Jane Rae

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Don’t End Your Enjoyment!

Life is too short to have a bad time.

Don’t end your enjoyment. Remember to take it all in, and enjoy the view!!

Wednesday,

Just got off the phone with Tina. So glad she is my sister. I’m looking forward to my study session this afternoon, and to my two-hour reading block shortly. And finally, to being a published author of my first book by my 33rd year.

Goals!

Tina is so supportive <3 <3 <3

Some Tame Gazelle

“The congregation shifted awkwardly in their seats. It was uncomfortable to be reminded that the Judgement Day might be tomorrow.” -p. 109

 

“Harriet looked at Belinda critically. ‘Yes, you look very nice,’ she said, ‘but I think I should use some more lipstick if I were you. Artificial light is apt to make one look paler.’

‘Oh, no, Harriet, I don’t think I can use any more,’ said Belinda. ‘I shouldn’t really feel natural if I did. Thou art not fair for all thy red and white,’ she quoted vaguely, leaving Harriet to wallow in her bath.” -p. 115

 

“…she knew he was not pleased at the prospect of the Bishop. Prospect of bishops, she thought, liking the phrase, but at that moment the curate espied the train coming round the bend in the station.” -p.162

 

“…I suppose women like to think of themselves as girls long after they are thirty.” -p.204

 

“Belinda paused in her kneading, remembering the many times she had worn the dress. Had she always looked yellow in it? It was a disturbing thought. ‘I suppose that old tweed coat is past wearing,’ she went on sadly, ‘but I’ve always liked it so much.’

‘It’s no use being sentimental about things,’ said Harriet. ‘You shouldn’t keep a clutter of clothes you never wear just because you once liked them.’

Belinda made no comment on this, for she was thinking Harriet’s words might be applied to more serious things than clothes. If only one could clear out one’s mind and heart as ruthlessly as one did one’s wardrobe….” -p.220

I was doing so well

And now I feel so squashed. So lost. So behind. In everything. Sigh.

 

 

Life goes on, either way though.

 

So.

 

I may as well keep moving.

Amy Poehler is my Hero

Amy Poehler--The thing

Most Delicious, Very Savory, Extra Cheesy Biscuits

Yummy’s Choice® Tatziki and Sun Dried Lebaneh Biscuits
Much adapted from Smitten Kitchen

With a host of delicious Yummy’s Choice products at my fingertips, I find it difficult not to use them as ingredients to upgrade nearly every recipe I make! These stellar biscuits are no exception. Please enjoy, and your constructive criticism is always welcome. Thank you for trying Yummy’s Choice food, and for trying my recipe!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons cold salted butter, cut into bits
1/4 pound Yummy’s Choice Cheese Nuggets™ (approx. 1 and 1/2 cups)
3 Yummy’s Choice Sun Dried Tomato Lebaneh (Mediterranean Cheese Balls), and accompanying oil
Drained and pureed tomatoes and green chilies, to taste (I used about 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup Yummy’s Choice Tatziki Sauce (Cucumber Yogurt)
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Either cut the butter pieces into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or rub them in with your fingertips until well-combined. Combine with the Lebaneh, rubbing into the flour mixture with your fingertips once more. Then combine tomato puree, lemon juice and tatziki before adding in a slow stream to the flour mixture, combining gently with fingers until a sticky dough is formed. Pat dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness on a very well-floured counter and use a 3 1/2-inch biscuit cutter to cut six rounds. Bake on an ungreased (or parchment-lined) baking sheet for 15 to 17 minutes, until golden-brown on top. They will end up a beautiful salmony-orange color, thanks to the tomato puree.

Do ahead: If you’d like to serve them over a couple days, Deb at Smitten Kitchen recommends freezing already formed but unbaked biscuits until you are ready to bake them — you can bake them directly from the freezer, adding just a minute or two to the baking time.

Jane’s Joke Thyme!

New joke I’m learning:

An infinite number of mathematicians walk into a bar. The first says, “I’ll have a beer.” The second says, “I’ll have half a beer.” The third says, “I’ll have a quarter of a beer.”

And so on.

The bartender pours two beers and says, “You guys need to know your limits.”1

 

Ba-doum tssss!

;] jokethyme!

 

1Found by me on this reddit thread. Thx bafael.

 

Winter Holiday Watch

Holidays gather, and now my watch begins.

It shall not end until my goal is met. I shall take no weeks off, miss no workouts, justify no overeating. I shall wear no stretchy pants and win no glory. I shall live and die by my commitment to myself. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the Watcher of my body. I am the fire that burns against the cold days, the light that brings my momentum, the horn that wakes my emotions, the shield that guards the realms of my health.

I pledge my life and honor to the Holiday Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

-Jane Rae Coe

This is my pledge for the next six cold weeks leading up to January 1, 2016. Thanks to Steve at Nerd Fitness for the inspiration!

Stay warm <3

Regret is a useless emotion

I had the opportunity to make great strides with my blog, and on lots of other ongoing projects, while I wasn’t working an 8-5 job. But I didn’t use my opportunity very well. Instead, I tended to make progress on creative endeavors sporadically, often waiting until I felt “inspired.” I realize now that it was because I didn’t place much value in my free time; I felt as though my hobbies were frivolous and unnecessary. But creating art in this world is never a purely frivolous pursuit. And creating beautiful objects with which to surround myself is better than sitting around being a consumer.

Now that I am once again working a day job (part-time internship, actually), I have the structure I need to make my free time seem more valuable. I perceive my leisure time as having a higher value as it has become more scarce. I’m hoping this increase in perceived value will help me to maintain the focus I need to accomplish the artistic projects I want create.

With my weekly day off at home, and with the day I spend with Grandma, I would like to work harder on things that have importance for me, instead of letting myself float by, uncaring, not even noticing that I’m wasting my days with television or unimportant housework.

For me to accomplish tasks worth doing, it is absolutely necessary to work from a checklist; to follow a similar, if not identical, set of steps each day that will increase my creative outputs by establishing personal habits to help me accomplish the things I know I’m capable of.

I like to create this checklist for my day at home before the end of the previous day. Obviously, it can be improved upon as I use it, both during the day and from week to week, but I have to start somewhere. I just have to make up my mind to start, and not worry about whether I’m “ready.”

Here’s to moving forward, and learning from the past–without letting it define my future.

What is your concrete first step to move forward today?

This passage lifted me up today

“But if a man has commonly a very clear and happy daily life then I think we are justified in asking that he shall not make mountains out of molehills.  I do not deny that molehills can sometimes be important.  Small annoyances have this evil about them, that they can be more abrupt because they are more invisible; they cast no shadow before, they have no atmosphere….But when all this is allowed for, I repeat that we may ask a happy man…to put up with pure inconveniences, and even make them part of his happiness.  Of positive pain or positive poverty I do not here speak. I speak of those innumerable accidental limitations that are always falling across our path – bad weather, confinement to this or that house or room, failure of appointments or arrangements…”

- G.K. Chesterton, “The Advantages of Having One Leg.”

 

 

I love how quotations and books and blogs and essays can make us feel connected to humanity, and help us to better understand ourselves. Feeling connected helps me carve out my own, personal creative space in this big wide world.

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