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October 2007
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comfort and luxury

I don’t often think of comfort going along with luxury. Probably because stuff that comforts me isn’t terribly luxurious by today’s standards. A book. A warm blanket. A hug. But I was flipping through my music on my computer not wanting to hear some of the songs that I would normally listen to, when I hit Billy Joel’s Just the Way You Are. And I sighed inside the way you would at the touch of silk or really fine chocolate. But I also felt something in me calm a bit the way a sweet book or warm blanket can calm me.

I do think it’s interesting that I find a song luxurious. I can replay it over and over and every day, so it’s not something rare. I think I just find this song particularly fine.

I had chicken noodle soup earlier and now I have a mug of tea with cream and sugar (not the way I have tea on a daily basis or even a weekly basis). I think I’m in need of comforting, but finding that touch of luxury to accompany the comfort was really nice. Also interesting to me is that it’s the second time in a few days that something has managed to seem both comforting and luxurious to me. I can’t really share the song, but I can share the other thing:

I love this photo.

And this one. Just gorgeous. Soft and gorgeous.

i’m already tired

I have 2 paper reviews,

1 project proposal,

1 midterm (this week),

1 homework set,

1 presentation to prepare/create,

and an abstract for that presentation

all needing attention this week (some are due, some just honestly too big to do on a weekend or anything so continual progress must be made). And it’s a short week.

So a rather brisque update:

I finished the front:

Wound up the yarn for the back:

Then had fun playing with a tower:

And I don’t have a picture of it, but it looks remarkably similar to the front, but I’ve finished about half the back.

I just over-steeped (isn’t it oversteeped? Is my spell checker just freaking out for no reason?) my tea.

I’ll show justification later this week, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to rip out the front and reknit it. But I’ll start with the back since it’s on my needles and I won’t have to rip as far.

I need to find out information about the church in FL where Bear and I are getting married. And call them. And see if they’ll let us reserve a date over the phone or if we have to be there in person. And if we have to be there in person I have to figure out a way to get Bear and I there fast.

My eyes have been seriously strained the last week or so. I need to visit an eye doctor and see about new glasses. I don’t have eye insurance.

Black Sheep

This cracked me up. I saw the preview on G4. I have a feeling not many know about this and that it’s really bad, but killer sheep?

baking and sharing

I actually enjoyed taking pictures of the cupcakes and pumpkin cookies. Usually when I’m taking pictures it’s a hard hard thing. I don’t enjoy it, but I know I’ll want the pictures later, so I do it anyways. But the baking is somehow less stressful and more rewarding.

See? I took these pictures really quick because I was in a hurry, but I think the food looks as inviting here as it did when it was in front of me.

Wouldn’t those have tempted you past all bearing too? I’m so glad they are gone now. They were just killing me.

The pumpkin cookies really were like little pieces of pumpkin bread and not real cookies. Which means every time I try to call them cookies I can’t and I end up saying or typing pumpkin cookies and that just gets long and tiring and the cookies… I mean pumpkin cookies really were tasty. Even if these didn’t have chocolate chips because Bear thought they were terrible with chocolate in them.

So I took that box of cupcakes and cookies to the lab yesterday and set it out on the table for the group of grad students I work with to eat. Only three of the guys from my group weren’t in yesterday and it’s Ramadan so what I thought would be vanished in like an hour took most of the day to be consumed. But they did all disappear. I got many compliments. The girl who sits next to me even got compliments. I think next time I’ll bake and then immediately set aside for the lab, then maybe Bear and I won’t have such willpower issues. And I’m definitely halving recipes.