I really think Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. I love giving presents and getting them (if you don't like the latter, you are LYING). I made individual baggies of homemade truffles for the family and put them in their stockings (which I was going to do as part of your gift, too, Tamara, but then there was that whole chocolate allergy thing...), and I think they really did like them, which is good. :D It was a foodie* extravaganza for Angela and me. Let me see if I can make a combined list of all the AMAZING cooking things we both got:
-Le Creusest grill pan (green!)
-Le Creuset deep dish pie plate (also, green!)
-Le Creuset spatula (for Angela, she's been really wanting one)
-KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer
-Ice cream maker attachment for said stand mixer
-Espresso percolator, coffee grinder, and espresso cups (mmmm....espresso...)
-Heavy-duty baking sheet
-All-Clad non-stick crepe pan
-Half a pound of 70% Valrhona chocolate
And then, while we were at Williams-Sonoma, we saw a Le Creuset saucier for 30% off, and let me tell you, I grabbed it and it never left my hands until we paid for it! So all in all, it's kind of like we've died and gone to heaven. We're slowly but surely turning into Ina (all the Le Creuset, the KitchenAid, the espresso percolator, etc....all we're missing is some All-Clad stainless steel and good vanilla!). Only, without the insanely rich husband. And buckets and buckets and overflowing buckets of money. (Angela and I caught her Chefography on The Network this weekend. The narrator said she and Jeffrey have an apartment in Paris, and we just screamed in rage and jealousy.)
Tamara, you will be proud. I'm getting Angela addicted to Heroes! Now that our shows are no longer on in the evenings, all she wants to do is watch another episode of Heroes! We just finished "Six Months Ago." She's hilariously dismissive of Peter's power ("Oh, he can absorb other people's powers? Whatever, that's a dumbass power."), though, to be fair, at this point she doesn't know he doesn't actually need to be in the person's vicinity. Speaking of Hereos, I've been meaning to read the online comics, but keep forgetting! Hopefully I'll remember later tonight because after all, I am such a complete sucker for extra, unnecessary canon. (Thus, I say: bring on the Scottish Book!)
We watched "Jesus Camp" on A&E last night. While I like Michael Moore and think he's funny (though edging towards Ann Demoncunt Coulter territory, but obviously not as inanely vicious), "Jesus Camp" was not at all like any of his documentaries. It was very subdued and had almost no anti-religion interviews/commentary in it. All it did was present these people impartially: live and completely CAHRAZY. It's a very chilling film to watch; highly recommended, but chilling. I'm actually grateful there were commercials because I needed a break every so often to relax and let my anger go.
I suppose I should have some insightful things to say about this past year, but really, it kind of sucked, though it honestly could have been worse. And Harry Potter. Goddamn, it was the fucking Potterdämmerung! That was without a doubt the highlight of my year, as idiotically lame as that may be. Ah well, on to 2008! Angela and I are going to ring it in by baking profiteroles (to be served with homemade vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce), getting tipsy on champagne, and watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on CNN!
P.S. JKR continues to be adorable when not uncomfortably interviewed by some vaguely disinterested TV show or something.
*I do hate using that word because I feel like it carries horribly pretentious connotations (at least in my mind), and lord knows I really do try hard not to be too pretentious about my food because I can always tell well people are and I LOATHE it. But I can't think of anything better.