Christmas cookies, the sequel

img_1180Remember our Christmas cookie party last month? I made enough cookie dough for roughly 800 cookies, and we went through maybe one-tenth of it. I had visions of everyone decorating and taking home a dozen or maybe even two dozen cookies. And I prepared for it! What actually happened was that people decorated, like, 3 cookies before getting distracted by talking to each other. Then by the time they got back to decorating, they had eaten not just cookies, but also birthday cake, and they had drunk hot chocolate and were just…completely done with sugar.

So fast forward to now, when I still have a freezer stuffed with cookie dough. Paul said, helpfully, a week or so ago, “Uh, what are you gonna do with all this cookie dough?” And I was like, “I don’t know, make cookies I guess.” We have such interesting conversations.

Yesterday I made thumbprints with raspberry jam out of our leftover sugar cookie dough. They don’t look that great–more like gaping wounds than thumbprints. But they are so good with coffee or tea! I am glad I haven’t started wedding-dress-dieting yet. I have been working out, and I’m proud to have stuck with that for two solid weeks now. But the dieting is still not in effect. Actually I have this crazy idea of making small, sensible changes to my diet, over time rather than all at once. Can I do something that reasonable? I came home from work this evening and Paul had bought a bunch of fruit from the store: apples and blueberries. I thought to myself, “Maybe I’ll start snacking on fruit instead of thumbprint cookies.” What a good notion. Yes, I’ll start something like that. Soon.

I’ll also start embroidering again soon, I promise. She said with determination!

Well I Did It

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I finished the ballerina (Misty Copeland, of course) on December 31st and opened my online shop on January 1st. It was not an easy deadline to meet! But I made it, and I’m proud of the work I’ve done so far. Fortunately, what I’ve done has only whetted my appetite for more, and I have zillions of ideas for pieces I want to create going forward. Few things make me happier than settling down on the sofa with coffee and a new project to work on.

Even so, in the interest of avoiding burnout, I am taking a little time off from embroidery to indulge myself in…another craft! Makers gotta make, after all. My lovely soon-to-be in-laws gave me some gorgeous sock yarn for Christmas, and I spent much of Sunday afternoon knitting the cuff of a new sock. It was so nice to just follow someone else’s pattern for a change, knowing everything will turn out well if I just mindlessly obey the instructions. Some people hate that, but I love it. One gets tired of having to be in charge all the time, of having to judge every little decision one makes about where to take one’s creation. Says, without a trace of irony, the new business owner.

Anyway, we had a great New Year’s Eve and Day. On the Eve, after I’d spent the entire day feverishly finishing the above pictured piece and setting up the shop’s site, Paul made chili while I made cinnamon roll dough, and we curled up on the sofa with a bottle of wine, a bowl of popcorn and a movie. We went to bed at 12:05 am, like an old married couple in our early thirties. Then in the morning, I baked the cinnamon rolls, and we had them with eggs, bacon, and mimosas. Then, horrified at ourselves, we went jogging. The next day, striving for balance, I made Mimi’s beet salad with creme fraiche. We were going to jog again this morning, but when the alarm went off early and we heard the cold rain drumming on the windowsill, we just rolled over. Oh well. Baby steps.