I'm in the process of revising. Now that I've finished school and spring has arrived, it's time to do a little housekeeping. It's time to organize, edit, rearrange, and check that one systems still work. When one is in a period of growth and moulting, there are a lot of little feathers to pick up.
I have to say that after the Pythonesque insanity of the last couple of years, I feel a little like Wile E. Coyote standing by the side of the road, singed from the roadrunner-shaped bomb that went off and spitting feathers out his mouth. However, I caught the roadrunner so I'm up on that score. Time to wash the soot out of my ears. So I'm making changes.
Food: Years ago, I banished fast food from my diet with a few exceptions. It was tricky when I was in a hurry but I rarely had that moment of yuck that filled my belly the second the wrappers were crumpled and tossed back into the bag. As a student, fast food began creeping in again after too many meals done on the fly. There are still french fries wedged into unreachable places in my car. The fact that they are still in the same condition as when they fell into those spots only reinforces my stance. The fast food is once again banished. Like Napoleon. That's right, greasy burgers - it's Waterloo for you! I'm allowing Subway and DQ ice cream as occasional eats because I've never felt ill after eating either and I can pretend that Subway's moderately healthy.
Secondly, I am resolving to make a new and untried recipe once a week. Or more if I have time. I love cooking but with my time eroded by studies and other commitments, I have relied heavily on eating what others have cooked and what's available - beyond boring for a would-be foodie like myself. This way, I can start knocking things off the "I've always wanted to try making..." list.
Dutch Oven Bread
|Smells like potential|
Raisin Cake - it's a really good snack cake but very dense and reminiscent of gingerbread. Must use a brown sugar or cream cheese frosting to really complete it. Too heavy without it. Best during the three days after it's baked.
Sourdough bread - from this book
I've been better at being social. I've actually initiated plans with friends instead of waiting for people to contact me. And when you don't have Facebook, people forget to tell you things. I can be more proactive. I'm certainly not getting Facebook.
I also want to finish my works in progress before starting new ones. I have a few I'd like done and dusted before I begin piling more things on my work surfaces.
1) Spiderweb - needs quilting though I can't decided how yet
2) Figgy Pudding - you know, the one I basted two years ago and haven't touched because I decided I wanted to free-motion and couldn't make my old machine do it. Well, no excuse now, and it'd be nice to have the Christmas quilt finished before the next Christmas comes around.
3)Scrappy afghan - I figure I'll have this one done before the Stanley Cup is hoisted. But then, I also thought I'd have it finished before my beloved Bruins were knocked out.* C'est la vie.
4)White socks. I think I have about five inches to go before the toes start. I'm glad I'm doing both of them at the same time or I'd be finished one and unlikely to start the second.
When I'm not working on these bits, I'll be starting the Great Purge of 2012. Drawers, closets, old notes, computer files... the lot. Though the digital age has begun limiting the paper detritus that I accumulate in a given year, I have found that electronic clutter has started to infiltrate my organized existence. Must. Stop. Data. Incursion!
We'll see how it goes... I'll let you know how the sourdough turns out.