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I only have one more day of photos from our Italian adventure to edit and post, but I don't feel like it right now. I'm feeling a bit disappointed (disappointed!) (does anyone else hear Kevin Kline's voice yelling that every time they use the word?) (No? Just me?) with myself over having posted so very little this past couple of months. Really, I could do better, couldn't I? I remember the days when I posted all the freaking time. Yeah, glad that's over with too, but honestly, a LITTLE more effort would be appreciated. Up duff, Slaughter-Ek, etc.

It's just so...busy all the damn time. And not really ALL the damn time, just enough to keep me doing other things. I keep wanting to just crawl into bed and hibernate for a moon or two. Each week is a pressure-countdown to relief on Friday, each activity or event an ordeal; even the ones I look forward to. Urgh, I say. And it's not that I'm exceptionally fatigued or anything, I'm just...I don't know. Blah. Gah. Meh. Finding it hard to face the increasing darkness of another winter, I guess. Still a month to go before the solstice and the promise of the return of light.

We've had snow already, this past week. Snow! And not just any snow, but HUGE, fat floaty white flakes, the kind you think of when you think of how snow was when you were a child. It stuck, for a while, and then quietly melted away under the pinging, dinging onslaught of continual rain. It wasn't enough to do anything with, but it brightened things up for several hours.

I had a health check up last week, too. Our company has an agreement with the insurance provider and everyone is being called in, apparently (voluntarily, of course). I'd never had a real health check up, apart from pregnancies, so I thought, hey, why not? Turns out I'm old, overweight, half-blind and going deaf. Heh. As if I needed a doctor to tell me any of that! I haven't had the follow-up with test results and doctor meeting to actually verify that self-diagnosis, but I'm mentally prepared for it, all the same. They took blood, blood pressure, and did a lung capacity test. On Wednesday when I go back they'll also do an EKG, go over the test results with me and I can ask questions, assuming I have any.

The kids and I did a pretty big clean-out this weekend, though we're far from done. I filled several bags with books, both their rejects and 2 bags worth of mine that I was finally ready to admit I wouldn't read again. Pared 6 boxes of various crap toys down to ONE, and filled 4 bags with outgrown clothing. Need to get it all to the charity boxes or into the garage before Saturday, as we're having our massive Thanksgiving dinner party potluck then!

Today was the only relatively mellow evening at home for awhile. The rest of the week is busy, busy, busy. That same busy I was referring to earlier. We just started reading A Christmas Carol for Little Big Bookgroup and I'm finding it hard going. The language isn't really conducive to bedtime reading, and most of the words are WAY above the vocabulary level of my kids. In one way, that's good, as they do ask for definitions, but on the other it makes it very hard for them to simply follow the storyline. It's been a bad week for books so far. I had borrowed Under the Dome from a friend (in hardcover: what a brick!) intending to finally give Stephen King one more chance (after having discarded him in disgust in 1983 at the end of Pet Sematary).

I read 3 chapters, growing increasingly disturbed and uncomfortable. It's not that he isn't a good storyteller; he IS. At least he's a hell of a story CRAFTER, but I find his lovingly detailed insistence on unnecessary graphic violence so off-putting that, despite my beginnings of engagement with some of the characters, I skipped to the end, read the last few pages and put the book back on the shelf to return. Sorry, Stephen, I'm through with you, for good this time.

Next Tuesday is the AWC Meeting and the annual Holiday Cookie Exchange. I have to bake NINETY-SIX cookies on Sunday and need a really basic, easy recipe with no exotic or expensive ingredients that makes a LOT of cookies quick. Any tried-and-trues? I was thinking maybe something like these or maybe these.
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Yeah, up duff Slaughter-Ek! (What's "up duff" mean?)

Really Liz, you are just a busy woman and a little time of doing nothing probably beats out posting on LJ every time, if, there is even a little bit of that.
But we (as in I ) do miss you. Give us a listy-poo, some breadcrumbs, whenever you can, and sit back and relax about it the rest of the time. I'm assuming we'll get you back at some point (I hope, I hope)

a listy-poo! That's what you'll get next. Hee!

Up duff is an expression I made up just for this post. It means get off your ass (we say duff in my family a lot). :D

I suppose it wouldn't count for your book group but I love the Patrick Stewart reading of A Christmas Carol. He reads the entire book, word for word, and does all the voices differently. It's fabulous and truly makes the book come alive. So much better than any movie version.

Some people in my regular bookgroup do listen to audio books sometimes, but I never do, since I'm not in the car that much. I'm not surprised Patrick Stewart does a good job, he's awesome :)

From Megsie

I have loved hearing about your trip, but I have missed your posts like this. I, too, and SO BUSY. I haven't posted in so long, I wonder if wordpress will let me back on. There is no end in sight either. I have STACKS of correcting to get through and have to plan how teach the novel. I thought it would be so easy, but when you have to assign points to everything, it is just hard. I have always wanted to read A Christmas Carol to my kids, but now I think a book on CD is in order (thanks E11en!). My suggestion for cookies would be the spritz. I love them! And I love you too!

Re: From Megsie

Spritz...don't I have to have some special tool for those?

I miss your posts, too. We're ALL busy. :)

Re: From Megsie

Usually you use a cookie press. I have broken two of them so I gave up. Someone did point out to me that you could just use cookie cutters but I always think half the appeal of Christmas cookies is all the different shapes and designs and spritz cookies from a press do set themselves apart from all the other cookie cutter cookies.

Re: From Megsie

I don't think I've got a cookie press...I've got a bazillion cookie cutters but they're too much work for this project.

Personally, I'm livid that you've been enjoying life rather than posting here every day. I have a whip I can mail over to you if you'd like to berate yourself even more? :)

Snerk. I'll take that perspective poke in the eye and hand you back the whip, thankee kindly, ma'am. :D

Joy here

Hi, I understand the feeling that you want to post more. I think your blog is a good memory keeper of your family's life. :) Just remember, life first, document second. ;-)

Wow, what boring advice. Sorry! I am tired because I had a couple of sleepless nights and I crashed about 5 p.m. tonight and now, here I am awake at 1 a.m.! Crazy!

Re: Joy here

It's not boring, it's true! Sleepless nights: poo. I've had my fair share of those and I hates them.

Take into account on the cookies the extra time for dividing and tinting half the dough, chilling, rolling out and rolling together and more chilling. They DO look impressive, but you can add another couple of hours onto your prep. time.

Yeah, I was thinking about all that. They look deceptively simple, though the 2nd ones are tempting, since they seem quite a bit easier.

Joy again!

Cookies!! I am going to suggest a totally non-christmas cookie since you said you wanted simple. Snickerdoodles! Yum! Easy, uncomplicated.

BUT are they not holiday enough?? You could roll them in colored sugar, right?

Re: Joy again!

Someone always makes snickerdoodles and since we have 17 people this year, my bet is I'll get some from someone else :) I made similar rolled-in-colored-sugar cookies not too long ago, and while they're easy, they use up my entire stock of colored sugar which isn't easy to come by here!

We love the Reindeer Poop cookies whose recipe you posted a couple of years ago. We make them each Christmas :)

We love them, too and I WILL make them, but not for the cookie exchange. The idea of rolling 96 of those things makes my hands cramp just thinking about it!


The pinwheels with colored sugar would be faster than the colored dough but the Moose poop are always delish! we like Pecan Sandies (variation is with almonds and almond extract... YUM!!) or Peanut Butter Kiss cookies.


I'm thinking the sugar pinwheels will be pretty easy, as long as I allow time for chilling. Moose poop are awesome and I'll make some for Christmas but not for this: 96x rolling them? OW, my aching hands!


Okay, I'm having my dessert open house in just over a week and I may have to add those butter crunch cookies to the list. They look wonderful!



I love Dickens but...

I don't think he's so good for reading aloud. Erik and I tried to read Oliver Twist out loud many years back and it was slooooow, even for people who did know the vocab. When I read it to myself it wasn't slow at all.

One of my favorite cookies of recent years is the "fluffernutter cookie." Use a peanut butter cookie recipe, but make them mini. Then spread fluff on one side and sandwich. YUM, that is, if you like fluffernutters. If not, forget I said anything.

Re: I love Dickens but...

I completely agree with you. I feel like I'm SLOGGING through this book and it's so SHORT!

No sandwich cookies! That means having to make TWICE the amount and I already have to make NINETY! But those sound really yummy!

me, too

I hear you on the dream of a big, long month of lying in bed with nothing, no kids, no dogs, no work, no phone, no visits wrenching you into the day-- just a big fat BEING-ness until I get bored. I would like that muchly!

Was thinking of you all last night as I ordered Watership Down on audio cd (have never read it and need something to listen to as I knit)-- am worried that it will make me sad-- the reason I never read it-- but am willing to try . . thinking that if I am listening-- more likely I will finish it than if I am reading it and the bunnies get in trouble and I bury the book under the sofa cushion in an attempt to keep them safe . .. be nice to yourself! xoxoxox, bp

Re: me, too

I don't know why so many people who haven't read the book think that it's sad. It's not sad at all! I blame Bright Eyes.

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