Spring Break!

Here are some things I am not doing over the break: teaching, grading, prepping, researching, meeting with students, corresponding with students via email, traveling anywhere fabulous. I am happy about all of these items that are not on my to-do list, even the last one. After February, I am all traveled out for a while.

So what am I doing? So far my break has involved a lot of quality time at home and a little time out with friends. There has been plenty of time to hang aroung the house in my PJs, drinking coffee late into the morning.

[70/365] Breakfast

(As always, click the photo to go through to flickr for titles and descriptions if you want.)

But I haven’t been hiding at home the whole time. Saturday night a few of us went out for sushi and then cocktails at the jazz lounge again — this time there was an actual jazz band playing and everything, giving me flashbacks to my days in band with my saxomophone. (The word “saxomophone” is to be pronounced, always, in a full-on Homer Simpson fugue.)

Deluxe Veggie Roll

[72/365] The Gillespie

Hopefully I’ll soon be spending some time biking around town now that the weirdly wintry, windy, and rainy weather appears, at least temporarily, to have passed. In fact, spring really seems to be springing into business around here! Do you know what kind of tree this is? It’s not a cherry tree, right? It’s something else? I am no botanist, I admit.

Blossoms of a What Variety?

[74/365] Spring is Springing

For the first time since I have lived here, I am actually looking forward to spring and warmer weather with pleasure. It helps that I feel like we actually had a somewhat legitimate winter this year, but mostly I am eager to spend more time on the bike and in the pool, both of which are pretty unappealing in winter weather. I mean, if you’re already chilly in your jeans, do you really want to don a bathing suit and hop into the pool? Not so much, right?

The following pictures are unrelated to this post, but I just had to show you the pretty, pretty cupcakes I made to take to the Oscar party.

[66/365] Lemon-Vanilla with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Vanilla with Buttercream Frosting

By now they’ve all been eaten, but weren’t they grand? I got the recipe from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, which is full of wonderful looking recipes, only a few of which I have had the opportunity to try so far. Let me assure you, though, that cupcakes made without butter, milk, or eggs are just as delicious as any other type of cupcake, if not more. If I could prove this to you by posting some downloadable cupcakes here on this very blog, believe me, I would. Until technology makes such a thing possible, you’ll just have to trust me.

And now I must return to my re-watch-athon of season one of Alias, aka Best Show Ever. Hope you’re all feeling fab and lovely, people!


  1. I wish I had a spring break still, haha.

    Have fun with your Alias marathon! I started rewatching that a few weeks ago, but then I discovered episodes of The Pretender and go hooooooked once again (hence my constant Twittering). I’m sure I’ll go back to watching my Spy Family again soon enough, though!


  2. I think everyone should have a spring break! It’s so mentally relaxing.

    And re me Alias marathon, I have been re-watching season 1 off and on for a month, probably, but I keep temporarily halting my progress due to other shows, too. Criminal Minds, for a while. (Which is so good!)


  3. Is there a reason you say that’s not a cherry tree, because they look like cherry blossoms to me. If it’s not a proper cherry tree, I’d bet it’s some kind of Japanese variety. Maybe. I am not a botanist either.


  4. Hmmm, well maybe it really is a cherry tree? The reason I said unsurely that I thought it wasn’t one was because I had originally thought that it was, but then on closer inspection with camera in hand, I looked at the blossoms and thought that cherry blossoms I remembered seemed fluffier, with bigger, pinker petals.

    So I google-imaged it after you left this comment and some look like what I thought in my mind and some look … kind of like this.

    C, you must be on the right track with the different varieties idea.

    Can anyone tell us for sure?


  5. Those are some beautiful cupcakes. I’ve got the Veganomicon cookbook by the same ladies, and ohmyohmy does it please me (gazpacho/borscht/happiness). What doesn’t please, in cup-cake-related matters, is that cachous (those sweet silver ball numbers that were all over cakes when I was wee) contain gelatine.


  6. Ooh, yes! I love the Veganomicon. I love to just browse around in it and choose something new to try. The “Seitanic Jambalaya” is a favorite.


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