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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy

It's been a busy week so far. On Monday, I spent the day with my sister Lynn, Mom and the kids. Maybe it's me but, whenever I spend the day with my niece and nephew, I come home exhausted. I guess it's because, having never had children myself, I'm just not used to the level of activity and noise kids produce. I did complete one task that I've been promising my niece I'd do for her. I taught her how to make (and eat) chocolate chip cookie dough. For some reason, she has always been fascinated with my story of how I made it through graduate school by studying with a friend while eating uncooked cookie dough and now Elle knows what it tastes like. Mission accomplished.

Tuesday was a Mom day and, as usual, I took her out for lunch and then to her Fall Prevention class. Next week is her 8th and final class where the seniors will be re-tested and then gather for a little potluck goodbye party. I'm in a quandry as to what to bring. The class starts at 2:00PM and I need something that can sit in a hot car (in a cooler if necessary) while we go to lunch first. Any ideas (and recipes) would be greatly appreciated.

Yesterday was very busy. Rick and I went to the YMCA in the morning where I tested my newly healed foot on the treadmill, followed by some work on the weight machines and then part of an Aqautics class. Then he and I went out for lunch and to a golf store to buy him some more golf balls.

In the afternoon, we attended the funeral of a 59-year-old friend who passed away after a long courageous battle against cancer. Craig was a runner, writer, a true Renaissance man, and the nicest, gentlest man I've ever known and we (his friends and family) will miss him greatly. He is now the third friend who has passed away after the discovery of a melanoma and I urge everyone to make sure that all family members (particularly youngsters) take great care to protect themselves from the sun.


Renee said...

I'm at a loss for a recipe for you.

so just how do you make the cookie dough? do you make it w/o eggs so it's safe to eat or just throw caution to the wind?

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. Yeah cancer is yucky.

ms chica said...

I lost a niece to a brain tumor a few years ago. It was preceded by a melanoma in her teens. I feel you, and Craig's family. He was fortunate to see his fifties and spend time with his family.

As for a recipe, I would suggest something sweet. My grandmother loves sugar.

rosemary said...

So sorry about the loss of your friend...

I don't cook or bake so it is store bought something for me....I'm pathetic in the kitchen and dust my stove top.

Linda said...

Ah, raw chocolate chip cookie dough - there's just nothing like it anywhere in the world, is there?

So sorry to hear about your friend's death, 59 is still awfully young no matter how you look at it.

I'm sorry I'm no help on a recipe, I seem to have lost all of my cooking abilities as of late for some unknown reason!

Patti said...

So sorry to read of your friend's death at a young age. Melanoma is scary.