elirrina: (kaylee)
More news in cooking adventures: success! Xanthan gum did indeed keep this batch of chocolate chip cookies that I made with gluten-free flour mix from melting all over the place like the last batch. So, yay!

Nadia: Sarah had an exciting time baking a few days ago.
me: My cookies melted.
Shaun: ... How?
me: I'm not really sure, but I think I know how to fix it. Anyway, this batch is pretty deformed.
Shaun: Yeah... Those... look like, um, mutant cookies.
me: Yep, like I said, deformed. They still taste good though. I already fed a bunch of them to my friends at the movie night.
Shaun: Need help eating these ones?

I finally got around to starting my independent study on bibles moralisées. At least, I've read one major article and have compiled a decent bibliography that will be added to and annotated over the summer. Now I need to get cracking on that and studying German.

So far I've seen two summer movies!

1. Robin Hood. Obviously I had to go see this, and I enjoyed immensely, although not as a Robin Hood film - I thought it was enjoyable as a costume-very-vaguely-historical-story-with-fun-costumes. I must say I was very amused by the incorporation of the Magna Carta concept. One of the medievalists that I know from conferences had a funny take on the opening weekend numbers on her facebook- "Hello, film company! The reason your numbers were low on opening weekend was because most of your target audience was at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI!"

2. I finally got around to seeing Iron Man 2 today, and I enjoyed that one immensely as well.

I also want to see The Last Airbender, How to Train Your Dragon, and possibly Inception - the trailers for that one look pretty interesting. I'm sure there are more, but I can't remember them at the moment. Happily for my grad-student budget, movies are cheaper during the week, and some of them might end up at the dollar theatre.

In the meantime, it's really hot and humid. Go figure, it's Florida. While I cannot wait to move away (if I ever finish my PhD), I do appreciate the closeness of beaches! My friends and I have lined up a trip to the state park on the island for Memorial Day Monday!
elirrina: (astronomy)
I had my presentation on my Gerald of Wales illustrated manuscript today, and it went swimmingly! So that's two down, one to go - next week it's the one for my Christine de Pizan course. So for the rest of the week I need to whip up a presentation for that one and start turning my Renaissance and medieval presentations into actual papers. Ones that can be turned in without disgracing myself, preferably.

I cannot wait for summer. I'm going to paint, and finish up some of the knitting projects, and rip up a blouse that I made ages ago and fix it. It's from a bought pattern that's based on a Chinese design, and I just don't like having things around my neck, so the collar has got to come off and the neckline is going to have to go a bit wider. Then I'll actually wear it more, which is the point. The fabric is this really pretty blue with dragonflies (yay fabric store! I miss you!)

Also I'll have time to study Latin and German (in case I fail the German reading test this term, which is entirely possible since I haven't had any time to study. Maybe I'll get lucky and pass).

In the meantime, everything is blooming here, which is gorgeous, and there's pollen everywhere, which is horrifying. Especially how after it rains (that needs to happen more) the pools of water look like radioactive green liquid has spilled everywhere. I have to admit that I do like the spring/fall weather down here, but I still intend on moving back north (if I can find a job!) once I finish grad school. Which is going to be a while. Sigh. But! Summer soon! Last summer was pretty amazing. Hopefully I'll get the same job again (mindless, but I'm not going to complain!), and I do have two conferences to attend, so that should be exciting.

EDIT: Oh and my flatmate is planning to conduct experiments on our spoons this summer, because we still have no idea how she managed to blow up those other three. This is what she plots while she thinks about papers. I plot sewing and painting projects, but I am all in favor of exploding spoon experiments FOR SCIENCE.

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