A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Lighten up at Christmas....

A few years ago, I foolishly suggested to Karen that we should leave the outside Christmas lights up all year round so that I didn't have to struggle putting them up in freezing weather.
She gave me one of those looks that translate as:
"What the f... do you know about Christmas, you camel herder, who lived in mud huts and tents, until you came to the UK?"
I could've said:
"Actually, Dahling, I have only seen camels in zoos. I have never lived in a mud hut or a tent, except when I went camping with my friends, and had to go back home the following day because of the ghosts that kept scratching the canvas! And I know about Christmas because before I came here it was called Noel! And French chocolate logs are better than yours, anyway!"

But I understandably agreed with the fact that I would have to take them down every year.

This year, today, was a nice day. Not one of those days when my fingers would freeze, my back ache and I'd be ready to commit hara-kiri with one of Karen's sharp comments.
Today was sunny!
It wasn't cold! It was even mild!

It didn't take me very long to put the lights up and they were straight for once.

I even managed to make a Paella for Sunday lunch. A bit of Chilean red-wine-tea.

Relaxing afternoon listening to Karen in the background swearing that next year she'll have less lights...
Yeah, right! I believe you!


Blogger Hayden said...

it's a classic battle, isn't it?

I've gotten too lazy to bother. About now I'm thinking - well yes, that would be nice - but then I remind myself that I'll have to take it all down again later, and the urge passes.

I'll look out the window at the neighbors.

11/12/05 6:24 PM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Fab trees!

But I think you could do with a few more lights...

I love Christmas lights!

11/12/05 7:16 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I'm thinking of skipping Christmas this year... but I'll explain that later, if my webhost ever gets fixed...

11/12/05 8:24 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

I'd crawl all over your roof to put up Christams lights for a little paella and Chilean red-wine tea!

12/12/05 2:44 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

hilarious cream, I laughed out loud! I'm happy it was sunny and warm. So funny! well I guess Christmas is for the kids right?

12/12/05 3:38 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Didn't you know, you're supposed to babble in Arabic, "In our mud huts we didn't have lights, and our camels too, so I just don't knooooow how to hang them, Kahrrrren my habibi."

Haha, after Christmas you'll have to go take them down too.

12/12/05 12:21 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hayden, you've got the right idea. When you get the urge, keep looking out of the window.

Caro, I love Xmas trees but I hate putting them up!

Viking, how can you skip Christmas?

Andrea, next year, you are welcome to climb up our roof. I'll make you a massive Paella and you can have as much wine as you want!

Val, if I didn't laugh, I'd cry!
Xmas is for the whole family to get together! Adn the kids make it even better!

Gigi, I tried that once but my habibi Karen just laughed and walked away!
I know, I might protest and leave them up for at least one more day!

12/12/05 6:29 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Am I laughing? Eh, am I laughing :-D hahaha

12/12/05 10:51 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Your tree looks great. We're going to get ours on Friday. I'm so excited.

14/12/05 8:14 AM  
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