Last night we went to our first Xmas/holiday event--a cocktail party at our friends Joe and Jim' s house up in Midtown Terrace. We should get together more; they're practically next door. Their house is lovely, with a fabulous patio and deck facing west, overlooking the houses nestled on the hills like little Hobbit villages, and beyond, the eternal ocean. There was quite an ecclectic collection of family, friends and neighbors at the fete, all ages, colors, genders, and orientations. And the food was spectacular: tea-smoked duck in scallion pancakes tied up with chives like little purses, divine spring rolls, sushi, chicken satay, savory strudels with feta, anchovies, tomatoes, tiny chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse and each topped with a ripe raspberry. We sipped champagne, chatted with the hosts and guests, and spent some quality time with Zeus and Rachel, the resident Boston terriers.
Today we got an early start, going to Costco, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier One and Barnes and Noble. Picked up things we needed and a few treats (The Partridge Family Christmas Album). When we got home and checked the mail, we found a card from Bill and Andy, and instead of their customary Xmas letter was enclosed a DVD with scenes from their lives over the past year. Very creatively done and fun to watch. Gives us ideas for next year (though we currently don't own a video camera).
David and Andrea were going to come over this evening to play cards, but postponed till next week, so we're free, free, free for the rest of the weekend. Xmas is going to be kind of low-key for us this year. Since we'll be visiting Steve's sister and her husband over the holiday itself, we're not going to put up a tree or many decorations this year, to reduce the general stress level.