Monday, October 25, 2010
Today was not one of those panic days. Today was one of the I love what I am doing days. So where's Michi today? In bed, reflecting on how right this all feels.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The preparation was lengthy and definitely wasn't without it's trials. The mushroom stuffing recipe called for the chicken gizzard to be peeled and minced. Wha?? I had no idea which of the four pieces of offal that came in a little paper bag stuffed up my chicken's butt was the gizzard. I Googled "What does a chicken gizzard look like?"(as you do when hoping against hope for a little miracle, and perhaps a photo...) and guess what popped up? The Julie/Julia Project blog. Seems Julie had had exactly the same problem I did. With her brilliant help, I was able to quickly identify, peel... sort of... and mince my gizzard. Crisis averted. Thank you, Julie!
After an hour and 15 minutes in the oven, that chicken was damn near perfect. The skin was crispy, buttery, and golden brown. The meat was tender and juicy and perfectly seasoned. The mushroom stuffing was earthy and creamy. The sauce had just enough port and tarragon to make it a little bit sweet. Heavenly.
Next up, boeuf bourguignon!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
This is a year for new beginnings for me. I have relocated back to the US - Austin, Texas to be precise. I have started three new jobs (yikes). And, AND, I have applied to a PhD program. All in the last three months. So much for taking it easy for a while.
I am taking sewing classes, and training for a 10K. I'm also determined to do yoga at least twice a week. One of the reasons that I love this town is that it's so granola. There's a great coffee house down the street from me that has free yoga classes if you purchase a drink. Nothing's better after a good class than a nice cup of hot tea, so it's a no brainer. Love it, love it, love it!
I am attempting, along with a few friends, to knit 10 pair of mittens in 2010 and blog about it. The challenging part will be the blogging about it. I have not been terribly successful in the past year in the blogging department, although most of that was not my fault, thanks to the Great Firewall of China. It's all about getting into the habit again, I think. Retraining the fingers, the brain, to spit all out into cyberspace for whomever. Speaking of...
Since I last wrote I have changed servers on this blog and many things may not have switched over. I am hoping (probably in futility) that I haven't lost all the subscribers to this. Otherwise, I'm writing for no one. but me. Which I guess, isn't so bad.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Originally uploaded by mgaston123.
A year ago today I woke up to snow in Shanghai.
A year ago today started like any other day.
A year ago today I went to a meeting about collaborating with a university.
A year ago today I learned about loss while sitting at a conference table in a room full of strangers.
A year ago today I cried in solitude with my friends around the world.
I've thought a lot about life, love, friendship and loss in the year that has followed. I've thanked someone/something/the powers that be a thousand times over for the friends, the family, the amazing people I have, and have had, in my life.
Today, I am again crying in solitude with my friends around the world.
Today, I miss you, Thor.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Keep clicking on the "spray" button.. it just gets more frightening. Mmm... spray it! hahaha
Very clever little hoax... it is a hoax, right?