Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dreaming of Arrowhead

For the fourth year in a row the Core is spending New Year's Eve at our cabin in Arrowhead. We look forward to it all year long. Not just because we get to spend the entire long weekend in our pajamas and slippers eating rich saucy foods and drinking cases of wine (yes, we go through a lot of it), but because we can relax, take naps, goof around, play games, take hikes, go sledding, build snowmen, sip mulled beverages, warm our feet by the crackling fire, and just enjoy each other's friendship. What do I like best? I get to spend eons of time in the kitchen playing house. Hooray!

This year I've planned all sorts of deliciously fattening foods: homemade cinnamon rolls, braised short ribs, slow cooked carnitas, apple pies, etc. etc. It's going to be a five-day feast! We're even going to dine on prime rib cooked by guest chef and Core member Sage. (Author's note: I've been told I need pseudonyms to identify my friends because initials are "drab and annoying." So from this point on, all friends will be renamed in a way that I feel suits them best).

Arrowhead is waiting for us, with snow-capped trees and glistening blue water. I'm ready to ring in the new year with amazing friends, great food, tantalizing wine, and a sense that all is right in my world.