Stardust

Writings from my little corner of modern domesticity.

Monthly Archives: August, 2011

Life’s Little Pleasures

Ah, tea…how I do love you. There’s something heartwarming and classic about a cup of tea. Something comforting beyond the warmth of the cup in your hands and the drink in your belly. It’s wonderful. I hope someday to have a fireplace and a beautiful high-backed chair- not for the luxury of it, but to …

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So Me

This blogging, on the blog of my favorite magazine, is on one of my favorite topics. I am the List Queen. I live by lists. No, really. This article is so me. I make lists for everything- from the mundane and typical grocery list to the categorization of my shoe collection, to things I detested …

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Travels

Hello again! Thursday and Friday this week I was out traveling with some of my good fellows from my job at the MSU Horticulture Demonstration Gardens, and it was quite the trip. A whirlwind 2-day tour of four gardens in the Chicago area, including the fantastic Chicago Botanic Gardens and Morton Arboretum. I took 750 …

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Not-so-Entertaining

Part of domestic life is supposedly entertaining. Not mine, apparently. Not anymore, that is. I just don’t feel like we have the space to have people over. And that is incredibly sad, because as antisocial as I can be sometimes, I am an enthusiastic and excellent hostess. I’m especially good at the casual get-together. I …

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Strange Addiction

Confession time: I’m a little bit of a shopaholic. But I’m getting better about it these days. I turned down a beautiful picnic basket I’ve been wanting forever that finally went on clearance for $9 yesterday. I’ve wanted a proper picnic basket- you know, woven, with a lid and handles, and perhaps even straps in …

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Oops- I Missed!

I missed an entry yesterday because I fell asleep before I managed to get out of the recliner again! Guess all the cleaning and dashing about wore me right out. The apartment is decently clean now, and I’ve purchased a couple of letter boxes. Our local Meijer has a lot of the organizational supplies on …

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Progress

I did a speed-clean of the apartment (or at least, the public areas of the apartment!) today. Five hours post-dishes. I used the impending visit of a friend to set myself a deadline, and I think it worked pretty well. It’s by no means what I consider clean, but it is at least presentable. It …

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Pre-Final Jot

I’ve got about 10 minutes before I head out to my microeconomics final, and I remembered I said I’d review the pickles I posted about making previously. They’re pretty good. They do lack a certain sharpness I’m so used to tasting with pickles, but that’s probably the missing onion. They are slightly less “dilly” than …

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Pickle Break!

I took a break from my cleaning and general insanity (hah- as if) this evening to make pickles. Not quite “real” pickles, but quick pickles, with no boiling, no canning, and a one-week keep time. I just wanted to try it out. I love pickles, and it’s kind of hard to find any I can …

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The Challenge

I made some progress today. Pretty well cleaned up the counter space in the kitchen, except for the space occupied with dishes ready for washing (I rinse and sort before scrubbing…) and the other space strewn with Magic: the Gathering cards. Also cleaned out the fridge, only needing to discard some leftover sausage and cranberry …

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