Showing posts from December, 2008

Random Thoughts #....3?


1. I am finally, irrevocably, undisputedly, most assuredly DONE with my shopping. I picked the last little bit up a scant hour ago, and I shan't spend any more money. For at least another hour.

2. I was up at TJ Maxx on Saturday looking for a present I ended up not finding. I did, however, leave with a pair of cute new euro-style sneakers for me, a different present for someone else, and socks. You can never have enough socks.

3. I am having a couple of my cousins over for dinner tonight. We're having lasagna, garlic bread, salad, and a dessert. See you guys there!

4. I am driving up to Newport tomorrow afternoon. In winter storm #3. That makes three storms in one week. Yay. I'm thinking this one won't be quite so bad. Hoping anyway. It's a long drive as it is, bad weather will make it painfully long. I won't take any of the shortcuts I usually do, as they're all on back roads off secondary roads. And full of hills. Just not going to go there. I'm le…


Today was a snow day. It was actually rather amusing; I looked out the window one moment to see it not doing anything, and five minutes later it had started snowing. That was at 8:30 this morning. It's been snowing ever since. "They" were expecting 6"-12" here in Burlington and more in the mountains, but I think we've already gotten our 12 inches. It's going to be some kind of fun digging my car out in the morning. Wish that the office would call it a snow day, but I know better than that. It will be business as usual. Maybe delayed a little, but we'll be open. Sigh. How I long for the days when a foot of snow meant we had the day off...
Anyhoo... what does one do when one is stuck inside all day? Why, one bakes of course! I went a little nutso today. I made these lovelies:
Cranberry Almond Biscotti off the Vegetarian Times website. They are super yummy. Here is the recipe if you are interested.

After that I made rolls of varying sizes, mainly because …

If anyone hums "Let it Snow!" one more time...

Wham. boom! Straight to the moon.
Just kidding. The storm that halted the northern half the the US yesterday wasn't supposed to do anything much in my neck of the woods. We were only supposed to get 4" to 6" inches. In Vermont-speak that's a minor annoyance. Certainly not enough to stop things up overmuch. Well, we ended up getting more than expected. I'd say it was closer to 8" to 12", but I'm a poor judge of things. And it is cold today. I think the "high" was a whopping 5 degrees Fahrenheit, which in Celsius is... um... if 32F is 0C, then... -fuckitscold.
Needless to say, everyone and their brother was out and about today. Not only is today the Saturday before Christmas, it's the only decent day this weekend. We're supposed to get another storm tomorrow. Basically, it's supposed to snow all day. Everyone was out frantically finishing up Christmas shopping and buying food supplies. Ugh. And crazy me went out in it. I wish I'…

Contented Sigh

I have been in a wonderful mood lately. We're on day three of just feeling peachy keen about life in general. I have no idea why I feel so spectacular, but I'll gratefully take it.

It's got nothing to do with the upcoming holidays, it's just a feeling of general goodness. It's not the weather, because it's downright crappy out there right now, and I'm still happy.

I love that I have been able to be introspective (see the post below) and still maintain a level of contentedness. So often, introspection can drag me down, I am glad that it hasn't.

I love being happy. I'll happily be happy for as long as I can manage.


I should update... or something...

Not much of interest has been going on in my world. Basically I'm just counting down until next week, which happens to be a short week for me work-wise. I'm only going in for a half-day on the 24th, mainly because it's on the way to my Mum's house, so since I'm passing by I might as well stop in. I'm taking the 26th off, because not working that day was a luxury I didn't have for many years. The week after that is even shorter, as I'm taking the 31st off to head down to New York City. That's right, friends. NYE in NYC. Thank you Mary for inviting me! I'm sure I'll have loads of pictures when I return.

Other than that, my days have been filled with work, and my evenings with frantic knitting in order to get these last few presents finished. Which is actually what I should be doing right now, but it can wait a few more minutes. I finished 99% of my shopping finished last Saturday, and I intend to complete what little I have this weekend. Mostly…

The Things We Do... amuse ourselves.

I work in a former underwear factory. Now that's an opening line if I ever heard one...

Anyway, the building is commercial but everything else around us is residential. I happen to have my own window (I'm not bragging about that. Really) and it looks out onto the back yard of a house of a youngish couple with no kids.

Now, from what we can gather from our windows, the Lady of the House works outside the home. The Gentleman of the House.... well, we call him the Wanderer because that's all we ever see him doing. So far as we can tell he has no job. He'll wander over there and poke something or pick at something, then wander over the other direction and kick at something. In the winter he goes skiing, and watching him get out of his FLAT snowy driveway is always entertaining. He is obviously a Flatlander. In the summer, he plays around with his boat out in the driveway. Which we are convinced has never actually been in the lake, he just drives it arou…

CookieFest 2008

Don't these look marvelous?

Yeah, these had nothing to do with our cookie making festivities. When we say "CookieFest" we mean "half-hearted attempt at a couple batches of cookies, followed by wine and copious amounts of chips, dips, and the aforementioned cookies." But that's too long for a title.

I made ginger "snaps," although they never really get snappy. More like gingerbread cookies. Marie made some sugar cookies. We were going to make some shortbread cookies, but we both pooped out before we got that far. We did learn one thing, though. Whole wheat flour does not make for good cookies, unless you load them up with frosting after. Here are some highlights:

Marie's sugar cookies. Haylee frosted some later on, but apparently I forgot to take a picture of them. Thought I had.

Haylee helping Marie out by cutting out the sugar cookies.

My ginger snap cookies. I used graham flour with them, which gives them an interesting texture, but they are even…


I had cheese at work today. Good cheese. Arguably the best cheese. Cabot's Seriously Sharp "Hunter's Favorite". It used to be called Hunter's Extra Sharp, but they changed the name recently. Mmmmmm.

I think I am losing my tolerance for cheese. It's currently sitting like a brick in my tummy, and it's rather unpleasant. I probably ate too much. But then, I've eaten more than this without a problem.

Losing my tolerance for cheese would not be a bad thing. It would make my half-hearted attempts toward veganism that much easier. And eating out/eating with people who think vegetarian = cheese that much more difficult.

Maybe I'm just all cheesed out.

Sigh. I really like cheese.

Random Musings from a Tortured Soul

Or, you know, a bored one...

1. Everything I had written in my head just went out the window when I opened my blog up. I have no idea what I was going to say.

2. I hope I have pictures of my dance recital last week soon. I'm looking forward to seeing what they look like. Plus, I gotta admit I kinda like looking at myself in that outfit. Alex was right - I'm rocking it!

3. This weekend I am heading down to my friend Marie's for "CookieFest 2008." We started CookieFest two years ago along with our friend Robin. We ended up skipping last year because it's hard to bake a lot of cookies when you have a three week old baby to tend. This year, Robin is in Virginia so she won't be here with her now one-year old sweetie. Marie and I will be taking pictures. We might actually make cookies, too.

4. I am watching Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The Johnny Depp version. I swear to god he's doing him as Michael Jackson. I kinda want some candy now...

5. Tomorro…

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Yay/Boo Part Deux

It's been a while since I played Yay/Boo with you. Or have I never? I can't remember. Anyway...

Tonight I decided to make banana muffins: Yay!
Because I had two bananas turning black: Boo! (and, ew)
The muffins just came out of the oven: Yay!
Turns out I made banana hockey pucks because I forgot the baking powder (again): Boo!
Discovered that I forgot to write the baking powder in the recipe, so I fixed it: Yay!
Discovered that I ran out of ketchup at dinner, and I didn't want to schlep to the store: Boo!
So I found a recipe and made my own ketchup: ... er, I'll get back to you on that one.
Discovered as I opened the door to throw the recycling in the bin that the UPS guy had dropped off a package, which is a Christmas prezzie for a friend: Super yay!

We'll end on a "Yay!", shall we?

The ketchup is in the fridge now. It tastes okay, I suppose. I'll keep you posted as to whether or not it tastes good tomorrow...