||[May. 24th, 2010|06:49 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
::...wince:: Had one of those embarrassing work moments today. Sometimes wish 'unsend' had a longer than 10 second window.|
On the plus side, embarrassment spurred me on to finally do one of those scary, neglected tasks on my to-do list (which turned out to be not as scary as I thought it would be), and do it fast-like. I feel lighter. Although still embarrassed. And guilty I didn't do it sooner. And paranoid that I'm becoming an unworthy employee.* But tasks off the Big List = really, really good.
...Also, I made a sock monkey. A real sock monkey, out of a real life pair of defunct socks (awesome tutorial here). This was basically just an experiment, but it went well, and it added another "whip out a couple of these in a day" stuffed animals to my repertoire. This also feels good. (Like granny squares, I don't particularly like them and don't really know what to do with them, but it was Fun and Fulfilling to produce, nonetheless.) Sewing, I discovered, is also easier on my hands than knitting.
In trying to avoid handsyness, over the last week, I read Dead in the Family (Charlaine Harris). And then also Unseen Academicals (Terry Pratchett). And started Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) as well as a book borrowed from a friend, pretty much just because it's a hardback, unlike Neverwhere. And I'm also re-reading Night Watch (Terry Pratchett) - in the running for all time favorite - this time aloud with Chris. I also baked muffins, taught myself to make pate a choux (cream puff pastry),** improvised a delicious meringue cream filling to go in them, made ADORABLE 'Mushroom' meringues (FOLLOW THIS LINK) with the leftover eggwhites, learned how to make English Pasties***, and otherwise baked myself silly. And finally tidied up my certified-disaster-area closet. It has a picture hanging in it, now, just because.
This is good.
I am trying very hard to be good.
...But I think I need to go make more meringue/whipped cream stuff to fill my remaining cream puffs, now. (I promise I will use the hand mixer and not mix by hand!)
*This is, I understand, the lack of anti-depressants talking - doc nixed my glorious return to St. John's Wort. So, I'll be asking my GP about getting back on the ol' SSRI train again, while I'm there for my forelimbs tomorrow. And this time I will try to remember not to skip off at the next station because I feel like it. Maybe This Time I Will Know Better. Haha.
**Not actually an improvement as far as hand resting goes, unfortunately. But Delicious.
***This is a kind of savory pie, not.. y'know. Pasties. Also not good for weak hands. But also tasty.