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Sprung

Last week, I started writing a rather depressing post about the miserable cold and my lack of enthusiasm for most things in life. The SAD was so much. Luckily I was too lethargic to finish, and I can now move on because SPRING IS HERE! So long, SAD. I had my first artichoke recently, and though it was pretty measly ($1.99) I’m looking forward to many, many more.

The coming of spring is about new life. Snow is melting, puddles are forming, bulbs are sprouting (as Jake S. identified as we walked the streets of Chicago this past weekend). This season ties with fall for my favorite. I love me some jeans and t-shirts, cool breezes, and sunsets I can stand outside long enough to appreciate. (more…)

Silver Linings Amid Winter Blahs

Talk about Spring weather fake-out. At this time last week, I was admiring the brown grass, puddles, and lack of wind chill. I could taste the artichokes, asparagus, and greens and berries and all the stuff that’s only available in Spring. Now I’m back in stew-mode, eating buttered noodles, watching the ice build up on the sidewalks and windshields of this once-again desolate place. Remind me in October to start planning my winter getaway. I’ll aim for early February, when morale is at its lowest.

On the bright side (because there is always a bright side), Valentine’s weekend was quite the love-fest. Yes, Jake did get me flowers and we went out to brunch at the Red Stag, but also we went out with some friends and saw an amazing show at the Entry. The highlight was Lucy Michelle (and one of her Velvet Lapelles backing her up.) I’d never seen her before, but she is the current sweetheart of the Twin Cities’ music scene. And the girl can out-whistle Andrew Bird AND she sang a version of “Not in Nottingham” from the animated Robin Hood (with foxes!) In addition to the wonderful set by Lucy, Big Trouble kept her up on stage for their set of all. cover. songs. All about love! It was so much fun and a great way to spend Valentine’s eve. (Chris Koza played after Big Trouble, but I wasn’t really feeling it. I mean, how can you top a cover of “I Will Always Love You” on Valentine’s Day?) (more…)

Cure for the uncommonly cold

Now is the time for comfort food. I recently got a gift subscription to Bon Appetit and their main articles this month were on cheese and caramel; it’s been incredibly cold; I’ve been busy with work and new projects, like knitting my first hat. When I cook, I just want something good. Good to eat with a quilt across my lap while watching something enriching on my new favorite channel, Create. Produce is a rarity around here, except for Cuties (so cheap and juicy!) so I’ve been getting my fill of starches and dairy. (more…)

Wow.

What an exciting day!

We have a new President.

I was lucky enough to take a break from working and watch the Inauguration ceremony with my co-workers in a conference room.

And for those of you curious as to what everyone ate at the Inaugural Lunch, both the NYT and Epicurious were kind enough to post details on the menu (which included mac and cheese for the kids! That’s what I had!!)

The Menu

Appetizer
Seafood stew in puff pastry including scallops, shrimp and lobster
(Abe loved seafood)

Main course
“Brace of American Birds (pheasant and duck)” served with sour-cherry chutney and molasses sweet potatoes
(Abe ate root vegetables and wild game as a child in Indiana)

Dessert
Apple cinnamon sponge cake and sweet cream glacé
(Abe liked apples)

Recipes are available.

Photo credit to this ragazzo via a Google search.

My kind of hotdish

“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
-Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country

Hats off to Rox for posting this quote on her blog a couple of weeks ago. Sometimes, I feel so uncreative, I don’t even know where to start. I’m surrounded by creative people every day and I marvel at their ability to generate ideas, create beautiful works of art, or make useful objects. Hell, even pick out interesting outfits. How can I be more creative? What is my art? (more…)

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