Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I definitely think I'll try this out again!
Monday, May 25, 2009
P.S. Have you seen this cover for the new Lucy Maud Montgomery biography that is coming out in September (I believe); isn't it fantastic? I really think they need to make a print of the cover to sell - I'd love to own it!
Friday, May 22, 2009
It has been an interesting week and a half since I last posted (really the last two hours have been the most interesting). Let’s discuss the most recent news first and then move on to better, funner things. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but my current job is a contract position with a large company here in
Alex did come home last Wednesday and I was so very happy to see him! Everything is a-okay and we’re settling into our new apartment fairly well. By the by I’m moving the last of my stuff in tomorrow; as a matter f fact I just had a call from the movers to confirm (not that I can really afford movers now, but again, there’s nothing I can do about that). Now I can show you the pictures of things I’ve made that I promised last week. This is the little pillow that I made. Nothing overly fancy; I mainly made it to keep myself busy for a little bit while Alex was gone. The birdie’s name is Walter.
And the little present I made for Alex was an owl pin. It’s now pinned to the messenger bag I bought him for his birthday. I made the pin using the cover button method, pried the button attachment off of the back, and hot-glued on a pin-back. I used a small piece of Alexander Henry’s Spotted Owl fabric in white for the cover. This owl does not have a name.
Sorry about the blurriness (this was actually the best one!) but the picture taking was not going well that day.
I finished Five Quarters of the
I also just finished Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King on Wednesday night. It was great! I majored in Fine Art History at University; I specialized in 16th and 17th century Dutch and Netherlandish art but also focused a lot on the Italian Renaissance. This book talks about the construction of the massive dome atop Santa Maria del Fiore in
Right now I’m reading The Friday Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. It’s definitely a lighter read, but I love how it has something crafty at its heart. I don’t knit (I can, but I don’t), but I admire anyone who creates handmade art. It’s nice to read about people who do something similar to yourself. One of the most interesting things that’s come up so far is a character who views knitting (and other so-called “domestic” activities) as an archaic tradition that seeks to keep women in their “place”. She views the resurgence of women spending their time on domestic pursuits to be a slap in the face of feminism. I find this to be a really interesting view as I’ve dealt with people like that. Just because I like to sew or bake or quilt or whatever does not make me unintelligent. Just as I can take about Einstein’s second postulate of special relativity for an hour if I need to, but that does not make me an astrophysicist. Arghhhh…sorry about that, I’m fine now.
Okay, gotta go, must get back to work. They may have screwed me over, but I’m not going to retaliate by lagging behind.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
And here are Hemingway and Ollie together; they are now very good friends and inseparable.
I also finished a pillow last night and a present for Alex, but I’m not going to post pictures until he sees them. He’s supposed to be home tonight, but I have a feeling that that’s not going to happen. I’ll post pictures of those once he is back.
I’m currently reading Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris (who also wrote Chocolat). It’s really interesting and well-written; I’m really enjoying it and, since Alex has been gone for the past few days, I’m actually almost done with it. I accidentally left Katharine Graham’s autobiography at my apartment (I still have my old apartment through the month) on Sunday when my Mum came to see me for Mother’s Day. Lucky for me I have a bunch of books at the new apartment and was able to grab the Harris book to read.
I bought a couple of books at the thrift store on Monday. I found Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King (I was a Fine Art History major in University), The Navigator of New York by Wayne Johnston, and God’s Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe by Amir D. Aczel. Books make me happy.
I think I may sew some quilt blocks tonight to keep myself occupied.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
It’s that time again! Yay Recipe Box Swap! This month there is no theme so I decided to post a recipe that I made up a couple of years ago after trying a coworker’s homemade lentil stew. She refused to give me her recipe so I created my own. It’s called Beatrice Street Lentil Stew because I was living on Beatrice Street when I came up with it (yes, I am that creative…hah); it's super-yummy! Again, this is a recipe that I just wrote up this morning so spice measurements may be off a bit; I usually just throw things in the pot as I go.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 28 fl oz can of stewed tomatoes
1 540 ml can of lentils, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions until tender, add garlic and let soften a bit. Add tomatoes, lentils, curry powder, ground cumin, salt and black pepper, stir to combine. Let simmer covered for approximately 20 minutes. Taste, and adjust seasoning accordingly. Allow to simmer uncovered for another 5-10 minutes. Serve with warm bread or naan.
I hope you all enjoy!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I finished up Pride and Prejudice last weekend. Of course it was amazing; it’s one of my favourites! I can never say enough about it. No matter how many times I read it, it never seems stale or loses any of its brilliance. I also read Star Sullivan by Maeve Binchy in about an hour last Saturday. I didn’t like it as much as I’ve liked others by her. The ending was kind of depressing; I get what she was trying to say about the main character and about who she had become, but it fell a bit flat. Still, it was a super-quick read and I love Maeve’s style. All in all it was time well spent. Currently I’m reading Katharine Graham’s autobiography Personal History and I’m enjoying it so far.