Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

Being between projects for the most part right now, I pulled out this knitting which is something I keep on hand when I have nothing else to knit. It is a basket weave hand towel, and it already has a finished twin that lives in Chicago that would love to have a mate. So every once in a while, I pick it back up again and work a few rows. I pattern is really simple, so it doesn't really involve any thought, so it makes a great distraction during busy weeks such as this one. Final exams are next week, and I've entered full-fledged study mode. It important to take breaks every now and again too though.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Basic Deviled Eggs // The Pioneer Woman Cooks

This month, since Easter was yesterday, I figured there was no better time to make my monthly recipe from my Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays cookbook. Conveniently, there is a whole section for Easter foods.  There is a recipe in the cookbook for potato salad, and this was what I had originally planned to make, but my sister, Colleen, laid claim to the potato salad first, so I decided to make deviled eggs instead.  The cookbook includes recipes for four different types of deviled eggs, but having never made them before, I decided to just make the Basic Deviled Eggs—I figured there wasn’t too much to mess up and that most people would like them.

Because it is easier to peel eggs that aren’t fresh, I bought my eggs the weekend before Easter, hard boiled them on Wednesday night, and peeled them Saturday night when I was preparing them.  I had relatively no difficulty in peeling them, and the recipe ended up being so easy that peeling them was honestly the hardest part—that and filling the egg whites with the yolk deviled egg mixture.

In general, I stuck to the recipe.  The only thing that I left out was the white vinegar because honestly, when it came down to it, I couldn’t get the bottle open.  Pathetic, I know, but I just added a little extra pickle juice instead.  It has enough vinegar in it, right?

The deviled eggs ended up being such a good success!  Everyone that tried them ate several and said that they were really good.  By the end of the lunch, there were none left, so I guess that is truly the best sign that they were well-received.  The Pioneer Woman does it again :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Web Searches: A-Z

I like to use Google Chrome as my browser of choice because the more you use it, the better it works for you.  Does it creepily keep track of everything I have searched for ever?  Yes.  But sometimes that can provide really strange insight into one's interests and life.  So when I type each letter of the alphabet into the search bar, these are my first choices:

J: (I find it funny that this was what came up because I'm pretty sure I've only been on this site once.)
N: (no specific link for this letter, but rather a search for normed vector spaces... math major problems)
Q: (there wasn't a specific link for Q either but rather a Google search option for the quotient rule... again, math major problems.)
X: (Google didn't come up with anything for this letter, which isn't really surprising.)

Things I didn't need the internet to tell me: I'm a math geek, I like to craft and look at other people's crafty creations, I love reading and music, and I waste too much time on social media.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and Happy Yarn Along Day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)

I'm almost done with the Daphne scarf!  I just have one more pattern repeat left before I will bind off, and I can't wait to block it--I'm just itching to see how well the leaves and branches look.

This week, I'm finishing up reading my Lenten read just in time for Easter.  I've been reading Deep and Simple by Bo Lozoff, and I've been loving it.  It's a simple read but very fulfilling and enriching.  I hope I can carry over some of what I'm learning from it into my everyday life.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Tea: 5 of My Favorite Poems

Since April is National Poetry Month, I indulged myself by taking a trip down memory lane and picking out old, favorite poems of mine that I wanted to share here.

My relationship with poetry has been a long one.  My love of poems started, like most people, with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.  What I didn't know for the longest time, however, was that poems don't necessarily have to rhyme.  It was when I started to learn this that my own writing started to improve (mostly because I didn't feel I was forced into a contrived and cheesy rhyming scheme--I've never been good at writing "serious" poems that rhyme), and from then on, my repertoire of poems began to grow, and I have garnered quite a list of poems that I would call favorites.

1. Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare.  Let's be real: my love for this poem probably originally stemmed from my love of the Sense and Sensibility movie, but in all actuality, this poem is undeniably beautiful and sweet.

2. He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven - William Butler Yeats.  The last three lines are utter perfection.

3. i thank you God for most this amazing - e.e. cummings.  I read this poem at some point during my high school years, but I don't think I fell in love with it until I performed Eric Whitacre's musical composition of this piece with my high school's chamber choir.  The music combined with the words gives me goosebumps.

4. If You Forgot Me - Pablo Neruda.  All of Neruda's poems are haunting.  I almost bought a beautiful cloth-bound copy of his poems once, and I don't know why I didn't.

5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening - Robert Frost.  If I could write not cliche poems that rhymed, I would want them to be like Robert Frost's, lyrical and simple, yet multi-layered.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Daily Numbers

5757. The number of steps I have taken so far according to my FitBit.

136. The number of stitches I knitted today.

19. Days until I graduate.

10. P.M., the time I hope to be done with homework and headed to bed.

7. Mumford & Sons song listened to.

3. The number of take-home questions on my abstract algebra test today.

2. Purchased cups of tea.

1.5. The number of solutions I feel confident about on my analysis homework.

1. Chocolate croissant eaten.

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11th Haiku

Spider on the frame
Of my windowsill, I watch.
Time ticks slowly here.