Monday, September 30, 2013

Pigs on the Wing, Part 1


"We would zigzag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tuesday Tea: DAVIDsTEA

One of the most fortuitous Chicago finds that David and I have had over the past year was the discovery of The Kerryman, a bar and restaurant that serves some seriously yummy Irish inspired foods. Plus I couldn't have picked a better name for it myself.

David changed apartments this past month, so we've had the pleasure of exploring a different part of Chicago, and this past weekend, we came across a great find. While driving back to his apartment one evening, we looked up and saw a tea shop called David's Tea. Seriously fate, y'all. We made plans to make sure to stop in, and once we did, we were so glad for our discovery. The entire wall behind the counter was filled with tins holding a hundred different types of tea, and we could either have a cup brewed for us right then and there or we could take some home with us. We ended up getting canisters of The Earl's Garden and the Organic Super Ginger. We made a the ginger tea that night, and it was so yummy and spicy.

Two great places that we like to think were named after us. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hobbit Day

Today, September 22, marks Hobbit Day, a day to celebrate both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins' birthdays and a day to celebrate the wonders of Tolkien's imagination. I hope you celebrate by having second breakfasts, elevenses, and, of course, some afternoon tea, and may your imagination run wild and be limitless because, after all,

"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities."

 - J.R.R. Tolkien

Friday, September 20, 2013

Oatmeal

I recently discovered the joys of cooking oatmeal* on the stove.  In the past, I just took the lazy route and cooked it in the microwave, but that usually led to under or over-cooked oatmeal that made me understand why some people call it gruel.  It just doesn't sound appetizing.  And kind of makes me want to watch Pocahontas...  Don't judge.

But then, on a whim this weekend, I decided to give cooking oatmeal on the stove a whirl.  The results: it only took a few minutes more, and it was so much tastier.  So long as I have a pot and stove at my convenience, I will henceforth be cooking my oatmeal this way.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of oatmeal (I use old fashioned oats)
1/2 cup water
1/2 milk (or half & half if you want it really creamy)
2 tsp brown sugar (or to taste)
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine water and milk in pot and heat to a low boil, stirring regularly to prevent the milk from burning.
2. Once the water and milk begin to bubble, stir in the oatmeal and simmer.
3. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix in.
4. The oatmeal is done when it is creamy but no longer runny (about five minutes after adding oatmeal in).
5. Serve the oatmeal and top with any fruits of choice.

*By oatmeal, I don't mean the individual serving size packets that have overly sweet flavors like maple syrup and brown sugar.  Having grown up with a diabetic sister, I was never really exposed to large quantities of sugar, so, as a result, I can't even handle things like sweetened applesauce.  Unsweetened for me please!  So, when I buy oatmeal, I buy the extra large canisters of just plain oats on the bottom row of the shelf.  They need some love too.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Progress

The ever lovely Molly wrote a blog post recently that really stuck with me.  With the career fair last week and the stress of wondering where the future is going to take me, I've been freaking out about finding a job, getting interviews, and wondering what the heck I'm going to do after college, much less the problem of worrying about my current classes, my personal life, and still maintaining my mental sanity.  There's just a lot of bumps in the road in this thing called life, so Molly's words could not have come at a more perfect time, and she was wonderful enough to let me share them here:

It's weeks like this one, with hefty loads of homework, responsibility, and laundry put into faulty dryers, that sometimes put me into an ungrateful frame of mind. Because college is hard and tedious and we're all just counting down the days until we "get out". But then I look down at the homemade cat sweatshirt I'm wearing and the jar of peanut butter I'm significantly lightening and I think, when else could this possibly be O.K.? When else will it be completely acceptable to wear weird clothes or hang out at concerts or eat the majority of your meals in bed or shirk assignments in favor of blogging or stay up way too late simply having fun?

I'm an engineer. I like things with progression. First one thing, then another, stepping through a process to achieve a goal, and, if you're a good engineer, every step just as important as the one before it, the entire system tailored for efficiency. I think God is an engineer. A good one. And I'm convinced that each step in this process of growing old is a necessary, relevant step, designed to perfection. Skipping steps is illogical.

So let's enjoy where we are, because we'll move on to that next step exactly when the design calls for it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yarn Along

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





I feel like a look pretty awkward whenever I take "selfies" of myself modeling knitted items.  Nonetheless, I am happy to present this finished scarf just in time for cooler weather.  We've been having a tease of cool temperatures in the mornings, but by the afternoon, it's just as hot as ever, so I probably won't get any use out of my scarf until next month.  Can you believe it's already halfway through September?  Me neither.

My Ravelry notes for this project can be found here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Childhood Crushes

Let's be real.  We all had that one (or, one per week) guy who made our adolescent hearts flutter.  And I'm not talking about Devon Sawa.  I'm talking about boys that you actually knew.  For me, it was usually the boy I sat across from in the lunch room, and this young hunk was also next to me alphabetically, so we were pretty much placed next to each other all the time.

Why am I bringing him up on this particular Tuesday? I realized this morning as I was writing the date on the top of my class notes that today is in fact his birthday. Why do I remember his birthday? Once upon a time, I told said boy that I could guess the day he was born. He accepted my challenge, I "guessed" a day, and I got it right. From then on, my third grade class thought I was psychic.  The truth: I was a creeper. And my teacher had a list of everybody's birthdays on the bulletin board. But I accepted my cool psychic label.

So happy 22nd birthday, 3rd grade crush. I will never forget your birthday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Yarn Along

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




As promised, here's the progress on my latest scarf/cowl. I'm pretty much in love with the color of the yarn. I babysat until midnight last night (lots of time for knitting once babies are asleep!), so I'm just a few rows from completion. I should have a finished product for next Wednesday's Yarn Along :)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Career Fairs

It's that time of year again: the time of year when I realize that I don't actually own any business professional clothing, that I make the mistake of wearing heels, and that I routinely have existential crises about the direction my life is headed.

Do I want to go into finance?
Do I want to go into consulting?
Insurance?
Teaching?

As Molly accurately described, who I ran into at the career fair, possibly the highlight of the whole ordeal, career fairs are slightly dehumanizing.

For once I'd like a recruiter to ask me what I do in my spare time and expect me to mention some creative part of my life, like knitting, and not that I taught myself a coding language in my free time (which I didn't fyi, I'm just throwing out an example, even though it just so happens to be the example that the guy in front of me in line gave).

Round two commences tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Yarn Along

Happy Wednesday and happy yarn along day! Linking up with Ginny from Small Things :)




I've successfully managed to check another thing off of my 2013 bucket list as I finally finished crocheting my chevron blanket!  Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of the finished product as the blanket now has a new owner, but I think it's safe to say that it is going to be well loved :)  I love the colors, and I love the way it turned out.  I'm already dreaming of my next large scale project.  For now though, I just put a lace scarf on the knitting needles that I'm excited to share with you all next Wednesday!

I'm currently reading An Echo in the Bone, the seventh book in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  It's long and slightly dense in parts, but it's so incredibly well-written.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tuesday Tea: Coming Full Circle

Over Labor Day weekend, I flew up to Chicago to go see David because I wanted to take advantage of the long weekend, especially before classes got too crazy.  While I was there, we did so many amazing things, and I even had a little bit of deja vu.  David moved apartments two weekends ago, so the first night I was there, we ventured out of the apartment in search of a restaurant we had never been to before.  We chose a Mediterranean place on West Fullerton Ave, and as we were walking to it, I looked up and realized that right next door was a tea place, The Bourgeois Pig Cafe, that David and I had visited the very first time I went to Chicago last Fall.  It was such a coincidence, so after eating, David and I stopped in to share a pot of tea.  It was pretty late, so we had some decaffeinated lemon rooibos tea that was so yummy.

It was such a great discovery to find that David now lives so close to this little tea shop.  I can't wait to visit it again.