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Summer Lunch Pt. Two

The other dish, while not fitting with the Italian dish before it, was amazing. Found at http://cafemunchkin.com, it replicates (in concept, at least) a dish that I love at P.F.Changs. These banana spring rolls are an excellent summer treat, especially served with ice cream. It too was super easy to make, which pleasantly surprised me. All in all, it was a great lunch and a nice way to relax in the middle of a hectic day.

Banana Egg Rolls

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Summer Lunch Pt. One

After a long day of cleaning, I wanted a break and for me, that was taking the time to cook lunch. I had been surfing the web and happened upon these two recipes. The lemon baked pasta, found at http://thepioneerwoman.com, is an quick and easy lunch that is filling enough to get you through the day and light enough not to weigh you down. It suits the summer weather to a tee.

Baked Lemon Pasta

 

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I’ve always liked the Fall more than any other season and with it comes pumpkins. If it has pumpkins in it, I’ll eat it. Excluding until very recently, pumpkin pie for reasons I still do not entirely understand. So, in this vein, I happened upon a recipe for pumpkin scones (and who doesn’t like a good scone?) from one of my favorite cooking blogs (yes, I read cooking blogs) http://www.PinchMySalt.com. Seriously, go there. It is amazing and every dish looks incredible.

Pumpkin Scones

I’ve made these particular scones before but I haven’t made them in a long time so I thought I’d try my hand at them again. I still need to tweak them a bit because I like them a little wetter than the recipe calls for and a bit spicier too.

While they are not perfect, here are the results of my cooking adventure.

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At the Bottom of the Sea

I’ve been thinking a lot about the Storm (Hurricane Katrina to those of you not residing in Mississippi or Louisiana). It seems that my life is coinciding in such a way that it is begging me, imploring me, to be inspired at least in some way by it.

I recently was given a signed first edition copy of Dave Eggers new book Zeitoun which happens to be about, what else, Hurricane Katrina. It is a non-fiction novel about a man who survived the storm in New Orleans and his heartbreaking, terrifying story. If you are interested, please check it out at http://tinyurl.com/Zeitoun.

In absolutely no conjunction with that, I was watching an amazing short film entitled Glory at Sea, very loosely based on Katrina (and by that I mean reality). The soundtrack is stunning and I’d suggest it to anyone who enjoys moving instrumental music. Obama even used it in one of his videos.

 But the movie itself, a mere 26 minutes long, was really touching. Just watch.

 So after all this fun, I decided to write…something. Nothing great and all within a short amount of time.

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Poetry and Paintings

I’ve finally decided to post two of my favorite poems from my creative writing portfolio. Neither of these were the won an award (I might post one later), but they are my favorite and the two that mean the most to me. I’ve been meaning to post them for a while, but my follow-through has never been the best so…better late than never.

 Both of these poems are explorations in characters, in writing outside of myself. They are both free verse.

The first of the two was based, as you might be able to tell, on the Brueghel painting, “Hunters in the Snow.”

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Some of the pillars to be found outside the Archaeology building.

Some of the pillars to be found outside the Archaeology building.

At my school, there is a building that is used mainly (if not exclusively) for Anthropology and Archaeology. Outside, the have installed a lot of faux-Grecian pillars and have cleverly made several of them to look like temple ruins. It’s always one of those little things on campus I love seeing.

An example of some of the "ruins."

An example of some of the "ruins."

The funniest thing I find about this, though, is it’s proximity to the ROTC building.
Location, location, location

Location, location, location

As you can see, the ROTC building quite prominently features a canon! Every time I pass between these two buildings, it looks like they are at war with one another. Unfortunately for us Humanities majors, it looks like the ROTC building has yet to be hit. Perhaps the Archaeology majors are waiting until the building crumbles after years and years so they can excavate. Oh yeah, stick it to ’em, guys.

Weekend Update

This is the screen mid-documentary.

This is the screen mid-documentary.

So, it has been a while since I’ve posted, which doesn’t bode well. But, to be fair, it is the week before exams and I have been swamped with papers and studying for exams. But I digress… This weekend, the school kicked inaugurated their giant and inordinately expensive new screen for football games by playing a short documentary and a movie.
I packed my bag for the movie full. Included was a soft blanket, a bottle of water, a bag of chips, and headphones.

I packed my bag for the movie full. Included was a soft blanket, a bottle of water, a bag of chips, and headphones.

We stayed for the documentary (because I swear I must have heard my grandfather tell that story eighty times) while happily munching on popcorn. We decided to head out after that because the acoustics weren’t that great to hear the movie and despite the fact that we brought blankets, comfortable seating was not to be found. And this is why we stand up during football games.

Not the world's most comfortable seating.

Not the world's most comfortable seating.

After that, we headed home and got waylaid at the theater to watch Adventureland, which I would totally recommend to anyone who likes quirky, sometimes awkward movies.Friday night (because everyone knows the weekend starts on Thursday), we went to the improv comedy group on campus. It was good…for the most part. Ha!

Saturday was drinking day. We went to a party that was full of those magical things called jello shots. Ah, jello shots. The red ones are my favorites!

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And on Sunday, the rested. All in all, the weekend was good. Too bad Monday had to rear it’s ugly, 7 a.m. Class head.

P.S. I want to give a Birthday shout-out to Sarah at http://sasaphotobloggings.blogspot.com/ She’s totally awesome and fabulous and we all love her.