It's official: everyone's poor. I just got off the phone with my sister and we quickly agreed that there will be no exchanging of gifts this Christmas, save a few things for my 6-year-old nephew. As much as I enjoy picking out fun gifts for my family every year, I have to say this is a bit of a relief. Not just because we're all a little low on funds right now, but because I have like a million other things going on in my brain. I've been trying to get a couple columns ahead on vita.mn since I should also be working through a few business plans, sorting through a couple of legal matters and trying to maintain a business clientele so I can still go out for happy hour once in a while.
That whole "couple columns ahead thing" is proving to be the most difficult. I suppose the trick is to just get as much writing done as you physically can while you're in the zone, and try not to feel too bad about those totally unproductive days. Which unfortunately seem to outnumber the productive days lately, at least in the creative writing department.
I'm gonna skip the restaurant closings--who wants to hear about that right now?--and get to some better news: After having to close his own restaurant last month, JP Samuelson has accepted the Sous Chef position at Nick & Eddie on Loring Park. There's something very appealing about the idea of JP Samuelson and Steve Vranian standing side by side on the line. And is Jessica Anderson still in charge of sweets over there? She's amazing. Nick & Eddie is participating in this week's Appetite Stimulus Plan, so get over there before it ends Friday night to enjoy a special three-course dinner for $35.00 and score double OpenTable points while you're at it.
Back to the top, though: what's everyone doing for holiday gifts this year? Has anyone else made the no-gift pact with friends and family? My sister has requested that I prepare and freeze some soups for her household, so maybe I'll do the same for my parents (thank God I have a small family). Any crafters working on interesting homemade projects?