General Update

Hey guys. Wow, it’s been a while hasn’t it? This is just a quick update to let you know everything that’s been going on.

 

  1. Summer in St. Louis is hot. Really hot. Triple digit hot. Yes, I know, it’s summer in St. Louis. But we’ve actually been spoiled these past couple of years. It’s been hot, but not that hot. Yesterday we broke a record for 108 (that’s 42.2 for you metric folks). It was like being in an oven. There was a severe storm last night that cooled things down, but it’s still hot today. I’m hoping we get more rain tonight.
  2. Richie was diagnosed with pancreatitis and hospitalized for several days over the Fourth of July holiday. He’s home now and is doing better and is much happier. He has to quit drinking (alcohol is one of the causes) and he has made peace with that. He’s already found a non-alcoholic beer that he likes! My mom came over several days after I brought Richie home and she bought us a ton of groceries and cleaned our apartment. It was super nice because I was such a wreck while he was gone. I had just enough energy to come home from the hospital and sit on the couch and watch Bake Off before going to bed. Silver lining to the hospital stay: I got a lot of knitting done.
  3. Speaking of Richie, his daughter is off to college NEXT. MONTH.

I’ve known the kiddo since she was eight and I am so not prepared for this. My mom has bought her some stuff for her dorm room, and I am knitting her washcloths in her school colors. She has to be there on the 15th. That’s only a little over three weeks! NOT PREPARED.

4. I’m learning Swedish! I have a fan fic friend who lives in Sweden and she’s been trying to get me to move over¬†¬† there. I was initially going to learn Bosnian (my company has a lot of Bosnian customers and a lot of Bosnian employees), but Duolingo doesn’t offer it. They do offer a bunch of other amazing languages FOR FREE. So, I went with Swedish. Jag talar Svenska! Only 39% though. I sent her a box of American treats (mint Oreos, Twizzlers; Reece’s; a Zero bar; Sour Patch kids; more that I can’t think of), and she sent me a box of Swedish treats (I could write odes to the Geisha bar).

5. I have pen pals! I have…. three virtual and one snail mail! I love snail mail! So nice to get something in the mail besides bills. I’m making sure to buy super nice stationery, but it’s hard to find good stores in St. Louis. I went to the Paper Place, but they were unhelpful. I think I might try Papyrus next. Or Etsy. Or just get more from Nostalgic Impressions, which is where my current batch came from. I helped my friend Amy at her church yesterday, sorting and organizing craft supplies for a sale, and she was kind enough to let me take some treasures home. So I have some cards and beautiful wooden stamps, so hopefully I can dress up my letters a little bit.

 

Okay, I think you guys are all caught up on the basics. My writing hiatus is over, and I sent Top a knit teddy bear. I should probably write a post about that. I should probably get caught up on all of my baking posts first. I am SUPER behind. Sorry about that. Thanks for sticking around!

 

If you’ve left….. (nice loyalty)

Choi Seunghyun

By now, we have all heard the awful news about Choi Seunghyun. As if it wasn’t bad enough he was busted doing drugs, he ended up in the hospital.

 

As of right now, all of my fics with him as a main character are on hiatus. I just don’t feel comfortable writing him while his life is in such a precarious position. I will work on my JRock fics, and my non-Top Kpop fics.

 

I am not okay with him smoking weed. It is not as dangerous as alchool or other drugs (I am of the opinion it should be legalized but that’s a whole different discussion) but it is illegal and he shouldn’t have been doing it. As such, he should face the consequences. He knew what he was doing was wrong.

 

HOWEVER. Telling someone to kill themselves, telling someone their mother should be sorry she had him is NOT OKAY. He’s human. He makes mistakes. What is wrong with you? Not everyone is strong enough to blow those words off. And we know Top has had similar issues in the past.

Actually, I do know what is wrong with you. You build these guys up so much in your heads that you forget that they are human, that they are everyday people like you and me. And when they make that human mistake, you feel betrayed, so you say such awful things. Which in turn makes you awful.

If you wouldn’t want someone to say it to you, or your bestie, it is not okay to say it to anyone else.

 

I support T.O.P.

 

Save

Week Eight- Pastry: Eclairs

You guys, eclairs are hard.

Never done eclairs before. Never even attempted pastry.

Yeah, didn’t work.

The pastry cream was fine.

The choux was okay

Maybe my piping tip was too small? They sure make it look easy on Bake Off

I’m going to save the pastry cream to use as a pie filling (other ideas welcome), and I’ll keep the heavy whipping cream for homemade ice cream.

 

I’m very proud that I kept my calm and didn’t cry or curse.

Why yes, I would cry over cake on Bake Off. Why do you ask?

 

Now I’ve brewed myself some tea and made myself a cookie in a mug.

 

The eclair recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook, and the pastry cream recipe came from Kitchn.

NaKniCroMo- Days 6-11:

Yes, I know. You don’t need to say it. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Day 6: Any favorite books or designers?

Stitch ‘n’ Bitch will probably always be one of my favorite books because it was my very first knitting book. I love the Yarn Harlot because she’s so funny and so talented. I also love Franklin Habit, Nim Teasdale, and so many designers on Ravelry whose names escape me. You are all talented and brilliant.

 

Day 7- Show us your progress!

Almost to the halfway point. Cables so bright, you can see them from space

 

Day 8- Show us your crafting spot!

I have two. Home, and work. I didn’t include Knit Night because I don’t knit there as often as I do the other two places.

 

Day 9- When do you craft?

Mostly nights and weekends. Sometimes I can squeeze in an hour at work, but usually it’s at home

 

Day 10- What’s your crafting fuel?

Tea! Sometimes cocoa. Maybe water. But almost always tea.

 

Day 11- Listen to or do anything while crafting?

Bake Off!

 

And other documentaries and movies, of course. The occasional podcast.

 

Sometimes.

 

At work I listen to my iPod.

 

 

And now I’m all caught up. Ha!