|When she was visiting Aidan last week (with make-up)|
Lydia spent an afternoon and evening with her friends, she hung out at school the first night she got here because I had, unfortunately, to be there for parent/teacher conferences, and we went to Zhen's basketball game (I was so glad he showed her his stuff). Far too brief a visit.
Yesterday morning Lydia and Ilya put up the Christmas tree. This is when it was discovered (always on a weekend - right?) that the basement flooded. No telling why; how I hope it is the city's issue! But, it is our issue no matter where the blockage, because although the basement (apart from the full bath the boys use) is only partially finished, we had all of our everything (off-season clothing, keepsakes, costumes, financial records) stored down there in boxes. Plus, the location of the worst of the flooding was where we had carefully put all the things we are saving for a spring yard sale. Or....probably were saving.... Now I have basement reclamation on my schedule for my Christmas "break".
Several times I've wanted to make Christmas cookies, but have not had the time, energy or patience.... To my mind (for some reason) there are only a few kinds of cookies that qualify as Christmas cookies. Pecan crescents (which my mom always made, but which I don't like all that much), decorated sugar cookies, and spritz cookies (the cookie-press ones.) A cookie press is something I've wanted for years, but never treated myself to, so though I did spend at least a half-hour one evening wandering around Jo-Anns, with the cookie press in my hand, in the end I was "sensible" realizing I don't need it. So, when I say I've wanted to make Christmas cookies, what I really mean is the shaped, frosted, decorated ones. But, I've been too lazy. I read an article in the newspaper though, where someone was quoted as saying snickerdoodles were his favorite "Christmas cookie". To my mind, they are not Christmas cookies! They are regular, everyday cookies. But, perhaps to feel as though I'd made Christmas cookies, I made snickerdoodles last night. All that happened is that I ate way too many of them - and I still don't feel like I made Christmas cookies!