This time however, I was all set to go. I was planning what to wear, and thinking about my still broken cell phone charger when Jed gave me the stern look that only FATHERS can muster: "YOU ARE NOT THINKING ABOUT GOING OUT IN THIS ARE YOU?"
"I have to," I say, feeling a little like a rebuked child.
"I have to go to work," I continue, with endless reasons at my disposal:
People are counting on me
At least TWO people are on vacation
I know some people just won't show up
and I know there might very well be only TWO people that DO show up. ...
And yet his reasons for staying by the warmth of the fire, petting our sweet ailing dog and forgoing the battle of a potential two-hour commute were equally compelling:
"YOU ARE PREGNANT,"
"YOU ARE SICK WITH A COLD,"
"AND THE STORM IS JUST GETTING WORSE."
So I acquiesed and got on the horn to work.
It was a good day, though: Annabel got to break in her new snow shovel, a valentine's gift from her dad who trudged out around noontime to go to the store on an errand for baking supplies and who ended up coming home with a new movie he bought on impulse while standing in the checkout line.
Professional guilt, as well as a need for toddler diversion, made me send him to the store for 18 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and enough eggs to get us through the week should I clean us out with my plan:
I was going to bring a "guilt" cake to work.
About 20 inches of snow (and seven hours later) Annabel was helping me put the finishing touches on the chocolate cake we made (only half of which I brought to work this morning because of theiving housemates).
"Look mommy, I'm snowing on the cake."
So here it is:
VALENTINE'S DAY SNOWED-IN FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
1 cup water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
18 ounces bittersweet chocolate (bar form) (We added half a bag of Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips because we were a tad short).
1 stick butter, cut into cubes
6 large eggs
Preheat over to 300 degrees F.
Melt chocolate in double boiler (are you nuts. USE THE MICROWAVE).
Combine water, sugar and salt in medium sauce pan and cook over medium-low heat until sugar is disolved, stirring continuously. (Annabel did this part).
Fold butter into melted chocolate one cube at a time. Add syrup mixture and blend in eggs one at a time. (I'm sure Annabel would have been more precise than I was in this endeavor; I dropped in two eggs at once, then dropped one egg on the floor).
Pour into 9" springform pan and place in oven in a water bath.
Bake 45 minutes.
When it had cooled, I filled a tea ball with confectioner's sugar and let Annabel make a blizzard on the cake ... and in the kitchen and all over her clothes.