All remaining midterms, quizzes, and research papers have been graded. All final exams have been written. There are no more lectures to prepare and nothing left to do but wait. 160 final exams will come rolling across my desk next Tuesday, but until then…I am freeeeeeeee!
What to do with this wonderful little lull, this calm before the storm?
Well, of course, I shall write. That goes without saying. I have a new short story I’m working on, and the poor characters in ABSENT have been stuck in the Ices Ages for months and months freezing their patooties off – some of them are in limbo just waiting to be killed before the third act. How cruel of me! Obviously something must be done.
Also, we’re having our annual Holiday Party this weekend. So cookies and candy will be happening in Miranda’s Kitchen of Culinary Delights and Disasters. Today I will tackle 2 types of bark: chocolate toffee with sea salt and chocolate macadamia nut. I’ll also be trying two new cookies — a Finnish brown-butter sandwich cookie with blackberry jam filling and a Welsh griddle cookie. Tomorrow, the Great Eggnog Caper begins, in which I make my famous (at least in my mind) homemade eggnog and then attempt to refrain from drinking it all before the party on Sunday. Oh, and fillings for tea sandwiches are on the docket, and Christmas music, and a few last gift purchases, and…well, you get the idea.
So, that’s my next four days. What have you all got brewing?