Monday, November 26, 2007

Finish up and slacking off

I am supposed to be doing a book review for the Georgia Library Quarterly, and I can not seem to get motivated to finish reading the book, but I am making headway today.

The all vegetarian Thanksgiving went off really well! The seitan was pretty good - I probably should have made it into a roulade, but I had a bajillion other things to do, and the plain seitan roast was easier. It turned out very moist and tasty, and I've made several sandwiches. My sister sliced up some of the leftover and made fajitas, and those got rave reviews as well. I didn't even taste my own tofu pot pie, but I heard from everyone that it was really good, and there were several who ate it as leftovers for a couple of days. I personally enjoyed the Oma's Mushroom Turnovers from GasTank Zine the bestest. I have made them about 5-6 times now maybe more, and I love them every time. And to add to my enjoyment, I figured out how to reheat them without them turning rubbery and dry. I dribble water on them and then microwave them under plastic wrap. Works like a charm. I made a whole bunch of other crap too, and everyone seemed to enjoy. And only my 4-year-old niece bitched about there being no turkey, but only momentarily until she was stuffing her face with everything else. My sister (who has not eaten red meat or pork in years) decided that she is going to cut way back on her poultry consumption as a result of the Thanksgiving success - so that is awesome.

In the world of knitting - also great success!!! With Bill's help, I have all three of the purse straps that were vexing me for MONTHS now completed!! YAY!!! I still need to do a little seaming and felting, but that involves a sewing machine and washer, so not much work involved there. I might get that stuff done this week after or before work even.

I need to start doing more exercise. That is the only major thing that my life lacks. I eat pretty well, I handle my time wisely for the most part, I get stuff done and such...but I never ever exercise. And I seriously need to. I love how I am totally anal retentive about spelling and grammatical errors when they are on paper, but when I am writing in a blog, I cease to give a crap. It is a less formal atmosphere...or so I tell myself.

Anyway - back to reading this book. I am listening to an audio book (not right at this moment, but when I'm driving and stuff) called "Eat That Frog," and it is making me prioritize somewhat. I wrote out a list of what I wanted to get accomplished last week. I hope I can stick to it and get some stuff done.

I had a whole bunch of other stuff I wanted to discuss in here, but I can't remember them right now.

So, here's a picture of me with a goofy look on my face. That's me buried under the mound of cats. And I'm wearing my Christmas tree hat (duh, you say) that I knitted a couple weekends ago. Got the yarn and pattern here:

Material Whirled

Every single time I type that or even think it, I get "Material World" by Madonna stuck in my head for like 5 hours.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

No dead turkeys

I am incredibly excited about Thanksgiving. I convinced my entire family to go meat free for the occasion. This is a pretty big deal. I always cook my zillions of "side items" and I skip all of the meat parts of dinner, but this will be the first year ever in which there is NO MEAT at all being made for Thanksgiving in my family. I am really really proud of everyone for going along with me on this. I hope my dishes do not disappoint. Here are my menu ideas:

- tofu pot pie
- glazed carrots
- fresh steamed brussels sprouts w/ walnut vinaigrette
- cornbread dressing
- mac n cheese
- broccoli/cauliflower casserole
- mushroom turnovers

Don't know about desserts - probably sweet potato or pumpkin pie and whatever else - maybe banana bread or apple something cause I have apples and bananas that need some attention.

Also, I was thinking....only *thinking* (because I already have a lot on my plate so to speak ) about trying to do the seitan roast. I really think I might try it though because it sounds awesome. Maybe I will make an extra pan of dressing and make a stuffed roast....

Anyway - I feel like a million bucks for not having any meat on the table this year. Thanks to a Publix commercial for seriously bumming me out and instigating this whole thing (40 something turkeys later commercial).

Also - I have been knitting like a crazy person. Just this past week I finished a pair of socks, a hat for Nanny, and a Christmas tree hat. Today I am working on a pair of fingerless gloves for Lisa. They are coming along nicely I think. Will post pictures later - I'm not in the mood to fiddle with technology at the moment, I have a headache.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

QVC? What is my life coming to here?

So, should I start seeking out therapy now? I honestly spend time on the QVC website last night looking at Christmas clothing. Yeah. I really did. I was ogling at stuff I would have previously termed "gay teacher clothes." Like not clothes that a homosexual teacher would wear, but gay as in bright as tacky and with little snowmen and shit emblazoned on the front. And I looked at these things with the idea that I wanted to buy AND WEAR the stuff.

Yes, friends and neighbors, I was looking at fiber optic lighted holiday sweaters. No, I didn't buy one, but I'm not ruling out the possibility that I might. Cause they would go really well with the tacky Christmas tree hat that I'm RABIDLY waiting on. I go check the mail every day with a big smile, and the damn thing's not there waiting on me. Since when did I become an old lady who enjoys looking at the QVC website and wearing giant Christmas tree hats? I think it's this holiday obsession that I have. It mostly is just for Halloween, but I have to admit that I enjoy the whole twinkly-ness of Christmas and the opportunity to be completely tacky. Although, I must admit that I've been tacky for at least a couple of decades, but *I* think I pull it off well (and I don't care if anyone thinks anything to the contrary).


In other news.

I will be shopping for yarn a lot whilst participating in the first annual Atlanta Metro Shop Hop. Went to the first three stores today and got three free patterns! Sweet!

And now I don't feel like typing anymore, so I leave you with my first pair of socks made on circular needles in progress. Pattern is from Knitting Circles Around Socks. Yarn is squeaky Sassy Stripes in "Crayon." Yeah I didn't want to take my socks off to try them on cause my feet are cold.