It's Chrismas Eve and I feel like I'm about to lose my mind! I over committed to too many things. I'm tired. Legit tired. I wake in the AM and I feel like I'm melted into my bed and I can't move. I think it's just stress and too many commitments.
Our PTO cut off was the 18th. So I was off last week, but I'm working this week. The PTO policy at my work is such a pain in that way. And I don't want to use 2016 PTO while it's still 2015! So here I am at work this morning - for 4 hours. We have an amazing owner that often gives us "early shoves" when there are holidays. Today we get 4 hours off. So I came in at 6 Am so I can leave at 10 AM. Why? Because we have to drive to Columbia MO to get Eli from the Mizzou vet clinic. Last week Tuesday (when I was off) we took him to the vet for further evaluation and we couldn't find anything. So the next step was a bone scan. But they didn't have any appointments till Monday. So we brought him home and took him back on Sunday. Ugh - just what I wanted to do my last day off work and just what I wanted to do today on Christmas Eve. But the bottom line is that I will do anything for my pets. I just didn't "plan" this and so I have to fit it in. What it really means for me is no relaxation. I have every minute planned from now till 11 AM tomorrow when we have to be at my mother in law's house for Christmas. That being said - the bone scan for Eli revealed neck and back arthritis and he got both injected. That's all we can do. If that doesn't help him he will be on a daily anti inflammatory to keep him comfortable.
In the meantime I've been trying to finish Christmas shopping and wrapping and baking. I *love* wrapping gifts. I have most of them wrapped. I also love baking and I hate that Christmas is a Friday this year. With working all week I've been baking at night. I felt like last weekend was just too early to bake it all and keep it fresh.
Last week Friday I made this cake for the barn where I board Eli. It's a Tie Dye Christmas Wreath Cake that I make every year for the barn. I love it! It's fun to make and I add some almond extract. It was yummy this year and it's gone in the blink of an eye.
I made these cookies. They are called Almond Balls, but I need a new name. They are like a sugar cookie with almond extract. I got the recipe from a previous coworker. I hate calling them almond balls because people seem to think they are full of nuts and they aren't. Have I mentioned I love almond extract. I could drink the whole bottle! As it is I double (at least) the amount in every recipe. I count like this: 1 tsp . . . 2 tsp . . . whole bottle. Ha ha! :) That stuff is the bomb!
Then I made my Grandma's thumbprint cookies. She made these every single Christmas when I was a kid. They bring back such memories and now I will carry on the tradition.
And last night I made these cream cheese rollups. They are made with white bread if you can believe that. I don't have a nice fancy photo of them cause I was cranky as heck last night and snapped a pic when they came out of the oven. I could have used some help from my husband last night make these, but he sat in the recliner surfing facebook on the iPad. I got this recipe a *long* time ago from my Aunt. She passed away 12 years ago when she was 36. So this recipe has been around a long time. They remind me of her and while they aren't hard to make and take very little ingredients, making them alone sucks.
So the clock is ticking and I have 3 hours till I can leave work and go pick up my baby! I promised him he'd be home for Christmas.
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope it's an enjoyable time with the ones you love.