Archive - 2013

Merry Christmas!


I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along the unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

Till, ringing singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Cookie tally & work holiday wrapup

The cookies are done and I sang “O night Diviiiiiiine” as I shoved the cooling racks into the dishwasher and put the mixer back up on top of the fridge. Here’s the final tally:


Yes, that is a cookie frosted to resemble the Liberty Bell.

  • Two batches of gingerbread people
  • One batch of peppermint swirl cookies
  • Two batches of sugar cutout cookies, artfully decorated by WM
  • Two batches of peanut butter blossoms
  • One batch of spritz (cookie press) cookies
  • One batch of chocolate chip cookies (I don’t like how they came out but others like’em)
  • Two batches of snickerdoodle cookies
  • Two batches of Pillsbury slice-n-bake peppermint cookies for WM’s classes (not pictured)
  • Two batches of white chocolate peppermint brownies for the work bake-off (not pictured)

This photo is from tonight, and in addition to the not-pictured items, I’ve already sent a tray of cookies off to my father and taken a tray to work. So there were more cookies.


We had our work holiday party on the Spirit of Philadelphia. Omigosh, so swanky. Here is me, dancing at the far right with some people from TNP and some people from another company who had their party at the same time.

I have no shame.

Because I’m nice, I won’t name the others.

This may have been the Cha Cha slide. And I still wear silly Christmas hats.

Here are the brownies that got me 3rd place in the bakeoff:


White chocolate peppermint brownies

Recipe here. I also won 3rd place in the holiday trivia contest. It pays to be middle-aged and know stupid things.

And my coworkers and I got together and made our own basket of cheer for our manager:

gift basket with enough booze to kill a man

The bow-making skills I learned at JCPenney’s gift wrap counter 20+ years ago still come in handy today!

There is enough alcohol in that basket to kill a man. The pic in front was taken on the Spirit of Philadelphia.

Next up — I have to pour a bit of cheer and finish wrapping presents!

The meteor's coming – get some beer!

I have to take 2 minutes to get this one down before it leaves my brain forever..

Last night’s dream:

A large meteor is hurtling toward earth. It’s up to me and my team of scientists (!!) to figure out how to mitigate as much devastation as we can. We pinpoint the approximate landing point – a large beach in South America. So we decided to cover a 5 square mile area with tractor trailers filled with beer and strapped loosely together.

My stupid alarm ended the dream, but that seems “science” enough to work, right?

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