The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
halfshellvenus

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!

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