Friday, December 16, 2016

16 December 2016 (Friday)

Had Norma's funeral today. Many tears although, perhaps surprisingly, none from me. I have little left. Besides, I was 'angry' today for most of the day. Maybe 'dour' is a better word. I'll just go with angry and anyone reading this should take it as a somewhat mild form of that term.

Anyway, the service was very nice. My reading went fine. I patted Norma's casket on the way up. Chatted with quite a few people afterwards, including one woman who I recognized from my time in grad school. I think she knew some anthro people and we probably knew each other from various parties or something. We left about noon and went to McD's for a bit of lunch, and then I worked some in preparation for next week's fieldwork and then we went to UVil for some dinner and biscotti stuff. I'll attach Norma's biscotti recipe at the end of this. We made a batch and it turned out pretty good. Actually, quite tasty. I drank a beer. Made dinner. Walked.

Kinda slept badly again last night. New meds don't seem to be making any difference. But we'll see. Oh, this morning Daisy was being very affectionate and 'bizzy' but at one point I had placed my glass of soda on the bathroom cabinet as usual and she jumped up and knocked it into the sink breaking it, etc. Dangitall. I ordered a couple of Blatz ones from Amazon since I seem to go through them like popcorn.

Workout went really well, and Stewart was there. He's really a decent guy. Got back from Hong Kong last night.

Anyway, would probably have sobbed miserably this afternoon had I been alone. Not for Norma as much as the usual stuff. Because it still sucks. And will for a long, long time.

Norma's biscotti:
1 cup margarine — Cube[d]
1 cup butter — Cube[d]
2 cups sugar
1 cup almonds
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp amaretto
[4 eggs — guess]

1. Cream butter, add sugar, eggs, almonds, extracts
2. Add flour and baking powder
3. Make rolls (2 big or 4 little)
4. Bake 350 30 minutes
5. Cut about 1/2 inch, toast. (i.e., place cut sides up and cook more for about 15 min each side)

Note: Amaretto is utterly hideous straight up. 

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