I have a problem. I’m pretty sure it isn’t recognized by the American Medical Society, but it should be. If they need subjects for research purposes, I am their lady. What is my problem, you ask? In a word: fabric. In a sentence: I have no self control when I enter a fabric store. Money ceases to be a concern, temporary amnesia makes me forget that credit card bill I saw this morning, and I can’t hold eye contact with anyone for longer than 2 seconds. I can’t stop looking everywhere.
The Fabric Depot is my heaven/hell. Going to this place without a set agenda or a project in mind is DANGEROUS. And I did exactly that. I reasoned that I’d not be back anytime soon, and there was a SALE! I was there for an hour but didn’t even have time to look at all the fabric, let alone the yarn, thread, ribbon, notions… They had everything! I could have stayed for days. I am dreaming up apron ideas, more yoga mat bags, a few handbags…. Anyone have any suggestions for what I should make with the goods? Look at those cherries! The hummingbirds! Polka-dots! Ahhh!!
I had a GREAT day yesterday. You know those days that everything seems to go your way, you never get upset, and you walk around with a slight smirk on your face all day long? Yeah, I was that annoying girl yesterday. Here’s why:
1. I woke up to about a foot of fresh snow. While I couldn’t go play in it on my skis, I did spend an hour or so shoveling, in great sunny weather.
2. I finished several items on my school “to do” list. Most importantly, I had a HUGE breakthrough with some old data analysis that has been nagging me for months. I have spent at least six months trying to get this a particular analysis to work, and today I DID IT!!! Words cannot express my excitement.
3. I had a fantastic lunch. I was really looking forward to a salad but all my dressings are soy-based and I am avoiding soy in my diet for a while. My marginally functional brain hit on the genius idea to use Katie’s agar pudding base (that I had serendipitously made this morning for no apparent purpose) in place of silken tofu. (She uses it interchangeably with silken tofu for puddings, so I figured it would work for dressing recipes that use silken tofu too. I was right.) I know I just posted about salad and dressing, but this stuff is so good, I couldn’t resist; look at that close-up of creamy goodness.
4. I got *thisclose* to finishing a bag I am making with the owl fabric I got at Crafty Planet. I would have finished it too, but I don’t have a snap, and didn’t feel like going out to get one. It was late (er…late-ish…okay, it was 8, but I was already pj-clad. :D ) and it was snowing again. So, instead I cut up some more fabric for another bag I am making for a friend.
Looking back, none of these things should make me all that giddy, but I was just happy today. My renewed enthusiasm for school may be the underlying cause (finally, I was starting to worry).
Creamy “Caesar” dressing (Makes about 1 1/2 cups)
¼ cup water
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, peeled
½ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
2 dashes tobasco
1 tsp nutritional yeast