8 Jan

I know the world has to end at some point, but I did hope to be married for more than six months so I’m pretty happy we’re all still here. Not that I was particularly taken by the end of calendar=end of time theory, no doubt having been spoiled growing up as I did with a calendar on the kitchen wall that was replaced every January. But when everyone is talking about the end of days it does make you stop and think about your life for a moment or two.

mark twain

“But Mr. Twain, we’re too young to die.”

(The Adventures of Mark Twain is now on Netflix.)


On New Year’s Eve the feline and I fell asleep in the early evening (luckily, this was documented) and were thus able to stay up until midnight, if that counts as staying up. Regardless, when I awoke, Josh made us delicious beverages to toast with.


Here is how he made them:

Dip the rim of a lowball glass into lemon juice and then a mixture of 1/4 t cinnamon and 1 T sugar. With the glass upright once more, add one part Captain Morgan spiced rum, four parts Martinelli’s sparkling apple cider. Add rocks. Dust lightly with cinnamon sugar for effect.

They were delicious and I am not much of a rum drinker. I felt like Clarence the angel when he ordered mulled wine, heavy on the cinnamon and light on the cloves.

At 12 o’clock we toasted and popped a few of those poppers that spray confetti everywhere. Ida was fascinated by them.


I had never heard of eating pork chops and sauerkraut at New Year’s for good luck, but apparently it’s heard of in West Virginia thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch. Josh made some for us in the crock pot, and as both of the main ingredients are delish it was no surprise when the final product was delish. I researched the tradition and here are my findings:

Throughout history, the lowly cabbage has played side dish to the pig on New Year’s Day, not because it bears a special significance, but because it’s a tasty complement to pork. Any Pennsylvania German worth his or her salt knows pork is served on New Year’s Day because it brings good luck. With their snouts, pigs root forward, signifying progress, lore dictates, whereas chickens and turkeys scratch backward.

So there you have it.

I have been keeping busy in the post-Christmas lull by beginning the stocking I’m making for Baby Christina. I love having a project like this that I can take out on a cold evening when we don’t feel like going anywhere. Cross stitch is rewarding because you get to watch a blank piece of fabric slowly turn into a really elaborate picture.

cross stitch

cross stitch 2

cross stitch 3

cross stitch 4

I probably won’t work on it once the weather warms up, but I expect to get so much of it done in the next few months that I’ll be able to take it out next October or November, finish it off and mail it to Texas.

Josh is looking into buying a left-handed guitar. There is nothing like winter to make a person cultivate indoor hobbies. :)


6 Responses to “New”

  1. authoralaingomez January 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Left-handed guitars are for tenderfoots.

    • littleapartment January 14, 2013 at 7:57 am #

      Well he has never played guitar before, so I suppose he fits that category!

      • authoralaingomez January 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

        If he’s never played an instrument before, right vs. left sided won’t make any difference in the long run. Fingering may be slightly easier but he’ll have a hard time with picking. Not trying to discourage! Just making sure he realizes that. My left and right handed students struggle equally =)

        • littleapartment January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

          Well, he bought a generic left-handed acoustic to see if he is interested enough to want to spend more on a better (possibly electric) guitar. So really anything could happen at this point. If I end up listing it on craigslist it will be his own fault, because he would not take the trouble of practicing.

  2. authoralaingomez January 13, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    But the excellent drink recipe makes it null and void.

    • littleapartment January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Have you made it yet? You won’t regret it. Although you might want to make yours a little stronger.

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