i am reading at Lessons and Carols tonight. i am the first reader, Adam and Eve. i love Genesis, so this is perfect.
i started wearing my Polar Loop yesterday and with a little effort i reached my fitness goal and i walked 10,000 steps. i was very sore and tired in the evening, so i soaked for a while with my salts. and took pain med. last night. this morning i took Arthritis-Strength Tylenol and Skelaxin. i have felt no pain really, but my knees are swelling and my left knee is locking up. but nothing movement won't take care of.
which means i will go shopping tomorrow. shopping is excellent for me. it keeps me moving, it's not too strenuous. there are people to talk too. on Chattanooga's North Shore, i can wonder around the shops and then walk across the Walnut Street Bridge if i like. there are two parks.
i haven't yet, but i could go to the South Side and wonder around the shops there. lots of shops and a gallery or two.
Susan and i went walking in the Mayfair neighborhood. this is the community where Grace is.
i love the Loop but i don't want to get crazy with it. so my goal is this--move more move more. so that i will feel better. so that my body won't freeze up. so i will feel capable. and light.
tomorrow night we are having a small gathering here. then on the 19th, our Xmas party. i have invited a lot of people, though i had told myself small. there you go. and you can never tell how many you'll have.
but the food is simple--fancy breads, kick-ass cheeses, goose-friendly pate, fancy crackers, olive oils, olive bruschetta, tomato bruschetta, eggplant tampenade, pesto, fancy mustard, salami, olives, a HUGE roll of Amish butter for aesthetic purposes, and very fancy chocolates. i will probably get some grapes. and people will bring stuff, but i'm getting in touch with most of them to ask that they bring food to compliment my "fancy" menu. "fancy" means "expensive" means i will do nothing but slice and pour things from jars and bottles. well, i will make the tomato bruschetta (sauce).
if we have any chips and shits, they will go on the coffee table. and i think i will set up a separate table for desserts. you can tell, i guess, that i love to plan parties. i love a simple table. i do not like fusty, at least not this year. but the HUGE thing i cannot do is be the perfect HOSTESS. because this means that i will rush around trying to make everyone happy and as my house is small and there will be a lot of people, this is exhausting. the good news is that i won't be drinking and maybe i'll feel more equal to the situation.
i think i will set up my stations so that everyone can help themselves. we will need an ice bucket. plates, forks, spoons, napkins easy to find. every sort of glass out on the counter so we don't have to keep opening the china cabinet. this is always a problem because our dining room is small and the cabinet door hits anyone near it when it's opened.
oh i love planning all this! i feel like my old self, before 2012 when the walls fell in. that was the first Xmas in over ten years that we didn't have a party.
but i have to get some real rest i think. we will need to leave at 4:45. and i need to take a look at the reading and the special instructions.
more party planning later,