The pace of life has shifted into Holiday Fast Forward. We're already coming up on the last crazy night of Hanukkah; tonight we light candle #8 and once they're done I can start scraping the dripped wax off the menorah and my mantle. The world seems to have swung into full-on Christmas Manic mode. The malls are packed, the traffic on my drive home from work is miserable, and everyone in LA seems to be giving free rein to their Inner Scrooge. Still, there are many things to enjoy this time of year.
Unless you have a pear orchard outside your back door, I can't imagine that you could find sweeter, juicier pears than these. We splurge on a box or two of these every season, and enjoy immensely. Usually when you get them, they'll still need to ripen a bit; set one or two out on the counter for a couple of days and keep the rest in the fridge. When the top of the pear near the stem starts to feel soft, they're ready to eat. Have a napkin handy! (They'll keep for several days at least in the fridge pre-ripening, suggest you only ripen as many at once as will be eaten.) They make a great gift, too.
Remember when this color first was introduced, how goth and transgressive it seemed? (Well, maybe that was just me.) Now it's a classic that looks great even on short nails, and is a sophisticated accent for holiday party ensembles. Yes, Chanel polishes are a small fortune compared to other brands, but I've been so impressed with how well they go on and and how long they last. If you're going to wear a dark color, the last thing you want is chipping, and I've worn this one for a week at a time with nary a nick, even while traveling.
Some of our neighbors here put up some very festive decorations, but a favorite family tradition this time of year is taking a boat ride through the canals of Naples...Naples in Long Beach, that is. We pile everyone into MIL's neighbor's Duffy Boat, with some drinks and snacks, and plenty of blankets, and cruise around the canals to see the lighting displays, many of which are professionally done. Watch out for the gondoliers!
What are you enjoying about the holiday season so far this year?