Monday, 3 December 2007

A Bit 'o Christmas Cheer

With the wind raging, rain pelting, skies darkening, and temperatures dropping, we in flat #6 decided it was time to spread a little holiday cheer in our home. None of us feel like leaving the flat any more for fear of blowing away and, as a result, have had ample time to decorate.

Our kitchen Christmas tree.

The whole kitchen: lights, paper snow flakes, and tree.

My window candles.

Mulled wine has become a staple in our diets. It's warm, spiced, and oh so good. The university gave we international students a traditional English Christmas dinner the other night. Sadly I have no pictures, but I can list the menu for those interested parties.

They started us off with a kind of melon salad and rolls. Not quite sure if melons are really a winter fruit, but we'll go along with it. Next we had turkey, then sausage wrapped in bacon (why oh why?), two types of potatos, carrots and, you guessed it, not one single leafy green! Grrr. But it was a very good fat and carb centered meal. Dessert consisted of Christmas pudding which as near as I can telll is mashed up raisans and rum.... or something (they topped it off with cream sauce) and mini mince pies. I felt about 10 pounds heavier after that meal. Oh, and get this. Instead of playing the usual Christmas carols, we were treated to techno remixes of Christmas carols. I will never understand this techno craze. It makes no sense to me at all. Thankfully my freinds and I returned home, put on some Bing Crosby, made a salad, and all was well.

This may be my last blog for a while as I am coming home in less than two weeks time (YAY! A thousand times, YAY!). That is of course assuming I survive the train trip to Blackpool to catch a flight to Dublin to catch a flight to Chicago to catch a flight to S.F. Should be interesting. Happy Holidays everyone! Will be seeing most of you very soon. Love, Kate