It’s done. Put another quarter to bed. Monday I took my first final. On Tuesday, I had two more, back to back- at noon and 2 p.m. Really back to back. Monday was a snap- I got an easy A in that class. The other two were harder- as in my first final was handwritten essays, 20 subjects, we could chose 10 and write a two-paragraph essay on each. The next final was two essays analyzing two poems. Wasn’t sure how that one went, but when grades posted, I got the highest marks. College finals score so far: 6-0. Booyah!
My kids have been sadly neglected while I plow through the end of these courses- and so has the Christmas spirit in our house. I’m really hoping now and that I can just melt until January and I’ll find myself interested in the domestic, charming side of the holidays. A party or two to attend would be awesome too.
Fakey Fakerson this year looks like a rainbow threw up on him. And I just don’t care. I haven’t even moved the catastrophic ornament arrangement the kids came up with- and that’s just fine. The kids haven’t noticed there is nothing under the tree yet, so I’m not going to call attention to it.
Mom FAIL. Yet again. The tooth fairy utterly collapsed last night as soon as the monkeys were in bed- and she didn’t wake until Bean’s face was an inch from hers in the pre-dawn light screaming that the TOOTH FAIRY FORGOT HIM!!! Aw crap… I seriously suck at some mama stuff- and quickly improved that maybe the tooth was so tiny she couldn’t find it and we’ll try again tonight. Is it a fairy-foul to take money from Abby’s piggy bank to pay Bean for his tooth? Yeah, I know… sigh. Off to the ATM.
We had a marvelous visit with Auntie Heather over the weekend- the kids loved on her something fierce, and she helped me a lot in giving me study time. She even fixed dinner one night- it was surreal to have another adult around for a few days- I’m so maladjusted I felt like a deer in the headlights… you want to do what? Help?? What’s that??! She’s getting married this spring, and moving to Ohio. Since I’m not allowed in the state of Ohio, I’m glad they’re getting married in California, because I really don’t plan on missing this wedding.
Got to have lunch with and celebrate the birthday of a wonderful friend. I introduced her to Mo and mine’s favorite restaurant- coconut prawns and blackened flank with blue cheese salad… yum! It was awesome to have a few hours with no kids, and uninterrupted girl talk. This is the same friend who dropped her entire life on 24 hours notice and flew to Houston with me last fall for the trade-show. I know the best people in the world. Seriously.
Bean has been wicked hard lately. It may or may not be tied to the X showing only part of the time for his supervised visitation. Nothing more fun to an autistic kid that having the routine thrown, and top that off with the cherry of disappointment, and it’s time to throw chairs (or piano benches) at the mom. We’re all fine, I just wish I had more control over the situation. Ether show up when you’re supposed to, or please just go away for good…
I’m starting to like running. I know… the end must be near. But I find myself craving that feeling in my legs and chest. Shhhhh don’t tell anyone!
My baby brother may be coming to our house for Christmas, and I am trying not to be too overjoyed at the idea. I adore my brothers, and it’s been waaaay too long since this one and I have had any time together. He may bring along his new sweetheart and her son- which for Christmas, the more the merrier. I love having people over.
A friend gave me a bouquet of white tulips yesterday, and the spilling-over bowl of them on my kitchen table makes me unreasonably happy. Love tulips. Reminds me I need to pick up some paperwhites for Christmas… most heavenly flower ever.
Christmas baking is just no fun when you’re celiac. Think I’ll put up a triple batch of my Pecan Toffee. Do you have the recipe? You need it. Here:
Pecan English Toffee
- 1 pound real butter
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups chopped pecans
- 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Chop nuts to whatever consistency you find pleasing. Spread nuts out in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan (any baking sheet with a lip) and toast nuts in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, just until fragrant. Set aside.
- In a thick-bottomed, large pot (it will burn otherwise) bring butter, sugar and water to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Do not stop stirring! Once mixture is at a rolling boil, set timer and boil for exactly 7 minutes, stirring the whole time. The color will change to an amber shade around minutes 5-6. Keep stirring.
- When timer beeps, carefully carry your scalding hot pot of liquid lava to your pan of toasted pecans, and pour the goodness over your nuts. Be super careful- sugar burns suck.
- It will self-level. After about 10 minutes, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top of the toffee, wait 10 more minutes, then use an off-set spatula to spread the melted chips evenly over the top of the toffee. Let cool overnight.
- This is NOT a good recipe to make with kids. I always do it after they are in bed at night- seriously, boiling sugar = bad thing for kids.
- The next morning, the toffee-fairy will have come, and your kids can help you break it into bite-sized pieces. That’s it. Have fun!
 I’m kidding people- it’s an inside joke. I have no felonies that disallow my travel to all 50 states. 😉