days these days

here’s how it starts: I’ll flail around wasting time for awhile– seemingly intentionally, as flagrantly wasteful as I can imagine being– for the emptier the pursuits, the sooner I grow bored with my own stink of purposelessness and take up beginning something (beginning being fraught with possibility and dread).

maybe start small with getting dressed. I can handle getting up to go play with wardrobe, putting on this and that, guided by texture and color, delicate details, minor outrageousness. then move on to doing things to hair and face. make myself my own bygod barbie head. practice seeing reflected the artist I want to be. what color would she wear today? lately she likes teals and slate blue with brown or grey defined by black, pima cotton, buttons and small gathers.

eventually I’ll veer off into taking snapshots with my iphone. lazy girl’s photography. rearrange cutups in a cigar box stage, suspend leaf patterns from pieces of wire and copper nails, dab on paint and stray bits of language. lazy girl’s art. blog a bit with an exaggerated air of carelessness and lack of capitalization. o, the everlasting creative twostep of approach/retreat.

yesterday I set up the to amend the artplay table into digital hybridity with the addition of a wedged-in cabinet lifted up on blocks (in the end the tire jack didn’t work) and now have a prime windowseat command center for a range of creative endeavors.
floyd so enjoyed the view that I made him his own little window perch.

in the process of getting the workstation setup, I semi-ceremoniously shoved over the uppershelf flotsam to make way for printer/scanner, and consequently have some rearranging leftover for someday– my grownup’s dollhouse area of objects.

this afternoon I donned a farmwife white apron with blue embroidered swallows and relished the slip of pepitas clicking into a bowl. concocted a rich autumn soup from winter squash and eggplant with goat cheese for zing.

summer fare

salsa– my favorite standard: onion, tomato, tomatillo, cilantro, lime, olive oil, salt & pepper.


sun tea, a floral blend: white tea, lavender, chamomile, orange rind, iced with a sprig of thyme–


and, finally, dinner, with ribeyes grilled by the grillmaster and organic baby greens with shaved aged goat cheese from the glenwood farmers’ market:


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tunisian (sort of) chicken & couscous

dinner experimentation success :) took a tunisian couscous recipe as my starting point and then diverged based on what I had onhand– with wonderfully bright-flavored and pleasing results.

Sarah’s Pseudo-Tunisian Chicken & CousCous

sear, in steps, then combine:

  • 2-3 T olive oil
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced into smaller pieces
  • 1/2 an onion sliced thin
  • 5 green greek olives diced
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 2 T turmeric
  • 1 T cinnamon

serve over above:

  • 2 cups couscous (steaming didn’t work, so I ended up boiling), tossed with:
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced
  • 8-10 green grapes halved
  • salt to taste

weekend statistics

loaves of oatmeal-heavy-on-the-molasses bread baked: 3
pots of tuscan white bean and swiss chard soup made with thanksgiving turkey stock: 1
big screen movies watched (2012– woo! upheavals!): 1
good long walks with chris & floyd: 1
naps: 2
cups of hot cocoa: 2
loads of laundry put away: 4
hours of rolly polly puppy play time: infinite

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