October 14th, 2020

cooking - cookie andrew: blond_bear

Baking day

I don't have the brainpower at the moment to do a book update, so I'm just going to ramble a bit about my day.

I started out with baking. Always good. I made these pecan pie cheesecake bars, and they turned out absolutely scrummy. (I've been watching too much Mary Berry the past couple days.) It's a pecan shortbread base, with a cheesecake middle layer, and a pecan pie mixture on top. The cheesecake adds just enough of a bite to take away from the sweetness of the pecan pie part, and they only get better the longer they sit. I've packaged up a dozen to take to work tomorrow, but we've only got two left of the dozen I left for us here at home. That's how good they were.

I spent all my in between time preparing my fundraising report for our band booster meeting tonight, only for that to get canceled at the last minute. So instead, I called and chatted with my friend L. I've been a little worried about Alicia. Of the four of us, she's the one having the most difficulty with all the distancing, plus she's left behind the life she had started for herself in DC. I think it's compounding her anxiety. What I want is for her to take a weekend before Thanksgiving and go spend it with her best friend in Berkeley (who is L's daughter). The best friend is very cautious and she and her roommate are getting tested every couple weeks through the university, so I have no fears about Alicia's safety. Plus, I think she really needs it. Alicia, however, is fighting me on it, saying she has too much homework, etc. I'm going to push, though. I told her that her mental wellness is just as important and one weekend isn't going to ruin everything. We'll see if that works out.

Today's question: What is something you've tried but would never do again? Ice skating. Hated it with a grand passion. I could never stabilize my ankles on the blades and spent more time on my butt than on my feet. And sprained my ankle in the process.

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