Mostly I just putter.

Doctoral student, amateur cook, beginning sewer.

Mostly I just putter.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Kansas City

Kansas City was delightful. Our hosts were warm and welcoming and had a weekend of relaxation planned, which was perfect. I had no idea the Mister and I were so run down until we both slept 10 hours, two nights in a row, which is unheard of. We wandered around the Plaza, sampled cheese, ate BBQ, and had a great time together.
Our hostess is an accomplished gardener, and also very generous. She gave me two books on gardening which I have already devoured. I'm not sure which is better--gardening, or reading about gardening? She also gave us divisions from her heirloom peony bushes so we drove back to Denver with a back seat full of peonies! I'm praying that they thrive in our backyard because they are gorgeous.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The Mister and I are going on a quick trip to Kansas City to visit friends. This is the longest time we've ever been in the car together, which I think is a shame. A ten hour drive really doesn't count as a road trip in my book (I once drove 17 hours in one day just to see if I could do it, not recommended), but it's going to have to do.

Hope everyone has a fun, relaxing, and entertaining weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

All Stop

Been doing a lot of reading for work lately, so Enrique's Journey was put on hold. Actually, that's just an excuse. I knew it was going to be an emotionally draining book to read and I just don't have the stamina for it. I am wuss.

The Mister loves the show Deadliest Catch, so I picked up Time Bandit from the library. He has so much schoolwork that he doesn't read for pleasure anymore, so I've been reading the best parts out loud to him.

The season premier was a few weeks ago and the Mister was getting antsy for it to start. Our conversation went something like this:

Me: Are you excited for the new season? Are you ready to see all your "friends" again?

The Mister: I have but one friend...the sea!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008


The peonies are here! I stopped at Whole Foods yesterday and bought a bunch to make my own Mother's Day floral arrangement. Pictures coming...

I'm hosting my mother and MIL on Sunday for a tea party. It's a perfect event for chocolate chip scones, so I'll be whipping up a batch of those tonight. My recipe is loosely based on Ina's classic.

Photo found here.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Help Me

I first heard about Enrique's Journey a couple of years ago on NPR when they interviewed the author. It sounded like an amazing book, so I made a mental note to remember it the next time I was at the library/bookstore, then promptly forgot all about it. My brilliance, sometimes, astonishes me.

Fortunately I have a new cube-mate who loves to read as much as I do and we spend more "work time" talking about books than we probably should. She started talking about how much she loved the book and offered to loan it to me. I started the book last night, got about 40 pages into it, and in the process used at least 3 tissues for all of the crying. Still, I will persevere, because I'm completely engrossed in the story and the amazing lengths the author went to in her research for this book.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sir Ken

I heard Sir Ken speak a few weeks ago at a conference here in Denver. It was so hard for me not to stand up and shout, "Hallelujah!" because so much of what he was saying confirmed what I've believed for a long time about education. This video is a similar speech he gave a few years ago. It's long, but if you are at all interested in children or education, it's worth the investment of time. Sir Ken is also charming and funny in his delivery, so it's not hard to stay focused.