Friday, November 28, 2008

Pie Thief!

My parents and I were going to Thanksgiving dinner at a local delicious food restaurant. Great prospect, they always have good vegetarian options. This year was no different. The Tofu Forrestriere was amazing. I'm getting used to going out for special meals. After a life of cooking, my mom is in semi-retirement.
That doesn't keep me from wanting to cook though. I enjoy cooking for special occasions, so I decided to make a pie for after the dinner. I found a recipe for a fruit pie with cranberries, oranges, and apples. I made a crumb topping for it, and baked it on Wednesday night. It was pretty tangy when I tested some of the bubble ups, but it was also pretty yummy. Vanilla ice cream would be the perfect complement for it. I also had a lot of bits left over, so I stewed apple, cranberry, and mandarin oranges with sugar and butter in the crock pot, figuring it'd make some tasty ice cream topping.
After dinner, we stopped by one of the nicer gas stations to pick up some ice cream. I was excited, we were going to put the pie in the oven to warm while we watched a movie. When I unlocked the door, that all came to an end...what was left of the pie sat on the floor, 2/3 eaten. I called Wes into the kitchen, and he slunk in, head down. I admonished him, cleaned up, and then forgave him.
Honestly, I can't blame him. It did smell pretty damn good. I just need to remember to sit the pie on the back of the stove when I leave the house next time.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Open Letter to President Elect Obama

President-elect Obama,

Congratulations on your election.
They asked what a community organizer does. You answered the question, not with words, but with action. You organized the best campaign I've seen in my lifetime.

They talked about leadership, they talked about experience. What they didn't understand is that the mobilization, the inspiration that you carried are some of the most powerful forms of leadership there are.

So now, I ask you, I beg you...keep it up. Inspire us. Use us. We don't always see what needs being done. Sometimes we're too caught up in trivialities, true, but sometimes life gets in the way, and we're so used to being asked to continue shopping that we don't think, "What can I do to help?"

You had so many of us asking what we can do to help you get elected. I promise you, we are the same people who will help you to make our country more like its promises.

Mr. President, what can we do to help?

Thank you so very much,

Monday, November 10, 2008

Figure Drawing Class...

...has reinvigorated my creative life.

The work that I've been doing in class has varied from week to week. Sometimes I'll do a drawing that I love, sometimes, it's crap, but I always have a good time, and I've come up with a lot of work I love. In addition, it's nice to be occupying my time in ways that don't involve television or sitting at home.

For the most part, I'm focusing on drawing realistically. I'm trying to depict the model as accurately as possible. After that's done with, I find that I can do a better job of cartooning the same pose.