7QT: The Past Week, In Photos. (Cookies, Ornaments, Enbrel, Barney, Whee!)


Y’all be sure to get over and see what Jen’s up to! Thanks for hosting, as always.

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I’m in Ohio! Still! (Yes, I’ve been here since December 9th. I’ve got another week left here. It’s a good thing.)
And look! SnOhio!

We have a lamppost but I never see Mr. Tumnus there.

A snippet of the Christmas tree and the front lawn, which has a nice powdery coating of snow!

A snippet of the Christmas tree and the front lawn, which has a nice powdery coating of snow!

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We decorated the living room this week. Yeah, we didn’t put our (obviously fake) tree up until the 18th. We tend to wait. And I like it that way!
Despite giving away lots of ornaments to my siblings, my mom and dad still have a ridiculous number of Christmas tree ornaments, so it took a while. We also put up my mom’s ceramic manger set, which I love.

A fairly poor photo of the brightly lit tree.

A fairly poor photo of the brightly lit tree. Also in the photo: Americana coffee mug, my father’s legs, and the Christmas tree box.

Wanna play a game with the manger set picture?
Spot a one-eared sheep. Spot a gaping hole in the scene where SOMEONE will soon appear. Spot an angel hiding behind a wooden post.Manger set!

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Ornaments! What do you put on your tree? We have some seriously obscure things. See below.

This is Santa riding in an armored tank. Murica.

This is Santa riding in an armored tank. Murica.

Somewhere on the tree are two Army snipers. I can’t find them. Because…well, they’re SNIPERS. Duh.

Yes, this is a metal Maryland blue crab.

Yes, this is a metal Maryland blue crab.

We like to eat these when we visit Maryland. (Shoutout to the boyfriend, who took us to a seafood restaurant where my mother finally got to eat some delicious REAL Maryland crab cakes.)

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So I started a new medication this week. (Normally I’d call it a dr*g but… spambots and such. Also, it’s totally licit!) Thus begins a new adventure in my life called Enbrel. For the sake of those of you who don’t care or don’t like hearing about such things, I won’t go into detail. But: I survived the first treatment (read: injection) and then self-medicated some more with a Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, which was delicious. Two days from now I get to do it all over again. Wheeeeeee!

Below is a cool picture taken from the Enbrel websiteHere’s my awesome layman explanation of what’s going on.
The thing that looks like two purple missiles with a popcorn ball stuck between them? That’s the structure of my medication. Well, the medication is the purple missile 1 and the purple missile 2. Its mission, should it choose to accept it, is to race through my body looking for looking for TNF (tumor necrosis factor), which is the yellow popcorn ball. The goal is for the missiles to trap it before it reaches the pylons (see them, at the bottom of the picture?). The pylons, in this case, are TNF receptors. When the pylons get a popcorn ball, it triggers an immune system response, because the pylons are found on your immune cells. (You have them too, you know!) So, the purple missiles try to act like a pylon – and hopefully the popcorn balls THINKS the missile is a pylon, and hop aboard. That’ll mean less popcorn balls on pylons, which will mean less immune system cell responses, which will mean less skin cells flying to the surface of my skin where they are unwanted. Which means YAY. (PS, I’m a science nerd. You knew that already, right?)

enbrel TNF

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BAKEAPALOOZA HERE AT THE HOUSE.

This is Stollen bread. It's mega delicious. Mom did ALL the work. I watched.

This is Stollen bread. It’s mega delicious. Mom did ALL the work. I watched.

Also in the left photo: my mother’s hand, pretty countertops, a small section of the new fridge.

I made these almond cookies. they were yummy, but soft. Then I realized I accidentally doubled the butter. Noms.

I made these almond cookies. they were yummy, but soft. Then I realized I accidentally doubled the butter. Noms.

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So last weekend were in Murlin (Maryland) to help celebrate my nephew/godson’s birthday. This meant: baking dozens of cookies (which were more like amorphous blob shapes, but kid’s don’t care); picking up 8 large pizzas; LOTS of coffee; a beer tasting (adults only); screaming children; running children; runny noses; a pinata in the front yard; and Barney in the basement. YEP.

Barney played balloons!

Barney played balloons!

Big brother was kind enough to ice a cookie JUST FOR ME. With my name on it, so no one could claim otherwise.

Big brother was kind enough to ice a cookie JUST FOR ME. With my name on it, so no one could claim otherwise.

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That’s really all I’ve got this week. Hope you’re all having a great Advent of Anticipation (remember – good things are to come!) and the weather wheree’r you are isn’t frightful, but rather, delightful. Peace, goodwill, and joy to you and yours!

Also, let’s close with a brilliant tweet from Papa Benny – you may know him as Pope Benedict XVI, or @Pontifex.

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