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 I've been away for a while so here's a brief update, since December 2015 I've:
- passed Chemistry with an A (don't ask me how, I'm positive it was a miracle)
- declared a major (English Lit)
- gotten accepted to study abroad in England
- designed my first show professionally (as a costume designer)
- finished my sophomore year
- turned 21
- gotten a job at a food truck
- committed to doing an art show 
And that's just the highlights. 

Links:
Vietnamese coffee cake, I want to make this cake immediately enough said
I'm on and urban fantasy kick and I can't get enough of Mercy Thompson and Kate Daniels. Some of the English students at my school refuse to read (or at least admit they read) anything but Literary Fiction, but I have no such compunctions. I read enough lit at school, I can read about werewolves if I want to. If anyone has any recs, please share!!!
Speaking of "beach" novels (as my mum would call them), can I just say that Sarah Dessen really has stood the test of time well, her most recent book Saint Anything made me cry just last month and I've been reading her since I was 14
Namesake just keeps getting better
I discovered bullet journalling in the winter and I've been using a modified version ever since, here's my inspiration board on Pinterest
My family went to Disney World and I fell in love with these adorable dolls (my brother laughed at me but you are never to old for dolls in my humble opinion), Lilo is definitely my favorite
I want these shoes
Killjoys is just so good guys, last week there was a space ship inside of an astroid!!!


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This week is the last week of classes before finals and so I have been caught up in the whirlwind of it all. I have a great many things to do, but not more than it is possible to manage which stands out in stark contrast to my midterm exams. If anything it is the life tasks pulling me under rather than the school tasks. I am eagerly looking forward to the end of this semester which has been hard and unpleasant in even more ways than I anticipated. I've been considering trying to take an online class overlapped with my other classes in order to better prepare myself for what I need to do in terms of extra work outside of regular enrollment but I'm concerned that 5 classes and two jobs may be too much. Luckily I have a little bit of time before I have to decide. I have also been considering archiving parts of this blog on wordpress since it's easier to manage in a lot of ways. I will update as necessary. The future looks bright and I can't wait to get there. 

Links
Marvel and ESPN have joined forces and it's pretty great! Plus I was happy to discover many of my favorites (subjects and artists) made the list.
NPR's book concierge is out and I'm really happy about because more books are just what I need.
It's gift season. I've been looking at this general homemade gift board and this weekend knitting and crochet one
I'm really attached to the idea of making molten halva lava cakes when I get home for the holidays, my family will likely be less enthused. 


Poem of the week 

Maggie Says There's No Such Thing as Winter
BY JANET MCNALLY
 
If you believe in snow, you have to believe
in water as it's meant to be, loosed
 
from clouds arranged like asphodel. Because that's
what it's like to come back: a slow
 
surfacing, memory spiraling away. You can sleep
so long, whole seasons are forgotten
 
like a hospital-room plaster, spidered
with cracks in Portugal shapes. You can love
 
sleep like water, love your heavy limbs
pushing river and ocean aside.
 
After Maggie woke, the doctors had her stringing
bracelets of semiprecious beads, and she
 
couldn't stop counting the kinds of blue.
Here, summer, in the high shade of a ginko,
 
she pulls up a handful of stones on silk
and we drink grapefruit seltzer, listening
 
to the tinny chime of bubbles
rising to the air. She can't remember
 
autumn, so we tell her someday this tree will drop
its fan-shaped leaves all at once,
 
golden in the October crush
of every plant's frantic strip show. Later
 
we'll see mountains through the scrim of empty
branches, and if we can look straight up
 
into the atmosphere, see the same plain old sky
revolving. When we ask Maggie what color it is
 
she always says iolite, picturing beads
like raindrops, shining azure on the table.
 
She forgets that sometimes things don't stay
where you leave them, that the sky fades
 
to white even before snow begins
to fall. It's hard, but we have to tell her
 
even sapphires don't glow blue
without some kind of help.
 
 
Source: Some Girls (White Pine Press, 2015)
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 Given that November will end in only a few days, I feel okay giving a summary of the month today when I sort of have time. I'm going to try a new method of summarizing, we'll see if it sticks. 

November has been a long month. It feels like it's been a million years since the beginning of the month. November stretches from hell week through midterms to Thanksgiving break. I desperately wanted to do NaNoWriMo but it simply wasn't to be. I was able to find other ways to be creative and I had a good year at the craft fair even though it was quite a haul to get there. The weather was unseasonably warm for most of the month and once the play was over, I was able to find more time for myself. Here's looking forward to December. 

November by the Numbers
Number of times I felt like giving up - embarrassingly high
Number of nights I went to bed before midnight - maybe 5
Number of times I regretted ever signing up for theatre - so many
Number of successful performances of Flare Path - 3
Number of hours spent fighting with the printer - at least 12
Number of days I called in sick to work - 2
Number of classes I skipped - 1
Number of times I went from school to home or home to school - 6
Number of parents who visited me 3
Number of friends times I went out on the weekend - 1
Number of plays seen 2 (counting Flare Path
Number of tests failed - miraculously 0
Number of overdue library books - 2
Number of late assignments - 0 
Number of books read - 6
Number of things I have to be thankful for - too many to count

Poem of the Week
Barter
SARA TEASDALE
Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children’s faces looking up
Holding wonder like a cup.
 
Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like a curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit’s still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.
 
Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ecstasy
Give all you have been, or could be.
 
Links
StoryCorps is a national storytelling initiative 
Top ten fictional weather events makes for fun reading
This food and travel blog has beautiful photos 
I miss crocheting I don't really have time but I can't help but look at pinterest boards and dream
These little moles are so sweet 


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 I am taking the morning off today, to eat sugary scones and think about nothing. After a few weeks of uncharacteristic warmth, the cold has finally hit with a vengeance. I've been thinking about the future this week, about what I want and where I'm trying to go. I have many things to be grateful for this week (and every other week), my family, my friends, my opportunities. This will be a week of celebrations. 

Links:
These cloth tissue packs are simple but what a great idea 
I want a yarn bowl for Christmas. I love this one but with my life, ceramic might be out of the question
It's cookie season! My friends all tease me about being a snob with my "all natural" ramen and dislike of Kraft Mac and Cheese but when it comes to childhood favorites all bets are off (case in point: raspberry ribbon pie). I grew up in church basements and school bake sales and I am not above ooey-gooey cake mix bars.

Poem of the Week
November for Beginners
BY RITA DOVE
Snow would be the easy
way out—that softening
sky like a sigh of relief
at finally being allowed
to yield. No dice.
We stack twigs for burning
in glistening patches
but the rain won’t give.
 
So we wait, breeding
mood, making music
of decline. We sit down
in the smell of the past
and rise in a light
that is already leaving.
We ache in secret,
memorizing
 
a gloomy line
or two of German.
When spring comes
we promise to act
the fool. Pour,
rain! Sail, wind,
with your cargo of zithers!
 
 
November 1981
Source: Poetry (June 2012).
 
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 For the first time in weeks I feel like I might actually almost be on top of what I need to get done going into this week. 

I've been thinking about tragedy probably more than I should in light of the deaths in Paris and the bombings in Beirut and everywhere else where people are losing their lives to senseless violence. There is no antidote to senseless violence but if there was, I would imagine that it would be purposeful kindness. With that in mind, I am resolved to do my part to be kind even when it is hard and perhaps especially then. 

I haven't been writing much lately, but when I start again, expect the return of Six Sentence Sunday.

Links
I'm planning Thanksgiving dinner this week. It'll be quiet this year, just three of us. I'm planning on making whole roasted cauliflower, corn bread, cranberry sauce, a vegetarian version of this stuffing, this turkey breast, the pie I mentioned yesterday and spiced cupcakes probably modified from this recipe which is always one of my go-tos.

Other recipes I'm feeling right now are these butter sandwich cookies and these glazed cookies.

After Flare Path, I've got the 40s on the brain. I'm loving this style board and this one with knitting. There were some really great sweaters going on. 

Speaking of knitting, it's yarn season. I'm making this scarf for my mum and when I finish that, it's on to these gloves for my friend and this hat for our neighbors new baby. 

It's my baby sister's birthday next week and I don't know what to get her. I got her this book last year. I've been thinking about arts and crafts stuff. I remember loving this shrink plastic kit but it might be a little old for her. I'll also be making cake of course. I'm hoping for something like this frosting wise. 

I haven't been reading lately but there are a lot of middle grade books on my to-read-list including The Glass Sentence, When You Reach Me, The Boundless, The Apothecary and many more. I also just finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and it was great. 

Poem of the Week
from The Hard Season by Kathleen Lynch

Don't hold back now, have
chocolate, throw extra
 
kindling on, even though
skies urge cover & hoarding.
When mice pitter in
 
for crumbs, compliment
their small feet and fitting
ways. When your mouth
 
houses a curse, swallow,
think how you once
had no words at all
 
yet managed
your hungers.
 
 

I'm back

Nov. 14th, 2015 03:58 pm
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I've been incredibly busy for the past two weeks (or two months really) but I have gotten through midterms and the show I was stage managing closed last weekend. I feel like I've been sleepwalking through my life lightly and like I might finally be starting to wake up. 

Links

A professional version of play I stage managed is actually touring in London right now

Speaking of plays, I was reading about the Synetic version of the Tempest for my design class, I would have loved to see it performed. And I'm still not over the Deaf West version of Spring Awakening which is another that I would love to see. 

As the holidays approach, I have pie recipes on my mind. I'm thinking of trying a sort of sweet potato meringue this year as a sort of tribute to the sweet potato casseroles that graced our table as a child. I want to modify a sweet potato soufflé recipe, put it in some sort of whole grain crust like this one or this one and top it with maple meringue. 

Speaking of childhood recipes I have church cookbooks on the brain and I'm trying to replicate a tater-tot casserole that's hard to forget.  

I'm going to see a student production tonight, my friend is directing and it'll be the first time I've gone out in over a month. I'm really looking forward to it. 



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It's hell week and I'm too tired to say anything interesting.  

Links:
Recipes:
Cornmeal pound cake recipe
Bagel recipe
"Louisa's cake" recipe

This Week's Poem of the Week:
Approach of Winter
by William Carlos Williams
 
 The half-stripped trees
struck by a wind together,
bending all,
the leaves flutter drily
and refuse to let go
or driven like hail
stream bitterly out to one side
and fall
where the salvias, hard carmine,—
like no leaf that ever was—
edge the bare garden.

Last Week's Poem of the Week
Buckwheat
by Carl Sandburg
 
There was a late autumn cricket,
And two smoldering mountain sunsets
Under the valley roads of her eyes.
 
There was a late autumn cricket,
A hangover of summer song,
Scraping a tune
Of the late night clocks of summer,
In the late winter night fireglow,
This in a circle of black velvet at her neck.
 
In pansy eyes a flash, a thin rim of white light, a beach bonfire
ten miles across dunes, a speck of a fool star in night's half
circle of velvet.
 
In the corner of the left arm a dimple, a mole, a forget-me-not,
and it fluttered a hummingbird wing, a blur in the honey-red
clover, in the honey-white buckwheat. 
 
From Smoke & Steel


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  This week's poem of the week comes from Hoa Nguyen 

Love and Level

by Hoa Nguyen

Love and level the sleeves
              Eating is a hand
here        Leave laughing if you must
like leave this creamy celery root

We push out                     jerking
a sleeve of we    & I cover you
horses sourced in sea

(weave in waves and manes)

Hoa Nguyen, "Love and Level" from As Long As Trees Last. Copyright 2012. 

Taiye Selasi has something to say about where she's from
And it's well said. I teared up at a couple points because it hit so close to home. 

Why print in the darkroom?
Alternative and historical processes
I am looking forward to getting back into the darkroom sometime within the next month or so. 

A super dedicated journaller 

My family came to visit me this weekend which always leave me off balance searching for my place in my day to day life but this week was better than last week and I just need to hang on and ride the wave up and in. 
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 Today I did some work and then went to the harvest festival at my local co-op. It was very lovely and came with an abundance of free samples which is always a plus.

This week's poem is very short but it's, one of my favorites. 
 
In the Library
by Dorothea Grossman
The library always smells like this:
an ancient stew of vinegar and wood.
It’s autumn again,
and I can do anything.
©2008, Dorothea Grossman

Links
Onform is a drawing exercise/game
Animated shorts that pay tribute to female pioneers of the field 
Playlist that I'm listening to right now (I'm really feeling the Eastern Canandian vibe having just returned from a short trip there) 
Recipes I want to try: Sweet and Savory 

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 Links
Treating brassica stems like bones in cooking 
Rice pudding and homesickness
My pattern inspiration board

Thoughts
I moved back to school this week and I am getting back into the swing of having classes. It s strange to think that it's been nearly two years since I spent any time in a lab. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the way that it feels like the whole world is bending in close to sing one last lullaby before going to bed for the Winter. And yet this year, I'm struggling. I feel as if I am standing on unsteady ground sinking deeper with every breath. The homesickness is hitting me hard this year but I am not homesick for the home that I go to but for the one that I can't get back anymore. I simply have to remind myself that I am walking forward. As long as I keep moving, I will continue to grow and in time, this cloud will be but a distant memory. 


Links

Sep. 6th, 2015 10:52 am
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 Links this week span a fair number of subjects. I'm a bit scattered at the moment as I gather my thoughts towards going back to school. 

Ursula K Le Guin on Writing (I really want that book)
Online paper snowflake maker
A soda farl recipe from Eat Like a Girl
101 Cookbooks healthy on the go breakfast ideas
3 ingredient cheesecake recipe
Printable journalling cards
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 I ended up taking a break for the summer, mostly because I'm terrible at posting when I don't have a set schedule, but like homework and ill timed late night heart to hearts, it's September and I'm back!

A quick summary of the past three months or so:
  • Started volunteering at a birth center after a lengthy and confusing application process. I mostly file things and I'm unreasonably excited about it
  • Studied Russian very slowly, not feeling to great about it tbh
  • Fell in love with Killjoys because best friends and siblings kicking ass in space with great world building and supporting characters is pretty much all I could ask for (plus it was renewed for a second season today) 
  • Went to Maine with my family and shared the most uncomfortable futon I have ever slept on with my sister for three days
  • Went to my first comic con (as Kate Bishop/Hawkeye)

That pretty much sums it up

Links:

This website collects information and recipes on classic American food
How to make a hamster cage from a storage bin
Two Russian learning websites, one from UCLA and the other from a group in Russia
The Librarians (another favorite of mine) comes back in November
The Public Library in the Internet Age - a series by Michigan public radio 

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 I overestimated my ability to update regularly while moving. Oops. 

Links
Crockpot French Onion Soup (dinner tonight)
Pulla recipe
Roasted Apricots 
German indie music ideas page one, and page two
Most popular baby names by year
Quote about questionable friendship

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Food:
Nut free macarons
Quinoa spelt scone recipe from Le Pain Quotidien 
Honey cake recipe that I modified for my raspberry cornmeal cake (recipe to come) 
The Baking Bird "Baking" Pinterest board which I am reading for inspiration 
Winter citrus cakes with saffron honey syrup 
Swiss cinnamon crisps
Pistachio and kumquat pavlova (My mum thinks it's too fancy but I'd love to try it. I've been obsessed with kumquats since I first encountered them at three at the floral supply warehouse with my mum) 
Homemade Velveeta cheese recipe 
Cinnamon swirl coffee loaf
How to dry sourdough starter 
The cake recipe that serves as the base for my yellow cake recipe (mine to come) 
Anise Platzchen (German anise cookies) 

Other:
A collection of sketches done by Richard Johnson for the Washington Post 
Young Wizards updated (NME) version ebook "boxed set" 

Excitement:
I have a job interview which I got based on the merits of my dubious limerick writing skills. Last week's Sunday Six to follow either tonight or tomorrow along with the aforementioned recipes. I have one more paper to turn in before I can really relax. 
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Recipes
Egg masala
Bibique
Gulab Jamun
Gateau au yaourt

Other things
Legendary women writing contest
Bobbin lace pattern
A board game that my childhood best friend would have loved (thanks to ysabetwordsmith for introducing me through her links) 
My favorite song from "The Secret of Roan Inish"
Kickstarter for a super cool looking chemistry game called "Ion"

I'm in a getting things done sort of mood today. I feel at loose ends but in a way that makes me want to connect those ends rather and lay on my floor and do nothing. For instance, this morning I submitted a script to a writing contest just because I felt like it. I'm hoping I can get a lot done while this feeling lasts because that would be great. I also bought a new plant today which always makes me feel good. 
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 Links:
Stand Still Stay Silent: Webcomic by Minna Sundburg 
Comic page tutorial also by Minna Sundburg 
Modern cities drawn like Tolkien's maps 
Open courses in A + P (anatomy and physiology) and biology 
100 medieval careers
Vegan ceviche 
Not sure if I also linked to my portfolio (which is very slowly being updated with both old and new work) but again won't hurt

(At some point I will do a post specifically about all the great webcomics that I read. I should probably also do one about books, because books) 

Freaking out:
I only have three more weeks of classes left! Also I got the job that I applied for, I got in the costume design for the fall (!?!) and I kinda have time to write again. Granted I'm terrified about declaring in the fall and not being able to make intermediate Russian but ... I don't know I feel like my life is going somewhere which is amazing. 

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