Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 book club books – part one

I’m in a book club. 

I use the term “book club” loosely, as there are two of us – me and my favorite guy friend who lives across the country. 

On and off for the past several years we’ve taken turns picking out a book each month. Sometimes, we discuss it in detail. Sometimes, it’s more of a, thank-God-that’s-over-with-let’s-just-move-on, kind of deal.

As another end of the year post, I thought it would be fun to reflect over the books we chose this year. Ian was kind enough to give me a write up and rating for each one which I’ll share here. 

I’m splitting the year’s books up into two posts, as Ian has not yet finished December’s book. (Cough.)

close up of text in a textbook

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Difference between: pot roast and roast beef

Editor’s Note 12/28/17: Sentinel Butchery, mentioned at the bottom of this article, has since closed.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Are you having pot roast or roast beef this Christmas?

Probably pot roast. (Or turkey. Or ham. Or duck, a la A Christmas Story style.)

Both of our food items today are made from tough cuts of meat that are slow cooked until tender. Let’s¬†break down the¬†differences between pot roast and roast beef.

sliced pot roast on a plate with mac and cheese behind it

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Seven Christmases with Santa

Once upon a time, I was a Santa’s helper at the mall. 

Although initially slightly depressed I was taking a retail, seasonal job post-college it actually was a very rewarding experience I continued for a few years.

I gained customer service experience (applicable to so many work and life situations); I honed my skills for dealing with children; and I was able to master keeping calm under hectic, crazy conditions, like when there’s a 30 foot long line, and you have not one or two, but three or four or five crazy, crying children in front of you, and you have to get a decent picture with all of them looking and smiling at the same time.

Most of all, I learned how to step outside of my comfort zone, being so out there in the open. In Santa Land, there is no hiding behind a bookshelf or a clothing rack like at other stores in the mall. There is no ducking into your safe cubicle like in an office job. You are out there, front and center, for all to see.

The first year I started working at Santa Land was also the first year I started dating my now husband. We took a picture with Santa, thinking it was cute, and why not, since I worked there. And it’s just sort of continued every year since.

Do we people think we are nuts? Probably. Is anyone enjoying this other than our moms? Maybe not.

But here we are, in the open, stepping out of the comfort zone, out there for all to see, year after merry year.

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