Up at 11:30 today. Had set an alarm so I could be prepared for Easter dinner with family. The food was awesome. My aunt is an amazing cook when she really wants to be. The leg of lamb roast was perfect, and the potatoes and gravy were so good I could have had nothing but and still be satisfied with the meal. The oven roasted vegetables were pretty good too. I wish I had my aunt's skill with seasonings. She used all the right herbs and spices, and the right amount of them too. The prep took a lot of time; it's not like she cooks up a feast daily - but on those special occasions like Easter and Christmas.. well, I'm glad I live here and get invited over for holiday dinners. :D
Free, delicious, and I don't have to do the dishes afterwards. What could be better?
Some more cleaning progress today. Finding things I haven't seen in years. Occasionally I'll find something I don't have a problem throwing out and get rid of it, but at my rate it'd still take years to get this place into shape. It's hard to let go. Every accumulated possession is evidence that I lived. Every stupid little grocery store receipt proudly proclaims that on that date, I was there, and I bought stuff.
I've always found it somewhat amusing/interesting that the norwegian word for "to shop" - "å handle" also means "to take action". I guess it's some sort of sneaky way of trying to make us feel empowered by shopping.
Played through several missions in XCOM tonight. EXALT missions are good for training up low-ranking soldiers, so I've been holding off the HQ raid for a while now.. I should probably go do it, but EXALT is such a non-threatening entity. I've done all the research, so they can't sabotage that. If they drain my credit reserves, I don't care. I have more money than I need. About all they can do is try to incite panic, but I haven't seen them get it all the way up to max recently.
School resumes on Tuesday, so the buses will be back to running as normal. I should go somewhere.. to Brekke at least, get fresh groceries so I can cook something good on Wednesday. Mom leaves on Tuesday too, so tomorrow will be my last day with her before summer.