making brownies (again) and biscotti

roasting nuts for biscotti

Originally uploaded by nonsonoitaliana

The sun came out today for the first time in the new year. I don’t think I could bear more rain today, as certain developments are bearing down on me hard enough as it is.

My arrangement to teach in Sweden seems to be crumbling apart, with all kinds of sad and difficult complications including terrible mis-communications due to distance and probably cultural differences. As there is a friendship involved in this arrangement, I am feeling very heavy indeed today.

On top of this, I learned that Ilario will begin working abroad some at the factory in China. It will be two weeks at a go, we don’t know how often. They may also have need for him to make shorter trips as well to places like Finland, on short notice. That flattened me; somehow I hadn’t realized this could be part of his work.

So what can be done when life flattens you like this? How to handle the disappointments and fears?

Of course the first thing to do is to take a nap. A long nap. And then wake up with the sun streaming in the window. Then rustle up some energy to turn on NPR, and pull together the motivation to make brownies. And when the brownies have been made, start on some more complicated orange biscotti. And by then the sun is going down, so haul the body out onto the balcony to soak up the last rays.

That’s about all.

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One Response to “making brownies (again) and biscotti”

  1. anna Says:

    life has thrown us some proverbial curveballs recently as well. i am feeing like 2 steps forward 5 steps back…and dragging all the kids with. aren’t parents supposed to have it figured out??!! but you ARE creating happiness with the brownies for all your italian friends!

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