Archive for February, 2010

hanging around

It’s been a pretty nice, laid-back week around here..which is really great because the next two are full of exams and busy times.  I’m ready for it.  Maybe.

I spent a lot of my evening free time working on the afghan (5 squares, whoo!), but I also (wait for it) finished reading a book!  I’ve been doing a lot more reading recently.  It’s always been something I love, but it’s been a while since I’ve spent good chunks of time reading for leisure.  This past week, I finished The Kite Runner.  I didn’t know what to expect, but I think I liked it.  I’m a huge fan of Margaret Atwood, so Dave got me Year of the Flood for Christmas.  I wanted to start reading it right away, but I decided I would reread Oryx and Crake first because they are supposed to be at least somewhat related.  (I really have a terrible memory for things like books and movies.)  Whoo reading!

I took some time yesterday to satisfy a serious shortbread craving.  Ina Garten’s recipe (like so many of hers) was easy and delicious.  Instead of rolling the cookies and cutting them out, I just made a log and cut it after chilling.  Oh..and then I dipped them in chocolate.  :oD  Trust me, this one’s a winner.

It seems like my desire to spin has also come back with a vengeance this weekend!  At this rate, it won’t be long until I run out of fiber again..

I hope the weekend has been good to everyone!  :o)

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Now, I’m no gyoza master like Lindsay, but last night, Dave and I had our own Japanese cooking adventure.  Miso soup, tempura, yaki onigiri, and teriyaki beef.  MMM.  We had a really fun time picking out the ingredients at the local Asian market!  It was..challenging.  :o)  And we have a 15 lb bag of sushi rice now.

I didn’t manage any pictures of last night’s meal, but we reaheated the teriyaki beef and yaki onigiri for dinner tonight.  It was just as good the second time.

Other than stuffing my face with delicious homemade food, in the past week I’ve enjoyed picking up the hook for a bit of crocheting.  I have to say, I think this is the start of something big..

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year of the tiger

Happy Chinese New Year..and happy Valentine’s Day!  Dave and I exchanged candy and made a delicious seafood dinner to celebrate.  :o)

This weekend’s mostly been full of studying and Olympics, but I’ve gotten a little bit of time to relax and knit.  (Good thing, too, because this week is going to be busy!)  I may even get crazy and cast on for a Sockhead before the night is through.  We’ll see.

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renewed interest

Alright.  I’ve been accused of being a bad blogger (thanks, B!).  Really, it’s hard to deny.  One post a month is hardly satisfactory when I proved in November that I could post daily with no problem.  Apparently, some folks actually read this to find out about what’s going on in my life?  Weird.

Anyways, I had this entire post written out where I talked about how I don’t know what my blog is about anymore in which I questioned why I bother to post at all when it’s only been once a month recently.  In adding pictures to the post, though, I realized that I do have some pretty interesting adventures!  They’re worth sharing here, even if I have plenty of other places online to share knitting, chat with friends, etc.

The vision for this blog has certainly changed from my original detached and impersonal, craft-only mindset.  I like it.  I guess along the way, I came to some important realizations:

  1. I have a lot of far-away friends that I can’t talk to as often as I used to.
  2. This blog is never going to be one that gets a ton of traffic from unknown users looking for daily inspiration.
  3. I am totally okay with that. This blog is about me!  It’s a place to share my adventures with people I love, catalogue them for myself, and perhaps entertain any stray guests who happen to come along for the ride.

I will really try to write more often.  I’m so busy that I don’t have as much time to spend talking to people as I used to, and I hope this will become a better medium for that than it has been recently.

Yesterday morning, we went for a long walk along the Wabash Heritage Trail.  It was beautiful in the fresh snow, and Snake had a really great time running around in the wild with the neighbors’ dogs.  We came home and made this amazing portobello lasagna.  I don’t have pictures, but they wouldn’t really convey how great it was anyways.  You’ll just have to trust me on this one..it’s a winner.  Try it out.

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