Thursday, October 16, 2008

When all else fails, bake.

I've been coughing so much my ribs hurt. I slept past noon Sunday, and I never sleep late. Never.
Amigo still has a sore throat from his endoscopic tests. We may have more clues to solve the mystery of the stomach pain, but for now, he's still coping one day at a time.
A major virus hit our main desktop computer overnight. We are rebuilding from scratch, from what husband and his engineer pals call "First Birthday." Nothing, but nothing, survived.
I spent 45 minutes cleaning up and responding to my school email -- on a Sunday night!!
My world is spinning out of control.
I cope by accomplishing something simple: I bake. This time, I baked cookies. The dough was pre-made, a tub in the refrigerator from a choir fundraiser. Turn on the oven, scoop the dough onto the cookie sheets, and fifteen minutes later, voila! White chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
Bringing things down to a more elemental level helps me feel better in control. It takes the spinning world of emails and illnesses and work-family balance and lets me accomplish something worthwhile in a short period of time. Baking allows me to simplify, to slow down in a speeding world.
No recipe this time, folks. The recipe here isn't for cookies: it's for simplifying a complex life, taking down the stress level by focusing on a small success.
I think I'll go have a cookie now.
Happy Love Thursday, everyone.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You NEED that long weekend coming at the end of the month. I love to bake too when things get hairy. It is quite calming.

10/16/2008 12:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sharp said...

Sorry to hear about all the stress!! Enjoy your cookies and maybe some coffee or hot tea. :)

10/16/2008 3:41 PM  
Blogger Good N Crazy said...

I just made pumpkin cheesecake bars. And I will think of you while eating them.... in the interest of baking and all.

10/16/2008 7:49 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

It's so important to have something that helps you cope down. Lucky for everyone around you that it is cooking yummy treats!

10/16/2008 9:55 PM  
Blogger Margaret Cloud said...

Sorry to hear about the virus. Hope everyone is feeling better. I usually go to cleaning things to cope, and you have a nice relaxing week end.

10/18/2008 8:52 AM  

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