Monday, February 19, 2007

Busy Little Bee

Paul DePodesta's Laptoppers shirt

I've been just doing stuff lately…and it's great. It's nice to be able to sit down in front of my "fireplace" (3 jar candles in a row) with a big glass of water and a podcast either piping through my headphones or speaker, and make stuff.

I've been knitting more lately, though I haven't started that New Year's goal of knitting up a garment for myself. I've been brainstorming loads off of ideas I've seen across the web. I have a "new" sewing machine that is sitting there waiting for me to try it out. That should be coming in the next couple days. I've been cooking, which you've seen.

Saturday night, I actually sat down and read my new Nigella book from Christmas, How to Be a Domestic Goddess, I've been wanting it since it came out in 2001. And finally I got it from my mother-in-law. Saturday night at around 11:30, I contemplated baking my first bread after reading about it and seeing the amazing pictures. Needless to say, it didn't happen…I had no bread flour and it takes several days to cultivate the yeast for sourdough. But boy, for about 30 minutes I saw in a food porn daydream, thinking about this fabulous sour dough I was going to whip up and the matching pizza fondue we'd have the next day. A wonderful cold, lazy Sunday meal.

You can see above, another one of the fruits of my labor. I've got a bit of backlog on photos at the moment, though I've been catching up the last couple days. For the past couple years, Mike and I haven't been doing the whole Valentine present thing. We're young, we're (relatively) newlyweds, and we're not rolling in the dough. But we always seem to do something little for each other besides our traditional asian cuisine dinner out. This year, I made Mike a team t-shirt for his fantasy baseball team, the Paul DePodesta's Laptoppers. He and his friends get really into the fantasy baseball thing and even have a live draft, where they all meet up, drink beer and pick baseball teams.

It's a freezer paper stencil, which I love, by the way. Freezer paper is so great for doing letters, no more having to those cliché stencil letters that connect the inside of the O to the outside. Though I did find there may be a limit to how little you can make the letters. I don't think you can really tell from the pic, but the "Paul DePodesta's" came out a bit fuzzy, especially at the "est." But considering it's about 20pt type, I'm very happy.

Well, I'm off to make a special little guy a special little present since I miss him so much. Though you probably won't be seeing it here until next week, as I don't want to ruin any surprises!

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