Today I have two stories. The first is that we went to look at a house, a house that we might consider buying. The realtor warned us that it’s a fixer-upper, and indeed—that would be putting it mildly. The lay-out of the house, the feel of the space, was fantastic. It has such potential! The downside is that in its current state, this house is a dump and needs major renovations to be a place that I might consider living for the next 5-10 years. It may also have structural issues, with its uneven floors and door frames. So we’ll see. I think we’re going to move forward with the financial part of home-buying, and we’ll see if this place stays on the market for any length of time.
The upside is that when we returned home, I felt so grateful for our beautiful house. It might be a rental, but it’s our lovely rental, and I’d be happy to stay for a while.
The second story is that we’re having a New Year’s Eve party tonight! We’ve been cleaning and cooking, as you can see:
This here is Kaitlyn’s delicious toffee. We all tried it yesterday and loved it! Kaitlyn (ever so kindly) agreed to make a batch for our party tonight. She’s promised to share the recipe, so it’ll be yours soon, too. Other items on our menu include:
* Courtney’s homemade nachos
* Hummus (a riff on this recipe, in fact), pita chips, carrots, and celery sticks
* Pau’s kimchi pancake (What’s that, you ask? It’s a savory pancake made with kimchi, and it’s really good. We dip slices in soy sauce and sriracha—yum!)
* Toasted baguette slices with cream cheese and a fancy jam
So our menu is more of an hors d’ouevre sampling, and we’ve asked our friends to bring the booze, if the spirit moves them.
Our house is feeling clean, cozy, and ready for fun tonight.
That’s our friend Emily in the chair, knitting, and that’s my roommate Courtney. And yes, she’s wearing a bell hooks shirt because she is awesome.
As for me, I have some time before I am needed for more party prepping (like sweeping the kitchen floor), so I’m going to steal away for an evening walk before the festivities begin. I wish you a very happy New Year’s Eve and a 2015 filled with love and good cheer!