A few weeks ago I reluctantly decided not to get a stand mixer. For the amount of baking I did, I just couldn’t justify spending $300 for one, vs $40 or so for a hand mixer. (I’ve only ever used a hand mixer, anyway: it’s harder to miss what you haven’t had.) So of course since then I’ve been baking up a storm, mostly things like banana bread that Ted can take for work for breakfast. (I also made an apple pie when the in-laws were visiting, but the almond flour / coconut oil crust I made for it uses a blender instead.) The hand mixer works OK, except for a tendency to glob butter up as a ball inside the beaters instead of actually mixing it with the sugar, but it likes to make a mess by throwing butter/sugar globules all around the kitchen.

I finally came up with a way to contain that mess this time – I put my mixing bowl in the sink! Much less mess. We’re going to the other house this weekend, and if I can find my straight-sided metal mixing bowls there, I’ll bring them back with me – I think that will help too.

Someday I will have a paying job again, at which point I can justify spending money for things I don’t really need, but at that point I won’t have much time for baking. It’s always something. (On the other hand, by that time I’ll be able to mix up banana bread in ten minutes flat, so if I can remember to start it long enough before bedtime so that it has an hour to cook, maybe Ted can still have his cake – and eat it.)

On the current work front, the exciting news is that I hit 50K words today, the minimum my publisher asked for. I still have a chapter on “facilitating” and a half chapter on “project management for process initiatives” to write, plus some stuff Ted suggested I add to my chapter on managing processes in a system (1), so I told my editor that the question would not be whether I could write the 55K words they’d prefer, but how much past it I’d go. I think I made him nervous – his immediate response was, “Please try not to write more than 65K if possible! …Or at least not much past.” (I have a funny feeling that nobody reading this is at all surprised that I can write more words than the minimum needed, but since this is my first time writing a book, it’s all new territory.)

(1) Not redundant with the chapter on Project Management; this one is aimed at someone who’s a department manager trying to keep track of several process improvement projects at once and keeping all of them in alignment.