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So, been a few days.  Had to focus on the rest of life for a little while there,  Every year Nancy and I throw a big party -- an Australian Christmas Party.  What makes it Australian? you ask.  Well, in Australia, Christmas is a summer holiday.  It's hot and sunny, and the year we were there we spent Christmas at the beach eating shrimp and fresh strawberries, boogie-boarding in the waves, and playing cricket.  So we get a ton of shrimp, we get Tim-Tams and Mint Slices (our two favorite Aussie cookies), as well as a ton of other food (cheeses, satay chicken, chips, etc.) we have our friends bring plonk, and we light a fire in the fireplace and crank up the heat so that people will come in shorts and t-shirts and be comfortable, despite the 30 degree (Fahrenheit) weather outside.  Great fun.  But also a lot of work.  So I spent the last half of the week shopping for food, as well as for holiday gifts for family.  Then yesterday we were getting the house ready for dozens of guests.  And, well, blogging and work kind of fell by the wayside.

The party was last night, and it was a great success.  And now I can get back to work for a week before traveling for the holidays.


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Dec. 14th, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
Tim Tams are the best cookies in the whole world.

I truly believe this.
Dec. 15th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry; I hate to be nitpicky. But CARAMEL Tim Tams are the best cookies in the world.
Dec. 16th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I have never had the caramel ones. :( Our international market stocks them sometimes, but I've only been able to score original, dark chocolate, and double chocolate. Oh, one time I got a special kind, I want to say it had an almost toffee in the middle but...maybe dulche de leche? Anyway, if you don't hit the market at just the right time, they're all sold out for two weeks anyway. But it's just as well, as I can eat the whole flat in about two days, and it puts me out seven dollars per flat!
Dec. 16th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
YES!! The coffee ones (Tia Maria?) are to die for!
Dec. 14th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a blast. And it's not the usual holiday party, either. We do an annual New Year's Day get together for our neighbors and selected friends. Folks are so over drinking by then it's more of a conversation sort of party than anything. I vet for fun and intelligent guests so it's always interesting. Luckily Harold & are grandfathered in or we probably wouldn't be invited.

Dec. 15th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I think both of you would get through any vetting I could imagine....
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Dec. 15th, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
Some Tim-Tam wisdom: There is never a bad time to start eating Tim-Tams. And you're never too old to begin.
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