Finals are happening pretty late here this semester, so classes are just today wrapping up, and we only have one day between when students leave and when our winter break starts. For some reason, in my mind I had interpreted this to mean that early December would just fly on by. That has … not been the case. At least on the work front, December has been mostly a grind.

Outside of work, though, the holiday season is bringing the usual flurry of parties and other activities. Last weekend we had T’s office holiday party on Friday, which was fun and I finally got to see the inside of his workplace, and a Belgian-themed dinner party with some friends. It was delicious – I’m so lucky to have friends who can cook – and we had a leek tart, carbonade flamande, and I made profiteroles with chocolate sauce (the ice cream was store bought).

Profiteroles
Profiteroles!

Sunday we got up early to try and track down a snowy owl at North Point State Park (no luck), and got stuck in a bit of a snowstorm coming home. We’d made plans to meet friends for the Mayor’s Christmas Parade, but after that was snowed out, we went for piping hot Mexican food instead. Tuesday I got a snow day (poor T only got a late start) which I used to catching up on my reading for book club Friday (Pigeon English) and do a little baking.

Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Bread
Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Bread
Peanut Butter Brownies
Peanut Butter Brownies (With Sunken Middles)

In anticipation of some upcoming travel – San Francisco with the family for Christmas, Philadelphia with T for Midwinter – I bought myself a new camera and have been getting used to it over the last few days. Cookie hasn’t been well-pleased by this turn of events …

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