When I was a kid, on Christmas afternoon, my sister and I would call up our respective best friends and start the conversation with "whatdidyaget?"
In the spirit of good natured greed, here are a few things I received that will feed my obsessions.
Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill
My dad, a Greek-ophile if there ever was one, loved it and wants me to love it too (nothing like reading under the pressure of parental expectation...) But seriously, I think if I have a goblet of dark wine on hand, the Wine-Dark Sea and I will get along well.
Antipasti: Fabulous Appetizers and Small Plates, by Joyce Goldstein
I'm thinking that an Antipasti party might be the perfect antidote to the post-holiday slump. Wouldn't a warm Gorgonzola custard served with pears and arugula cheer you up?
These fun tools:
a stainless steel pasta scooper to replace the crappy plastic one I had. This scooper seems to have it in for the wee kitties on the window sill.
a blow torch from my mother-in-law:
How many Mother-in-Laws give their Daughters-in-law tools that could be weapons? Hello Creme Brulee fest!
I finally finished this and count it as my gift to myself:
Red red red, the antidote to winter gloom! It still needs to be blocked, but I'll get to that later...
This item of exercise paraphernalia designed to keep the aforementioned Gorgonzola and creme brulee from settling too firmly on my person:
Unfortunately, there is no snow.
To leave you with a smile, I present the cutest/weirdest present that my kids received:
A tiny froggie pot with grass growing out of his head.