Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wish List

My favorite food blog is, hands down, Heidi Swanson's 101 Cookbooks. Every recipe I have made for us has turned out fantastic and it has taught me to do better and healthier cooking. I want to learn more and this book seems to be the ticket.
I saw an article talking about this book in the Huffington Post and I knew that I would have to attempt to use my green thumb. To eat healthier, it makes sense to do some growing. I grew up surrounded by fields and come from generations of farmers, including my father. Growing up, we had our garden in a field and my mother canned. She still does. I have memories of hauling out jugs of water, digging holes for potatoes, and plopping them in there. So, it is somewhere in my blood. We have a condo, with no real land, so this book will really help in my endeavor.
These memories remind me of one of my favorite poems that, to me, combines my ambitions with my past:

Digging
Seamus Heaney

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests; as snug as a gun.

Under my window a clean rasping sound
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:
My father, digging. I look down

Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds
Bends low, comes up twenty years away
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills
Where he was digging.

The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.

By God, the old man could handle a spade,
Just like his old man.

My grandfather could cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner's bog.
Once I carried him milk in a bottle
Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, digging down and down
For the good turf. Digging.

The cold smell of potato mold, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I've no spade to follow men like them.

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it.

3) A new costume
I have a Jedi costume and a Corellian costume from Star Wars, as well as my wedding dress with Arwen sleeves and beautiful blue cloak. My friend Sue Dawe made them for me, but I think it is time to attempt my own costume. I decided on doing Kaylee Frye from Joss Whedon's series Firefly and the movie Serenity. This is one of my favorites and I think it will be something comfortable for a long day at a convention, simple enough to make with limited help, and I have similar coloring as the character. I already bought the bear patch at Comic Con from the California Browncoats. Let's see what I can do!

I ran out of this hot chocolate two weeks ago. We bought it last year after a late night trip to the grocery store in England. It is the most amazing instant hot chocolate mix I have ever had and I miss it. I might have to check to see if Canada has any or wait until our next trip to England that we hope to go on next year. Or suck it up and buy it online.

5) The Northern Lights
I grew up in the northeast corner of North Dakota, about fifteen miles from the Canadian border. One of the things that I miss about my childhood home is the northern lights. I remember one time waking up at night. I wear glasses, so in the blur, I could see that the sky was green. I sat up, put on my glasses, and moved to my bedroom window that faced north and just stood in awe at the sky. If I go outside of Fargo, out of all the light pollution, I can see them. However, it is different than living where I did and just stepping out my front door. There is a surprise and awe to them that I yearn for from time to time.

6) Hogwarts
We planning a trip to Orlando to go to Disneyworld sometime and the opening of Hogwarts is for Spring 2010. I really, really want to go and hope that we can this year. If not, we will just have to go again sometime.

7) Guitar Solos
I think we just need more guitar solos in music. It just lifts my soul.

8) Bamphf
If I had a super hero power, I want bamphf (the world I use to describe the type of teleportation that Nightcrawler has in X-Men). It would make travel much more interesting, but then again, would I need better muscles to carry my husband and luggage along? Wait, we can buy new clothes with what we save on airfare and gas, as well as both wear backpacks with our toothbrushes.

9) Universal Healthcare
I don't want to sound ranting, but I just would like to wave the worry of money from people who need to focus on getting better. Or people have to switch to generic formulas to get decent prices for their medication or to have any coverage (including myself for my thyroid medication that I have to take every day for the rest of my life). There are so many reasons! If I can help others by paying higher taxes, I think taking the steps to this would be totally awesome and well-worth it for this country.
I have brought home my toys from my parents' house. They will be leaving my childhood town and moving to their lake house next summer after my mother retires. Anyway, I cannot find my Cabbage Patch Kid named Lorraine Monica. It took my mother a year and a half to find my small plastic Care Bears, but where is she? I have seen her around there before so I hope we can find her.

Looking at this Wish List, I wonder how many of these will appear on the Goal List for 2010? Find out on Friday!

Natasha

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