1. We finally took down our Christmas decorations. I hate the "after" part of chores -- folding laundry, unloading the dishwasher, matching every snowglobe to the right box -- the front end of chores is so much more gratifying. Our tree was dead as a doornail and I'm going to be finding pine needles around the house until March.
2. The undecorating came not a moment too soon as our house was shown for the first time since Thanksgiving (sadly, that's not an exaggeration). I threw out the geraniums that had been languishing, dead and frozen, on our front stoop since summer, but now the entrance looks empty and boring and I don't know what to put there. I want something that is alive and will stay alive until spring without maintenance. Any ideas? Does such a thing exist?
3. We gave Claire her first solid food -- pureed squash. Yum. Inspired by Amanda, I spent some time on wholesomebabyfood.com and cooked, blended and froze the squash (and some sweet potatoes) for her pureed enjoyment. I'm going to stock up on store-bought baby food when I can find it at a good price (this week at Harris Teeter 4-ounce jars of BeechNut were $.11 each after VIC and coupons), but a lot of foods are simple and dirt-cheap to make yourself. The sweet potatoes, for example, worked out to less than 3 cents per ounce. Squash is not quite that cheap, but any way you look at it, homemade baby food does not add up to the $.25 per ounce that it's easy to pay in the store.
4. I was very excited to learn that Betsy has started a blog! So from now on her name will be underlined when I mention her. :) Meg, you're up.