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i have a friend who believes christmas would not lose any bit of ‘special’ even if it was celebrated every single day of the year. as long as the stresses and frustrations that come with the holidays don’t also stay strong, i’m fine with that idea. am i the only one who still has candy canes from last winter?

after a couple weeks full of busy days, i was suddenly confused by all the free time i have. whenever my sister suggests we watch [yet] a[nother] movie, i, out of habit, consult my mental planner to see what tasks i need to finish before i have any free time. but it’s empty now.

and what a great thing! for now i have about a month of free time before i start a very busy couple months governed by lectures, hopeful class participation, office working hours–not to mention serving deep-fried-mars-bars-hungry customers, if i can help it. this means for now i have some time to watch films, watch the magical benedict cumberbatch in and as sherlock, and rewatch episodes of modern family, all the while anticipating my new roles for the summer period. hopefully i’ll also spend a significant amount of time more actively so that i can do things worth watching, as well. in a non-creepy way.

a couple days ago i decided it was time to use a few more of those leftover candy canes i still keep in the cupboard from last christmas. sister by my side, i made candy cane crinkle cookies after reading table for two (whose recipe for oreo cheesecake bars i am always dreaming about soon making). sister took care of the fluffing up of sugar and butter, and i looked after impatiently combining the dry ingredients so i could have myself some cookies.

for whatever depressing reason our cookies didn’t spread like table for two’s. fattydumpling and i experimented with flattening the dough before baking to see if we could produce nicely flat things, nonetheless, to my delight they were still wonderfully chewy regardless, and induced a late-night gorging of cookies. i think i’ll make them again before this week ends. it’s not like time is against me.

i can’t eat peppermint sugar cookies and not think of christmas! and today while at a bakery i saw hanging christmas lights and metallic bows. perhaps it’s time to start buying gifts on behalf of nick.

yo ho.

ed sheeran/the a team 

also, my sister said to me today,

‘i have a theory that when we go out, you become ten years younger.’

(let me point out that while this may be read as an endearing sister-to-sister comment about youth and life, by ‘younger’ i’m completely sure she meant ‘more immature’. my sister’s a bully)

my friends’ interests always have a way to creeping into mine. i suppose this is something that is natural.

(once in a while i feel an emerging interest in weapon-themed merch!)

(as days pass i feel more and more inclined towards saving people from the discriminating and hateful)

(i want to be dark and cuddly at the same time !)

(…i enjoy the occasional story about britanna, and i really really wanna discover what adventure time is all about)

i’m not totally sure what amusing quirks I possess, but my friends are aware of my habit of making and eating sweets. sometimes i try to make baking THEIR OBSESSION… most of the time it doesn’t work, but my attempts result in hoot-ful fun days, regardless.

this holiday we made the decision to be charitable a tiny bit late, for all the volunteer spots seemed to be filled. however! we did discover that donations for baked goods were gladly being accepted for the many charitable events at yonge street mission. and so we baked.

pooling together some of my favourite ingredients, –albeit i have quite a few– we made some chocolate candy cane cookies (delicious! i love chocolate and peppermint :) and cookies and cream fudge (condensed milk + white chocolate + oreos = sweeet, in all of its definitions).

bellyfulla samplings from our labours of love, i hopped off with one of my baking buddies to drop off our donation.

conclusion of the day: i love love in all of its forms.

happy christmas/hanukah/kwanzaa/holidays and etc ;D