Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Chinese Take Out Box Cake

OK, seriously, how awesome are these cakes?? Amazing! This woman has mad cake-making skills.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Year's Resolution Update

I've decided to go with the "100 miles in 3 months" New Year's Resolution. It's SMART - Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based. Yes, I learned that at work. Yes, I'm a total dork. So I signed up with a website called, which provides route mapping and activity logging. It's a fantastic resource for anyone who walks/runs/bikes outside. (And they have sister websites specific to running and biking as well... and

According to my training calendar, I've now gone 29.58km since January 1. That's 18.5 miles. So I'm on track to meet my goal, so far. How are your resolutions going?

I decided against the "clean my house" resolution. Mostly because my husband's school schedule this semester only has him scheduled for 2 days of school per week. This means that for 3 days a week, I have a house husband. *grin*

And the "work out 4x/wk" resolution? I decided it would be too ambitious, and I'd end up being one of those people who's forgotten their resolution two weeks after the New Year. But I'm trying to get more consistent with it nonetheless. I'd really like to build my strength and flexibility.

Edited to add: Haha, I was thinking I could pre-write this post and post-date it to be published automatically at a later time. Apparently not! So I'm just prolific today and then I'll likely fall into a non-posting rut again for a few weeks before you hear from me.

Monday, January 14, 2008

January Harvest

Who would have thought I'd still be harvesting veggies from my garden in January? Not me. But apparently, parsnips taste better if you leave them in the ground until after the first frost. I was lazy and didn't get around to harvesting them then. I tried to harvest them sometime in December, but the ground was too frozen, and I couldn't get them out. Luckily, we had a thaw last week, and I was finally able to harvest the little suckers.
Parsnips in Sink

A little washing, chopping, and steaming, and we were enjoying fresh parsnips in the middle of winter.
Parsnips for dinner


Also, I learned there is a reason they tell you you should thin your crops. If you don't, you end up with one or two normal-sized parsnips and a bunch of puny ones. Lesson learned.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Here comes 2008. Can you believe it?

Last night was the 10-year anniversary of our engagement. We celebrated by watching The Godfather, Part 2 (very festive, no?), followed by the traditional Swedish New Year's movie, and then a webcam to Times Square for the stroke of midnight. The traditional Swedish New Year's movie is a British comedy bit called "Dinner for One". Very strange. A quick Google reveals that it is also traditional in Germany. As far as I can tell it's not traditional in any English-speaking countries.

I'm thinking about resolutions. I don't think it's wise to make more than one resolution, or the chances of keeping them all become very slim indeed. But I have so many things I want to do, that I can't decide which one should be my official resolution:
1) Walk 100 miles in 3 months.
2) Exercise (yoga and/or weights) at least 4 times a week.
3) Spend half an hour daily cleaning the house.

I may just resolve not to resolve anything this year.

Things I'm looking forward to in 2008:
1) Having an extra week of vacation (10 years with the same company has some benefits!)
2) Going on a cruise to Antarctica
3) Having a renovated bathroom
4) Tearing down the wallpaper on the main floor and painting (maybe my extra week of vacation can be put to use for this)

Here's hoping for a great New Year for everyone!