I meant to post something earlier, to cover the last few weeks, but of course I got sick just as everything was winding down, so posting was the last thing on my mind.
So here's the scoop on my life. I had my performance review last week, and it went extremely well. Having the boss that I do makes me thankful that I work for someone who believes in open communication and on-the-spot feedback, so that I'm not blindsided when review time rolls around. Also, I enjoy my work and my colleagues, and I'm happy. (As a bonus, a friend just found out that she got a job she's excited about, and I was able to act as a reference for her!)
I drove up to Boston the weekend before Thanksgiving with my mom and brother to visit my cousin, her husband, and their two little boys (upon whom I used to base a lot of my Dean and Sam as wee ones stories). The visit was fine, but frankly not worth the effort it took to coordinate and get up there.
I hosted Thanksgiving for my family - my parents and brother - and cooked, with my mom (who refused to get out of the kitchen) doing all of the chopping and critiquing. Though she doesn't believe in recipes, she still ended up being extremely helpful in helping prepare the squash and potatoes especially. This was our menu:
Veggies & Hummus [I did not make the hummus]
Smoky Butternut Squash Soup
Green Bean and Tomato Marinated Salad
Cracked Wheat with Caramelized Onions and Kale
Spicy Corn Relish
Spiced Sweet Potatoes
Banana-Cinnamon Cake [I bought a caramel sauce for this]
Key Lime Pie [store-bought]
It all came out really well, and everyone enjoyed it. Plus, my parents insisted on doing the dishes, which is my least favorite chore ever, so I ended up with a nice clean kitchen after all of that work. That was Thursday. Friday I went to work and then met the family for a movie (Captain Phillips) and dinner. Saturday was my mom's birthday, so I took her to a matinee (The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence) and then we met my brother and dad at a bar where they'd been watching college football, so I saw the end of the Auburn/Alabama game that made history. We went out to dinner with a very exuberant friend of my brother's and his new wife, and they kept us in stitches and got the waiters to sing "Happy Birthday" to my mom, who was squirming and blushing in the corner. Sunday morning my mom left and I woke up feeling terrible, so I spent the day reading fic, watching movies, and eating pomegranates. And then my dad came back and we watched the hundredth episode of The Good Wife, which blew me away.
I'm writing a lot: I wrote a story for holmestice, and I'm working on my main Yuletide story and three treats. Plus a fic for Reign (clearly, I have no shame at all - is anyone else watching this?). Also, I need a favor: I wrote about half of a long post-season/series 2 story for Sherlock that is BBC-canon-compliant. I can't finish it before the third series airs (January 1!) but would still like to get the first half up before then. Is anyone in the mood to beta some Sherlock fic? You wouldn't need to know anything other than the six episodes aired (there are no series 3 spoilers in it).
How are you all doing?
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