Monday, December 28, 2015
Monday, December 21, 2015
Does the idea of writing "thank you notes" make you feel (or look) like this? Even in our fast-paced, electronic world, one must still send them. The craft, and gumption, for the hand-written thank you note has largely fallen out of style. Fear not, gentle reader, I am here to tell you exactly what to do.
extras: use a meaningful book in regards to the work you're doing. suggestions:
Situation 4: Spiritual Friend From Hot Yoga
Experiment until you find a pose you can hold while balancing cookies (lest you drop them curl up into child's pose):
Since this is for a family member, they will looooove to get pictures of you. So make sure to take a lot!
Also, special thanks to my photographer, Leah, and Sprinkelista Bakery. They taught me how to decorate the cookies!
And last but not least, thanks be to winter break. I know I'm not the only one that needs it now.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Recently I had a conversation with someone about my blog. There were two take home points for me:
Monday, November 30, 2015
A book that makes me dive into the roots of our country and make me think about the changes and love we’ve put into our food since blueberry catsup? Like Molly O’Neill’s American Food Writing? NO! That will just make me mad and get fired up about republican/democrat division.
Then, like a beer can upside the head, I was hit with the idea of cooking my way through Hannah Hart’s My Drunk Kitchen: a guide to eating, drinking & going with your gut. Yes. Hannah Hart dedicates My Drunk Kitchen, “To Reckless Optimists, and all who believe we can do more and better.”
Hart makes it clear that this book is not a good idea to base a real diet around (which is why I wanted to do it, damnit!). It is a brilliant book, and I think any cuspian-millenial-adult should buy a copy. #holidaygifts! #thankyoudrunkkitchenIamhappyyouexist
Now that I've abandoned this project, I'm waiting to see if another one drops itself in my lap. Like writing out all my text messages by hand for a month--shit, I already did that once. Or maybe, as a wise man once suggested, I need to make a Not-To Do List, and stick to it.
And if I do, I will make a gf-pizza cake. And eat it all at once. By myself. Come on. That just looks amazing.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Instead, I much prefer to think of how these 42 films mark like tree-rings of this tiny era of time.
3. Manchurian Candidate 6/17/13 Mosquitos seem worse this year.
4. French Connection 7/1/13 Trying “pallet gardening” for the first time. Genius!
5. Bringing Up Baby 7/22/13 Pulling in no less than 1 lb of blackberries a day.
6. From Here to Eternity 10/21/13 Apparently I am so busy between July and October to get my butt in a movie seat.
7. Rear Window 10/28/13 I let a friend rake my lawn. It was his first time raking a lawn and he was really excited. I prefer to let the leaves give back to the soil, but whatevs, he had fun.
8. Double Indemnity 11/4/13 Daylight savings time. I used my extra hour to read something beautiful.
11. Dances With Wolves 12/30/13 The end of this year…. It was a tough one, but that’s how it goes after 30, right?
12. An American in Paris 1/27/14 Too cold to come out for movies the past few weeks. I’m a wimp!
13. Platoon 2/10/14 Groundhog day passed, I think they need to change the system, says everyone every year.
14. Modern Times 3/17/14 To Europe and back. I think I’m sick of going there.
15. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 3/24/14 My puppy is 4 years old!
16. Shawshank Redemption 4/1/14 Still stew-cooking weather.
17. Tootsie 4/7/14 I am excited to go to Hawaii!
18. Silence of the Lambs 4/28/14 Leaving Hawaii was stupid. If you are ever in Hawaii do not leave.
19. Cabaret 5/19/14 The spring always makes me want more alone-time.
20. Rebel Without A Cause 6/30/14 Tomatoes are popping up in places they are not supposed to be!
21. Vertigo 8/25/14 Berries were late this year.
22.Nashville 9/15/14 Hit my 100 book mark!
23. Philadelphia Story 9/29/14 The time of year to refinish furniture you find at goodwill is coming to a close.
24. The Gold Rush 10/6/14 Still warm enough to walk for short errands.
25. Singing in the Rain 11/17/14 It is snowing by now.
26. Dr. Zhivago 11/24/14 Ferguson and heartache.
27. The Wizard of Oz 12/29/14 Christmas and the semester have passed.
28. Midnight Cowboy 1/5/14 It is a new year, Neruda is the first book of the year.
29. E.T. 2/16/15 Snow day after snow day, I can’t take any more of this winter bling.
30. All About Eve 3/2/15: A friend is lost. Life as precious/life as curious/life as angry-making.
31. 2001 Space Odyssey 4/6/15. See above. And now my puppy is 5!
32. Blade Runner 5/4/15 The anniversary of my father’s death. This was one of his ‘desert island movies.’ Thank you, proctors.
33. Annie Hall 5/11/15 My birthday. The weather is summery already. Strange.
34. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest 6/1/15 Just back from Vancouver, new places are good.
35. Godfather 6/22/15 I’ve been hibernating even though it’s beautiful out. Has anyone else flipped the seasons?
36. Godfather part 2 6/29/15 SCOTUS legalized gay marriage! Almost proud to be an American today!
37. The Graduate 8/17/15 made new friends! This doesn’t usually happen in adulthood. And where the hell did the blackberries go this year?
38. Psycho 8/31/15 Skunks are alive and well, out and about, and spraying. Me and my dog.
39. Dr. Strangelove 9/14/15 The cold of fall is settling into my bones. Hit my 100 book mark!
40. On The Waterfront 9/28/15 I’ve started reading Harry Potter, finally, and the blog has nearly hit 2500 reads. These seem like milestones.
41. Schindler's List 10/19/15 Days are getting shorter, but it isn’t as cold as last year.
42. Citizen Kane 10/26/15 The leaves seem like stained glass this year. I don’t remember that from before.
This standing Monday Night Date with myself was an important part of the last two and a half years for me (holy crap that's a long time!). I say with ease that I felt every human emotion possible through the run of these films. (including walking out of ET with snot running out of my nose.)
Best $100 I ever spent. Thank you Proctors, thank you thank you thank you.
Monday, September 21, 2015
Mary Francis Kennedy (MFK) Fisher, arguably the most passionate and important American food writer, wrote many lovely little books (my favorite of which is the 1941 Consider The Oyster). In the forward to The Gastronomical Me (1943) she writes,
"It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it… and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied… and it is all one…." (353)
The intersection of things matter. It scares me how much intersectionality seems to disappear as we move into seasons of debates and fights.
Aquariums and mermaid purses are how I write about securing that which we love. William Shatner is where I write about digging into my own history, and considering what good digging does.
Beautiful vinegars came home with me, too. And a tiny dish (for jewelry or garlic?) that had traveled back from Romania, here to me. Proper balsamic carries the story of its soil and its barrels in its taste. It is a perfect poem. Please hand me a spoon.