Wednesday random

This sock pattern is making me look at the striping yarn in my stash with interest and relief.

Kitty cat now helps me check email in the morning.


There is a cupcake roundup challenge afoot, and I have plans.

And I now have accumulated an eggplant, 2 red peppers, 2 3 watermelons, a bunch of radishes, and a bunch of parsnips. Help?

Oh, and did I mention that my thesis is sucking the life out of me and I have decided it is not at all a good plan to have 4 big WIPs on the go at once and my confidence level is at an all time low and I don’t know what I want to do with my life? Oh, my willpower and work ethic, please come back for I miss you so…


  1. Re: thesis life suckage — totally in sympathy. Totally! (In fact, writing this comment is illicit, because I’m supposed to be working on my thesis at this very moment!)

    Re: veggies — one easy thing to do with the eggplant and parsnips would be to roast them with a little olive oil, whole garlic cloves, onion (if you like), and perhaps rosemary or something like that; you could even throw the peppers in towards the end. I personally love roasted parsnips and eggplant; you could eat them as is, or toss them with some pasta, either with or without tomato sauce. Mmm. Now I want some roasted veggies — fortunately, Thanksgiving is coming!

    I’ve got nothing for the watermelon and radishes, though. Well, you could slice the radishes and drizzle a good vinegar and oil over them for a salad… but that’s my only idea.

  2. Oh no, Glenna, please do not despair! Breathe deeply and realise that your 4 WIPs are patient, and will bide their time quietly until you have time to attend to them.

    The thesis, unfortunately, is a bit more of a hungry beast. Face it head on, and whip it soundly with that cat-o’nine tails! Talking of cats, Beatrice really looks a sooper girl and I just want her so much….

  3. mmm – roasted veggies – so simple yet so good!!! then you can keep leftovers in the fridge and use them in sandwiches, etc.

    love those new socks! i am looking at stripes in a whole different way!

  4. Thank you for pointing out those socks, I know just the yarn in my stash to do them in! Stay calm with the WIP’s and I am sure everything else will just fall into place 🙂

  5. echoing thesis sympathies here. there’s just no way around it.

    also echoing the idea to roast those parsnips. you can also combine them with potatoes and mash it all up with some butter and garlic.

  6. Big YOWZA on that sock pattern!
    I wish I could help you out… but my will to live and cope right now is at an all time low… advice? when you get to the end of your rope…. Hang On! (which is what I’m doing)
    Sending good thoughts though…

  7. you’ll find a recipe for maple parsnip soup in the cupboard. one of the two books that are actually photo albums. the soup is maple and mustard; you can decide whether you want it sweet or tart. and you’ll need some pine nuts…

    you are suffering from the ph.d. blues. everyone i have ever seen get a ph.d has got the ph.d. blues, too. so statistically speaking you are exactly where you should be!

    beatrice DOES look like a sooper girl and i want her so much, too!

  8. Hango on in there – things can only get better!

    I normally think one foot in front of the other – in this case I guess keep putting one word after another.

    Great sock pattern thanks for the link :o)

  9. Aren’t those socks great? Once I whittle down my list of WIPs, I plan to try those.

    Breathe! You’ll get the thesis done — I’m sure of it.

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