long ago, i had taken this whole week off, planning to take a train and see my parents. when illinois’ infection numbers skyrocketed and the CDC started begging people to stay home, i decided it was best to stay here. my parents are peak risks (both are overweight and have minor health issues; my dad has high blood pressure and diabetes) so i felt nervous about going.
i was the lone asshole who stayed home: my parents had my youngest brother over, and my next younger brother and sister-in-law (who live in oregon) went to her parents’ house. i felt terrible that i wasn’t there, so i coordinated a zoom call with everyone so we could at least catch up for a while. we laughed, nobody argued, and penny the three-legged cat made an appearance; it was a-okay.
a nice little end-cap to my day was that my boss dropped off a “ruined” pumpkin roll. she’s a fantastic baker and sometimes sells her cakes and cookies as a side-hustle. she often offers me her leftovers and experiments so we can talk flavors and technique. i had a cuppa joe and relished this absolutely perfect pumpkin snack while i waited for my biscuits to bake.
thank all of you delightful malty, shoppy humans for filling my day with fun posts and nice comments. it feels good to sit down at the end of a long, odd day and take part in this community. i honestly don’t know what i would do without all of you, and i’m so glad you are here.