9 Days Till Christmas

Which also means that there’s one day till the office Christmas party, and a little less than two weeks until my chums come down from Missouri. Somewhere in the middle of all that, I’ve got a house to clean and food to make and presents to wrap (if they arrive in time … the anxiety is real). The goal for today is to begin that first stage of cleaning the house — on the whole it’s not really disorganized, just in need of a good vacuum and mopping, but as I have two dogs and the weather is wet and muddy, this is a little like running up the wrong side of the escalator. 

I figure if I can manage to at least do an initial scrub, I might just reward myself with an hour or two of Horizon: New Dawn. In the meantime, I decided I needed to get myself geared up for the attack by whipping up my favorite breakfast (and lunch, and snack, and heck maybe dinner too): avocado, egg and feta toast.

I’m sure I’ll get sick of it eventually, but for now, it’s on constant rotation in my house. I’ve never bought so many avocados in my life. 

I managed to get the first bunch of Christmas gifts done, so that’s a weight off my mind. The coworkers will be getting little jars of Christmas candy, and the family will be getting much-more-substantial jars of hot cocoa mix. I’ve made salted caramel, mint chocolate, and über-chocolate mixes for them, and sometime this week I need to give the mixes a test-run with the leftover materials to see whether or not they’re actually, you know, going to taste good. They turned out okay aesthetically, at least, I think:

Tomorrow I need to whip up some gluten- and dairy-free brownies for the office Christmas party on Tuesday. I’m sure 90% of the treats on Tuesday will less-than-friendly to the gluten-intolerant and lactose-intolerant coworkers, so I thought I’d make sure there was at least one sweet thing they could eat. And crossed fingers are in order: my Secret Santa gift is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I don’t usually cut things so close, but I  ordered the wrong ornament and had to over-night the correct one. (The coworker in question likes Deep Space Nine, but not TNG. A grave error was almost made, and might still be made if the new ornament doesn’t come tomorrow…) 

The good news is my winter breaks starts this Friday, and I’m kicking it off with a trip to Build-a-Bear with my nephews. We’re getting almost a week and a half off this year, which is going to be delightful, as I have a half-finished novel in need of some serious TLC. And it’ll be a good opportunity to carry over the rest of my blurbs from littleforestdruid! Can’t wait.

I’ll be posting an introductory post for the blurbs soon. Should have done that before starting to move it over, but oh well. Stay tuned!

Sara Naomi

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