domesticity,  illos

cookie points

I had a good day today. You know what I think it is? I think I’m slowly forcing myself to turn into a night person. I wake up at the crack of dawn (because that’s when the baby wakes up) and I feel like a sloth. My eyes are scratchy and bloodshot and I just want to lay down on the couch all day. This is not like me. I’m usually a whirlwind of activity in the morning. So I’ve been thinking there is something wrong. But there isn’t. I’m just tired, like I should be. Duh.

That’s what I get when you staying up three hours past my normal bedtime every night for months on end. No matter, nothing is going to change any time soon. Night time is the only time I have to do things for me. Since I’m such a selfish person that I am, I’m going to rob from my sleep bank in order to fill up my creativity bank. Like I always say (which probably drives my God-fearing Christian relatives crazy), “You can sleep when your dead.”

Today is a good day because I embraced my momliness and baked cookies! Wooo Hooo! Cookie dough! I wore an apron and everything. I never bake. I’m just not the baking-cooking type. I cook dinner every night but not because I want to. I do it because it’s cheaper and healthier and Toby forces me to. You’d think I’d love being creative in the kitchen, trying out new foods and making up my own recipes, but I don’t. I’m a horrible cook. I like reading cooking magazines and watching cooking shows but that’s about it.

Today was different though. I’ve been inspired to jump into what I perceive as a “negative” (like not being allowed to play on my laptop because I have to keep both eyes on Baby Bug all the time so she won’t kill herself by falling off the back of the couch) and make this negative a positive. So, I can’t make things on my computer but I can make cookies and score major domestic goddess points with Toby. That’s not too shabby since I’ve been in the doghouse a lot lately.

It was great. The whole house filled up with that lovely fresh cookie scent and when I took Toby three hot steamy cookies on a folded paper towel, I thought he was going to explode from smiling. It really is true that you can win a man’s heart through his stomach. I’m almost convinced I should make cookies every day. Except then he’ll whine and complain about there not being any cookies in the house on those days that I happen to forget. I can’t set myself up for that kind of failure. But they were pretty easy to make, so I’ll save that idea for some day that I go into overdraft with the checking account or something.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and say that a productive mom is a happy mom…even if she can’t make stuff on her computer. And a happy mom is even happier when she drinks more coffee and she can stay up late and make fun monsters like this:

Hee Hee! I love making fun graphics for people who go completely nuts over them.


  • familymclean

    Are you my lost sister or something?! The being up late doing the me time once the babes are asleep, it seems to work, and drag my ass all morning…usually till 11:00, then I have had enough coffee to kick it into gear. Yada, Yada, Im just going to repeat what you said already and what I said already in my post about an hr ago. Only thing is I never baked cookies today, you’re one up! baking is not my thing either and my mom makes the most wickedest choc-chip cookies ever, on a very regular basis, mmmm.

  • DeeJay

    I agree with andrea! What a smart girl, I never thought of that.

    My husband is trying to watch his weight so I can’t make the cookies as often as I’d like. Waaaaaaaaaaaa.

    Oh well, I don’t hold back at Christmas with the big basket of goodies I make for the families. They have grown used to them and are let down if there aren’t cool baskets full of goodies to munch on every year.

    I find that if my kitchen is clutter free and the food seems appreciated then the cooking part is much more fun. Soon you’ll be able to involve Baby Bug and the fun level will go up. Yipee

  • eli

    Actually, you can make the dough into balls and freeze them, and then keep them in a ziploc in the freezer. That way you can always pull out a few and bake them and have fresh cookies, but you’re never tempted to eat an entire batch in one day just because they’re there and tasty…

  • OMSH

    Okay, here’s the deal.
    I make like 60 dozen cookies for Toby and you make monsters for me.

    Oh how I love my OMSH monster and Mr. OMSH.

    You made my heart sing a thousand melodies last night, this morning, … this late morning…

  • LVGurl

    Oh, the cookies look so good! I need to make some now.

    You know I adore your graphic artistry! Your new banner is really swank… and I’m looking forward to seeing what you create for the May freebie winner.

    I’m happy to hear that you’re feeling more upbeat. Personally, I’m happiest when I manage to balance mothering my two girls fulltime while doing something ‘productive’ on the side — whether it’s some form of professional freelance work, cooking/cleaning up, or even reading a dang book for once!

    Have a great weekend!

  • bluejaye

    Toby must have the cookie gene in the family. His brother wouldn’t eat one if I held him down and forced him to. And he doesn’t eat dinner until 10 at night–if he eats dinner. Oops I’m complaining.

  • Amanda

    Fresh homemade cookies are the nectar (dough?) of the gods. They look sooo good. And I was going to mention you can make the dough and roll it into logs (I hate that word) then freeze them in parchment paper and then slice off a few sections whenever you feel the urge for fresh baked delights.

    Or just eat the frozen dough. Who would DO that?! *raises hand in shame*

  • Jennifer

    Woohoo, another night owl :P I haven’t gone to bed before midnight since I was at least 16. I’ve always been a night person. I’ve had to tweak my nights nowadays to work around a newborn schedule but I’m still up all hours.

    Those cookies look pretty darn good. Productivity is definitely one key to happiness, especially for a mom. I’m glad you found a source of joy. Sometimes we are so in the thick of it all that the simplest joys are forgotten.

    Good luck keeping your eye on BB. I’m worn out watching after my kiddos over here! :)

  • Amy

    I so know what you mean. I was never a sleep deprived night owl till I had twins. After they went to bed I sucked up all the time I could for ME, MYSELF and I to do what I pleased and recharge. During the day I was theirs, all theirs but at night I relished the quiet time.

  • Jenifer

    Okay, first, may I have your freckles? Please? Just for a day. I always wanted freckles but I never got my wish. Second, may I have some cookies? The kind that I don’t have to count points on before I put into my mouth?

    Finally, I’m glad you had a good day. You deserve it. :)

  • BeachMama

    Mmmm….cookies. Toby and my Hubby could be long lost brothers. I used to bake a lot, but then I became a Mom and don’t go to work. Therefore I can’t bring the five dozen cookies I just baked to work to be eaten. When I do break out the cookie dough it is like we just won the lottery. Must remember that for the next time I am in the doghouse :).

    And yes, your graphics rock.

  • aunt kathy

    Chocolate cookies are the best! Umm, maybe oatmeal raisen right out of the oven are a tiny bit better. LJ just made CC and I ate 3! Must go on that diet today…again.

  • Clownfish

    I starred at this photo and starred some more. Sure there is a cute smile behind the cookies but come’ on, just look at those cookies!! The chocolate chips, the texture and the color! Light brown from the top, darkening as it approaches the edges. I wanted to pour me an ice cold glass of milk and just grab that stack from the photo.

    In fact, if I was wearing my 3-D glasses…I would have broken my hand on my monitor!