Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Spending, sending and receiving

I spent the weekend in a mad bake-athon of my own making. It was fun, but kind of exhausting, but I did manage to bake quite a number of (hopefully) tasty things. Apart from the Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies, which was my sole creation on Saturday, I spent Sunday making these recipes:

Lemon Buttermilk Cookies
White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

I wanted to make about two or three more items, but I ran out of time, motivation and butter, which is apparently the cornerstone ingredient in every single baking recipe. Ever. Anyway, nothing else can fit in the box I'm sending to D, so he gets what he gets.

I took the truck in for repairs today, fearing the worst, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. The fuel pump needed replacing (and the oil light is still going on because...?). I dropped it off at about 9am and it was finished and ready to go before 11:00. Total damage: $289.98. A bit steep, but what can you do? You pay what you have to. These guys are downtown, so it's walking distance from work, which is one of the reasons I go to them. I'm glad to have her back, and she's plugged in for the night.

I got home to find my Amazon order waiting for me. I bought Gail Vaz-Oxlade's new book "Debt-Free Forever," and am looking forward to reading it (I have to finish my Jo Nesbo mystery first, however...sorry, Gail!). I also purchased "30 Rock" S2 and a book I read a couple of years ago called "The Writer's Mentor," which is a thoughtful book on encouraging and motivating you to write. I need a gentle shove.

My biopsy has been arranged for January 22 in Vancouver. The flight is covered by health care, I would just have to arrange a hotel, but will most likely stay with a friend who has offered me her spare bedroom, as well as to drive me to and from the hospital! How lovely. And the bonus, of course, is that I would have lots of time to spend with her.

Time for bed and for at least two more chapters in my book: if you like mysteries, but haven't yet discovered Jo Nesbo (Norwegian author), I very much recommend him. Excellent!


Mary said...

Thanks for the author tip. I'm going to check him out!

A day of baking? What could be more fun and rewarding than that? Especially since you have someone to whom to send the results. I usually end up eating mine, which adds a good dollop of guilt to my days of baking!

The Asian Pear said...

eep. I hope the biopsy isn't serious!

Northern Living Allowance said...

Hi Mary - I've just started a first book by him and not even halfway through and am REALLY enjoying it!

Part of the problem with all the baking is that I CAN'T eat it, but you're right. It was nice to be able to send it away. I hope it arrived safely yesterday!

Hi Pear - it's a renal biopsy (kidneys). They aren't working as they should be, so they're doing some exploring to find out why. Hopefully they'll find an answer!

The Asian Pear said...

well, I hope they find out soon. and it's nothing serious. :)
maybe you just need more veggies. ;)