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Still Not Quite There

At long last, I have an answer to the question I've been anxiously waiting to ask for the past week: as long as Melissa approves, I'll be in Toronto from August 10th to the 17th. As nice as it is to have that though, I am not very pleased with how I came to get that answer. As soon as I woke up, I opened my laptop and saw that Dan was actually online, so I immediately sent him a message to say "Before you go anywhere, I have a question to ask you". I did, but in a roundabout not-really-a-question-but-more-of-a-statement way, which was something like "I told Melissa a week at most, and because this visit would need to include Saturday the 13th, I'm thinking of either the Wednesday or Thursday before that, to the same day the following week, if that works for you". I didn't come right out and ask "These are the dates I'm considering, so do those work for you?", in other words. What's more, I said quite a few other things as well to try and make it look like I hadn't just been waiting a week to ask him that one question, and either my original, more important question got lost in amongst those, or he didn't see it with everything else I said, and didn't have anything to say in response to the other stuff either. More or less, I asked my question, said a bunch of other stuff, and didn't get a response from him aside from the initial "Oh. Alright :3" when I said I had a question to ask. Cue getting really antsy and stressed out that I wasn't getting an answer, especially after I saw him go offline and come back a couple minutes later not once but twice, culminating in flat-out (and rather aggressively) asking "These status changes make me think you are still around, so do these dates work for you?" He said yes, and that he wasn't doing anything else in August, then I went off spouting random bits of non-interest again, and since - as before - he didn't say anything else, I eventually calmed down enough to go have a shower and ask Dad about doing some running around later.

Skip ahead now to after we'd finished that running around, and I came home again to find him still online, so I sent a message saying that I'd tried calling Melissa at work to see if I could ask her about those dates over the phone, but that by the time I called she was already gone, to which he said that I'd see her eventually, and then yet again I went off on a completely different tangent, sending several different messages about the dessert I was making, and how everybody else had gone out to Mitchell's Bay, making it kind of seem like the wrong day to bake something. Conversation more or less ended shortly after that because I didn't have anything else to say, and then, several hours later, I noticed that I was still really tense and stressed out, and thought that maybe closing Instantbird would help to disconnect me enough from those things that I could calm down again. Since then - or rather, since I started writing this - I'm feeling somewhat better, but as the title of this entry says, I'm not quite there yet. Not until (or perhaps "unless") I get those days booked off, and purchase a train ticket from Via Rail. The rest is simple, but the next step will come tomorrow. I already expect to be reprimanded about taking Orlando's shift on Monday (it turns out the problem was that we'd agreed to switch shifts without asking Melissa, and there was actually a note up at the back a while ago about that very issue, but I'll apologize and see what happens. I genuinely forgot, but in my defense for just a moment, it's not like we really switched shifts without asking her. What happened was Orlando and I agreed that if he didn't feel like working on Monday, he'd call in sick, and tell them that I had volunteered to take his shift. Manoah actually called earlier tonight wanting to know if I could close, because Orlando called in again, but Monday was a different matter, and in my defense once again, they could've just as easily called other people first if they were so opposed to me working a ten-hour shift. I can't very well expect to get into such technicalities if it comes up tomorrow though.

On a somewhat better note, I really liked the dessert I made tonight. All of it, that is, except for the crust. That was just Nilla wafers (really, that's what they're called) crushed up and spread over the bottom of the ganache / mousse / cream cheese and pudding mixture, and felt out-of-place in the finished product. Mind you, I took the dessert out of the freezer when Mom, Adam, Naomi, Trish, and Ericka got home from Mitchell's Bay instead of leaving it in there for the full four hours, so maybe they eventually soften. Regardless, I will make it again in the future, but as a pudding, and with different additions. Mini Peanut Butter Cups instead of cashews would be nice, but I'm not sure what else I would substitute, if anything. I can just see bringing a bowl of that in to work one night... Anyway, a couple hours after that was all eaten and gone, I went downstairs a second time and attempted to make mozzarella sticks. I am moderately frustrated to report that they turned out exactly the same as the store-bought variety do when you bake them for the amount of time recommended on the packaging - most of the cheese leaked out onto the pan, and the flour-egg white-bread crumb shells were pretty bland too. I won't make those again, but I do have special plans of a loosely related sort for tomorrow. Remember what I said about how I would make a cookie pizza to take to work on Friday if I was able to talk to Dan by then? Well, now that I have, I am, but in order to ensure that it's as fresh as possible, I plan to make it tomorrow morning. Wake up at noon, put it all together, get a ride to work (I'm not carrying it all the way there when it's afternoon-hot out), and surprise whoever happens to be working. Then I have to write some recipes down when I get home, so George's mom can have the one for cookie sticks, and I can have the rest on actual pieces of paper, since I bought index cards today. Altogether, everything needed to make that Rocky Road Freeze dessert and mozzarella sticks from Food Basics, cookie pizza toppings from Dollarama, index cards from Staples, and a pizza pan from Canadian Tire. Were there still a Zehrs out in Thames Lea Plaza I'd probably have just walked then gone over to Tim Hortons for supper or something, but everything considered, it's been a fairly well-rounded day. The only real lasting bad point is that my laptop touchpad is acting up again, but I'll give it a couple days like before.

In the meantime, I have only one thing to do before calling it a night, and that is responding to the person I am commissioning for a customized keychain to let them know how the sketch looks. I got that email early this morning, yet all day I've been out shopping, baking things, and for the most part, working on Oracle of Ages. I've beaten it now, and have my Hero's Secret to start a linked game in Oracle of Seasons, but I think I might skip that and use the code given in the password guide on GameFAQs to start a new, linked game in Ages instead. I don't think I've ever fully beaten that one, whereas Seasons is the game that introduced me to the set, and - I feel - is easier than Oracle of Ages, leading to playing through it lots of times, but Ages, not so much. This commission is the more important thing though, so I'll send that email right after I finish here, then probably go to bed. I don't recall having any unusual dreams last night (as a matter of fact, the only thing I can remember is having a dream about being in bed and finding my blankets too hot, which came right after the same happened in real life), but considering today's activities, it wouldn't surprise me if I end up dreaming about Oracle of Ages. I guess I'll find out soon enough~

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