Tomorrow night, my college roommate and her boyfriend are coming to visit. It’s the first time Nate and I have entertained in our own place, so we want it to be perfect. I keep reminding myself that ‘perfect’ means everyone had plenty to eat and just an over-all great time. ‘Perfect’ doesn’t mean that the food is going to win an award or that the centerpiece could be highlighted in a magazine. Sigh, but that’s so easy to forget. 🙂 I’ll admit that I was a bit perturbed when I was setting the table and I realized that we don’t own four drinking glasses that match. We have two glasses with football emblems, one glass with blue patterns, and another glass with painted pears and apples. It’s quite the display, and I was — at first — ready to dart outside into the snow and drive myself to a Walmart. But after a minute or so of internal debating, I realized that my friends won’t care, and I shouldn’t care either. Everything will come in time…
Now if my chili doesn’t turn out good, that will be an entirely different situation, and I don’t believe I will be as rational. 🙂
Due to the intensely cold weather being predicted for tomorrow evening, vegetarian chili is going to be the main course. On a frigid day, you can’t beat a steaming bowl of chili that’s chock-full of zucchini, peppers, beans, and onions. Tonight after work, I chopped all the veggies and stashed them in the fridge. I mixed the spices and pulled out the cans of beans / tomatoes. That way, tomorrow night, I can just sautee the veggies in a bit of olive oil and then pour in everything else. Ta da!! Talk about easy and quick! And I made the thumbprint cookies, which are extra special because they’re filled with my mom’s homemade jam. (That is another goal of mine, by the way — to make homemade jam this summer. I’ve always wanted to!!).
As I was busy chopping, mixing, and stirring, Nate cleaned the house so that it would shine. Before I knew it, he had vaccuumed the rugs and tidied the rooms so that they didn’t look so unorganized. Hey, it doesn’t need to be obvious that we haven’t completely finished unpacking yet. 🙂 (We’ve come so far, but there is still so much to do). As I removed laundry from the drier, my black cat — Highstreet — took a nap inside, because he loved how warm it was. Leave it to a cat to enjoy the simple things in life — a warm, cozy nook that’s perfect for a little nap.