This year in particular, Christmas has entered our house in full-force, possibly because for the first time I have a job that allows me to make pretty Christmas arrangements! So while Younger Brother might describe it as "If Christmas were a person, it just threw up glitter in our living room," I prefer to think of myself as one of Santa's little florist elves.
An elf who really, really, really needs a housecleaner right now.
Because in order to make all these....
........and a whole bunch more like these........
my house started to look like this:
Things really started to get fun around here this holiday season when one of the elements on the furnace went out. Luckily, we were able to get it replaced. I have no idea what it was, but it is smaller than my hand and costs $59.
Which they very kindly credited back to me when the entire furnace went south a week later and had to be replaced. To the tune of $I-can't-even-say-it dollars.
At this point the only thing keeping me moderately sane are these babies:
which are the perfect holiday treat. If you've been following my blog for awhile now, you already know that I kind of *heart* me some Oreos, and these babies are some of the tastiest. Not to mention that ringing in at $3.50 for the pack of 12, you
Back to the story.
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is getting to spend time with friends and family, like my good friend A. Last Saturday, we decided to venture out into the holiday spirit and wound up having a fantastic day. We started with yummy warm soups and sandwiches at Panera, then window-shopped in Broad Ripple and even crashed the Broad Ripple Village Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which may become one of my favorite adorable holiday things to do. Seriously? Hanging out on the Ave with furry puppies wearing antlers and cute children all bundled up, watching Santa come down the street while you sip Starbucks hot chocolate? It. Does. Not. Get. Better.
After our holiday window shopping-and-parading, we headed to Butler University for their annual Rejoice! concert and enjoyed two hours of gorgeous music, then headed over to a local bar/restaurant for some post-concert cocktails and snacks.
At first the restaurant seemed promising. The host staff was attentive and found us a nice corner table in the bar area. The wait staff poured waters and brought menus. Our waiter greeted us and offered suggestions on drinks. As we were celebrating the end of a lovely holiday day, we decided on champagne and- because we are responsible adults- ordered some food to munch on while we sipped and chatted.
We ordered the Potato Gnocci, which promised we'd have our gnocci topped with oyster mushrooms, roasted tomato, sage, and balsamic with greens and a pumpkin puree.
This sounded like the perfect yummy food.
But somewhere along the line, we missed something.
Because when the sweet waiter brought us our plate, it had FIVE. LITTLE. GNOCCI. BITES.
Topped with two or three mushrooms.
Something that I think was our single roasted tomato.
On a bed of lettuce roughly the diameter of a water glass.
Adorned with a tablespoon of pumpkin puree.
I am not making this up.
We finished our gnocci rather quickly (imagine that!) and pondered our next move. Should we order something else? Would it be bite-sized as well? What about a dessert? Should we just pay and leave?
Our poor waiter got to advise us.
Waiter: "Take your plates?"
A: "Sure, thanks."
Waiter: "Another drink?"
Becky: "Well, actually, we need some advice."
Becky: "See, we've just had a lovely holiday day and been to a concert and we were really hoping to cap the night off with some cocktails and food and sit and munch and sip for awhile."
Waiter: "Um, I don't really understand that."
Becky: "What? Seriously?"
A: "Nevermind, that part's not important."
Becky: "Right. The point is - and I'm not being an asshole here, I promise- while we really, really, really liked all five of the gnocci we just ate, that little thing's just not going to cut it for us."
Waiter: *Befuddled Stare.*
Becky: "So what we're saying is- we either need to get your reccomendation on something a little more carb-laden so that we can continue to sit here in your lovely restaurant and sip champagne and celebrate, or we need to cut our losses, pay our bill and hit the McDonald's drive through."
Waiter: "Um....I'll go get you a menu. I'd reccomend some protein."
A: *calling after him* "Will we get more than two bites of it?!?!"
-A Few Minutes Later With Menus-
Waiter: "So, did you guys find something that looks good to you?"
A: "Well, we are thinking maybe the Mini-Donuts and Coffee Dessert."
Becky: "But we have some disclaimer questions. When you say mini donuts, what does that mean?"
Waiter: "Uh....about like this?" *makes circle with thumb and forefinger.* "Kind of like a donut hole."
Becky: "Right. And when it says there are donutssssss plural, how many is that?"
Becky: "Excellent. We'll do that. And she'll have the coffee since I don't drink caffiene."
Waiter: "Well, actually, it's like a coffee sauce."
A: "Oh, like you can dip your donuts in them?"
Waiter: "Right. Or you can, you know, like drizzle it over the donut holes."
I seriously do not know why we didn't get kicked out for laughing at this as hard as we did, or for the numerous times we cracked up after our donuts arrived.
But I know two things to be true now: first, friends that can laugh for hours with you about gnocci and donut balls are friends that you need to hold onto forever; and second, beware of gnocci appetizers!
Oh the holidays- the most wonderful time of the year!!