While Dan was gone

Last Sunday I dropped Dan off at the airport on his way to a week of managerial training in St. Louis. Last night he got home and we’ve spent the first part of the Memorial Day weekend together. So what did I do while he was gone?

1) I baked. Anyone who visited my webpage this week saw the recipes for the brownies and pretzel M&M blondies that I made last Sunday, but that’s not the full extent of it. When my friend Melissa, who is in the hospital recovering from surgery on a broken foot and pregnant at the same time, commented on a picture of a brownies I posted on Facebook I knew I had to send some to her and her husband. Unfortunately Sunday’s brownies and blondies weren’t enough to fill an entire box, so on Tuesday I made two more new recipes – blackberry brownies thins and brown butter blondies. I’ll post those recipes next week, but the bottom line is that the brown butter blondies were out of this world. My mouth is watering just thinking about them!
2) I stuffed my co-workers with sweets. I took most of the leftover brownies and blondies I made last week to work with me to keep from eating them all myself. My co-workers liked them so much that they were disappointed on the days I didn’t bring anything in!
3) I slept in. When Dan isn’t here I lose all accountability for getting up early and going to work at my usual time. My normal arrival time is around 7 AM, but last week when I didn’t have anyone reminding me not to ignore my alarm I was getting to work between 8 and 9 AM. It was just so easy to go back to sleep! I kept telling myself that the additional sleep was good for my health, but I think I was really just lazy.
4) I went to the doctor. I’ve been having trouble with my vision lately and I had a follow-up appointment with my optometrist on Friday. Fortunately the condition that she wanted to check up on was discovered to be nothing too worrisome. I’ve been seeing a dark speck in my right eye recently, but after what seemed like hours of having a very bright light shone into my dilated right eye (which is very uncomfortable), it turned out to be just a normal “floater” that’s seemingly not causing any damage. That was a relief. I’ve been concerned about retinal detachment for a month now!
5) I ate out. I usually go out to lunch with a few of my co-workers every couple of weeks, and this Wednesday I talked them in to going to The Mad Greek in Stanton (kind of a far drive for lunch) because I’ve had a gyro craving for weeks. Dan and I have eaten at The Mad Greek in Baker (in the desert, on the way to Las Vegas) and it was delicious so I was expecting nothing less from the establishment in Stanton. I was not disappointed. My gyro was every bit as good as I remembered. I don’t think I’ll be able to convince my co-workers to go back there again, but my gyro craving was satisfied so I was happy.
6) I watched movies. Since the perfect time to watch chick flicks is when Dan is out of town, I got discs 1 and 2 of “Cranford” from Netflix last week. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a wonderful BBC miniseries adapted from three Victorian-era novellas by Elizabeth Gaskell. The stories are centered around a group of unmarried or widowed women who have to fend for themselves in the man’s world that was nineteenth century England. I absolutely loved it. Right now I’m scheming to get “Return to Cranford” from Netflix so that I can watch it as soon as possible. I’m going to have to return “Lethal Weapon 4” that Dan and I watched tonight first, though.
7) I hung out. Going to the Angels game with my co-workers on Thursday was the most interesting thing I did all week. The rest of my free time was spent relaxing at home with my laptop, the TV, and a book (when I wasn’t baking, of course). It was glorious. Speaking of books, has anyone read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson? I know it’s a wildly popular book these days, but I’m on page 156 of my dad’s copy and it’s pretty boring so far. Someone please tell me that it gets better!

3 thoughts on “While Dan was gone

  1. I’ve read the entire “Millenium Trilogy”. Yes, it gets better. Is it deserving of its wild popularity? Probably not, but it’s fairly compelling and a lot better written than, say, The DaVinci Code.

  2. Since I wrote this post the book has started getting more interesting. Good thing or I would have given up soon. I hate to say this, but I haven’t actually read The DaVinci Code, but I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

  3. I agree that it was VERY slow in the beginning – but gets better. As for The DaVinci Code, it’s a compelling, fast read, and maybe even mildly thought provoking, but not great literature by any means. Worth it if you are bored or have the time. :)

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