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22 December 2013 @ 01:46 pm
Slightly closer to catching up...  
I've only finished one Yuletide Madness treat (and it's fluff), so here's hoping I get at least one or two more done by Xmas Eve. I wonder sometimes if the fandoms have gotten too obscure, because some of them aren't really full "fandoms"—they're a series of photographs, or a TV commercial, or a random YouTube video. Those can make for fantastic creations, but 1000 words (minimum) worth? Ulp. Some people can pull it off—I've seen the proof!—but a lot of the requests seem to lend themselves to 300-600 words of awesome and typically not 1000.

We have a tree now, but it isn't decorated—because our daughter is never around long enough. Probably late this afternoon or evening. I got Christmas decorations up in the house yesterday, got some things wrapped, and am still struggling with "fun" gifts for my son. If he weren't calorie-challenged, I could just get him more food-treats. Once kids pass out of the toy stage, it's so much harder!

I made the holiday biscotti this morning, which took two whole hours. I tried making a few modifications to the recipe, to see if I could get taller, narrower biscotti rather than flat, wide biscotti. Then I got distracted by the vague instruction of "combine eggs and sugar well until a thin ribbon forms for a few seconds after the mixer-head is lifted." Given that eggs are involved... is that a lot of mixing? Almost none? The upshot is that the eggs were kind of frothy by the time I was done, which is the last thing you want (and they have to be room temperature, so you can't just start over). Result: flattest, widest biscotti ever. Oddly, they still taste exactly the same, every year. Always delicious, just not very impressive-looking. Oh, well.

Off to the crafts' store for supplies, and maybe a a swing by Walmart since I've exhausted the random gifty-things at Target (and I'm displeased by their whole security-breach problem). Walmart. Yay. Hold me!

I can read Sam's mind: SPN: Sam's Bright Smilewendy on December 23rd, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
I have to go to Wal-Mart today too -- good luck!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 23rd, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hope it goes better for you than for me!

There are tons of things there, but not much in the way of stocking-stuffers for teenaged boys.

Actually, men and older boys are just tough to shop for. You can always get little perfumes and soaps and things for girls, but boys? Hah!

I miss the days when they liked toys. One year, Santa put a bunch of Matchbox vehicles in Christopher's stocking-- the weird things, like police cars and ambulances and firetrucks. It took me forever to find a school bus, which I thought would be his favorite, but no-- what really stymied him was the garbage truck. Which, true, is probably weirder than a school bus. :)