Posts Tagged ‘winter’

Winter roses

These cute little rose hip-like plum-fruit things are the perfect spot of color in the bleak pacific northwest winter landscape — even a little bit of sun showing through there. To be fair, it has been in the high 50s lately (looks like it might be even getting up into the low 60s next week – woo!) so it hasn’t been all that bleak, or even that wet, surprisingly. It’s almost pleasant…

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Pizza night

Well, the first week of school is finally over. It actually went by a little too quickly, but it was sort of fun. BF comes over every morning at 7:15 for breakfast, leaves by a little after 8 for class – Monday and Friday comes back and works on homework until I get home, Tuesday-Thursday heads straight to work and I pick him up on my way home. Nice routine, no?

The above pizza used Bob’s Red Mill GF pizza crust mix, cooked on a pizza stone, topped with pepperoni over ranch on one half and mushrooms, roasted garlic and caramelized red onions over marinara on the other half. To be perfectly honest, I am less than pleased with the crust. I’ve been hearing all kinds of great things about it for months, and sure it tastes fine, but for $5/crust, I expect a little more bang for my buck. The crust comes out thick and spongy, more like whole-grain bread than a pizza crust. After one slice, I’m so full (and bloated- yuck!) from the crust, I have absolutely no desire for a second piece. Sad, right? Needless to say, we will be exploring other options in the future… My pesonal favorite so far is ‘Cause You’re Special’s pizza crust mix which is easy, delicious and not too thick- – unfortunately, it’s a little harder to come by, and just as expensive. Yikes.

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Turning, turning…

Today is officially the shortest day of the year – crazy right? Made a pot roast today, and these awesome parmesan herb popovers with Jules gluten free flour. They were excellent! I’ll post the recipe soon, along with all the rest – I promise! More BF time today (are you seeing a trend?) On an unrelated note, autumn quarter grades were officially posted today- yay! All I’ll say is that I’m pleased, excited AND made the Dean’s List – ok, I’m done. Happy solstice!

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Ahhh, the first day of winter break…! Boyfriend comes home tonight! In two hours and 18 minutes!! In the meantime, I finished his scarf/Christmas present today! Isn’t it pretty? The yarn doesn’t photograph very well (it’s a dark, mossy green and kinda fuzzy) but you get the idea. I’m so excited it’s not even funny! I’m going to head out to the airport in an hour or so and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do with myself until then! AH!

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knit knit purl skip

Up at 7AM, showered, dressed and out the door by 7:25AM, at the dentist’s office shortly thereafter and curled up in the waiting room, listening to The Picture of Dorian Gray free through LibriVox on my iPhone. Seriously, LibriVox is a pretty spiffy organization – enlisting volunteers to read and record literature in the public domain as audiobooks. Totally awesome.

Finished the BF’s scarf over the weekend and spent a few days trying to find a new cable pattern to use up this creamy wool yarn I have – harder than you would think! It’s surprisingly difficult to find a scarf pattern, using cables, around 35 stitches wide. So, I invented my own. I took a few patterns I liked, all around 45-50 stitches, and modified them to fit my needs. I’ll let you know how it turns out (maybe pictures?) but so far so good!

Came home, slept for a little bit, made up my flashcards, wrote the take-home part of my American Art final. Two finals tomorrow: 17th century Rome at 8:30 (!?) and American art at 2:30PM. GO GO GO.

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Today, we cleaned. Everything. Six straight hours of cleaning. It also snowed briefly for multiple times, all of which stuck to the sidewalks, plants, lawns, roads, etc. because it’s been so bloody cold lately, the chances of it melting are obscenely small. It’s supposed to snow again more forcefully tomorrow and Tuesday, but hopefully it will stay dry until I can drop off all of my paperwork and take my finals… ugh.

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Happy Chanukah!

Okay, I know, it’s the second night, I’m late, yadda yadda. It’s been a rough week! (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot – time to for the quarter to be over? I think yes.)

I don’t even want to talk about today. It was positively miserable and generally disappointing. Worst of all, I’m disappointed in myself for holding so much stock in what people think of me. 30% will always love you, 30% will probably hate you and 30% won’t care either way. The remaining 10% – axe murderers and sociopaths.

The only (okay, major) upside to this whole incident was the untimely creation of Butternut Squash and Sage Latkes and oh man, are they delicious! I have to say, I’m not a huge latke fan. I know this is practically blasphemy, but as much as I love fried foods + potatoes, latkes just never did it for me – until now. Admittedly, these are potato-free, but they’re just delicious. For those of you who are skeptical of butternut squash (usually on my blacklist), just give it a try: it’s like the perfect combination between Russet and sweet potatoes. Convinced yet?

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Of all things Hungarian…

Slept in until 11 (I know, I know- but I’m just so tired, all the time), made ricotta-filled blintzes for breakfast/lunch, went and had my labs done at the polyclinic and headed to my last class of the quarter. Autumn quarter went by so quickly, I can’t even tell you – it was August, I was sitting at the park with my book every evening, missing my boyfriend and then BAM! it was midterms and he was home, then BAM! it’s finals! It’s scary.

Came home, made Hungarian Mushroom Soup for dinner, slept for two hours, woke up, watched some TV, cleaned up and caught up here, uploaded photos, etc. It’s been a long week.

Meanwhile, one week from right now my boyfriend will be home, we’ll probably be set up on the couch with a late dinner and a movie and I just can’t wait! Unfortunately, there’s an unbelievable amount of work (for both us) to be done in the meantime, and I just hope we can get through it all in one piece…

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sticky sticky

Today was our last Rome lecture; kind of a bittersweet moment, I’m so excited to finally be finished, but at the same time, I really love this class. After a brief (okay, two hour) nap, got up and made Jules’ gluten free sticky buns. They were really pretty easy and came out amazingly well – the only downside was the filling dripping over the edge of the pan, congealing on the bottom of the beautiful blue porcelain oven, and burning to a crisp, filling the oven (and kitchen… and living room…and hall way…) with smoke. Ugh. We jacked up the hood fan, opened all of the doors and windows, allowing the pathetic amount of heat in our house to swarm out into the 22 F weather… Anyway, the whole incident was really our fault, we didn’t have an 8- or 9-inch round pan, so we used a deep dish pie plate and, well, it didn’t turn out so well.

Tomorrow is our landscape final… not excited…

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Deep Freeze

Well, today was…ahem… cold. A lovely high of 33 F, with slick, crunchy sidewalks, frozen doorhandles and frostbitten (ok, not really) fingers. Fun, right? Thank God it’s not snowing.

In other news, I finally met with Judi to fill out my graduation application. The necessary forms have been signed, sealed and delivered – I am set to graduate June 10th, 2010 at 6:00 PM. Talk about a surreal moment.

After classes, went shopping with Alanagh – managed to find a nice wool J CREW crew neck/cable knit sweater and a super cute R. Lauren Polo cardigan- all for the magical price of $23. Total. Am I good, or am I good?

+ Four more days of class
+ Four more reading assignments
+ Three more exams
+ Two more American Art lectures
+ One more Rome lecture
+ One more Landscape lecture

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Woke up, got dressed, ran around to the JCC’s Chanukah Pajama Jam festival to help set up a booth. The highlight? Eastside Chabad (Lubavitch) had an oil press and barrel of olives setup and made olive oil RIGHT THERE. It was pretty awesome.

Anyway, another chilly day: we finally cleaned out the impatiens and violets in pots by the front door, hung evergreen wreaths with Alanagh, moved the bright magenta chard to blue pots, replaced the chard with little 24″ lime green cypresses and an arbovitae for the front door. It’s feeling mighty Christmasy around here…

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crunchcrunch crinklecrinkle

I cannot tell you how lovely it was to spend a weekend not worrying about that bloody term paper. I didn’t even realize how much stress it was generating until I turned it in.

Anyway, woke up around 8:30 this morning, only to find a frost-covered wonderland on my patio. It was a chilly 28 F (are you sure we’re still in Seattle?) and it was just glorious to see the first frost of the season, lit by that blue early morning light. Love it, just please don’t let it snow…yet.

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it’s Christmastime

Happy December! As if right on queue, the temperature has dropped and the city has been decorated with shimmering lights in white, red and green. I love the Christmas season =)

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