Whenever we bring out the suitcases, the dogs start to worry. And, invariably, Bubba parks himself inside one of the suitcases as if to not-so-subtly suggest we might want to consider bringing him along. It was only when he saw us packing away his dog bed that he seemed to calm down, presumably realizing that, this time, he was coming along for the ride.
Following us around anxiously while we made our Christmas preparations seemed to thoroughly exhaust him.
Lulu, perhaps sensing a big day lay ahead, turned in early as well.
Jelly – well, she was her usual alert and cranky self.
We woke up not-all-that-early and made the drive in about five hours. While Akemi snoozed, I listened to the first six podcasts of Serial. I’m enjoying it but, so far, haven’t been all that swayed by the suggestions of innocence. Looking forward to listening to the last six episodes on the drive back.
The dogs hanging with their cousins, Felix and Caramel.
A few of the dishes she customarily prepares for my arrival: fried hot peppers, crab mousse, and stewed rabbit.
And of course, for dessert, mom’s Friendship Cake.
Whew. It’s only 8:30 p.m. and I feel like it’s more like midnight. Tomorrow, I’ll be running errands (heading downtown to pick up lobsters) in preparation for our big Christmas Eve dinner. Also tomorrow, I think Akemi and I will be taking over the kitchen to make dinner. Akemi’s thinking risotto and is strongly urging me to make Osso Buco Milanese. Anyone have a can’t miss recipe?