austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Fill up the stocking

We figured to spend Christmas eve and Christmas day with bunny_hugger's parents, and her brother. We also might spend the start of the next day there, depending on how things looked Christmas night. So we packed up all the gifts we'd wrapped (for each other and for her family) and packed our pet rabbit into his carrier. He was more calm about this, this time around. We also brought the mouse, cage and all, something he did not anticipate happening when he first got caught. He started running the wheel --- an anxiety behavior, I understand --- and might not have stopped until we got him set up at her parents' home. Poor guy.

But all the truly important elements were at her parents' home: them, her brother, finally us. They also had a really lovely tree considering they just got a pre-cut one: it was huge, incredibly broad across, the sort of tree that looks like it might be trying to hug you. bunny_hugger's parents worried obsessively that between the tree's bulk and their setting up chairs that I wouldn't be able to see the TV screen when we watched some Christmas shows, but of course I was just fine. It was bunny_hugger whose view was obstructed. Not by much.

Part of the tradition was making cookies. Besides the usual spread of cookie cutters, including those of Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas, we had an extra batch of cookie cutters given by my parents who were trying to clean out their kitchen. bunny_hugger was flustered to have extra cookie cutters, but we made good with it. I think we were able to make nearly entirely unique cookies, with only a handful of patterns duplicated. At least, we were after her mother found the cookie dough; she'd forgot where she left the dough to warm, and feared the dogs had eaten it. It was on the counter behind a dishcloth or something of that ilk.

Trivia: The 5 January 1856 agreement for the building of the Suez Canal by Egypt's Khedive Mohammed Pasha al-Said and Ferdinand de Lesseps gave Lesseps's company no import or export duties on any construction materials; ten years of tax-free use of whatever land was brought under irrigation for the works; and free right to mines and quarries. Source: Parting the Desert: The Creation of the Suez Canal, Zachary Karabell.

Currently Reading: American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, Nick Taylor.

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