Friday, December 14, 2012
Thank you, everyone who commented on my blog. You've made my day and given me the strength to get through this last workday.
Thank you, love, for trying to make soup even though it ruined one of my pots and I'm going to do it myself right after writing this. I don't think I'm worth skipping out on the fun part of your day (the after-court drinks with the colleagues) just for me, but I love you for it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You're going to be on seasoning duty! *hugs*
Ordinarily, I'd have the Christmas cookie factory started by now, but since this infection doesn't show signs of stopping (neither does the snow outside btw) I'm wary of preparing raw ingredients with my bare hands that won't be baked at super-high temperatures. Well, a girlfriend of mine is coming over tomorrow, and we'll do it then. I'll just remember to wash my hands even more than usual.
All this sounds so very active- well, it's because my doc finally found some anti-nausea meds that don't turn me into a drooling sleepy idiot and still work. I've been taking them at the recommended intervals, and while I'm still tired, exhausted, coughing and sneezing I can stand upright for more than ten minutes! Yay!
So, cookies. This is my first advent in Germany, and I've been tempted by all the wonderful confections my colleagues bring to work every day. It's one of my resolutions to not eat, but just taste, though, and I'm nothing if not stubborn so so far, I've been good and have been sticking to the plan. Anyway, I begged, pestered and whined at people until they gave me their recipes to try.
One thing about the cookies here that I love is that they're really small- maybe twice the size of a thumbnail. All the taste in a package that won't kill your calorie count for the day even if you eat five of them? Yes please!
So, I'm loaded and ready to go with tons of tips on how to prepare them (I'm a hobby patissiere but there are always new things to be learned), optimum settings for the appliances and ingredients, and stern warnings that almost all those doughs want to be kneaded by hand in order to bond better.
Most of them are going to be a challenge- I've lost count of how many times I've read "immediately roll out into" or "quickly fold over and...". I love a good challenge, especially when there's deliciousness coming at the end of it.
BF is going to be kicked out of the apartment tomorrow- well, he wants to go to a soccer game with his guy friends anyway, but I told him to take his time. These cookies need to be a surprise as they're going to be his Christmas present.
My family don't give any presents at all normally, but I'm making an exception since he's been the most patient, kindest person trying to deal with me in full prickly Stay-Away mode ever.
Thanks again, everyone, and especially to you, love. If not for you, I wouldn't be here today. As much as you try to stay positive through everything, sometimes life just throws one too many curveballs and you lose sight of who you want to be.
I don't want to be this miserly, grudgy, nasty person I've seen emerge over the last week. You, my wonderful Spark friends, have put me back on track. Thanks!