7 december


It was a bit chilly this morning when it was time to walk. I decided to try on my new long sleeve wicking shirt. It fits but it's fitted so I knew I wouldn't be comfortable wearing it alone. It wasn't cold enough for another long sleeved short so I threw on my short sleeved polo. I haven't worn a short sleeved shirt over a long sleeved shirt since the first time it was in style. And isn't the rule? If you wore it when it was first in style, you are too old and should not wear it when the style comes back. Oh well, it was just for walking in the neighborhood. I'm sure I get my fair of odd looks when I stop to take photos of Christmas decorations and such.

My friend called while I was walking. I have never talked while walking and wasn't sure what would happen Run Keeper. It does stop when you answer the call. And I'm not sure but the call may have knocked the GPS for a loop because Run Keeper said I had done 4 miles in just over 20 minutes. I wish it were true. It was nice to talk and the second half of the walk flew by.


Today I started baking for Christmas. I made Grandma's Chocolate Cookies from Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine). After the first batch was done, I realized I had made the wrong cookies. I had meant to make Giant Chocolate Sugar Cookies. I think they are better and less of a chore to make. Also, I don't make them giant, only small and I get about 4 times the yield.


Anyway, Grandma's Chocolate Cookies are good and rich. But they have to be chilled to firm up the batter. Then you need to roll them in sanding sugar. Not only is sanding sugar been difficult to find, it's rather pricey considering you use almost the entire jar.

I set up a calendar of Christmas tasks. I had planned on wrapping gifts while the cookies were baking. But because I had to chill the cookies, there wasn't much time before the boys came home. I'll try again on Wednesday.

The Starbucks gift cards for the teachers came today. Two of them look a bit muddy where the text went. Oh well, I am hyper critical.