Wednesday, April 4, 2012

In Which We Have Better Days

When one is severely sleep deprived, one is not really subject to the same level of stress simply because a large part of one's mind/ body is not functioning. This, I learned, makes for better days. Like today.

I went to Denny's, as previously reported, after not sleeping all night. Not actually my idea of a good time, but if one must not sleep, one can always go to Denny's at crazy hours.

The 4am Denny's Skillet
I came home, changed into work clothes, and caught the skytrain to my sister's place. She helped me lug all the waffle-making ingredients to work, and then helped me manage the waffle iron (being tired time seemed to take forever and I was wrecking waffles with my constant urge to check).

Sister Helping

Here. Have the waffle recipes I used:

Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookie Waffles
3.5 Cups quick oats
2 Cups pastry flour
2 teaspoons salt
3 Cups milk
1 can pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons baking powder
2 Tablespoons molasses
4 Tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 Cup sugar

Gingerbread Spice Waffles
3 Cups pastry flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon mace
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1.5 Cups milk
1/2 Cup molasses
1/2 Cup melted butter

 The recipes make more than you may eat, but they freeze beautifully...and are toaster-friendly.

My co-workers bought in delicious toppings: blueberry syrup, raspberry syrup, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, candy, fruit, devilled eggs, etc.

Waffle Mountain with Toppings

More Toppings, Coffee, and Juice!
The waffles were a big hit and carried the morning into our team meeting. I remained very quiet during this meeting and had a bit of time to just sit back and let others work out all the problems and concerns. A good way to start the day, as I was away from my desk and all the emails, communicator messages, and other forms of work waiting me there.

It is strange to think that I will not be at work beyond next Thursday. I only have four more days of work. Two of my co-workers gave me gifts today. The first was a shawl from India.

Bat-man Wishes His Cape Looked This Good
My co-worker picked it for me because of the beautiful purples and pinks. I love it. It's soft and lovely.

Floral Print Shawl
The second gift was a few different gifts from a co-worker and his family. The first item in this gift was the Lonely Planet Travel Book. Already I'm addicted to reading it. The pictures alone make me thumb through it without pause. The details of each country make my feet itch for adventure like you wouldn't believe.

The Travel Book & Ichi
Wrapped with this book was a DVD my co-worker had lent me months ago: Ichi. Having since bought the blu-ray, the DVD had become superfluous and remembering how much I loved it, he gifted the DVD to me.

How to Spend Time
I spent the rest of my day doing what I did yesterday, which means none of my usual work and a whole lot of helping others. Today was just as intense as yesterday, but between the team meeting taking up my morning and the insomnia sapping my emotional comprehension, I only suffered a migraine (which Zomig solved) and not a complete breakdown/ wall strike like yesterday.

Oh, yesterday.

When I returned home and checked my email I noticed an email from Cirque Du Soleil had arrived in my inbox. The email advertised a pre-sale for a new show, and I have now bought tickets for Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna, which comes to Vancouver in November. This means a trip up to see family and a wonderful show. This also helps me accomplish goal #104 on my Longer than Life list. :D Side benefit, of course. I had a significant positive balance on my visa (read: a few hundred) due to budgeting oddities (read: I'm weird), so this ticket purchase has not upset the budget balance where unemployment savings are concerned.

Life today. Better than yesterday. Who knows what tomorrow will be...aside from home. Tomorrow I get to go home.

I imagine bed is just around the corner. Perhaps I'll speed my way to it.
I so tired...

1 comment:

  1. You look very much like the zombie Justus post-diving accident, minus the red eyes, of course :)