June 3, 2009

My friend Abbie is in Mali again, doing linguistic fieldwork in a Dogon village.  She keeps an online journal— I love reading it because she’s quite a good writer and captures many details of this life that is so different from mine here in the U.S. Midwest.  At one time I had wanted to do fieldwork– then I got to know my own nature a bit better, and separate who I would like to be from who I actually am.  When I get into unfamiliar situations, I clam up and shut down– I can’t help it, it’s a reflex, not something that I can choose to do differently and overcome.   I don’t adapt well to new people, I don’t know what to say or do.  Needless to say, this is not a successful mode of operation for a fieldworker who depends on good, frequent, culturally appropriate interactions with local people to succeed and live well in their second home.  But anyway, Abbie’s journal allows me to see things through her eyes, if only in brief glimpses.  If you’re interested in other cultures, travel, Mali, linguistics, the realities of fieldwork, do give it a read.


March 5, 2009

I know, I know, I haven’t been here in a while. I haven’t given up! I keep thinking I should do another marketing post, but I just haven’t. Ok? That’s all. I just haven’t. Soon, I promise.

In other news, I am putting together a tea order from Upton. It’s spring, the new teas are arriving, and this means I’m tempted by all sorts of things I can’t afford. Like the Competition Tie-Guan-Yin.  Someday, maybe…but not now, for sure. What I mainly need right now is my morning Assam.  Last time I got some Koilamari and some Madoorie; no complaints, and I may go with them again this time. If you’re looking for a good Assam, you could do worse than one of those.

December 18, 2008

Text from the side of a can of Glory Foods collard greens:

“Glory Foods Sensibly Seasoned vegetables are savory, lower sodium, seasoned without meat products that taste great.”

Proof that the underappreciated hyphen is not a punctuation mark to be ignored.

December 15, 2008

Previously I have done all my pumpkin blogging on the jewelry site– obviously wildly thematically inappropriate, so I’m moving it on over here, thus bringing to a screeching halt the appearance that this is going to be a marketing research blog only.

I have 7 winter squash and pumpkins of varying sizes left over from my autumn squash-buying frenzy. I took on the warty green hubbard yesterday. Luckily I went straight to the throw-it-off-the-front-porch method of opening, because even AFTER I had opened it, I stil couldn’t cut it with my butcher knife. I roasted it in two very large halves,a dn when I scopped the flesh out, I could see that the hard shell was nearly a half inch thick. No kidding. Kinda scary.

Hello world!

December 10, 2008

Not sure I really need a second blog, but here we are.  I’m  a paper/jewelry artist, see, and I have another blog ostensibly dedicated to showing off my handiwork and keeping people updated about my business, but I keep wanting to write about things wholly unrelated to art there. This doesn’t really help my business much, so I’ve exiled all (well, most) off-topic posts to this new blog.

Things I’m likely to write about here: cooking, gardening (herbs, pumpkins), and arts business stuff, but no promises.

No promises at all. I will aim to update weekly, and see how that goes. Low expectations is the name of the game for now.