Fall Goals Update

Saturday, December 11, 2010

As I mentioned before, it's winter and there is no way I'm getting everything on my list crossed off. But some things are works in progress, so I thought I would do an update...

Done! I've been going to yoga two or three times a week and loving it. I keep telling myself I'll start actually working out on of these days but I just like yoga so much better.

Done! Kind of. Still going to my morning classes and hopefully I'll pass my level 2 exam at the end of January. Then I'll see if I want to continue or not. I'm still really liking learning Danish and think I'm finally getting better.

Done! This is actually going really well, I love biking! I'm so surprised how much I've come to like it after being so scared and stressed. And I've only had one little wipeout because of some ice and snow.

Done! I'm still working at Cafe Retro and will be starting Sunday Crafternoons in January where there will be open workshops and tutorials for people to work on creative projects together. There are also lots of exciting exhibitions and events scheduled for 2011. I'm also still interning at IMO projects, which was recently named the best gallery in Denmark! I'm learning lots and I'll try to take some more pictures to keep you all updated with what's happening.

Done! I also made a pumpkin pie from scratch for Thanksgiving. I haven't made so many pies but I'm still baking lots of cakes, muffins and cookies.

6. Bake bread
Sigh, still not done this one. I'm a bit nervous about it because we don't have a real oven and the ingredients are different here. Maybe I'll try this when I'm home for Christmas.

7. Make jam
Nope. I kind of missed the season for fruit although I guess I could make marmalade? I'm not sure about this one, it might have to wait until summer unless I get ambitious over Christmas to make some to go with the bread.

Done! Ish. We still have little mugs and pots with herbs on our counter. Since we will be living in an attic apartment in January, we will still probably do this since we can't have window baskets.

9. Put up a bird house
I haven't wanted to do this since we are moving and I'm not sure if we will be able to put one up at the new place because of the aforementioned skylight situation. We'll see, I'd still like to!

Uh, kind of. I did learn how to do it, I just still haven't finished my scarf. Although apparently you can take some kinds of needles on the plane so hopefully I'll get some knitting done on my trip home.

11. Learn how to embroider
Not yet. I bought all the supplies and then told myself that I should finish the cable knit scarf before starting on embroidery. This is my classic routine, get excited and learn something and then want to go on to the next thing before finishing the first. I think this will be a good project for the new year though.

12. Build a website/portfolio
In the works! I'm not super techie so it's taking me a while and will likely not look that great but it's coming along.

13. Start Etsy shop
Also in the works! I'm hoping I can start this up in the new year with some vintage and handmade goodies I've been collecting.

Done! I haven't really gone crazy or anything but it's fun to host little parties. We've had dinner parties, a joint birthday party, a Halloween party and an afternoon tea party. Tonight is fondue and board games!

15. Sew a quilt
This is also in the works. I don't have a sewing machine set up here so I'll try to finish the one I started this summer in Canada. Then in hopefully I can set up a little crafting/sewing nook in the new place when I get back.

16. Tie dye/dip dye fabric
Also hasn't happened. Saving this one for the new year list.

No, still haven't had much progress. I've been reading lots of other good books though!

Done! I'm still hoping to make more of these. I'll let you know how the others turned out too.

18. Buy more flowers
I'm a bit torn about this one. I love having fresh flowers around but I can't really justify the price and environmental cost here. I think when I come back in January, I'll get some cat-friendly house plants as a compromise.

19. Write letters
Nope. Again, I'd still really like to but with email, texting and Skype I'm not sure if anyone wants to hear more from me. Maybe I'll try again on the next list.

20. Make camera strap and start using film again!
Yeah, no. I was thinking of bringing my film camera with me to back home but I think I'll just wait and start this project in January. I've been getting a lot better with using my digital in the manual mode though.

I have a few more things I'd like to add to a winter list in addition to the ones I didn't finish here so expect one in January! I'm not sure if I'll post much while I'm back home so if I don't, then have a very happy holiday! Thanks for reading and for all the sweet comments.

This weekend...

Monday, December 6, 2010

...it snowed, and snowed, and snowed. It looked so cozy from inside and when we went for a walk on Sunday, Christianshavn was all winter wonderland-ified. On Saturday we did the first big move into our place and even though there's a lot left to do it's nice to have some of it done. Then Sunday we lazed around all day and ate: carmelized apple pancakes, naps, reading, a snowy walk, root veggie lasagna and The Shop Around the Corner with homemade hot cocoa. I made Mark this little advent calendar of activities to do every Sunday and this one was to watch a Christmas movie and make hot cocoa. Any other good holiday movie recommendations? We wanted to watch something new this year although I still watched Rudolph on my own. There are so many Christmasy things I still want to do but I'm leaving for Canada in a week and so I'll be running around this week wrapping things up here. I can't wait to be back at home though, I'm really looking forward to family, friends and good food!

Oh and the adorable cat cookies were made by Julie, my future sister in law. Tak!

Fall Goal #18 - Make a photo book

Friday, December 3, 2010

You may or may not have noticed that I've fallen off the wagon a bit with my fall goals. Given that it's officially winter here, it's safe to say that I won't finish them all this year. I'm trying not to be that hard on myself about it as I'm busy with school and work but I'm also a bit frustrated with myself for filling up my time so much. I was really looking forward to having a chance to work on my projects but now I have all these things going on like usual so that all the fun stuff gets pushed aside. I'm really going to try to carve out time in my schedule for working on my own stuff in the New Year. And maybe I can finish some of the remaining fall goals then too. But I've been working on my photo project for the last week or so, organizing my photos, backing them up and making photo books. It was a lot of work but making these books is so addictive! I haven't printed out any photos for about 5 years so I'm really excited to see how these turn out. I've made one for each of Mark and I's travels for the past years and I'm starting now on one for each year. I might even get really ambitious when I go home for the holidays to make books for all our old family photos which are jumbled in boxes in the closet right now. I tend to just make vacation albums and then miss out on all the daily photographs, which are just as great. I made these books through my iPhoto which made it super easy. Yay, another one off the list!

Banana bread muffins

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

I made these last weekend for Mark to take with him on his clinical stay and they were a hit. Banana bread is so easy to make and a good way to use up those spotty bananas. Most recipes call for ripe bananas but I don't like using totally brown bananas. Instead I use ones that are just a bit riper than I like, which means lot of spots but not completely brown and yucky. I don't have a muffin pan yet so I just used double liners and it worked out fine. Here's the recipe:

Banana Bread:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
2 free range eggs
4 (ish) bananas, mashed
1/4 cup butter, melted

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease muffin or loaf pan.
2. Shift together flour, baking soda, salt and sugars.
3. Beat in eggs, then mashed bananas and melted butter.
4. Pour in pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until done.

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