As I sit at my desk, filling the gap between Christmas and New Years weekends with busy work, I can’t help but reflect on how much more I would be rather playing with my new toys.
Of course I am exaggerating the insignificance of this week, in fact, this is crunch time and the last chance for our firm to get applications for building permits to government agencies before the building code revisions take effect at the beginning of the new year. But for some reason the 4-day week between Christmas and New Years doesn’t feel like we should be at work. Strangely though, it does seem to feel like a pause between the busy weekends. Last weekend there were Christmas gifts, family parties, social obligations, and brightly colored cookies, next weekend there will be traveling, friends, champagne, and catching up on all the things that have been neglected in lieu of shopping for gifts.
One of my favorite parts of this time of year, (aside from catching up with family and spreading good will and cheer through the commercial stimulation of the economy via secular traditions fabricated by the retail sector,) is the abundance of sugary desserts. It is as if everyone tries to prepare enough so that if there were never another cookie or chocolate-covered-whatever made then there would still be a surplus. There seem to be cookie trays and candy dishes everywhere. I don’t mind the least bit though. Here is a sampling of some snacks and treats that have crossed my path during this past weekend:
It’s worth noting that this selection of delicacies is only a small sampling of the bounty available, as my wife and I visited and additional two houses full of colorful morsels that I failed to capture photographically. I did not commit the same error during the process of ingesting these additional treats.