A lazy New Year’s Day, sort of. Â Up early and then read for a while before falling back to sleep until about 11:30am. Â Spoke to my sister and then up and hanging out doing a lot of nothing today with Gen. Â Somewhere about 2pm I started making zucchini pancakes — my mom’s recipe — and one of my favorite holiday traditions. Â They are absolutely delicious, but I forgot just how much work they are. Â I had intended to shred the zucchini in the food processor, but discovered that part of the shredder attachment was missing, so hand grated zucchini it was.
We started our Downton Abbey marathon at about this time. Â As it turns out, Gen had actually seen most of the first series — with me (amazingly I didn’t recall), and so we picked up with the final two episodes of the first series. Â Several hours later the zucchini pancakes were demolished and we were well entrenched in Downton. Â It definitely holds up on repeat viewings, but despite it’s refined air and period costumes, it bears more than a passing resemblance to many a modern soap opera.
We are now, finally, finally, at the series two Christmas Special and Gen’s patience with all things Downton is wearing a little thin. Â As much as Â I adore every soapy moment of it, I can see what she means. Â I mean, if they would just tell each other the truth to begin with, it would save so much drama (which, obviously, is the point). Â We’ve taken to yelling at the screen and mocking the characters (which, for us is par for the course). Â But, I honestly can’t wait for the third series to begin on Sunday!
All in all, not a bad way to spend the first day of the new year, hanging out with my best friend, a little cooking, some entertainment and a lot of laughter.
Tomorrow, back into the thick of things…