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22 December 2013 @ 08:02 pm
Advent calendar post - Day 22. Have yourself an early little Christmas  
Christmas came early this year as my boy gets on a plane tomorrow to head south for the season. It's the downside of divorce; not only do you have to share with the other set of parents but also with your ex. And as the other set lives in New Zealand, and the ex is interstate, we have to take turns to have the kids home for Christmas.

But we manage. Usually I would fly down to Sydney to celebrate with my sister and her family but this year I agreed to babysit Jason's dog, as well as make daily trips to his place to feed his cat and bearded dragon. And from January onwards my sister will be living up here (she bought the house three doors down!) and we can have all Christmases together from now on. So yay for family, and celebrations (early or otherwise).

This is Pombo in her Christmas hat, which lasted about 10 seconds once she was put back on the floor.

Pombo the Christmas dog 1 (450 x 600)

Jess made us a delicious lunch; entree was prawns coated in a coconut-based crumb, baked until golden and served on shredded salad veggies, with a lime-flavoured mayonnaise as dressing. Yummy!

Christmas lunch 2013 1 (450 x 600)

The main course was a clove-studded baked ham served with salad. It was perfect! And filling - no-one felt like dessert afterwards. In fact I won't want dinner tonight, but I'm anticipating settling down on the sofa with a bowl of prawns while watching "Escape To The Country" a bit later tonight. (yes, they sent me home with the left-over prawns as they won't be home to eat them! Score.)
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entropy_houseentropy_house on December 22nd, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
Pombo is the definition of cute. :^)
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 23rd, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
Isn't she just? I took her for a big walk in the park this afternoon and all the kids wanted to pat her.
nerthusnerthus on December 22nd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Aww, what a cute pup! And yummy food; I haven't even braved a trip to the supermarket yet, much less thought up a menu for the holidays. I'm not in the mood for conventional Christmas fare, for some reason I'm craving a hamburger/potato bake and maybe some turkey chili or some such. I had to go out briefly yesterday, and the shopping crowds here were in such a frenzy it was ridiculous. It took me all of ten minutes to accomplish my errand but half my life seemingly to get out of the blasted parking lot afterwards, the cars were so jam-packed and congested. A few kind souls allowed me into the line to get out, but most of the drivers were utter Scrooges and refused to let anyone else into the queue to get out onto the street. Every exit in that shopping strip was that way, sigh. Lisa wants to drive to Midland (next town over) today to Victoria's Secret, sigh (we don't have one in this crappy town), but I dread the very thought of braving that mall there and the horrible traffic. She's from the Dallas area and used to massive traffic, but I loathe it. Gives me anxiety like nobody's business.
miwahni: Sherlock Xmas Mycroftmiwahni on December 23rd, 2013 10:46 am (UTC)
I detest shopping at this time of year but it has to be done *sigh*. Lunchtimes are the worst; the city is crowded with harried, hurrying people and it's difficult to get anything done.
On the other hand, the city is also full of buskers and choral groups at the moment, which makes up for a lot of the hassle.
My own Christmas Day lunch is shaping up to be Vietnamese spring rolls followed by yoghurt. You go have your chili or hamburger/potato bake, start your own tradition.
Newsy: squeenewsy891 on December 23rd, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
PUPPY. Puppy puppy puppy *scoop! cuddle*
miwahni: Pros Doyle Christmasmiwahni on December 24th, 2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
Isn't she the cutest! She's nine months old but still smaller than my smallest cat. They don't know what to make of her.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 1st, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)

Sounds like a really good Christmas dinner for a summer set Christmas. :D
miwahni: Pros Christmasmiwahni on January 1st, 2014 09:09 am (UTC)
It was perfect for a hot day. I hope you had a good one, too; look forward to reading all about it.