• Baking and Cooking

    Quick Dinner: Egg Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Caps

    Just a quick meal for you today. This one is really easy to throw together. All you need are portobello mushrooms, eggs, oil (or whatever you use to grease a pan), some salt and pepper, and if you like it, some shredded cheese. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease your pan. Cut the stems out of the mushrooms and then put them aside, and then put your mushrooms in the oven for a few minutes until they let out most of their moisture. After they’re pre-baked, crack an egg into each of the mushroom caps. Then dice up the mushroom stems and sprinkle them on top with some…

  • Nail Polish Love

    Mani Monday After An Accidental Vacay…

    So I accidentally took a vacation from this blog. Whoops. The past week my allergies have been truly horrendous… it’s been migraine city. Add that to some crazy work stuff this past week, and I have basically been avoiding screens and computers like the plague.  I never thought it’d last a whole week, and so never announced anything here. So that’s my bad. But for my triumphant post migraine week return, I have the first Mani Monday in a while, and it marks a kind of special milestone for me. Not only are my nails long enough and healthy enough to paint again (finally! No more cello gigs for a…

  • Book Love,  History Love,  Photography,  Travel

    FINALLY Finished.

    Today I have some photos from our annual end-of-the-year retreat with the students at the lake property our university owns, and some good news! I FINALLY finished First into Nagasaki. This has become the breaking point for me, and I’ve finally just accepted that I cannot read for pleasure during the semester. It’s simply not possible. This book should have taken me a week max, and instead it took me a whole semester. I think I just have to accept it. That said, the book was a great read. Some amazing insights into Japan post-surrender, and some amazing stories from the POW camps. It can occasionally be a little plodding,…

  • Life,  Links,  Movies and TV

    Per Aspera Ad Astra

    Through Hardships to the Stars For the past few weeks every Sunday night I’ve been sitting down and watching the reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos with my father. Yesterday was the last episode, and I must say I feel a little hollow knowing that that was the end. The series has been so inspiring and touching, and made me remember why I fell in love with not only space, but history as well. Neil deGrasse Tyson drives home the wonder and beauty of our world like nobody else can, and watching this series has left me with a feeling of awe that even all my training and study can’t help…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials and Tips

    DIY Adjustable Wire Charm Bracelets

    One of the (non-career related) benefits of teaching college students – adjunct though I may be – is that it helps keep me on top of fashion trends. Some I’ve by far already aged out of (apparently midriff shirts are a thing again?). But others I’m totally still young enough for, and the wire charm bracelets I’ve been seeing everywhere are right up my alley. Bonus, they are TOTALLY DIYable. Which is great for me, since most of the actual brand name bracelets are hella expensive (for my budget anyway) at about $30 a bangle. That said, the actual bangles (I do own one – Jim bought me one for…

  • Pysanky

    Gridtastic Egg

    Another pysanka for you today. I’m not so pleased with the front of this one – it’s a little boring. I had some blobbing and sort of ran out of ideas about how to cover it up because I was concentrating so hard on the plan I had for the long band around the egg. As for that, I like the idea and think it came out alright, but next time I try it I’m definitely going to implement it differently – it turned into a huge pain in the ass, and I didn’t quite keep track of where I was putting what color like I should have. I’d also…

  • Book Love

    Library Book Sale Day is a Very Dangerous Day

    This post is majorly late in the making – library book sale season is the end of April – but belated though it may be, I can’t help but want to share my haul from this year. I know my spending fast rules specifically outlaw book purchases, but I had stashed $20 away months ago just for this purpose. Afterall, where else other than a library sale can you get antique books for a buck a piece AND support your local libraries? This year I ended up finding some real gems. Or at least some real gems as far as a book nerd like me is concerned. First we have…