So this project just may have to wait a month or so. Not that making a hot bowl of Christmasy smelling stew will be the worst thing to inflict upon myself when the holidays roll around. I will make a big old pot and feed my people and they will love it!
p.s.s. One more shout out to my parents and their anniversary. 31 years of marriage. They have taught me and continue to teach me everything about love and patience and friendship and partnership and I am so SO grateful.