Archive for November, 2009

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Today was rough; it really feels like things are falling apart at the seams. Let the quarter countdown begin!

+ Nine more days of class
+ Five more American lectures
+ Three more Landscape lectures
+ Three more Rome lectures
+ Three Exams
+ One Paper


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Chicken fried… veggies?

For getting up at 11:30 AM (I know, this is turning into a really bad habit), we were amazingly productive today! Framed and hung three of my vintage French posters (Martini + Rossi, Tattinger and Parapluie Revel), figured out my drapery situation (formerly a total disaster) decided to hang drop cloths — yes, as in, painting drop cloths– finished painting and hanging my bedroom/bathroom doors, and tidied up a few other minor projects. In other news, we made jalapeno poppers and another round of onion rings: moderately successful on both accounts; I’m slowly figuring out the balance between flour + batter + gluten free bread crumbs. The only issue with the poppers was making sure the jalapenos were done — the cheese melted and the coating was done long before the jalapeno was fully cooked, making them extra spicy, a little too crunchy and generally unpleasant =( Bummer. We also threw some pickle slices in for good measure, and it didn’t turn out all that well, but I will not be defeated! Next time, those pickles will be mine!

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2 AM and I’m still awake,

…but not writing a song.

Anyway, I slept in until noon today (!!) puttered around, hung out with a friend before she disappeared back to school in the middle of nowhere (aka rural Ohio)… Came home, did some paperwork, helped the bf with his transcript, etc. Late late late night, kind of ready to start the week and go back to school… is that weird?

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My love is like a red, red rose…

Foooood comaaaaa.

On an intelligible note, watched Angels & Demons tonight; it was amusing, entertaining, not really worth $6 but it reminded me how much I want to see Rome.

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gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving! It has been a full day around here! In addition to the multi-course carb-fest, it’s also Mom’s birthday! Our menu this year:

+ Brined Turkey with Paprika, Olive Oil and Sea Salt Rub
+ Wild Rice Dressing with Cranberries and Hazelnuts
+ Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Bacon and Cranberries
+ Baby Red Potatoes Mashed with Roasted Garlic
+ Pumpkin Pie

Happy holidays! Eat well, try not to go too deep into a food coma…

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I made it! It’s Thanksgiving break! Woooo! My afternoon class was cancelled; I still had to show up for Rome at 12:30, which was fun but kind of frustrating… Grabbed lunch with Chester afterwards and checked at least one person off my Christmas shopping list…

In other news, it looks like a funeral parlor around here: there are flowers everywhere, having arrived throughout the day, to celebrate Mom’s birthday tomorrow. I’ll be honest, I’m a little jealous — but I’m also glad I get to be here this year to celebrate.

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Mmm… Pumpkin…

Woke up, finished my peer-review of our landscape paper (I feel so much better about my writing having read a graduate level paper), went to lecture, finished the reading for Rome tomorrow, baked pumpkin pie for Thursday and now, bed. Productive, right?

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17th C Rome midterm: conquered! American Art paper: destroyed! I emerge victorious!

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So close! And yet so far…

Spent most of the day studying for my Rome exam, wrote my American Art paper on Maurer’s At the Shore (1901), so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow… Almost…to.. Thanksgiving…

Also, scanned, signed and uploaded some of my film prints from this past spring, check them out: here

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More errands today; took an hour and went to the Seattle Art Museum to find an American genre painting for my paper due on Monday (Alfred Henry Maurer’s At the Shore, 1901), still have to study for my test (also Monday). But fortunately, the fabulous Lauren is home(!) and we were able to meet for coffee, catch up, grab dinner (found out Han’s Garden on the Island can use Tamari instead of soy sauce for certain dishes and clean the pans, making them deliciously gluten free!) before coming home to crash… It’s been a long, long week…

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UGH. Woke up at 9:45 for my 10:15 physical therapy appointment; ran around getting my stuff together, knowing I was forgetting something but not sure what it was, but it wasn’t clothing, makeup, contacts or my laptop/iPhone so really, how important could it be?

Made it to PT, then seminar at noon, went to class, went to Starbucks to meet the insurance agent who is handling our bodily injury claim, came home and — BAM! That thing I forgot? It was the research books I had used for my paper, all from other Summit libraries (OSU, WWU, etc) due back today. But it’s ok, Suzzallo is always open late, right? Apparently not on Fridays. BE is closed, Art is closed, every single library is closed and each of these 18 books has a $50 overdue fine.

Needless to say, a long and loud string of expletives escaped my lips before I could really worry about it. Anyway, because they’re art history books, naturally they’re all several hundred pages, oversized, and heavier than they look (which is already pretty heavy), so we load them into two paper bags on one of those dorky little aluminum luggage carts for your carry-ons and set off, back to school, in search of Odegaard.

Naturally, the library is either up or down two flights of wet, slippery concrete stairs, no matter where you park, so I struggled down, was laughed at by a pair of preteen (okay, probably freshman) snobs who probably don’t even know what a research paper is. Anyway, I made my way to the information counter where I was informed that there is, in fact, a four day grace period for Summit books before they fine you $50/book. Good to know (two hours ago).

Despite all of the stress, my night ended happily — no overdue fines, paper is done, and it’s the weekend.

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Finished my paper at 7:40 this morning, left for physical therapy at 7:45, came home and did a little bit of proofreading before heading up to school for my Rome interview at noon… Came home, slept for an hour and a half, went to lecture, turned in my paper and breathed a deep, shaky sigh of relief. I made it until 9 PM so I feel like I owe it to myself to pass out, seeing as my eyes won’t uncross… Man, I feel old all of a sudden… Good night.

Oh, the photo? One of the lanterns outside Suzzallo Library.

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Seen above, multi-colored pearl onions being fried with bacon in the cast iron skillet, on their way to becoming beef stew (which was delicious and perfectly combined with Monday’s sweet potato/swiss chard gratin leftovers). A complete (albeit rough) draft of my landscape paper comparing Villa Giulia and Villa d’Este is due tomorrow. Twenty (20) pages, not including images, notes, citations, etc., the longest paper I have ever written, is due tomorrow – and have I started it? No, of course not. I have roughly eight pages of quotes to support my argument, but no text. This is going to be a long, long night…

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So today I would have taken the GREs… except I was in physical therapy (still three times a week) because I can’t sit for more than 45 minutes at a time. I’m kind (extremely) relieved, but I also know that I can’t put them off forever, unfortunately.

As you might have guessed, autumn is in full swing around here — and the sugar maple just off the back patio is practically naked at this point, and the patio – nearly invisible. I love it.

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