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Yes, we have no Tempting II pictures again today. Somehow, the laws of space and time have shifted, and the last three inches of the yoke are going to take the rest of my life. I think I'm making progress, but it's hard to tell.
Reading: I finished The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. It was a lovely little gem of a book. It's a memoir about the year following her husband's death, but not in an Oprah-book kind of tearjerking way. She has particular phrases and images that echo throughout the book, keeping it grounded and from becoming self-indulgent. It's detached but also passionately told. I didn't like her writing style at first, and I'm not sure I'll hurry to read her other books, but I thought this one was amazing.
Writing: Same place. See, it's those laws of space and time again! No, it's more that other things have been taking a lot of time. I'm also going back to tinker with some Chapter 3 stuff, so that's slowed progress. I've had my protagonist stalled at a table in a coffee shop with the same cafe mocha for three days now. I hope she's okay.
Cooking: I like to prepare for dinner party type things in stages. Yesterday, I went shopping and made the cake and the espresso cream for the Espresso Cream Cake with Chocolate Chile-Sauce, roasted poblano chiles for the tamale filling, and made tomatillo salsa. Right before people get here, I'll make the Spicy Pinto Beans and the Chocolate-Chile Sauce. Which leaves finishing the tamale filling, making the dough, and assembling the tamales for today. Speaking of which, the corn husks need to get soaking.