The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Sunday, December 28, 2003

I have had a most relaxing four-day weekend. Despite the holiday madness, we have come through another year, mostly unscathed, into the quiet of football Sundays and cold, winter-morning hikes.

Today was one of those days.

I started this morning by going for a hike in the chilly winter air. I didn't go too far, since I was alone; but I did follow a path that I had wanted to check out. Nothing new out there - only the first green shoots pushing up through the mud after this season's first rain.

I spent the rest of the day cooking: whole wheat bread, leek and potato soup, and a casserole. I also made preparations for the week, which entails cooking legumes and grains for easy use later.

I've also started putting together a puzzle. After clearing the table of all our Christmas ornaments and decorations (which are now neatly stored in clear plastic containers instead of ratty old cardboard boxes), I littered the table with 1000+ puzzle pieces that I am now slowly putting back together. I haven't done this in a while and I realize I'm a little rusty. I have pictures to detail my progress, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Saturday, December 20, 2003

I've finally, at long last, found a Christmas tree. I almost thought that we wouldn't have a tree this year, since we've been so busy and the weather has been wet every weekend. But today, I thought about it, and I just couldn't stand the thought of Christmas without a Christmas tree and all the other decorations. So, for $10 at Rite Aid, I purchased a crooked, 3 foot tall Noble Fir. The nice thing was that their trees were in water, which meant the tree wasn't dried out (it being pretty late in the Christmas tree season).

I've also recommitted myself to cooking more food from scratch at home. So many of today's prepackaged foods are filled with preservatives, and other strange ingredients. And I like my home-made food better. Whole Foods is a great resource for fresh fruits and vegetables, rare grains and legumes, and cruelty-free eggs and dairy. (No, I'm not turning into some health food nut...I just want to eat well.)

Back to Christmas: I still have Christmas cards to send out (although I did get about 3/4 of them out on the 15th), presents to wrap, and cookies to bake. One the cookies - for those of you who were expecting holiday cookie baskets, you will probably receive "New Year's" goodies instead. My last Christmas party appearance will be tonight, at a friend's house in Livermore. On the actual holidays - Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we will be visiting friends and family, both near and far. Christmas Eve we'll be up in Oakland and Christmas Day we'll be driving down to the Central Valley to visit with mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters.

New Year's Eve, we are planning on hosting a small get-together; but nothing like last year's New Year's Eve party. This year, we'll just have a casual dinner, champagne toast, and good company. Let me know if you want to come!

Sunday, December 14, 2003

Christmas day creeps closer and closer...

I'm sitting in my living room, battling a strange illness. No, it's not a hangover (typically associated with most over-indulgent holiday parties); it seems to be the dreaded flu. What makes this virus more dangerous and despicable is the fact that there are so many tasks to complete - a stack of half-finished Christmas cards, a box of decorations not yet distributed, unwrapped presents, unbaked Christmas cookie dough. And the list goes on.

I can only mournfully glance around my house and compile lists of all the chores I have to complete in the next 10 days. AND ALL I WANT TO DO IS SLEEP!!!

In other news, I did get that new client - a boutique in Alamo. U.S. forces were successful in capturing Saddam Hussein, for which I am extremely grateful.

Sunday, December 07, 2003

Completely off the subject of accounting, gardening or home improvement. Here is my color analysis:

you are limegreen

Your dominant hue is green. You're logical and steadfast, focused on figuring life out and doing what makes sense. You value being trusted because you know you're taking the time to figure things out and everyone should just follow you.

Your saturation level is higher than average - You know what you want, but sometimes know not to tell everyone. You value accomplishments and know you can get the job done, so don't be afraid to run out and make things happen.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
the html color quiz

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

The holiday season has hit me full force here at home, and at work, as I work on budgeting time for Christmas projects - baking, cards, decorating and way too many parties. So many people are throwing holiday parties and dinners this year, but I am finding less time to coordinate attending all of them. I do have my Christmas gift shopping completed, but I still have yet to wrap everything that I bought.

Which brings me to another concern. The cats and Christmas decorations. Both Happy and Mr. Slinky have peculiar interests that need to be addressed this season. Happy seems to be uncontrollably drawn to anything round, and feels the need to play with it. We lost several Christmas tree ornaments last year, and I'm working on a plan to avoid the same this year. Mr. Slinky, on the other hand, has a compulsive desire to eat or lick anything plastic - that does include the decorative ribbons and bows I usually place on Christmas gifts. I may have to add bows when presents are in transit to their recipients, or just abstain from bows and ribbons altogether.

With any luck, I'll have the presents wrapped and the cards sent out within the next few days. And then we move on to cookie-baking. Expect a full report.