Boxing Day Update…

So I cleaned up the Christmas dinner a little while ago. Let me explain.

After yesterday’s post, the turkey was in the oven and Clan Mondo (with Special Guest Star The Main Squeeze) was kicking back. Mrs. M was watching Wheel of Time, the Spawn and Main Squeeze were noodling around online, and I was getting ready to watch my doctoral institution’s football team take part in the Camellia Bowl.

And then everything stopped. At least, everything involving electricity did. I called the city’s public works department and reported the outage, which apparently affected a fair chunk of our neighborhood near the college. The power was eventually restored, but by then, the turkey (in our electric oven) had been sitting a while, and we were a bit squeamish about finishing the cooking after the lengthy interruption. So the ladies had leftovers last night — and to make sure they had enough, I got takeout from a local Chinese restaurant. I felt very New York. And when I saw the result of the Camellia Bowl, I realized I hadn’t really missed that much.

This morning, Mrs. M went out, found some more turkey, and we had the more traditional Yuletide feast this evening, with those leftovers on the menu for the next couple of days. And that’s fine. While our Christmas dinner was postponed, I’m really grateful to the public works folks whose Christmas afternoon was interrupted for our benefit. At the very least, I hope they had hot plates waiting for them when they returned home. I’m also grateful for our neighbors at the Chinese restaurant, whose decision to open yesterday made our evening easier.


Today, the girls all went to donate blood. I’m ineligible until the end of January, having done my usual bit after Thanksgiving, so I stayed home and removed Turkey 2: Electric Birdaloo from the oven at the appropriate juncture. I missed a little excitement when the Spawn had a quick fainting episode after getting bandaged up, but everyone made it home safely.

And while I know I’m late to the party, the Spawn introduced me to one of her favorite TV series — What We Do In the Shadows — this afternoon. I think I’ll be watching this a lot in the coming weeks. Thanks, kid!


Whether you’re back in the saddle tomorrow or you have more time off ahead of you, I hope your weekend and holidays have been comforting and rewarding. Stay well, and I’ll see you soon!

About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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1 Response to Boxing Day Update…

  1. Andrew C Stevens says:

    What We Do in the Shadows is great.

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