Second, I made some new cookies a new way this evening. I'm a very hands-on baker. I mix everything by hand, and I've had positive results thus far, as kittengirly, fasterthanlight, and colleenrose18 can attest. momtastic recently gave me a cookie scoop, which basically is a small ice cream scoop. Scoop the dough, squeeze the handle, perfectly formed dough balls plunk onto the cookie sheet. I thought meh, I'll just glom 'em on there with my hands, like always. But chans_mcgans and momtastic both swear by it, so what the hell?
This evening, crashrose brought home a bag of Nestle Toll House peanut butter and chocolate chips, and we made peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. I didn't get my hands dirty at all. No cookie dough under my fingernails. I used a wooden spoon and the cookie scoop. Worked like a charm. Two extra things to wash, but at the end of the day, I'd say the new device is definitely a time-saver.
And, finally, I've found on eBay thirteen distinct sets of bookends that I want. The most highly coveted of them can be seen here. Now, tell me that isn't awesome! I have a thing for book-shaped bookends, anyway.