"No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best" -something I saw on my mom's kitchen wall as a kid, author unknown

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I Lied… I’m In the Mountains…

…but only because I flew back to Colorado Springs for the weekend. Let me share with you what I see when I go to the grocery store (or Office Depot). For some, it’s no big deal – for me? It’s majestic. No, not the stores, the amazing, snow-capped Rocky Mountains that sit as the back drop for everything I see when looking to the West. I don’t think I will ever get used to the view.

Coffee was lovely this morning. I’m not sure if it was more because I didn’t have to make it, or that I was able to use my pirate mug… ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Working Diligently... maybe

So, here I am. It’s cold here people… very cold compared to Phoenix. So when I go back, I’m going to be thrilled to be wearing tank tops again. Anyway, Bff and I were conspiring today. Another friend of ours is having a birthday at the end of January but sadly, I will not be home to help celebrate. In order to remedy this, we decided to throw a party together for tonight. The theme? Socks.

Those of you who know Birthday Friend will totally understand the theme. We plan on making a center piece from socks and maybe decorating some socks with faces and hair to give them… personality. He may be interested in socks with a mouth… who knows?

Are the teeth too much, maybe? >.>

I’ll be sure to take pictures of our creations and post them in a future post so you can see the silliness.

For the event, Birthday Friend decided upon lasagna for dinner. Normally I would endeavor to make an amazing, home made lasagna – however, my time is limited and Bff suggested that we use the frozen stuff to save time. So up on the menu for tonight is ‘ok’ food, and LOTS of fun – with socks. Birthday Friend will be thrilled.

Speaking of such festivities reminds me that it’s time to finish school work and prepare for the evening’s adventures. Thanks for stopping by!

~ECO~

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I’m In the Desert…

So, when I say that I’m taking a small hiatus? Don’t believe me, friends – just don’t. Life has been a whirlwind this past year! Remember all that talk about moving to Colorado? Well, we did it! I’m near my friends and we are now surrounded by beautiful, mountainy goodness – well at least for Michael and Kahlynne. Phoebs is back in PA with her dad and I am in Phoenix for school. I’m kind of sad to be so far from my friends (especially my bff) – again… but it’s for a good cause, I keep telling myself. Crazy changes, huh? The desert is being pretty good to me so far, though I have found that I have an interesting fear of scorpions. It seems that I suddenly realized that scorpions live in the desert and, OMG, I am now in the desert – so, I’m afraid they are going to attack my feet. ALL OF THEM!

How creepy - with babies even!

Okay, so really I need to thank Apple. Apple, I read your blog today and began to think to myself, “Self? Where the hell are you and why did you stop blogging?” I couldn’t find a good and reasonable answer to my question, so I decided to immediately jump back in. Now that all three of you are excited to see that I plan to continue writing, let me tell you a little bit about what I’m doing in school. I’m really excited.

Firstly, I’m in school for something I LOVE. Graphics. Manipulating them, taking many of them and making new designs, altering them etc. All to convey a message. Okay, so that’s the deep down, raw part of what I love to do. My major is Digital Media and I am looking so forward to stretching the boundaries of what I know into the possibilities of what could be with just a touch of creativity.

This semester my classes are dealing with Photoshop, Math (appreciation), a bit of history, web design, and art. I’m excited about all of them – especially my art class. You all may be thinking, oh yes, art… drawing, painting and the like. No. This is bio art. huh?! Yes, that was my reaction also when I heard of the class. Pulling away from traditional art, bio art is at the intersection of biology, art and technology. I’ve only been to one class, but I am looking forward to learning more of this interesting, obscure emerging field.

Not that this ‘defines’ bio art, but Jon McCormack is an artist I was researching a bit about in preparation for a project. He designed this cool program. I don’t know much about it as I’ve only just begun to read about it, but I think it was designed to evolve dna and he creates art pieces around the results. It’s pretty neat and I encourage you to check him out.

I’m really liking my school also. It’s a fairly tiny school and it’s dedicated to technology. It’s fantastic – I’m surrounded by like minded people who love computers, games or at the very least, appreciate those who do. It seems that two of the most popular majors at the school are Game Art & Animation and Game Design but there are lots of other technology based majors available. The first acronym that I encountered (and on my first day of orientation even) was Net Sec… say that fast without it coming out as nutsack… riiiight.

Have I mentioned I’m in the desert? Here’s my apartment:

Evie's Apartment in the Desert

Cute, right? Just kidding. Phoenix is actually a really nice place. There are lots of palm trees – it kind of reminds me of when I was in California with Michael several years ago. Really, who can beat 65-75 degrees in January? I feel kind of guilty… almost like I’m on a really long vacation where I learn stuff. Just watch out for those scorpions.

Well friends, coffee is done brewing and its time for me to be off to school soon. There will be more as it happens. Thanks for coming by today – I know it’s been a really long loooonnnnggg time… like a year! So, thank you for coming back to visit and I look forward to telling many stories about school and more as they happen  🙂

~ECO~

Inspiration and Evolution: my blogging journey

Recently I’ve been inspired.

It’s a funny thing – inspiration – it comes about at the strangest of times and sometimes by the oddest of things. Some people think of this as a muse even. Sandy Ackers has a great blog and brings her muse into a lot of the posts I’ve read recently. MY muse has come to me in the form of fellow bloggers (Sandy being one), or perhaps more appropriately, their blogs.

My bff, Teresa was my first inspiration – back before she was my bff and before we were Altaholics-Anonymous even. Her writing NEVER fails to bring a smile to my face, or even a ‘LoL IRL’. Also, Apple – ever the word of encouragement, she’s always happy to offer up feedback or even play along when I’m writing improv. So a GREAT.BIG.THANKYOU and many more hugs to these two lovely ladies for their inspiration, great reads and continued support in my endeavor to become a better writer.

I love you guys!

 (Note: I do NOT think of you guys as elephants, or heffalumps even… I just could NOT resist the cuteness that IS this picture)

Debra is the better half of my friend Jim and I love her blog. One of her more recent posts has inspired me to be a more social blogger. Reading that post made me realize that other bloggers like to know that they are being read too. Also, who DOESN’T love some comments?! What a great, innovative way to meet new ‘pen pals’ of sorts. Thank you, Debra. (Also, I’m seriously delinquent on making some layouts for you… have you seen the new, highly customizable layout now offered right here in WP? – It’s the one I’m currently using though I’m still working on a custom background).

Touching back on Sandy’s blog for a moment… the passages I’ve read from Strangling My Muse have inspired me to write – not perfect. (Which is something I found to be a huge hinderance to me – even in constructing THIS post). I love the challenges she presents and have tried them out on more than one occasion – sometimes even more than once just to observe the different results. What a great resource for writers in general. Thank you, Sandy!

Another recent, interesting inspiration came from sssourabh. I found him on Freshly Pressed one day when he posted an interesting spin on a ‘Top 10’ list… yeah, you know the kind! Having recently read Debra’s post related to commenting, I felt particularly inclined to leave my mark. A wonderful thing happened – sssourabh, in return, not only responded to my comment but visited MY blog and made comments of his own. Wow, I thought, THIS must be what Debra was talking about! One of sssourabh’s comments was an encouragement to include more photos within my blogs. That comment had me grabbing up my somewhat dusty Nikon case and toting that thing with me EVERYWHERE. (Also, my phone camera has been getting a huge workout) If I was going to include photos in my blog, I wanted them to be my own. (note: I genuinely WANT to learn more about photography, but for some reason have been resistant to reading many books on the subject – I think I’d rather learn by doing with a mentor).

Incidentally, I’ve had an odd inspiration this week for a weirdly interesting photo study (if that’s what they are called)… I’m just not certain how to go about it as it would require a number of volunteers  – with facial hair… Any suggestions are very, very welcome.

While reading his recent post about chocolate, sssourabh encouraged me (likely without knowing) to put more thought into what I write. I read and re-read and re-read again his delicious descriptions – I love (and live very near) Philadelphia and had to applaud him for making me think of ‘my’ city in a whole new light… and the chocolate… his words had me tasting the chocolate and feeling it’s textures without taking one bite! Thank you, sssourabh, for some fantastically descriptive words and for inspiring me to pick up my camera again and shoot the world.

Thank you ALL for helping me to evolve as a writer and artist… your contributions, comments, feedback and just coming to read – whether you know it or not – have been very important and meaningful to me.

Thanks for visiting my kitchen today – and to think this post was supposed to be about the potatoes I made for dinner last night…

All photos are © of their creators. Links to the source are included.

Thought Hodgepodge and MOAR Apples!

Well, sadly, I will not have my Phoeb’s outfit ready for the faire tomorrow. I wish I had mice… you know, like the ones in Cinderella. Or perhaps a resident Apple… she’s good at that sewing thing. I have two more weeks to get it done so that she can wear it this season. Also, she said she would like to take it to her dad’s for halloween. (“no pressure, mom”)

Do you like the music? That’s my Fiona Apple station playing – I really enjoy her sound as well as the other musicians that pop up on her channel especially Regina Spektor. Also, I can sing along with most of them and not break my windows… (this is not to say that the singing is GOOD, just… not window shattering)

Also, Apple’s family has apparently loved the bread recipe so much that she’s baking loaves TWO times each week! (Fortunately she’s not baking for the whole place yet… though I suspect that perhaps there would be fewer loaves of bread in the freezer than there are cupcakes – I wonder if she could make the bread pink…)

I’m a little nervous for the Ren Faire tomorrow, guys… We’re having a group going and I’m going to be the only one in period garb. I wonder if they will think it’s weird… or awesome. Either way I’m doing it. The Ren Faire is ‘my’ thing, and they are coming with me – so I’m not going to do anything differently. Although, my sister in law DID say she’d go in dress also – IF she had something. Maybe next year. (Which, I plan to get to the faire at least once before moving to CO next year… and maybe even planning my vacation visits home around attending the faire… maybe I can drag Teres with me…)

Speaking of Colorado… let’s bring it back to coffee. I have Wawa and Dunkin here in PA… and where will I go in Colorado? I *can* make coffee, but it tends to not be quite as good as the Wawa or Dunkin coffees. I’m not certain if that is because *I* am not making it, or if it’s just because I make it poorly when I do. I wonder if I will be able to buy Wawa coffee from online and have it shipped… No no no, not the steaming hot cup of coffee, silly! The ground coffee – so that I can put it into my coffee maker and pretend I still have a local Wawa. (despite the fact that the quality will not be as good.) Maybe I’ll petition the Wawa corporate office to plop a wawa on a corner near my new residence in Colorado – think they’ll go for it? I think it would go over well. Really!

Giver of Life

ImaZombie

Happy Monday!! Just… you may want to keep your distance today – and I promise, I bathed in Purell and donned sanitary hand cover things before making your coffee today… I’m sick. I think that this is largely due to activities of Saturday night. (Apple will surely fall over when she hears this.)

So, Brice (Michael’s bff) turns the big three-oh this month, specifically on the 18th, and a bunch of people got together to throw him a surprise party. It was a house party that took place at his sisters. We, of course, went. As you may remember, Brice works with Michael so many of the folks he works with were there as were many of his friends from school. I was in a unique position as the ‘friends from school’ outweighed the ‘friends from work’ and they didn’t know one another. This was the first time that I felt like I knew (mostly)everyone, but everyone didn’t know each other! It was a funny feeling… almost like an empowerment of sorts.

Jules was there. I hugged her. WUT?! Not only did I hug her, but she didn’t know anyone there except for Brice, Michael and his sisters so I hung out with her all night so that she would feel comfortable. I’m not going to lie, I definitely over-indulged in Teh Alcohol™ and I’m mildly certain that she now knows both my favorite position in bed and that I’ve kissed a girl (and would love to do it again, but won’t out of respect for Michael.) Next Saturday is my birthday, and Jules made plans with a few other girls that I am friends with there to take me out this weekend coming. They said something about Grape Bombs. I’m kind of nervous. Not for the going out part – but the Grape Bombs? Do they get explodie and taste like grape? I don’t know! (Secretly, I’m excited.)

The party was really good fun. I even played beer pong for the very first time – and made ONE ball into a cup. Jules was my partner – we lost miserably and loved it. There were all kinds of innuendos flying around … you know, throwing balls into cups and all. We laughed and laughed – a lot. It was so good.

In other news…

I am, apparently, a steak – or I guess it’s now ‘well seasoned’, as my friend Sammy puts it. I told him that I was getting old, and he blurts out, “You’re like a STEAK!”

I was like, uhhh… come again?

After a little studdering and back peddling, he finally came out with, you know how steaks are better with age? I replied with, lovely… not even like, WINE or something… a freaking steak. He came back with, “You’re well seasoned.” and that was that. Now it’s a running joke – everyone is a steak. I also aquired the nick name of Narni over the weekend thanks to Mark’s awesome typo’s. Sammy even named a Vent room after me… The Land of Narni. I’m honored.

In case I haven’t expressed my excitement as well as I would like to, I am WAY EXCITED to move to CO… I can NOT wait. Moving day just can’t get here soon enough.

Thanks for coffee this morning – I promise it wasn’t contaminated (I even wore a mask, srsly!).

Gallery of Sorts

So, you know how earlier today I told you I figured out how to do image editing IN photobucket? Well, I have been – all morning – and I thought I’d share. Since we are on the topics of games today, I’ll post the game images I have been working on. In addition to playing World of Warcraft, I also dabble in Aion. It’s much fun. (Specifically, I really would like to show Apple my kitteh form that I have for my asassin… yes, rogues can shapeshift! – I feel a little druish)

I want to note that Eccho’s Ho Uniform™ is a requirment to be in the guild Mystic. (jk?) Teres totally hooked me up! \o/

The Kitchen Sink

So it comes to pass that Michael and I may be selling our house and renting for a short while. This is all in preparation for us to move across the country since, as Michael gently pointed out, the house is the biggest road block to that move. I admit, I have been trying to hold it tight to me for sentimental reasons and well, because it’s OURS.

I am torn. I think I love the house more for the idea of the house, than for the house itself. It’s layout is bad and wastes space, and energy – but, but… it’s big! I find myself caring less and less about the big though… I mean, who ever said bigger is better? <insert shifty eyes here> I do like having places to put everything, that aspect is kind of nice – though, I find it encourages us to ‘collect’. I am looking forward to a fresh start and really, planning to take … well, not so much. (I hope). I say that, and then I think… but oh, what if I ever need <insert some ‘thing’ I haven’t even seen in over a year>. Yes, I will most certainly need Michael’s good judgment to sort through what we will take and what we will give to local shelters/charities.

On a positive note, one thing I’m looking forward to is the possibility of a more updated kitchen… perhaps one with a garbage disposal! Honestly, as long as the oven is up to date, and perhaps a dishwasher for easy clean up (nice but not necessary)… I’ll be happy.

The truly most motivating reason behind the move (for me) is to be close to my best friend. I tease about the excitment of being able to zombie-walk to her house in the mornings for coffee, and to be able to steal her boyfriend’s mage hat… but these are only the silly reasons I want to be close. To be able to see and talk to her as opposed to the limitations of typing messages will be SO good. I mean, what better way to blow off some steam when we’re angry or frustrated then to be able to just go out with your best friend. Or, hey, what if you just want some company to head to the local Wal Mart… or to share that OSM recipe – or, just drop by for a hug? And who can pass up a good ‘girls night IN’ with a good bottle of wine and some fun movies? (Sorry, boys not welcome!) Sometimes it’s hard to convey how much we really care through the typed word. Teres has supported and encouraged me so much over the past few years through so many situations, words alone can not express the gratitude and love I have for her. So thanks, lady – I heart you and can’t wait to be out there!

Oh! How can I forget?! Today, instead of a word, I bring you a recipe…

My Favorite Bread Recipe Ever:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

 

As always, thanks for stopping by for coffee… enjoy the bread – and the hugs.