I like making things.

Can’t stop sneezing this morning.  Guh.

Made that mac and cheese last night, and just wanted to tell you about it a little.  It ended up being delicious, of course, although I wish I’d added a tad more liquid as it ended up being really thick and creamy.  Which is kind of ideal, except that I used linguine and I like to cook the noodles a tad softer than al dente (I’m sure there’s a word for it) – so they were not all able to bear up under the weight of the sauce when it came to transferring them from fork to mouth.  Nevertheless, that does not affect the taste.

So the recipe called for sweet potato puree, brie, cheddar, neufchatel, and milk.  I added onions and garlic, because I add them to everything, and I also had some bacon left from brunch last weekend which I fried and added as a garnish.  And man it was soo good.  Served with salad and baguette — mmm.

pasta

After, Cathy went home and I watched most of V for Vendetta, though turned it off when I got tired which happened to be RIGHT before the climax.  Oh well, I’ve seen it before.  I know what happens.

I’m posting a picture of my current leather project, because I want to, because I think it’s turning out pretty well (not done yet, obviously).  As long as all goes well, this will be a Christmas gift for someone, but, uhm, assume it isn’t for you.

seal

I encouraged someone on reddit to buy a leather burning kit, and she did, and just sent me a picture of some doodles this morning.  Maybe I’m posting this here because I really wanted to send it to her, but don’t want to come off as a show-off.  Not that it’s that good.  But…..it’s not a complete mess.  It’s decent.  Actually I think it’s kinda cool-looking.

Just wanted to say

I bought four different kinds of cheeses today (white cheddar, neufchatel, brie, and goat cheese w/ blueberries).  Just saying.

Also I had banana pudding for lunch, and it was delicious.

A few goals, off the top of my head

Some of my goals (long and short term), listed in no particular order at all.

  • Start having monthly dinner parties.  If you’re interested in coming to one, let me know.  Either way, you’ll probably get an invitation at some point.
  • Finish Christmas presents before December 24th.
  • Clean out my closet and dresser, which will include throwing away all articles of clothing that haven’t been worn in more than 2 years.  Embarrassingly, this will dramatically decrease the volume in closet and dresser both.  Also, to go along with this goal, I’d like to get ALL of my laundry finished, and organize my closet.
  • Need to clean my white duvet cover/pillow shams again.
  • Hm, speaking of duvet covers, I also need to do a little mending on the feather cover which is currently on my bed.
  • At some point in my life, I want to start hosting Thanksgiving at my house.  If I have to do this for a couple of close friends only, that’s just the way it will have to be.  This is a high-priority long-term goal.  I WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN AT SOME POINT IN MY LIFE I swear to God.  And if all of my family and friends refuse to acquiesce, they will be missing out on some damned good food.
  • My hair is looking drab.  I should dye it again.
  • Get new lenses for my glasses.  This should be on the short-term goal list…..
  • Get a job in a bookstore or a bakery at some point in my life.
  • To go along with the previous goal, I either need to start making a whole lot more money, or marry someone rich.  I’m cool either way.

Do you guys ever wish you could take a vacation from your life?  Right now, I would like to take about a week off from work, tell all my coworkers and friends that I’m going out of town and will have limited cell phone/internet reception, and then just stay home and work on reading the backlog of books that I have, and baking things like puff pastry and croissants and pies, and making my house cleaner and prettier than it has ever been before.  Ahhh.  That sounds so lovely.  Especially if I could take this week vacation during the fall, with a mixture of sunny and rainy days.

Well anyway.  I’m off to the grocery store to pick up some things for dinner tonight.  And maybe wash a few dishes if the grocery shopping goes quickly…..

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  • Firstly.  Voting today.  I always kick myself for never voting early, though I’m hopeful that the lines will not be as long tonight as they were for the last Presidential election.  Phew.  Had to wait in line for about 2 hours that day.
  • Secondofly.  I needed a break from crossing Staples colored folders to stuff that we stock.  To tell the truth, finding the Smead equivalent of a Staples-brand folder really is not the most thrilling thing ever.
  • But I don’t mind that much, especially because I like this customer.  They’re a pretty big account, and this may surprise some of you but when their buyer calls me, it’s unusual for our calls to last less than 10 minutes (though if we kept to work-related subjects, they would last about 2 minutes).  We just had a conversation, in fact, about how everyone in Tennessee should be voting “no” on Amendment 1, regardless of their personal opinions on abortion.  If she didn’t live in Hendersonville, we would probably hang out all the time.
  • I have been really missing cooking in my kitchen lately, and spent a fairly good chunk of the morning finding new recipes on Pinterest.  Found this one in particular – Sweet Potato and Brie Mac & Cheese – after Cathy mentioned that she has sweet potatoes that she could bring for dinner tomorrow.  This recipe looks absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to make it!  If I could just blow off work tomorrow entirely, I would make homemade bread to go along with it…. but since I kinda have to work I’ll probably just grab a baguette somewhere.  Ah, the good ol’ days when grabbing a baguette entailed walking to the front of the room.  Now I actually have to stop at a store.  Geez.
  • Last night was really great.  I haven’t been spending enough time at home lately, so yesterday after work, I fiddled around with some leather stuff (had gotten some bronzed buckles in the mail so finished assembling something); then I put in Skyrim and played that for a while, and Ryan was so kind as to do a Fat Mo’s run for both of us; after I got tired of Skyrim, I got in bed and watched Pan’s Labyrinth.  Which is SUCH a good movie.  I actually stayed awake for the whole thing (it helped that I got in bed around 8:15).
  • Tonight I’m going to clean the kitchen, and do a load of laundry.  I would sort of like to clean the living room, but the current mess is from crafting so I know that it would reappear just as soon as I start working on more projects.  I’m keeping it clean, but not neat.  The distinction is important.
  • Ordered two books today — Bill Nye’s new one, and Mallery Ortberg’s new one.  Am excited and sort of wish I could cancel the order and just go to a bookstore.  Meh.  I have to vote instead.  And anyway, it’s not like I’m hurting for books or anything.