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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. 

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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 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. 

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
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,
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.

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. 


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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 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

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

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. 


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 overestimated my ability to update regularly while moving. Oops. 

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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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) 

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

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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Egg masala
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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 Making Turkish Coffee without an ibrik 
Using stones as drop spindles
Apron dress (I'd love to make one of these)
Slouchy smock dress (free pattern)
Free Japanese craft web magazine
Free Nani IRO patterns 

I'm also doing my second micro-teaching lesson today. I'm really excited about my making Facebook profiles for Shakespeare characters activity. I hope it goes well. 

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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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 Today is Pi Day. As it happens, this is an extra special Pi Day because the date reads 3/14/15. As such, I'm making pie.

Appleberry pie from Jaimie Oliver 
Apple and mixed berry crumble
Apple and plum pie
Strawberry brown butter betty 

Other things
Essay writing contest for an inn in Maine 
Redesign of Marvel's Scarlett Witch by Belinda Morris 
Griddle Scones
Irish soda bread with walnuts 
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 I don't know how I got through life without this recipe for Maple Oatmeal Pie. It's a Vermont thing

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 Knitting charities in Vermont 

Two recipes using stale bread: knedlik (Czech dumplings) and baked doughnuts 

Project Linus knits blankets for critically ill children 

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