December nights -- 12/02/11

I had planned on writing an entry on Wednesday -- ending one month and a new one about to start and all that, but I ran out of time. Wednesdays are kind of busy around here because Nancy and I are in a writer's workshop on Wednesdays so we are usually scurrying around to get out to that. We sometimes end up chatting for a while after the session is over. Back during the summer I had downloaded a beta copy of Scrivener and wasn't all that happy with it. Some of the tools that interested me were either not yet finished or they were available but the tutorial wasn't finished, etc. (Scrivener was apparently originally designed for Macs and so had to be rewritten for Windows.) Version 1 for Windows is finally available and someone in the group had bought it and had installed it on her laptop. (Based on her experience, I may give it another try.)

A disadvantage of Nancy being a teacher is that she is exposed all day to class after class of kids coughing and sneezing and spreading germs around the classroom. One of those bugs had gotten to her and she had called in sick Tuesday night (actually, not really called in -- the school has some Internet app that she logs into to handle it) and spent most of Wednesday in bed. Whatever she had, she shared it with me, so shortly before noon I emailed in to say I was taking the afternoon off. I felt better enough to go to Wednesday night's workshop, but Nancy stayed home. After the workshop and the look at Scrivener, I hit a supermarket on the way home to pick up a few things, so it was nine o'clock by the time I got home. Fixed something to eat (leftovers from Tuesday night's dinner -- panko crusted chicken breasts) and after that I was too tired to boot up a computer and write an entry.

Jeremy made pizza on Thanksgiving Eve, the night after Thanksgiving we ate at Matunuck Oyster Bar, and one night I made pizza. Other than that, I think we've been eating turkey or chicken every night. So last night I made pork chops -- small thin boneless chops baked with apple slices (and brown sugar, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg), mashed potatoes and gravy, a few asparagus stalks wrapped in Prosciutto and mozzarella cheese (yeah, that was something I had made as hors d'oeuvres the night before Thanksgiving -- and I had bought more asparagus and I had leftover Prosciutto) and a mesclun mix salad with some onion slices and sweet Vidalia onion dressing. We ate in the living room with a nice fire in the fireplace insert. And then I was reading and then went to bed without writing an entry.

I went out at lunchtime today and returned a couple of library books and picked up a couple more and swung by a supermarket and found they had some nice fillet of sole. Tonight's plan (besides another fire in the fireplace) is fillet of sole almondine plus rice pilaf and a mix of steamed vegetables (asparagus, green beans, and sliced yellow squash). And then read by the fire with a glass of wine. Hmmm, I keep talking about food tonight; I guess I am hungry (hmmm, come to think of it, I never did get around to eating lunch today).

So here you are -- an entry about not writing entries. As for the title -- December nights -- well, here we are entering December, the time of year with the longest nights and shortest days. Dawn came at 6:53 this morning and sunset at 4:17. We had 9 hours and 24 minutes of daylight, That means more than sixty percent of today was night. Less than three weeks to the Winter Solstice... then after that, although we will be in the midst of winter, at least each day will be a tiny bit longer.

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