Monday, February 23, 2009

my dark secret!

So I know I'm all artsy, and I don't like working in offices all day long doing stupid crap like filing and making powerpoints and just generally being a glorified intern. BUT, I was at Staples yesterday looking for a business card holder (because yes, I do have business cards for my Etsy shop, duh!) and I had a little realization.

I was looking over the day planners and "pad-folios" and the sort of briefcase thingies, leather "note-jotters", accordian files and other assorted organization tools for the busy, on-the-go executive. I was intrigued as usual, especially wanting a "padfolio", though I have no real use for one. And I realized, "Dorothy, you just WISH you needed one of these. You want to put all your important papers in here, hop on the subway to your meeting, impress people, smile and shake hands and be a successful professional."

And the truth is, that's the truth. Sometimes. I do wish I had places to go, people to see, ideas to share, tasks to work on, and actual money to make. But not just in the form of office busywork or being somebody's organized little helper. I'd only really be happy doing that if it revolved around my ideas, done my way, run by me. Which is what I'm doing now, only with a completely different vibe, minus the padfolio and the income.

So I'm sort of not there yet, I guess. Or maybe I never will be, and I'll just keep working from home amongst the dog's shredded toys, seeing if I can coax A. away for a coffee break, keeping myself mentally on-task for the day, checking on my seedlings now and then, starting dinner in the afternoon, wondering what the rest of humanity is doing outside of this house. Hey, it's not so bad! Well, I have to just keep beliveing that what I'm doing will lead to my ultimate goal as stated above: the need for a padfolio!

I never did get a business card holder at Staples. They had a serviceable black leather one, but I think I'm going to shop around, see if there is something more fun, like maybe a zipped neoprene camera/cell phone case . . . .

Honestly I don't need a padfolio, I need to make a travelling paper/pen/pencil/art kit of some sort. I'll let that idea simmer on the back burner for a bit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


So I realized after a couple photos that Indian food does not photograph very well. So I will not burden the internet with more photos of gross-looking food. It looked delicious in real life!! But I will list here what I've made so far this month!

Mashed green gram dal (Payatham Paruppa Masial)
Beef with Green Beans (??)
Masala Channa (aka ghughni, aka chickpea yum)
Spicy Grilled Chicken (??)
Lemon Rice (Elumichampazha Sadam)
Potato Masala (Potato Paliya)
Potato Dosai (Urulaikizhangu Dosai)
Coconut Chutney (Thengai Chutney)
Tandoori Chicken

and as a wee cheat, I made these things shortly before starting this official Indian-food-adventure:

Kidney Bean curry (rajma)
Cucumber Raita

To make tonight to go with leftovers . . .
Masala Beans Poriyal
maaaaaybe some lentil dal thing . . .

There are so many awesome-looking recipes in these cookbooks, I may have to keep this up into March! I just went to an Indian grocery (finally!) and got all kinds of proper ingredients! JOY!

Friday, February 13, 2009

plant life

Even though snow is forecast for today, bulbs are coming up, Spring is starting to spring, and now that I'm so into gardening, I'm afraid that I could never leave the Northwest! What does this mean?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

One of "those" people

Oh no, oh no no no, I think it's begun . . . I am becoming a SPICY FOOD ADDICT! I think I've already reported that when I first started using my jar of chili sate paste, a half-teaspoon could season a whole dish. These days I'm at about a 1-2 tablespoon level, which previously would have just about knocked me dead!!

But today I knew I was headed down the slippery slope when I tasted my modded bowl of ramen noodles/pork loin/peas (hey, it's what I eat when I feel a cold coming on), and I thought, "Hmm, needs heat!" and then added a nice big pinch of cayenne pepper.

Am I doomed? Will I have tastebuds left? Or am I doing my body a favor by setting off those "feel-good" chemicals? All I can say is OM NOM NOM!!

Related: Sometime in my past I had declared that for the month of February, I'd only make Indian food for dinner. (This was to try out a bunch of recipes in some cookbooks I have!) Well, it's started out quite well, and I even have some lovely photos that may become the first photos on this blog!! Stay tuned!