Things I have learned in the last 10 days:
- When it comes to edible gifts, it's always good to make a test batch. Because recipe number one looked like this, and tasted even worse.
- Never assume the shop which sells the cookie bags is actually open on Christmas Eve. Baking eleven batches of cookies and making eleven bags from scratch does not leave much time for bag-packing, card-writing or day-enjoying.
- How to make chef hats.
- My younger nephew does not like wearing hats.
- If I made my dad a chef's hat, he would secretly be very happy.
- You can make two small-boy sized aprons with pockets and two matching bear-sized aprons from three tea-towels and some twill tape.
(Pic courtesy of my sister.)
- Cards which are also decorations that can be used in future years are a very good thing.
- I will be very glad to get back to normal, or at least what passes for normal here, next week.
Things I still need to learn:
- How to properly set the white-balance on my camera. Blue-grey winter light photos are ugly; correcting them after the fact is time-consuming and, I suspect, avoidable.
Things I've been reminded of:
- New Year's Eve is overrated.
- Six family homes in five different locations over three days is too much driving.
- iPods, audiobooks and cheesy musicals make most things more bearable.
- No good deed goes unpunished.