So last summer I got this idea that I wanted to do a summer reading program for grownups. As a librarian I have seen countless summer reading initiatives to keep kids reading during their off-school months, but I kind of wanted to do this with grownups. Virtually, so you could participate from anywhere, at any time. And give away prizes!
I have a word for 2016, and it’s “more.”
Today is the first day after winter break, with Adam back at work and Hannah back at school. It’s the first day I’ve chosen not to be a teacher and to instead be a creative who works from home. I didn’t get up and go to a building for a job this morning. I’m jobbing right now, this is the beginning. I’m getting my ducks in a row and my thoughts in a…row.
It’s the last day of 2015, with exactly 92 minutes left on the clock as I write this sentence. Our champagne is chilled, we’re in for the night with family, and I’m reflecting on what a wonderful, and sometimes incredibly stressful, year it’s been.
Use your imagination here, and picture a gorgeous, silky looking sauce instead of a mess of onions. Because that’s what this is, even if the photos don’t show it. I made this the last two New Year’s Eves in a row, and I still can’t take a proper photo. Last year I forgot to buy shallots and used an onion instead (hence the jammy look of the sauce above).
So here’s the thing about November and December: they were kind of the worst.
Hannah spent 2 nights in the hospital the week before Christmas having some tests done. Everything came out clear, but we were still camped out in a hospital room with our little girl. And we may have more tests ahead of us. Nothing life threatening, but still awful. That photo above was when we first checked in, before she was all hooked up to wires.
I never posted this one, but I participated in the latest #makeaquiltmakeafriend swap through Instragram during the fall. In November I mailed off this mini Tula Pink sampler made with Cotton + Steel prints to my swap partner @Tripleee80.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that this will be the last make of my 2015. I finished this quilt right after my last post about it, in time to really enjoy some quality relaxing under it before Christmas. I just love it, this was a great one to end the year.
Oh, Merry Christmas to everyone! A few weeks ago I met the kitchen writer at a new freelancing job, and she used to work for Martha Stewart. She said this was the best cookie recipe ever produced in the MS kitchens, and she happened to have a stack of these made for a cookie swap. AND SHE SHARED THEM. She is good people. And these cookies were eyes-roll-back-in-your-head amazing. I couldn’t stop thinking about them, and it’s been a long time since a recipe has stuck with me like that.