Monday, January 17, 2011

A Blue Weekend

This weekend was one of those weekends where I simultaneously got a ton of things done but also had a lot of downtime to just curl up with a book next to Bobby on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We didn't do anything out of the ordinary- in fact, we skipped our planned West Coast Swing dance lessons in favor of staying in on Friday and Saturday night. A few things that stood out on the good weekend list:
I made a hodge podge breakfast smoothie on Saturday morning out of random things in the fridge that needed to be used up- 1/4 a cup of pureed pumpkin, about the same amount of blueberries- plus an overripe banana, a tbsp each of ground flax seeds and chia seeds, a splash of almond milk, and what I *thought* were frozen peaches from our CSA...
See the little orange guys hanging out at the bottom? I just found out (as I was typing this) that they were not, in fact, peaches. They were little chunks of butternut squash. I found this out when Bobby (who is, as I type, making a peach/strawberry/rhubarb crumble) asked "is this...cantaloupe? what is this?" and I told him they were peaches. Then he says "no, THESE are peaches" holding up another container. Moral of the story? Chunks of frozen butternut squash taste damned good in a smoothie with unlikely counterparts such as pumpkin and blueberries. Lesson learned!
So, this is a bittersweet moment from the weekend. My beloved green, eco-friendly, all natural rubber yoga mat bit the dust after a little over two years of use (I'd say about 3 times a week for an hour of power/vinyasa flow, so it did admirably). I wanted to replace it with the exact same brand and type, and this was the only mat we could find in town that met the requirements.
Why, hello there.
It's been unfurled in the study room for over a day now, because as you can imagine it smells strongly of what it's made out of- pure rubber. I can't wait to use it tomorrow morning.
And last but not least, I finished a project on my 2011 Goals List. This is the blue baby blanket that I started... wait for it...THREE YEARS AGO. I know, it's awful! But look, just by putting it on a goals list, it's magically done a mere two weeks later. Originally a few people around me were pregnant and its home was kind of up in the air, and now I need to find a place to send it to.
This is triple stitch crocheting, for those of you out there who are familiar with such terms. I finished the last 5 rows- including cutting every.single.piece.of.yarn. for tassle- and the tassle on both ends in about 3 hours while Bobby and I watched another DVD of Egypt lectures (his parents sent us 7 DVD's of a professor lecturing on Egypt in preparation for our trip and they are fascinating). It was nice to kill two birds with one stone, and since it's literally just a lecture on DVD I didn't miss out on anything by having to glance down at my hands periodically.
I learned to crochet when I was 5 or 6, and a part of me is still in awe that by twisting yarn in a certain way around a little metal hook this is what's created.
Of course, as I realized here, it's just as nice for an adult to curl up in as well. So I suppose that broadens the field of who might be receiving this little guy. I'm just glad I finally finished it! I also finished Kate's birthday quilt (also on the goals list), so I'll post those pictures later. In other good news not proven by photographic evidence- I met my Spanish study goals for the week. I sat down at the kitchen table and studied for two and a half hours this weekend, which not only got me off to a good start but helped me flesh out a study schedule that I think will be effective. I'll go into more detail on the goals progress in monthly reviews though, so for now I think I'm going to get ready for bed so I can curl up with a book and some of that peach/strawberry/rhubarb crumble that I'm starting to smell from the kitchen :)


  1. I love the blanket, it's beautiful...but I strongly recommend you keep him/her. He/she/shim needs a name :)

    I must say your culinary skillz are far more bold and brave then mine...just the thought of pumpkin and blueberries did me in...before adding the squash.

  2. I definitely might be keeping it! For one thing, I can't think of anyone who would like it or want it. But for another, one of the edges is crooked- it's not a straight line, it kind of slants up a bit- and the perfectionist in me is like "I don't want to give away a janky-ass blanket!". I have to protect my street cred.

    And I was *totally* expecting the smoothie to suck and had prepared myself to eat it as quickly as possible. I just really wanted to use up the leftover pumpkin/blueberries, so it was more of an "I'm NOT going to waste either of you because you are relatively expensive foodstuffs and I will not let you defeat me!" kind of thing :) But now I find myself thinking "hmmm, I bet an apple, squash, and pumpkin smoothie with ginger and cinnamon would be awesome..."

  3. My daughter saw the blueberries in the blender pic up on this page when I left the computer and is now protesting we buy them tomorrow.

    She wants blueberry pancakes... she over estimates her mother's culinary skillz. The last time I made pancakes, I caught my hair and eyelashes on fire.

    I am glad you're considering keeping "Janky"...I'm sure he/she will keep you toasty while you munch on suicidal kitchen concoctions, haha

  4. Haha, its name is totally Janky now!