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Tuesday
Nov062018

Small Victories

Mila's preschool held an election today, which was appropriate as she once again accompanied me to the polls to do the civic duty thing later in the day. Her preschool election was about something slightly less important than election officials, though. Instead of picking between people, she had a chance to weigh in on her choice for lunch on Friday.

The little election had a polling booth and ballots and the whole bit, which I know because Mila told me about it about 13524624513 times, except she said she "boted." I'm not telling her it's a "v". Don't you dare tell her either. She also told me that her choices in the election were hamburgers, hot dogs, or pizza. Which, LOLOLOLOL. The kid is a vegetarian, so only one of those choices was a REAL choice for her.

Go ahead and draw your own similarities between real life campaigns and that little situation.

Hamburgers won, which is fine because there will be a veggie burger for Mila, so in the end it will all be okay. Better than okay, even, because OMG SHE IS SO EXCITED. Along with the veggie burger will be some french fries, or so Mila is assuming, so maybe having your imperfect choice can still lead to good things.

You following me, internet?

Imperfect can still lead to good things and solid improvements for some people. Embrace it.

And let's keep marching towards equality for all people.

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Monday
Nov052018

Shine Bright. Or Something.

I'm going to admit a thing I never thought I would feel, let alone admit to feeling -- I wasn't ready to dive head first into Christmas decorating. I don't know why, but I was relieved when Alexis had put away all of the Halloween decorations on Friday. I was even more relieved when nobody immediately insisted on putting the trees up.

I was thinking that maybe we could wait a week? I don't know why. I've looked at the schedule for the rest of November and GAAAAAAH. There is so little time. It's best that we get a solid start now, but ... meh. Let's just wallow in the darkness of fall and winter. Given that Mila is ALL OF THE ANGRY about the time change, I figured I would be angry too.

Speaking of the time change, Mila and I spent an hour arguing about it today. She didn't understand why it was dark so early. Every one of my explanations was met with an eye roll and a judgey statement. My favorite was when I said we changed the clocks because it's dark in the winter a lot and we need more light in the morning. Mila replied, "That doesn't even make sense."

She's not wrong.

ANYWAY.

I was going to wallow in the darkness. I gave in and let Mila have a tree in her bedroom immediately after Halloween, but I figured that was enough.

NOPE.

I left for two hours yesterday. For two hours, Alexis had cheer practice and I stayed out running errands. Mila used those two hours to very effectively convince the other adult in our home that I said the trees could go up. Which, I didn't. But I wasn't there to call her out on her lies, so she dove ALL IN.

"Mom said we should put all the trees up while Alexis is at cheer," was the line that got her started.

She got her way. There are a crapton of trees up at my house. AND I DON'T REGRET MILA'S ACTIONS AT ALL, SO SUCK IT.

I'm going to go wallow in my shiny and bright. It *is* way more fun than the darkness of winter.

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Sunday
Nov042018

Pumpkin Cookies

I know y'all are still recovering from Halloween, but I'm over here trying to help Mila cope with her post-Halloween blues and you know what makes days merrier and brighter?

CHRISTMAS STUFF.

So now begins my 20-some days of Christmas preparation, soon to be followed by SO MUCH THANKSGIVING, and then ALL OF THE CHRISTMAS WOOOO! It's a Christmas sandwich, if you will.

Or a pumpkin cookie sandwich. Whatever.

I'm starting to plan my Christmas baking because I will start it for real in about a week. It's all about the freezer-friendly early on so that I end up with sufficient time to get through everything without going crazy. And, thus, these guys. They freeze well and the recipe is well-proven.

Pumpkin Cookies

4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
2 cups vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
1 can pumpkin puree (29 oz)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream cheese frosting (I used this recipe, but canned frosting will work)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in a large mixing bowl. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat the vegetable shortening and sugar until well mixed, about 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and continue to beat until blended.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture at low speed until combined.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet. They don't spread too much, so you can get away with leaving about an inch in between each cookie.

Bake 15-17 minutes, or until edges begin to brown.

And by "the edges begin to brown," I mean barely. They don't change color much. See? The bottoms are a little darker than the tops, but it's not significant.

Don't sweat it. They're done if you see any color change.

Cool on cookie sheets a few minutes, and then transfer the cookies to cooling racks. Once completely cooled, top each cookie with a bit of cream cheese frosting.

These cookies are a little cake-like. If you refrigerate them for a bit, the frosting will set just enough to make them stackable, so they're great for throwing in tins and giving as gifts.

Or eating by the fistful. Whichever.