Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Falling short

I'm now, er, a fifth through PV. But we made root beer and chai ice cream! And salsa! And the onion-dill bread was a qualified success! And I got some sock yarn as a gift! And the dishes are done! And I'm almost done spinning my first attempted laceweight!

Ahem. Apparently my intention to work was not strong enough to resist the seductions of ordinary life. That's okay. I will continue to work on this until it is done. Preferably before my parents get here (in ten days!).

I did not get the job. The woman who interviewed me called this morning and I knew from her tone of voice when she identified herself. I don't see anything good at Monster or USAJOBS.com, so I will look again in a few days.

My first attempt at laceweight is pretty irregular, and I've discovered that spinning this thin leads me to (a) drop the spindle more often and (b) have a harder time recovering from each drop. I pulled the roving into pieces to distribute the colors a little more evenly, and it looks like I shaved a Muppet:

To counteract all this (ha!), I got on the scale yesterday and I've lost a few pounds from earlier in the year, which is very nice. I've been eating smaller meals with healthy snacks and drinking lots of water and running up and down the stairs twice every time I use the bathroom at work (because I'm out of my seat anyway) and exercising with Edith on Mondays. I also bought a pilates DVD, because we're probably never going to hook up the VCR so my tapes won't work, and found that I am not as flexible as I thought I was. But if I keep doing the workout on Wednesdays I should eventually become more so. At any rate, I think Mom will be reasonably happy when we go out to try on wedding dresses. (We won't be buying any. She's going to make it. We're just going to try them. It's what we did for Bev's wedding.)


Jennifer said...

I would think she'd make your dress, but trying them on is a good idea!

Sorry to hear about the job.

Hey--do you have ice cream recipes that don't contain eggs?

Jennifer said...

Ha! Finally! I've been trying to leave a comment for days!

Jenny said...

I don't, but Ben & Jerry do. :)

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Base #2
2 cups heavy cream
2/3 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar

Pour cream into a mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar, a little at a time, until blended. Pour in the half-and-half and whisk to blend. Add 2 tsp vanilla extract for vanilla ice cream or your choice for other flavors--we macerated a pound of strawberries/peaches with sugar and lemon juice and poured in the juice before freezing, then added the strawberry chunks just after.

There's also this recipe from "Soda Fountain Classics":

2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 tbsp gelatin (optional)

Jenny said...

Hang on, I take it back. That was for a double batch. So half a pound of strawberries or peaches. Also, Orange Cream? Vanilla plus about half a cup of concentrated orange juice. Yummy.