I love reading, love it. I used to read one book per week, now with university and work, I’m down to about a book every two weeks, more or less. So, I was running out of reading material, and after I asked Jan for a few books to read, I decided to order some other books. What did I buy?
- The Secrets of Jin Shei, by Alma Alexander.
- In the Company of the Courtesan, by Sarah Dunant
- Empress Orchid, by Anchee Min
- Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World, by Isa Chandra & Terry Hope
- Cocina Oriental (Asian Cooking), from IKEA cooking book series
- Cocina Vegetariana (Vegetarian Cooking), from IKEA cooking book series
- Cocina Festiva (Party Cooking), from IKEA cooking book series
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On top of that pile of books, my first Moleskine notebook. I fell in love with these expensive notebooks a while back, and finally I caved in and bought me a large blank one. It’s being used for random writing and doodling, for collage, for memories, that sort of thing. Where did I buy it? AltaÃ¯r bookstore stocks all the notebooks in Madrid! I’m pondering getting a City Notebook for Madrid as well, so I can note down all our finds.
On a side note, I have a five day weekend! The first of may is Workers’ Day, the second is City Holiday, and I’m taking the 30th of April off school (classes have been changed, anyway – so I’m not missing anything). Plans for this loooong weekend include: knitting, sewing (I have some pretty Ikea fabric to make a yoga mat bag and a weekender bag), studying (gotta boost up the study time, exams are coming up, dammit!), taking care of sweet bunny and pet sparrow, cooking, reading, sleeping, working on freelance project, and doing pilates (Yay I’m being a good girl and doing pilates and it shows!)
Here it’s a meme I picked up from Jeffie Jeff aka Nens. It goes like this: Leave a comment and I’ll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you like starting with that letter. Post them in your journal and give out new letters to your commenters in turn. NO TAGBACKS ALLOWED, unless a commenter specifically requests to be given a letter.
Jeff gave me the letter T. Lets see about ten things I like that start with the letter T!
- tea – preferably green, jasmine, or black with lemon, no sugar
- tempeh, teriyaki, tomatoes, tacos (vegetarian, of course)
- thanking people, people thanking me
- Tintoretto (and many other artists)
- teddy bears that I own
- t-shirts with nice sayings in them
- theater, going to, not acting in a play
So you know, if you want to do this, leave a comment and I’ll get to you with a random letter.
This post comes a week late, or so, but I haven’t had the spirits to write it till today. There is a whole recollection of how easter vacation in Belgium was over at our shared blog. Check it out at “Easter! A Late Update”
We may find the posting mojo sooner or later!
Easter was to be spent together in Belgium, resting and having fun together and so on. Full recollection ahead!
Just made them. They’re tasty, and tomorrow’s lunch.
Recipe: see here.
This weekend was spent mostly cooking. I made Lingonberry Bread (from an Ikea bread mix), Banana Bread Muffins, Mango Chutney and Mint Cheese Samosas.
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I’m designing this little something for a present. I finished the prototype, and took notes. And the result is this:
Once I have the final pair knitted up (wrists allowing), I’ll make a nice pdf pattern for anyone who wants to knit these too. Comments? Wishes? Anything?
To “celebrate” exams are over. Baked them yesterday:
Want the recipe? Lemon Mint Cupcakes
The mint flavour is very subtle, so if you think you want more minty, I’d say up the mint to 1/2 cup, or add some mint flavouring or peppermint!
Just leaving you with a pic of what’s keeping me busy. Fluids’ Mechanics notes:
Two exams to go… The last one has a pile about 5cm thick of A4 notes too. *sigh*
Two exams done, four to go. Stress? Nooo not at all.
Anyway, these days I need the hair out of my way, and plain old ponytail does not do the trick. Hair falling over the shoulder? No thanks. So I’ve taken to this:
Yes, comfy, completely done up and hair out of the way. Less touching it while studying too. So it doesn’t get icky in a day.
And actually knitting content. Remember that kilt hose? The one I was knitting for Jan? I had to rip it, yes. And I reknitted it all, from the beginning. And then I made the foot part a bit too long, and had to rip some more… But now, it’s in good track. See:
Now, more exams…