I've redeemed myself!!
Last night I made Nigella's Spaghetti Carbonara, a recipe I absolutely loved the first time I made it and royally screwed up the second time. I was extra careful, again babysitting the onions and bacon to make sure they were perfectly cooked and even going so far as to lay out a towel next to the egg/heavy cream/cheese/nutmeg/salt and pepper mixture that would become the sauce so I wouldn't forget to take it off the heat. The result was picture perfect:
Luscious, creamy sauce coated every strand of pasta, mingling with the bacon and onions made syrupy by the reduced white wine. Everything worked in perfect harmony. I had redeemed myself and it tasted glorious.