Friday, February 29, 2008
I snapped a picture of my outfit, too, because it's new and I wanted to show it off.
Monday, February 25, 2008
1. I gave Andrew and myself haircuts. Our hair is almost exactly the same length right now, and I was worried we might look alike, but I think the sixteen different hair goops I use on a daily basis will differentiate us.
2. A late birthday present arrived. (Five months late, but who's going to complain about a gift, especially when your expectations have disappeared because it's been, like, five months?) It was a recipe book for Australian food, which seems to be mainly food with English ingredients, except [fill in your own English cuisine joke here]. I made a pea and mushroom lasagna, which was delectable. I must admit that I didn't really trust a recipe where the only flavorings are salt, pepper, and cream, so I added some onion, garlic, sage, cheese, and a lot more cream and that, um, may not be precisely what the recipe expected me to do. Nonetheless, it was delicious and it was quite fun to eat a bright green lasagna.
3. I painted a bookshelf, although it's not done until I decoupage the sides.
4. The window seat is looking distinctly more seat-like. It is now the skeleton frame of a box, and I have high (and perhaps foolhardy) hope of some sides appearing in the next few weeks.
Any fun weekend events at your house?
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
What better way to fend off the doldrums of winter than with memories of last summer's tomatoes! Here Renee Michelle turned the bounty from that wonderful season into a lovely, luscious pasta sauce.
Note:RMG's camera woman apologizes for the video's delinquency, she is contending with her dissertation at the moment.
Luckily, this also works the other way. We've managed to do a few things cheaply, and then regularly-priced things look outrageous. This often happens when you start thrifting. If you buy a bunch of sweaters that each cost $4, then when you go to even a discount chain store and they are asking $20 for a heavily discounted sweater, you think, "I'm no fool! That price is outrageous." And then, hopefully, you put down the dress, back away, and head to Goodwill, where you purchase fifteen items for $20. And feel smug.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
-----Completely new subject-----
I've been spending the last week at work purchasing and installing a lot of new video equipment. This task does not directly help my dissertation work, but it does make future work for the group easier, and I was quite keen to help. I was prepared for a few hiccups, which I did indeed encounter: difficulties purchasing appropriate cameras and some fumes from gluing which resulted in a visit from the Environmental Services (oops). I thought it was all ready to go on Friday, but after I put it all into place, I discovered that the microphones we have won't work with the new cameras. So on Sunday I went in and put all the old stuff back in place, while I regroup and come up with a new battle plan.
So, I'm right back where I started, except that I've spent a lot of money and I got to meet a couple of friendly Environmental Services guys, who, after several tests, reassured me that it was okay to breathe in the room I was in.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Today is a gray and rainy Tuesday. I left work early to do my part for democracy by participating in the "Potomac Primary." Afterwards, I made a pot of tea. I've had this pot for many years, but it only started seeing daily use when Andrew came along. And the little cow milk jug is silly enough to make me laugh but not enough to make me cringe.
Do you all have any of those daily traditions that slowly become rituals?
Saturday, February 09, 2008
I discovered the miracle of Internet eyeglasses, when I stumbled on this blog, Glassy Eyes. This opened my eyes to the Great Glasses Conspiracy. Now, that may be a bit exaggerated, but barely: I always assumed it just cost $200 to get a decent pair of eyeglasses. But there are tons of options out there, for insane prices. We've purchased two pairs so far - this pair of glasses for Andrew, at a bank-breaking $35, and a pair of prescription sunglasses for me at $40. I've been so happy with both that I've got a pair of regular glasses winging their way to me as we speak for $30.
So if you need glasses, check it out. The blog has reviews for the top sites, and there are lots of cool features to help you see how the frames would look on you: you can print out life sized copies, put them on someone with the some shaped head, or even upload your picture and try them on. As for me, I'm considering buying a different pair for every pair of shoes I own...