It seems that after writing papers my brain turns into jelly and the only thing I can really accomplish when it comes to posting, are bullet points. So here are some more!
- I just got my morning cup of coffee on campus: eggnog flavor! I mean, I know it’s getting cooler outside, but Christmas already? Of course I had to order it, because the coffee on campus isn’t the greatest, and at least the flavoring keeps it interesting.
- I hope that Vegan Cupcakes do take over the world some day, because I would love to live in that world. I first encountered this baking book in a friend’s kitchen, and then Stefanie at So Many Books mentioned it a while back. So then I had to try it. Last week I made peanut butter cupcakes with a chocolate ganache . They were so amazing that I can’t even describe them. Last night I decided to make a simple vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting (containing neither butter nor cream). Another hit. This weekend I might go for the Apple Cider cupcakes for my birthday instead of a cake (Apparent Dip and I have a tradition: we make each other birthday cakes and then decorate them horribly. At first it was because we suck at decorating cakes. Now we do it because we still suck at decorating cakes and it’s really funny to see the results.)
- We enjoyed the vegan cupcakes so much that we went out to buy Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s other cookbook, Vegan with a Vengeance. And coming in October: Veganomicon. Also, check out her cupcake blog here and her cooking blog (The Post Punk Kitchen) here. Apparent Dip and I are not vegans, but as vegetarians we like to mix things up a bit and eat vegan a couple of times a week–we’ve really enjoyed her recipes so far.
- My reading is still wonderful, but I’ve been slowing down a bit. I’m hoping that I’ll pick up the pace again this weekend, if only to clear the way for next weekend, when I’ll be reading more philosophical novels (that I’m afraid won’t be as engaging as William Godwin’s Caleb Williams has been) and re-reading the first half of Thackeray’s Vanity Fair. By the way, if you want a great version of VF I highly recommend the Oxford edition that I’ve linked to–it’s the only one that includes all of the illustrations that Thackeray drew.
- I have been attacked by the knitting bug again. I’ve been working on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s pattern for a Baby Surprise Jacket, but I had stalled out, and the poor thing has been sitting on my desk staring at me in a rather reproachful manner (note: I linked to brooklyntweed’s version of the BSJ. He is an amazing knitter and I stand in awe of his work. Moreover, he’s a fantastic photographer. I recommend you take a gander at his blog if you like to look at beautiful creations). No longer! Last night I picked it up again and although I have yet to finish, I am now scouting yarn stores for yarn to make more of these. They’re quite addictive and they’ve even made me like garter stitch. Since everyone I know seems to be having babies lately, I see no end in sight for potential recipients. (I will see if I can get Apparent Dip to take pictures of the progress this weekend. I would take the pictures myself, but they never turn out, and goodness knows, I don’t need another form of artistic expression. I have enough as it is–it’s tough being a Renaissance woman!)
- In addition to knitting I’ve also been spinning (or attempting to). It’s slow going as I’m a newbie at this, but I joined a fiber club at Hello Yarn. You sign up for three-month segments, and then once a month you get 4 – 6 oz. of hand-dyed fiber to spin. It’s quite fun! (Again, I’ll try to get pics of the progress or lack thereof). And anyone interested in beautiful yarn/fiber, check out her blog and shop, she has some great stuff.
- This weekend may be my birthday weekend, but we have a lot to accomplish around the house. First: clean. I’m afraid the dust bunnies will start attacking our actual bunny, and that would not be a pretty sight. Second: paint the dining room/office. Third: realize that no matter how clean the place is, the three kitty bandits will mess it up the first chance they get (note: these bandits sometimes pose as snuggly cats–don’t fall for it, that’s just a ploy to get you to take them home so they can wreak havoc. We fell for it three times, and boy, are we paying for it).
Ok, that link-fest was tiring, so I’m off to knit for a bit before hitting the books once again. Happy Friday everyone!