Saturday, December 10, 2016

The End Of One Era, The Beginning Of Another

Today is bittersweet here at The Compound.  This morning, our dear neighbors of 15 years moved to Bullitt County.  We really hate to see Bev and PS leave us.  They were more then neighbors; they were family.  We knew that we could call them any time of the day or night, and they would be there if we needed them.  I know it's not like they've died or moved across country, but still; you know what I mean.  

But with them moving away, this means that another family has moved into their home.  It's none other than their oldest son and his awesome family.  They are great, loving, kind and helping to everyone they meet.  So they will be a perfect fit here in The Compound. 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Foods Mentioned in Christmas Songs That You've Probably Never Eaten

Today, we start a new recurring feature in TWIT, titled "Foods Mentioned In Christmas Songs That You've Probably Never Eaten."  We have a half dozen of these to educate you, faithful readers, about.

Today's is the infamous Figgy Pudding

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding and a cup of good cheer

Surprise! Figgy pudding neither resembles the gelatin vanilla or chocolate pudding you're used to, nor does it contain real figs.  It's also known as "Christmas Pudding" or "Plum Pudding"—but there are no plums, either. According to experts,  "The 'plum' was a pre-Victorian generic term for any type of dried fruit, but most specifically, raisins." It's also called a pudding in the British sense (i.e. it's a dessert), not in the American sense that's known as gelatin. Specifically, figgy pudding is a steamed cake made with 13 ingredients (for Christ and the 12 apostles)—including raisins, currants, suet (raw beef or mutton fat), and lots and lots of brandy. It was traditionally made weeks ahead of Christmas as the alcohol would essential act as a preservative and help draw out more flavors.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Sad Reminder

It's a sad, sad day when restaurants have to post signs in their bathrooms reminding their employees to wash their hands before they leave the bathroom.  


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Merry Christmas, Again

We're deep in the Christmas season, and we're also deep into the holiday season here at The Compound.  We're gearing up for a Mini-Gala next Tuesday, with relatives from north and south converging on The Compound to visit, eat, laugh, and enjoy the holiday season.  

I've got to use 5 vacation days before the 18th or I will lose them, so I am taking off next week.  I'm not about to give up 5 days to the company.  Luckily my cousin and her husband are going to be able to come down and visit us all week, so we are looking forward to having a very large time with them. 

I'm also getting geared up for our department Christmas party pot luck tomorrow at work.  We've got a big spread coming, courtesy of the Scheduling and Purchasing departments.  Yours truly just spent an hour in the kitchen making some festive tortilla roll-ups.  

Stay tuned.

Monday, December 5, 2016

I'll Drink To That

On this day in history, way back in the ancient days of 1933, Prohibition was repealed.  It was a pretty darned long five-year dry spell, literally.  

In honor of this occasion, you still have time to have a drink today.  Or two.  

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The 2016 Christmas Price Index

PNC released its annual Christmas Price Index on Friday, and it showed that prices for items from the Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas" rose by 0.7% from last year. That's slightly up from the 0.6% pace in 2015.

The cost of everything on the list, from the partridge to the drummers, totaled $34,363.49, an increase of a few hundred dollars from last year. The "core" index, excluding volatile swan prices, rose 1.1% to $21,238.49.

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