who talked and didn't need constant diaper-changing) playing against a bunch of 11-year-olds. By the way, Hungry Hungry Hippo really requires a lot of arm strength if you play it repeatedly.

And then yesterday was more family time, and quite honestly, I am pooped right now. Therefore, my plans today involve never getting out of my pajamas (abetted by the fact that it is drizzly right now. What are these clouds doing here? I am so confused!), watching lots of DVDs and, more or less, having no contact with the outside world. It will be nice and relaxing.

Of course, breakfast for a cloudy day (and any day) involves eggs. Today's is a rather rich dish, involving pancetta, egg fried in pancetta fat, grana padano, and baby spinach atop half of a whole wheat English muffin. Perhaps not the prettiest egg dish I've made, but it's nice and oozingly yummy and just perfect for the beginning of a day spent alone. Above, you see the dish in its entire glory, and below, I've punctured the yolk. Mm. Nothing like warm runny egg yolk.

As grinchy as this may sound, wow, I am glad that Christmas is over so hopefully I won't have to hear Christmas music anymore. Maybe now the country music station will go back to playing normal country music, instead of Christmas country music 24/7 as it has been doing since before Thanksgiving.