Today is our work Christmas party, and this year we went to Lilly’s, a storied local restaurant and a true Louisville original. I’ve been interested in checking the place out for years, so i was glad to have the opportunity to check it out. And it certainly didn’t disappoint. For those interested in such things, I had the portobello mushroom soup (which was thick and delicious), a couple of spinach-mushroom-gruyere cheese crepes with buerre blanc sauce and a piece of caramel cake, Delish! Plus the company was good too, and a chance to talk about things not work related. (We were talking about how we met our spouses, and one guy met his over the phone and other on a plane trip back to Louisville!) And then our managers were good enough to give us the rest of the day off — in fact, there were strict instructions that no-one was to return to the office. A nice gesture and much appreciated.
Not only is it beginning to look like Christmas, but it is definitely smelling like it too as June kicks the making of Christmas goodies into high gear. Chex mix, fudge, bourbon balls, peanut brittle — it’s all on the menu this year, including some new additions like Kahlua balls. And thankfully one of my favorites, her soice pecans. Below are the said pecans, cooling after being toasted briefly in the oven. Boy, is this a yummy time of year!
Basketball Weekend, Part 2…To round out this sporting weekend, we joined nephew Dylan and niece for their basketball game this afternoon. They both showed some brief spurts of good play, and certainly the level of game play has improved immensely since they beginning of the year. (Due in no small part to brother-in-law Bill’s coaching I’m sure!) But I think it is fair to say that the kid’s hearts are perhaps not totally in it. Bill tried to get Ava to take part in more of the game, but she wasn’t having it. At the end of the game though when the snacks were being handed out, she showed remarkable spark and drive to get across the court. It’s just a question of priorities, clearly.
Basketball Weekend – Part 1…Today we journeyed to Lexington with June’s sister LeeAnn to see our niece Sarah in action with the Transylvania University cheerleaders (Sarah is LeeAnn’s daughter.) And she did really well. We laughed amongst ourselves when we noticed that each of us only pulled out our respective cameras when the cheerleaders were performing — the basketball game itself was a mere distraction. That said, while I saved the shots of Sarah for a “real” camera, I did take the opportunity to test out a new camera app for my iPhone. Called “HarrisCamera,” the app takes and merges 3 shots, with each shot having a different color filter applied to it. The cool thing that as things move in the scene, it leaves colored ghostly images behind — and what better than a fast moving basketball game to try it out. So here is my first attempt with this app — not perfect example but there is definitely some potential here.
It was wet and gloomy as I ran some errands after work tonight, but even in this dreary weather, you can still find the colors of Christmas. If you look close enough and squint the right way!
There has been a portable toilet in the parking lot at work for…well, months really. Tonight as I left to go home though I noticed in the dull yellow light of a sodium lamp that there is now caution tape and witches hats around it. What dangers lurk in the porta-potty in the gloom of the evening? Actually, it’s probably best not to know the answer to that!
Tonight we had the camera club Christmas party, which was held at an Asian buffet place on Bardstown Road, A little untraditional to be sure, but what really tickled me was when I sat down, On the table were tablecloths depicting classically dressed chefs and the words “Bon Appetit.” A Christmas party at an Asian restaurant with a French motif — magnifique, no? Well, it appealed to my sense of humor anyway.