James and I got to the "lobster part" of Julie & Julia last night. Julie is a bit squeamish at first about dumping the docile crustaceans into a boiling pot, and considers some other Julia-approved ways of offing them first, but finally decides just to chuck them in. With Christmas officially approaching (now that Thanksgiving is over) I am looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve lobster dinner with friends Lisa & Rob and their children. I must admit I have nothing to do with the actual cooking of the lobsters at our dinner. James and Rob go out to buy them, and Rob is usually in charge of the actual killing. I sit by the fire and drink red wine.