what a crazy few days have transpired in my absence from this here little blog. sorry for that absence, by the way - you'd think that during my vacation, i'd have more time to blog, right? ha! here's what i've been doing instead:
1) counting down days
Chris is coming to Lil' Hometown - and to ME - so soon! in under two weeks, he'll be at my house - and i honestly cannot wait :D my countdown chart is coming along fantastically; now i just reckon it could move a little faster ;)
so today's technically day 13... but i'll only put the sticker up over the 13 at 3:30pm, cause that's when Chris arrives. cause i'm obsessive-compulsive. okay.
...on Sunday, where the highlight of our day was seeing this lovely lioness just chillin' in a tree for a good 40 minutes :D
(i took this photo... HA! *boast boast boast*)
3) making Christmas cards
my beautiful friend Kate decided that what would be really fantastic this Christmas would be to send actual Christmas cards... in the post, not via e-mail or Facebook. so i picked up the baton and then decided that i had time on my hands and so i could even MAKE the cards... myself. which i did. and which took a lot longer than i expected! but it was lots of fun :)
i finally sent them all off yesterday morning (15 of them... which sounds sorta little but is a lot, let me tell you), each one enveloped and stamped... and now i'm just praying they all get to where they need to go!
4) getting end-of-year varsity results
...which were, um, very pleasant. and hey, everyone - my sister has a teaching certificate now, and she got it with a distinction! :D we had a celebratory lunch with my mom on Tuesday, and then ordered pizzas for dinner and watched Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (which i'll talk a little bit about just now). on top of that, sometime yesterday afternoon i was also offered a really incredible studying opportunity that i'm still struggling to wrap my head around... needless to say, i feel seriously blessed.
after the horror of Friday, and after finding out that sweet Daisy Merrick, whose story my family and i have been following for at least two years now, is once more facing chemo and an uphill battle after two new tumours were discovered in her abdominal region...
(follow Daisy's story here)
after watching Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a movie adaptation of a book with the same title that deals with a young boy whose father was killed in the 9/11 attacks... after all of these things, i've been reflecting a lot in the past few days on the value of life and how important it is that we make the days we have been given here count. so i've been doing lots of thinking - EXCITING, yo.
....aaaaand then i had to get into the kitchen, obviously :P you'll recall that i baked cupcakes for my mom's class a couple weeks ago and i was itching to try something new (since all i make most of the time is... cupcakes). the marvellous Mirtle posted a cute semi-illustrated recipe for ginger biscuits on her Facebook page a few weeks back and i decided that i'd tackle it with gusto. the cookies are DELICIOUS, guys! here's the recipe:
it's worth noting that you should set your oven to 180°C (±350°C) when you start mixing up the batter; she omits a temperature on her instructions, which yielded interesting results for not-an-everyday-baker Hannah, who didn't know at which temperature to bake her cookies... ha!
yesterday morning i made more of 'em ginger biscuits...
no, wait, not those ginger biscuits! these ones :P
om nom nom.
here's the recipe, if you're interested, as designed by me :P
speaking of baking, i can smell cherry-chocolate muffins from the kitchen... yummmm.
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how are all of YOU?!