Christmas Spirit Misplaced – T for being Towed through the holidays…

20151220_135956I am feeling so inadequate this Christmas. I have simply had no time at all compared to last year, when I baked smashing saffron bread with the mum-in-law, made cinder toffee, knäck (Swedish toffee), and what not. This year, I am stooped over my books and notes and have to be, or I´m in trouble by tenta-time! The husband has told me he´ll manage and not to worry (“I´ll tell you when it´s time to come to table”), and I don´t, but I feel like I´m not pulling my weight. Today, I attempted to make cinder toffee for a friend´s son, who has been supplied with it the last years, and I burned the entire batch! No more syrup in the house, so he´ll have to do without. [sigh!] Oh well.

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At the museum.
At the museum. Saffron bun and a cup of tea, what could be better?

I have found a few places to study at besides the university itself. The library is no option – too many books, which is not good for my air pipes. Vetenskapens hus, the house of science, is a kind of branch study hall downtown for the university, where they have popular science lectures, meetings, chess tournaments, and whatever, really. It´s like an indoor square, where one can sit and study, with a café/lunch/dinner place next door. The opening hours are very generous.

Opening hours are only ten to four at the museum, but they have a very cosy, very Christmassy atmosphere. I like to stretch my legs after a few hours reading, so walking from one place to the other is perfect, really.

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Christmas tree in the park.
Christmas tree in the park.

I am linking up with Bleubeard & Elisabeth for T Tuesday, who has made the most impressive French Toast I ever saw (with eggnog, too, no wonder it was such a success!). Happy T-Day and a Very Merry Christmas to you all! 🙂


10 thoughts on “Christmas Spirit Misplaced – T for being Towed through the holidays…”

  1. Sorry you are sad that you can’t do so much at home, and that the cinder toffee burnt, but you are working more than enough with your studies. The saffron bun and tea look great. Happy T day, and a happy Christmas, take care of yourself, hugs, Valerie

  2. sorry about your burnt toffee-but sometimes something like that is telling us we’re trying too hard. Still not easy for me but if I’m just not up to getting something done I don’t do it lest I want to get frustrated. Sweet sketch. Love that pretty spot you can go to and the saffron bun looks delish (never had one). Wishing you a happy T day and a Merry Christmas!

  3. I was in your position for years. I went to school at night full time and worked 58 hours a week. Add to that, I drove 90 miles a day, and probably walked 4-5 miles a day at work. It’s hard to keep your head in the game when your thoughts are elsewhere. And you have challenges with your health I never had, so I totally understand your position.

    Loved the saffron bun and tea photo. It reminded me that not everything has to be sweet to be enjoyable. And savory is a great way I can use my various herbs, too. You’ve actually inspired me!

    I really enjoyed the packages in the tree. What fun. Wish I had a way to get some in my tree other than a 15 ft. extension ladder. Have I mentioned I’m afraid of heights? Clever concept and great photo.

    Thanks for taking time from your incredibly busy schedule to join us for T this Tuesday. May the remainder of your Christmas celebration be more enjoyable than burnt toffee. And please have a fun, safe, Christmas, too surrounded by your loving family.

  4. I think there’s enough Christmas-y happenings and spirit to share, enough for everybody 🙂 I’m a firm believer in Christmas being a peaceful time, and it sounds like your husband has that part taken care of, so you can do your part by soaking up the joy without stressing out. Some years we just have to leave the busy preparations to others and do our part by fully appreciating what others have blessed us with. Like that tree in the window: Beautiful! And the packages in that tree in the park: Fun!

  5. I am no good at making candy treats if it involves boiling sugar or syrup. I admire those who do…even if they mess up once in a while. It happens. I forgot to put sugar in the pumpkin pies I made…and served at Thanksgiving. Yikes!
    Don’t be hard on yourself and just try to enjoy.
    Happy T day and Merry Christmas!

  6. Thank you for sharing your festive photos and those that look nice and peaceful (and dust free!) for studying too.
    Best not to stress too much about what you aren’t doing and notice all that you do (which is always easier for others to say heehee). You seem to be accomplishing quite a lot with your studies and your husband sounds like a great support and help…so it’s Okay.
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas
    and a Happy T Day too oxo

  7. It is a sacrifice you are making. I understand it well. I have studied too as an adult. You have a very understanding husband.
    You burnt the cinder toffee! I don’t know what it is but it sounds disastrous….. poor you. Don’t be disheartened.
    I love the photos of the lovely places where you go to find a bit of peace and quiet.
    Wishing you and your family a very lovely Christmas time and a happy T day of course,
    Ps thanks for your visit

  8. It is so hard to find time for everything even when it is not a holiday. It sounds like your husband is understanding that your studies take a lot of time and effort. Hopefully you will get some time to relax this holiday.

    I enjoyed your photos–especially the tree decorated with presents!

    Merry Christmas & Happy T Day!

  9. i really hope you can stress down for the Holidays… nothing Needs to be perfect. the only Thing that matters is being together with your loved one(s). we don´t even have a tree this year, cooking will not be an extraordinary theme, no presents. but we feel cozy sitting together and talking, Meeting friends on some days… nothing spectacular. just calming down.
    the table in the Museum Looks beautiful and i like the tree with the scandinavian parcels.
    hope you can enjoy the next days. best Christmas wishes!

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