Happy New Year! For the Catholic Church this 1st Sunday of Advent is the start of a new liturgical year. Break out the purple and the pink. Christmas is coming!
Alas the kids' five day weekend comes to a close tonight. Tomorrow the boys start their second trimester. The girls just finished what is starting to become a pattern for them: wrapping up their Sunday nights with a little sister-bonding with an episode of Carrie Diaries via Netflix before heading to bed and before Claire heads back up to NHTI for the week.
Busy day today. Morning Mass with the whole crew. Breakfast at Donut Fresh. I made a new hybrid recipe by combining two slow cooker chicken noodle/chicken vegetable recipes together. In the end the kids really enjoyed it. Good comfort food on days like today when we still have the Thanksgiving snow on the ground reminding us that winter is around the corner.
Abby joined me as we dropped off our guest up in Manchester and stopped at Panera before heading back. I had lots of "one off" bills to take care of today. I paid for next year's lawn, tree, and shrub treatments. I renewed my IEEE membership for another year. I made a donation to SHARE. I bought six round trip plane tickets for Chicago. I reserved a rental van for that trip. Ordered a new DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem since Comcast is pressuring me to upgrade. And monthly bills for my credit card and mobile provider. Why yes, my wallet does feel lighter!
In between calls to family back in the midwest, I also prep'd for this week's CCD. I also need to cram for the upcoming RCIA. I made a quick trip to the grocer to buy a few things for tomorrow's turkey soup. I've spared the kids a few days, but now it's time to finish off those turkey leftovers!!
I'm kind of looking forward to tomorrow's commute. "My" car (all 4 are technically mine) usually sits in the garage all weekend as I tend to use the van then. Last week I finished Scott Hahn's Joy to the World during my commutes. A great read/listen to get one in the Advent spirit! Tomorrow I should start Patrick Madrid's Why Be Catholic? Hopefully it's a calm week at work with just design refinements to do. I may take Thursday off because that morning I need to head up to NHTI. Claire Bear will give me a full mouth x-ray set as part of her classes. I also hope to get my snow tires installed after the two recent deferrals. As Bullwinkle would say, "this time for sure!".