It's come and gone for another year. Saucy would love to tell you a tall tale of travels, a whirlwind of parties and festivities and keep up the general allure around here. But in reality, she spent the bulk of the last two weeks planted firmly on the sofa, with the fireplace blazing, iPad in hand, watching movies and generally chillaxing with Veto and Loopy.
She entered a self-imposed hiatus from... everything.
In truth, there were days she didn't go out the door.
Hell, there were days she didn't get out of her pyjamas.
And the baking? It was non-existant. After cranking out 300 cupcakes with the Cheerios the week before the break, she just wasn't into it anymore. Besides, she and Veto are heading for Antigua this month and an excess of shortbread isn't what the world wants to see on the back of her thighs, nor does Saucy want to have to deal with it, so she didn't.
It's strange, isn't it, to bake all year long and take delight in preparing and cooking and then during the holidays to throw a temper tantrum and throw in the towel and serve a cheesecake from the grocery store at Christmas dinner? Very strange.
More about that later.
Saucy managed to decorate, even setting the table for the almost non-existant dinner that was followed by a trip to the movies to see True Grit.
But she wonders, after not cooking, not entertaining, not going out much... why is she so damn tired? It could just be the nasty cold weather outside.
The butcher paper makes an excellent table runner. It was perfectly in keeping with Saucy's low-key theme this year.
Oh, and if you wait until the very last minute, you can get very lovely seasonal flowers for a table arrangement for little money the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Now, it's all over but the cleanup. Okay, Dear Reader... did you also cut corners this year? We cut spending, we cut time spent, we cut out a lot of things (including calories).
Are you still exhausted from the sheer thought of it all?