Archive for : December, 2018

Unfortunately it’s over.

The part that I dislike most about CCC is the end. Not because they do bad endings or anything like that. It’s just because I never want it to end! Things got really, really crazy in Leipzig this year. If you were doing a Twitter search you probably saw most of it. I can’t say it wasn’t a whole lot of fun though, because it definitely was!
The past 4 days made the last week of the Christmas season enjoyable. That’s why I always call it the post-Christmas sanctum. I have to say that I probably needed it more than ever this year. There was way too much drama in my family leading up to Christmas. I feel like I’ve been on a trip, but I didn’t actually leave here. Of course I prepare like I’m going on a trip because everything is an entirely different timezone.
I actually developed my own recipe for Mochas during the Congress. The recipe goes like this. 16-20 ounces strongly brewed coffee. 7-10 chocolate kisses, either regular or hugs. I stir 2-3 kisses into the coffee at a time and test afterwards. You might not like as much chocolate as I do. I don’t use milk, cream, or anything like that. Just chocolate and coffee.
This happened because I accidentally put way, way too much coffee in the pot on day 1! Although stronger coffee makes for a better mocha.

The epic turkey project is complete!

Yay! My 6 pound turkey is done, completely broken down, and it turned out epically! We also made stuffing and green bean Casarole. All that in just shy of a few hours.
Melissa thought she had one of those oven bags you use to cook the turkey in, but she didn’t. Mom sent dad over with one, and he got here around 9:30 this morning. The turkey went in around 12:30, and came out at 2:00 exactly! Mom said it would probably take an hour to an hour and a half, and she was right!
As for other plans for today, we’re going to dinner with Grandma and her partner in about an hour or so. After that, I’m literally coming home and going to bed! I’m on CET time and I did not sleep well for some reason last night. I think it’s because I was nervous for today, about how everything would turn out. This morning I helped host the Internet radio show and we were broadcasting Santa’s liftoff live. Play acting, also known as role play is hard for me. I’m generally a call it like it is, tell the truth in all circumstances, kind of person.
By the way I probably won’t have time to get back here and post tomorrow. Here’s wishing everyone reading this a Merry Christmas!

Lecture list complete!

yeah, I finished the list of CCC lectures, which is easier for me than making a Christmas wishlist lol. the fact that none of my family, save for my sister, shops online makes that whole thing way, way too hard! It’s almost impossible, in fact.
For those who want to see the list, it’s right here. There are a lot of concurring lectures this time around. Over half of mine are concurrent.
On a somewhat related note, mom wants me to go to get Christmas bags for the kid’s gifts tomorrow. She also gave me the plans for Christmas eve, along with my grandma who I talked to while seeking information on how to cook a turkey, long story. My grandma says she won’t be here until 4 at the earliest on Monday, (blah, not this again!!) On top of that mom says we’re going to dinner Christmas eve. After they get here… around dinner time. Um… you and I both most likely know what that means. Knowing my grandma and her partner and with the issues they had last year, they probably won’t get here until around 5 or 6, anyway.
Last year we were having Christmas here, because parents and sister both lacked housing. I was on CET time, in preparation for CCC. This has happened since 2015, it’s a consistent thing. It happens every year now, you’d think my family could get it straight.
Unfortunately, they can’t seem to, which makes the pre-Christmas drama even worse. Grandma and her partner live 3 hours away so weather was an issue last year. However they didn’t decide that they were actually coming until the afternoon of Christmas. It takes them twice as long to drive anywhere because well… anyway, they didn’t end up getting here until right at the time I was supposed to be going to bed for the CET schedule. By then I was extremely tired, because I’d been up since 2:30 that morning as per the correct time, and it was an extremely exhausting day with kids everywhere. We still hadn’t eaten yet because we were waiting for them to get here. I asked if I could go to bed after I said hi, we ate etc. Of course mom said I had to wait until they left, which was a couple hours later. It was about 9:30 by then.

We’ve entered the final countdown!

Yep, only 10 days left until the post-Christmas sanctum that is CCC! I’ll officially begin CET time preparations in 3 days, although I’ve already started, almost. I haven’t yet finished my list of lectures, but I hope to work on this tomorrow, and throughout the week.
Melissa is coming over Monday to make me a turkey breast and stuffing! I should have enough leftovers to last a couple days, at least. Problem is I need a meat thermometer before Monday! I’m sure mom has one, I’m also sure the answer is going to be, “it’s packed in storage.” OK, I just found meat thermometers on Instacart! Wow Safeway has almost everything, except Peanut Butter Explosion Fudge, but that’s another story lol.

It’s that time of year again, preparing for CCC.

Lol the time of year in which I attempt to observe CET time for 4 days just after Christmas. Since I do take time to prepare beforehand, this drives my family absolutely up the wall, and that’s definitely an understatement! The CCC (35C3) schedule has been released. I started my lecture planning yesterday morning before church, and got through all of the day 1 lectures. here’s a link to the schedule itself. here’s a Wikipedia article, about the event, which I call my 4-day post-Christmas sanctum. I should be able to finish the lecture planning sometime this week, barring any unforeseen headaches.