Thursday I didn't get off work until 3:30pm. I came home, slept for an hour and then we headed to Stephanie's traditional Xmas Eve dinner. It was lovely - great food and interesting conversation. There were nine of us this year, seven being veterans from previous years. It was nice to catch up, to engage the new folks and just generally be surrounded by good cheer.
Thursday we slept in and then went to see Sherlock Holmes. It was a loud, fast paced, modern action flick/buddy movie that happened to have two guys (and gal) with these classic names from Arthur Conan Doyle. I didn't hate it, but Jeremy Brett has nothing to worry about as the quintessential Holmes. Thursday evening we joined Denise & TC (and the same lovely couple with whom we had Thanksgiving whose names I have not learnt yet *sigh*) for a wonderful standing rib roast, parsnips, green beans, scalloped potatoes, mince meat pie and chocolate cake dinner with champagne and two 1985 cabernet savignons - a BV reserve and a Margaux something or other. Everyone else liked the BV best but I liked the Margaux better.
Today we got up and went over to talk to another furniture refinisher, this one with a shop in Campbell. Oh, I see I haven't mentioned that Russell is giving me refinishing of my dining room table for my birthday. <3<3<3 This guy seems very professional (37 years in the biz) and offers a decent price compared to the fairly disorganized amateur neighbor that we talked to earlier. The current one has an amazing museum in his shop dedicated to WWII pilots (of whom his father was one). He has a lot of period hardware and uniforms and all sorts of things. It is so cool when you run into someone with a passionate interest that they have really pursued.
Brigid & Fiona are supposed to be here for our annual holiday fondue dinner, so I'd better get off the computer!