chocolate crackle, peanut butter, frosted sugar cookies (candy canes, white choc dipped) I started at 8:30am because Thing 1 and Thing 2 woke me up demanding breakfast. It was so cold and snowy friday, I called in sick...I wouldnt make it trekking thru snow to subway, to office and then home again. So #1 Dummy spent 8-12 standing in kitchen, shuffling back and forth in a tiny NY kitchen baking dozens of cookies. I owe some people really big thank you's and cant afford expensive gifts, so i make fancy cookies and box those. Thing 1 and Thing 2 sat behind me on the tablecloth, warmed by a big lamp and the oven baking, watching #1Dummy slipping cookies in and out, cooling, frosting, packing. These guys are really amazing...they actually know when back off when they see me working...sitting at the computer is NOT taken seriously. by the time i stopped at 12:30pm to sip some coffee and take a bathroom break, I could not bend my knees I was so stiff. I get stiff now from being in one position too long. as long as I shift, move, its tolerable...as painful and exhausted as I always am, even lying too long in bed is freakin painful. I used to look forward to reading and being able to rest after a long day at work...there is very little rest now. doc prescribed Voltaren gel which seems to help. Its a specific pain med in gel form for arthritis in certain body areas (not back/spine), I just started using it, its every 4 hours and the doses are measured not just rubbed in. if i never bake another cookie...and if those weren't enuf, I moved on to banana cakes which are due to be frosted, then into my coffin for the night...the moon IS full isnt it?