i am so sorry. it has been well over a month since my last letter. i wish i had an excuse worthy of our friendship. i don’t really. i just didn’t have anything to say, or much time to say it.
it felt like christmas just came out of nowhere this year. my family and i decided to try to cut back this year, so we put a 100$ limit on gifts, and picked names for stockings. in past years i’ve been so uptight about what to get people, i just bought everything i thought was appropriate. this year i had to think more which was really nice, but way more stressful. thank goodness for online shopping websites where i got a couple great deals.
as another christmas-based excuse for my negligence, i decided that at this year’s annual christmas party we needed a better dessert. every year we have this chocolate log that is too sweet and rich and has too much milk to which i am allergic. so i decided to use my new checkerboard cake pans and make a fun cake. what a disaster. it was messy and complicated and i used whole wheat flour so the batter reminded me of muffin batter. then, when constructing the cake, i messed up the layers and had to use two spatulas to try to separate them before they set forever. fyi, icing is basically cement mortar. then came the decorating. i took a course, but i am by no means an expert. i made holly leaves out of red and green icing and then did decorative lines. decorative yet crooked. in the end it looked pretty good, and tasted surprisingly good – the super sweet buttercream icing balanced out the muffinness.
so yeah, i guess the main reason you haven’t heard from me is that i just didn’t have time to myself. i was so looking forward to my 2 weeks off work, but as it turned out, i didn’t have one day all to myself. i had dreams of achieving my reading goal of 40 books, which meant i would have had to read 6 books. what fun that would have been. no such luck. i read in front of the fire on christmas day for a couple of hours, and that was it. i feel really whiny. it was a nice break, i enjoyed the majority of the time i spent with other people. but when i went back to work last week, i still felt tired and overstimulated. but i guess my overstimulation means i should have lots of great anecdotes and observations to share with you!!
i best make some sort of dinner now. hope your monday has been great!