[summer break in 80 days] day 53


8:24 Breakfast is done. Andy recorded the meal. I hope I didn't say anything self-incrimminating.

I had meant to turn on the sprinklers last night but forgot. So I turned them on this morning. We haven't had any significant rain since last Monday. (edited to add: we got lots of rain today!)

9:27 I finished reading The Girls from Ames: A Story of Women and a Forty-Year Friendship. It was an interesting book. I expected more of a novel but it has a journalistic narrative. (Who am I kidding but myself. Journalistic narrative? I have no idea what I am talking about. I am not an lit major, not even close.)

11:19 Cookie dough is made and chilling in the fridge. Unsulpured molasses smells horrid!


I edited a few more aquarium photos and posted them in my blog. I think I am done with the aquarium, shooting fish is hard! Not enough light and the little buggers keep moving.

1:57 OK so I starting reading a new book, Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent's Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs ofTeenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and I dozed off. Ryan told me to wake up. Why? Wake up! Why? Do you need something? It. What? That. ... Wake up!

Now I am attempting to bake the molasses cookies. They are sticky and smell bad. I can only roll a few before they are too sticky and back to fridge the batter goes. And the are big. (Martha loves her cookies big!) I can only fit 4 on a smaller pan. And each batch takes 17 minutes to bake. I might be at this a while. I think I need to go to Bed Bath & Beyond and get some bigger sheets. (No, I have not located the missing cookies sheets.)

2:13 Thought I was being smart by rolling extra and putting then on a sheet of parchment paper. But as they warm, they spread and don't come off of the paper easily. Damn you Martha! You make it look so easy.

2:24 The cookies are VERY good.

072609 cherries

3:53 Last batch is in the oven. The recipe said 2 dozen cookies and I got 31.

7:10 I looked up to see a beautiful rainbow outside. I rushed to get my CF card, my camera and change the lens before it disappeared. I really have not seen many rainbows since we moved down here. It was sprinkling but I didn't care. I only wish I had a wider angle lens so I could have gotten the whole thing. I came in to tell the boys and got no response. I made Ryan come out and you would have thought I was leading him to slaughter! He ran back in as soon as I let go.