Wednesday, December 12, 2007

we've had the first snow of the year, and the christmas cactus on the table is blooming! made my second batch of sugar cookies of the season. no where near as good as the first. actually an unqualified disaster, considering that i ran to Williams-Sonoma to buy an over-priced rolling pin and cookie cutter, then returned home to discover that my batter was having none of that. and while my cookies aren't shaped like xmas trees, they're colored like them. is this where a semi-endearing name, like "reindeer turds" comes in handy?

work is horribly busy and i can barely find the time to enjoy any of this. after this deadline, all i want is to drink a hot chocolate and knit.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

  • this morning i saw the first snow flurry of the fall
  • i highly recommend the Cooks Illustrated sugar cookie recipe-

Monday, December 3, 2007

pink veggies

pink veggies
Originally uploaded by themelliott
winter means pink vegetables.

i was briefly disappointed by the dearth of greens at the farmer's market this weekend. but once i got these soft pink beauties home, i was over it. check out that box. it is my de-facto root cellar.

xmas cactus

it's beginning to look a lot like xmas...

xmas cactus
Originally uploaded by themelliott

i have a number of house plants, but i am not what you might call a gifted gardener. in fact, these plants deserve to be commended for their stick-to-it-ive-ness. another christmas for you, cacti! i've been making extra coffee to give the plants. they are supposed to like that-although i suspect what they might really like is repotting.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

both dogs stink.

I am sitting in the computer lab at my new apartment with a man and two hound dogs. One hound is huge, and his name is Sherman. I'm a little sweaty, and Sherman keeps coming over to smell my arm pits. Sherman has to lean down to put his nose in my pits; that's how big this dog is. He's lying down now, and looks awfully regal.

The other dog is more like a beagle, but may be half basset hound. He seems awfully overweight and I can't tell if he has an enormous hanging belly, or really short legs. He lies down with his hamhocks hanging out and makes lots of eye contact.

Both dogs stink.

But, I am trying to live an enormous contradiction right now. That means paying too much in rent, for an excessively nice apartment without a roommate--but also becoming so frugal that I won't pay for cable, or internet, or turn the heat up very high. There's more, and it's all very interesting, and lofty, and daunting. I like to think of the astounding strength of insects! Think of the weight an ant can lift! Think of the aerodynamics of the bumble bee!