peace and quiet and rain surround me. the centerpieces, buffet pieces, tree decorating, routing drivers, gulping down starbucks, finished till next year. i'm off till january 5th. it's boxing day and my house is reasonably clean, dishes washed, elaborate dinner eaten and digested. today there is nothing i HAVE to do. visions of the gym and the library, even a little shopping dance in my head. i do want to make a roast beef hash with the left over rib roast and a rich beef stock from the bones. at some point this afternoon, i will take a nap. breathe, release, repeat.