I haven’t forgotten about you, I promise. We’re doing Christmas Eve dinner at my apartment this year, even though I’m busy getting things ready for eleven diners, two houseguests, two (visiting) babies and one dog, there’s so much I want to share with you — like the beautiful and sad novel I recently read, and recipes for candy I’ve tried out, and my thoughts on vanilla, and how I’m searching for the perfect salt cellar — but I can’t promise I’ll have even a moment to sit down and give you all the time and attention you deserve until after Christmas. Good thing I have to run out the door and catch the bus, otherwise I’d probably sit here apologizing for about three more paragraphs. So. I hope I have a chance to have a proper chat with you soon, but in case I don’t, happy holidays, and I hope you all sit down to at least one fantastic meal during these last crazy and hectic days of 2009.