Friday, November 10, 2006


I do love this season.

Isn't Sarajevo purty in the snow?

Sarajevo 2005

I'm a confirmed nester, so fall and winter bring out the best in me. I just want to make stew and bake pumpkin bread.

Pumpkin bread. Sigh. I need to learn how to make it with actual pumpkins, as I can't buy the canned variety here. (So, help me if you have a recipe and expertise in this particular area.)

As I sit here procrastinating between grant writing (boring) and English editing (tedious), I'm sipping a mug of hot green tea and revisiting some of my favorite online fall and winter activities...

1. Old time radio. Yup. I love it. And I love it most when the days are short and gray and snowy. I had a fantastic site I used to visit, and I can't find it for the life of me. Any recommendations will be appreciated.

2. BBC7. Classic comedy? Drama? Best sellers? Thrillers? Sometime back in August, I heard the entire reading of The Magician's Nephew. That was cool. (Yes, that did just send dork shivers up and down my spine. Zero to nerd in 2.3 seconds. Mock all you want.)

3. New music. The lovely Christy of Pica pica, now with sassy new haircut, first turned me on to All Songs Considered months ago. Thank you, fellow expat, former colleague, and all-around artsy dynamo. Recently, she sent me a link to an online broadcast of Regina Spektor's concert at, I believe, the 9:30 club in DC. Very cool.

Speaking of cool music, has anyone listened to Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor? If it's as good as the one song I've heard off the album, Daydreamin', featuring the amazing Jill Scott, I need to hear the whole thing.

Now, this procrastinating nester must return to her work. Don't even try and stop me, people.


Anonymous Jenny said...

Regina Spektor is a golden goddess.

And you are my friend forever for linking to her.

6:32 AM  
Blogger montchan said...

1. get a pumpkin
2. cut up pumpkin
3. discard the nasty stringy seedy stuff
4. peel and boil till it's softish, you can do it in whichever order you like
5. put in a food processor.
6. zap it till it's smooth.

go ahead and bake your bread. And I want some!

8:07 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Oh goody! A friend forever.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous novala said...

Thanks for the beautiful snow picture!
I can't believe it's winter already. To me it still feels as if I had been in beautiful Sarajevo just yesterday.

1:05 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Yes! Pumpkin bread here I come:) Thanks, M....

7:39 AM  

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