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Advent Day 10 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Today is a rest day.  Also a day of several doctor’s appointments.  The eye doctor told me my new (less than a year old) glasses are too strong and I really should stop using them immediately and go back to my old ones. So I have.  Maybe triathlon is so healthy that even my eyes are regenerating. Either that or my eyes are changing as I age so that the nearsightedness is less pronounced and the farsightedness is more so. Either way, I am always either fumbling for glasses or contact lenses. Then I got booster shots for tetanus and MMR.  Thank goodness it’s a rest day!

It was also a day of firsts.  We got our first Christmas card in the mail today along with our first gift. A traditional Irish Whiskey Christmas Cake from our friends from the very traditionally Irish land of Honduras. This one’s been marinating for three months and I can’t wait to break into it. We have the best friends.

What was not a first, unfortunately, was AC/DC.  Another AC/DC inscribed chocolate.  Here’s it’s pictured with the rest of today’s goodies, thus mitigating the AC/DisappointmentC.

Christmas goodies for us! and AC/DC, neatly camouflaged to hide the disappointment.

Christmas goodies for us! and AC/DC, neatly camouflaged to hide the disappointment.

Since today is a rest day (did I mention that today I didn’t have to swim, bike, run, or lift anything heavier than a cat?) what better tune than God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (which I often explain that while it is not my favorite carol, I enjoy singing ironically. But really, who puts grim minor chords in a carol?)

Jethro Tull does it with less irony and a flute:

The Bare Naked Ladies do it with kings (and Sarah McLaughlin)

It turns out that other than Mistress for Christmas, AC/DC doesn’t do a whole lot of Christmas songs, so have some Dirty Deeds (done dirt cheap) of which the Merry Gentlemen would probably not approve.

Now that we have some pleasant dinner music (I suggest the Jethro Tull), here’s a picture of yesterday’s turkey with homemade cranberry sauce along with zucchini pasta (with cheese) made by my lovely Wife.

Mmmm...dinner.  It's what's for dinner. Note the amazing looking cranberry sauce in the upper left.

Mmmm…dinner. It’s what’s for dinner. Note the amazing looking cranberry sauce in the upper left.

Cranberry sauce is incredibly easy to make:

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup orange juice (either from a carton or squeezed fresh, up to you)
  • 1 cup sugar (or sugar substitute like agave syrup or something healthy like that)

Preparation:

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, dissolve the sugar in the orange juice.
  2. Stir in the cranberries and cook until they start to pop (about 10 minutes). Popping unpopped ones with a wooden spoon is fine and makes a fun noise.
  3. Remove from heat, and transfer to a bowl. Cranberry sauce will thicken as it cools. This is so incredibly easy and tasty that after we make it for turkey, we use it as jam, ice cream topping, salad dressing, whatever we can think of, and it goes well on everything.

So yummy (and healthy).  Here’s a great article from NPR about the power of cranberries.

Research Assistant Dukie helps with a visualization of quantum mechanics. Acknowledgements: Prof. Dr. Erwin Schrödinger for his many thoughts on the experiment.

Research Assistant Dukie helps with a visualization of quantum mechanics. Acknowledgements: Prof. Dr. Erwin Schrödinger for his many thoughts on the experiment.

 

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