- First-year convocation and Reality is Broken discussions
- Farmer’s market peaches, eggplant, and goat cheese pillow
- Last minute course planning/back to school details
- Sunday tea uptown & workin’ with Brenna, Kathleen, & Natasha
- Culinary adventure: Baba ganoush
- finished: Eat The City
- First day (week) of school
- Hamilton errands & fun finds: miniature French Press & anchor cookie cutter!
- Bus woes & heat
- 41 new English 111 students!
- Gym 4x!
- GSCA potluck, new friends, & catching up with old ones
- Farmers’ market
I want to write something brilliant about the amount of food wasted on reality TV shows for elaborate displays, particularly on The Biggest Loser and also on some competitive cooking shows such as Masterchef. The bothersome thing is The Biggest Loser’s sponsorship with the Feeding America program; though I hope they aren’t donating atrocious pounds of the temptation foods to that program.
It’s the first day of school! & the beginning of the second year of my master’s degree program. Of course the August high 80s & 90s weather I expect has arrived with a vengeance for the week ahead. In the top five of my favorite things about school is showing off my wardrobe (which improves as the temperatures get colder). I’ve got four outfits picked out for the week ahead:
Monday: for my afternoon seminar in Renaissance Literature - Salmon & black polka dot blouse with white & navy twill skirt (Buffalo Exchange, 2013)
Tuesday: day off!
Wednesday: for teaching my two sections of Rhetoric & Composition - teal shirt dress (Clothes Mentor, 2012)
Thursday: for my afternoon seminar on Ecocriticism & late 19th century American literature - olive green shirt dress (Clothes Mentor, 2013)
Friday: teaching again - B&W polka dotted shirt (Goodwill, 2012) with yellow summer skirt (Goodwill, 2013)
- weekend productivity
- farmers’ market blackberries
- GSCA planning lunch
- Classroom investigating, final course planning
- Drinks & truffle fries at MIA with Kathleen, Brenna, & Michael
- GSCA retreat
- Gym 2x
- Convocation & summer reading program
- Farmers’ market
- productivity & last minute course details
- Eat the City
Giving the green smoothie with broccoli another try. This time I steamed my broccoli stems (in lemon juice) & blanched them. When they were cooled, I blended them alone with the soy milk. Next, I added an apple. Finally, I added a banana and some mango nectar. This tastes wonderful & the it’s blended smooth as can be!
Today’s outfit: August 24, 2013
Weather in Oxford: ugh, humid & sunny; H 84/L 59
Dark denim button down (Valley Thrift, 2013)
White & blue polka dot bloomer shorts (Goodwill, 2013)
A few of my friends are fans of the green smoothies. Prior to our conversations this week, I hadn’t thought much of them. I’ve had avocado-mango-coconut milk smoothies in the past which I lovelovelove, but in Oxford, yellow mangoes are hard to come by, avocado prices are up to $1.50 a piece, and quality Asian coconut milks are well above $2 a can. I get the best deals on the ingredients by driving 40 minutes out to the international market, but in the end I don’t have the time/money for that. I did some searching on the interwebz last night because I have all these broccoli stems. I ate all the florets already and the only thing I find stems useful for are stir-fry. I found a few recipes I want to try out, including a kiwi-cucumber-broccoli combo (which I’ll try after my next trip to the grocery) and the peach-banana one I decided to make today. I didn’t want to make the 32 oz. meal replacement, so I doctored the recipe, using a combo of leftover coffee from this morning’s pot and soymilk with one chopped broccoli stem, one banana, and one frozen peach. The taste is great! The banana and the coffee really take over. The texture, though, reminds me that there are definitely broccoli stems in there. I think I’ll blend the broccoli stems up by themselves next time before adding the fruit to get a finer puree. Overall, I can get behind this green smoothie bandwagon, especially since I have tons of trouble eating an entire bunch or even a smaller bagged spinach before it withers into brown mush in my fridge. Before now I would eat all the spinach salads I could muster over the course of ~10 days and then throw the rest into a saag, but over the last year I’ve been really getting tired of eating saag that often.
Sometimes I do things to my hair, but I can’t explain or recreate. #gpoy #vscocam
There’s a wild peach tree in our neighborhood that no one seems to care about. Last week, my flatmate & I picked a dozen peaches & made a gorgeous upside down cake. Today, we witnessed these three gobbling up the fallen peaches & spitting out the pits. Phenomenal!
I will acknowledge that Orange Is the New Black has created a credible role for a trans black woman, played by Laverne Cox, an actual trans black woman. And I can’t deny that the series has created a payroll for many actors of color. But again, just like the practice 150 years ago during the height of the slave narrative era, those experiences are first authenticated by a white person—in this case, a white woman whose prison stint can never be a substitute for the violence institutionally carried out against women of color in the criminal justice system. It’s 2013, not 1861, and we don’t need Piper Kerman or anyone like her to substantiate what we already know.
Amen. Finally, someone who sees Orange is the New Black in similar ways I do. When I was giving it a chance on Wednesday, I couldn’t put my finger on why it made me so uncomfortable and had me cringing as I struggled to pay attention through episode 3, but Aura Bogado seems to be reading my mind. I hated Piper. There are several shows in which I’ve hated the main character, Grey’s Anatomy for example, but there was just nothing else going on with Piper’s story or Piper’s relationships to the other characters that kept me hanging on. Laverne Cox’s character is the most likable, the most sympathetic, has the most interesting story, but since it’s framed entirely by Piper, I find myself not caring enough to find out what happens to her next, because in order to get her story, I am going to have to wade through Piper’s and through a bunch of other crap. No, thank you.
- Welcome mixer for the new cohort
- Farmer’s market, yard sale, lazy Saturday productivity on the couch
- long walks to campus
- letter from Kelsey/letter to Kelsey
- Led summer reading facilitator training session for the RAs
- furniture finds
- letter from Vivian/letter to Vivian
- finished: Gossip Girl
- tried & didn’t care for: Orange is the New Black
- Oxford Doughnut Shoppe!
- culinary adventures: chili lime tilapia & strawberry-avocado tacos; upside down peach cake in the crock pot; hummus chicken salad
- haircut! fingers crossed that this Oxford salon stays in my good graces
- farmer’s market
- productivity, especially phd apps and first month of lesson plans
- Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography of my Appetites, Kate Christensen
Just about everyone I know has been telling me I need to watch Orange is the New Black, so today I decided to take the plunge. I was prepared to get hooked, based on how much everyone was gushing over the show, and especially after I saw bloggers on my Twitter feed singing its praises. After watching three episodes, I wasn’t impressed. I agree, the diversity and nuanced dynamics are novel compared to most of the things on television, but there isn’t a character or a story line that I am persuaded to care about or even curious to see what happens next. Am I missing something?
I’m working, I swear.
I saw the news that ABC is working on a pilot based on Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat. I only find the news strange because of the YouTube series by the same name that already exists…and is fabulous.
PS. I hate this girl who can’t accurately describe the mung beans or the menudo. God dammit.
Sometimes, under the pretenses of my “food studies,” I “window” shop online for expensive kitchen wares that I want in my house someday, many years from now with the benefit of money.
I just want my future kitchen ware to be worthy of my Cutco Galley set.