My plan didn't work so well yesterday. The dogs were very excited to see me and I couldn't resist playing with them for over an hour. Seriously, Coco was smiling at me. :) Plus another neighbor stopped by for the same reason I was there. By the time she left I was hot from sitting outside and went swimming instead. Perhaps I'll have to plan to write before going over there.
I'm feeling a little underenthused about writing today, but I know I can reach this goal. My biggest problem is I don't think I'll nail the ending on the first try. I know I keep saying I've let myself write crap throughout this process, but that doesn't mean I don't fight with myself now and then. I'll force myself through it. I have a couple ideas of what should come next, I just hope I can do the ideas in my head justice on paper.
Some of you read the same blogs as me and may have picked up on my quest for home-baked chocolate chip cookies. See, we don't have an oven and the baked goods here just aren't the same as back home. Janna convinced me to try them on the stovetop, and yesterday I had a timely conversation with my former roommate Jen. She's a genius in the kitchen, especially with baked goods - lord, her cream puffs - and she suggested placing tin foil over the pan to trap the air beneath, creating a more even cooking surface. Then I just plop the dough on top of the foil. I know I'll end up eating half the dough because you can't fit very many cookies on a skillet (even if I use two) but I've gone without for a year and a half!
Finally, it seems Chicago had a wicked storm last night and I found this picture on the Chicago Tribune website. Amazing!