Last night’s big project was to finish the biscotti I’m giving as my office Christmas presents this year. I sort of messed up the present thing last year and gave larger presents to a few people, only to discover that around here people give small gifts to everyone. I wanted to bake something other than cookies, so I got ahold of a biscotti recipe and gave it a shot.
According to Josh, my biscotti turned out really successfully. It’s crunchy, almond-y, and slathered in chocolate with vanilla stripes. The only problem is that the recipe didn’t make as much as I thought it would (why is that always the case??), so everyone only got two pieces. But the hand-stamped gift tags should count for something, right?
As I was dipping pieces of biscotti in chocolate I watched Little Miss Sunshine, which – as Josh agreed – was much better than we’d thought it would be. The VW that needed a running start was hilarious; I don’t think you can come up with something like that unless it’s happened to you. And I really really like DeVotchKa, so the soundtrack was a nice surprise (“How It Ends” is one of my Favorite Songs Ever).
Amusing office moment of the day: did you know that the Missouri Botanical Garden is very particular about being a Garden, and not Gardens? I didn’t, at least not until after I had 350 holiday cards printed that included an announcement about a “special tour of the Missouri Botanical Gardens.” Oops. My very kind supervisor helped me cover 350 s’s with white out.
Another amusing office moment: I read through lots and lots of applications from international students, so I see a lot of Engrish (“Dear officer, I am very interesting in your program…”). But today’s was the best – one student’s letter of recommendation came from an assistant professor who had spent two years as a “poster-doctor” in Germany.
If you don’t spend any time around postdocs, you might not find that funny. But I did.