(raises mug of home-brewed mead) Gleðileg Jól! 2016 has been a very strange year -- strange even from My admittedly odd perspective -- so I thought I'd celebrate appropriately.
I made a pot of hot and sour soup, using this excellent recipe from Smitten Kitchen. About the only Old Norse ingredient in there is the pork shoulder, although one could probably make a good case for the garlic.
The community band Christmas concert season also ended this evening with one last show, and one nervous Springy G as first chair clarinet. (wipes brow) No, wait; that's the sriracha sauce in the soup making Me sweat. I was only slightly terrified playing first. Amazing what actually rehearsing the material can do for one's nerves. Once the holidays are done, though, I'm hoping the rest of the section will be back and I can resume being the Lovely Assistant for the firsts. Second clarinet is, after all, where all the cool harmonies live.
The very best of the season to all!