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Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005
Semi-Productive Day

Well I got a FEW things done today that I intended to do. Not everything but the majority of what I set out to do. Got more work done on the domain, worked on the domain for pay, got my laundry done, stuck to my diet despite taking my shopping cart down the Christmas candy aisle at Wally World, and made it home alive. I still need to finish up a few things before the concert tonight but all in all I think it has been a worthwhile day.

I do have to put two roasts into the crock pot to cook, with plans that tomorrow is tamale day. That is, it will be provided I can find the masa and the ancha chilis! I hadn't thought in terms of not being able to find the things to make tamales. Homemade tamales are a Christmas tradition among most of the Hispanic families I know, so I figured I'd have no problem getting the materials. But I didn't consider the fact that there are almost no Hispanic residents here. I mean, there are a few - but possibly not enough for the local grocers to carry those supplies, darn it.

If that's the case, I will have to make a trip to the Phoenix area just to buy the accoutrements for making tamales, something I had hoped to avoid. Gas prices being what they are, that would make for some mighty expensive tamales... If it comes to that, i'll probably shift gears and go with more traditional non-Hispanic fare, but I won't be happy about it.

I guess I could dig up my old recipe for shortbread ornament cookies; can't even remember for sure now what they were called. They are small shortbread cookies wrapped around a surprise center - a Hershy kiss, a walnut half, a maraschino cherry, something like that. When you finish with them, you roll them in powdered sugar that's been tinted with food coloring and when you put them into a clear glass jar, they are very pretty. I love shortbread cookies, myself, so I used to make them every year when my kids were little. Nowadays I'm not even sure if I still have the recipe.

Of course if I end up cooking things of that sort, my diet's bound to be trashed in short order. With tamales, no worries. I will eat maybe one or two and be MORE than satisfied for the year. With cookies, cakes and such, it's a whole 'nother story.

I'm doubly irked because I didn't get paid for the work last weekend. I won't agree to cover the event next year, that's for sure. (This wasn't a job for the radio station, per se. It was an outside agency that hired me for the work.) I counted on that extra money when I was budgeting for my Christmas shopping. Since it never came through, it really put me into a bind. Here's hoping I can get the money from the web work before next weekend, or I won't get to even drive down to see the kids for Christmas. I'm not too worried about that, though - all it will take is a phone call and I'll be able to drive to Globe to pick up a check.

Ah well... Best I go to the grocery store now to see if they have what I need. Otherwise I'm going to have to rethink my strategy.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )