Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Mornings with Mallory

So I realized at 5:28 this morning that I was absolutely NOT going to be able to trick myself into going back to sleep.  Accordingly (and begrudgingly), I seized the opportunity of catching up on my reading for the day.  Luckily, Pamela was next to me (yes, I sleep with my books, at least it's not a teddy bear... Who am I kidding, I sleep with Mr. Bear too) so by 6 a.m. I had finished and even gone beyond the reading assigned for today!

Welcome back, productivity.  I missed you.

The high was almost too much for me, so I hopped out of bed, grabbed my binder of articles for the same class, and read McKeon's "Historicizing Patriarchy," which amazingly did NOT put me back to sleep (it must be noted that I returned to bed to read, so really double kudos to me).  I even notated it with ideas for the article review that I have to write by Thursday.  Woohoo!

By now, it's 7:45, and I think to myself, "Hey self!  Get your run out of the way!"  Because yes, I have given in and started training for a 5K.  Appropriately, it's the Crimson Couch to 5K Initiative that the Wellness Department initiated for overweight faculty and staff.  

I especially needed to run today, since last night I ate this.


And now I'm telling you all about it on my blog, after which I fully intend to go and continue being productive!  

Thank goodness!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Best Layered Plans

So my shiny new grad school friends are coming over today for a stitch'n'bitch.  Excitement!!!

Entertaining is my favorite thing.

I should have been 22 in the 50's. 

Instead, it's 2010.  That's okay.

Since my friends are coming over I decided to try a new recipe!  Conveniently, I had all of the ingredients for Chocolate Stack Loaf in my pantry!  I ran down the road to Michael's for parchment paper and I was in business.

And it all started out so well!

Lovely, smooth cake that released instantly from the pan thanks to the parchment paper.

Yummy icing (if maybe a little lumpy, but it's chocolate, so I'll take it!)


The cake broke apart as I cut it into three sections, iced, and stacked.  :(  The top layer slid all the way off!!!

So this is the final result.  And this is the "pretty picture."  It's best side, so to speak.  Oh, well.  It does taste delicious.  We just need to work on aesthetics.    

Friday, September 3, 2010

Quilt Update

I finally pieced Everett's quilt top together!  Now I just have to add the borders (and do everything else, lol).  

Thursday, September 2, 2010

I LOVE Barnes and Noble

I was browsing through B&N yesterday (wonderful place) and came across THIS!

Did I want to buy a toy (advertised for ages 6-8)?  YES!!!  I've been obsessed with the idea of dressmaking lately!  :)

I even spent one night obsessing over the vintage dress patterns at So Vintage and Mom's Patterns.  

My personal faves...

Wouldn't I look cute strolling around town in these?  :)