Saturday, January 31, 2015

homemade bread!

Thanks to Zach, the whole house is smelling like a bakery. So heavenly!

We ate the smallest sesame-topped loaf right out of the oven ...

so now we have just three left!

Friday, January 30, 2015

{Five for Friday} 5 Paintings by Norman Lewis

I realize I've been talking a bit about how crazy busy I've been trying to finish my dissertation but I haven't mentioned much else about it. So in case you're wondering, here's a very brief spiel (so boiled down it might not make much sense ...):

My work focuses on the re-writing/(re)membering of African American artist Norman Lewis into the mainstream accounts of Abstract Expressionism. Scholarship on Lewis has been limited because art historians have struggled to fit his art into a particular genre. His paintings were considered not “white” enough to be part of the Abstract Expressionist canon and often lacked “black” enough subject matter to be a considered a significant part of Black art. The task to “(re)member” is thus twofold: the first is to establish the significance of Norman Lewis by arguing that his contribution to both the history of African American art and Abstract Expressionism earned him a rightful spot amongst the popularly canonized artists (to re-member the canon); the second is to present the consequences Lewis’ inclusion have on future studies of Abstract Expressionism and the history of African American art (to remember a different history). 

Bored yet?

Well, here are five of Lewis' work for you to admire instead ...

Phantasy II, 1946
Ring Around the Rosie, 1948
Untitled, 1957
New Moon, 1959
Green Envy, 1975

** the scream **

I've been buried under work for the last week and it has greatly diminished my sense of humor. But on Wednesday, when Zach brought in the mail, I saw this picture (an ad for something I can't remember!), and it cracked me up:

This picture of a crying baby at a desk in (grown up) work clothes pretty much sums up how I am feeling these days. All work and no play makes Mindy scream in agony. I've been wondering if working is like exercising, and that at some point, the endorphins will kick in and I'll start being a happy camper. So far, that hasn't happened for me. I have to stay buried and keep on keeping on. Will try and write more whenever I surface for air.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Does anybody still read books?

I went to the Humanities and Social Sciences library on campus today, and made a funny little observation. Nobody reads books anymore. The aisles and aisles of books were untouched. There wasn't a single soul checking out the books. The desks on the periphery of the room though, were filled with students hunkered over their laptops. I'm sure they were reading. Just not reading books. What a strange sight.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Crunch Time

Crunch time.
Big time.
Fight time.
Work time.
Go time.

No time to sleep.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

All Aglow

Bear with us. We've been slacking on our blog posts. Zach and I have both been buried under work. I have some really tight deadlines coming up soon, so all my time and energy has been devoted to researching, reading, and writing.

Today I spent some time in the library with my face set aglow by this old school microfiche machine. The strange smell, the whirring sound, the wacky crank. They all gave me a strange sense of excitement. And for the briefest of moments, my stress melted away and I was actually happy to be working ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Recipe of the Week: Yogurt-Crusted Cauliflower (or, Roasted Zombie Brains)

 I ate half a zombie brain for lunch today, and it was good.

Nah. No zombies were hurt in the production of lunch. I simply roasted a whole head of purple cauliflower that I smothered in yogurt and spices. It was yummy, and if you're looking for something easy to make for lunch or as a side, here's the recipe.

1 large cauliflower, cleaned and trimmed
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 lime, juiced
1 tbsp Harissa spice
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
salt  and pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a cookie sheet with aluminium foil and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine yogurt, lime juice, and spices. Mix well.
Spread the spice mixture all over the cauliflower.
Set cauliflower on baking sheet.
Roast for 40 minutes, or until yogurt is crusty on top.

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