We kicked off the holiday season on 21 December when mom, Aunt Sylvia, and I went to see Trans Siberian Orchestra. We saw them last year and they never disappoint. We were rocking to carols for two hours and it was just a fun time.
On 23 December, we had a holiday get-together at Aunt Kathy’s and played a fun white elephant game. We spent the evening chatting and laughing.
24 December – I found a gluten-free bacalla recipe! Actually, it was for fish and chips, but it would work for bacalla. I ended up having to run to Wegmans to buy another gluten-free flour without the Xanthum gum and I needed club soda. I saw a man in the gluten-free aisle, I asked him if he was gluten-free too and when he said he was, I asked him if I could fry with this flour. He used the flour for frying before and was a big help. He gave me some other suggestions too. I felt grateful. I then ran into a library co-worker and she dropped me off at home. My heart was full and the gluten-free bacalla came out delicious!
Christmas Eve Night – Chinese Food and Movie Night at the Workhorse Tavern. I found some gluten-free food items: Hunan beef and white rice. A family invited me to play shuffle board with them, in which they showed me how to play. It was a lot of fun and I felt grateful that they included me.
Christmas Day – a day filled with love, joy, and togetherness. My co-workers gave me some beautiful, thoughtful gifts. My library bosses gave me an “I Love Books” umbrella and a library mug. Another library co-worker gave me essential oils and a Panera gift card. Kathleen (from the full-time job) gave me a candle lamp. I feel grateful for my parents as well. Yesterday was a wonderful day.
I know this isn’t very elaborate, but the past four days have been filled with much joy and I’ve been taking photos of the joyful moments.