Last week I went home for the first time since January, and I must say, I was FREEZING in my house. I’m just not used to being in air-conditioned places for long periods of time, so I spent a lot of time under a blanket. One good thing about the cooler indoor temperatures was that I was able to bake without personally baking. I started off slowly, with just a double batch of my chocolate chip cookies to bring to a reunion lunch the next day.
Then, on the morning of the lunch I made some cinnamon rolls with a cream cheese icing, but they didn’t last for very long, hence the lack of a picture. However, they didn’t look very different from the ones I made for Midnight Breakfast, so that picture will work just fine.
The next night I wanted to make a cake, but I changed my mind and settled on cupcakes and a vanilla buttercream frosting.
I do wonder what my parents have done with all the treats I left at home. Have they eaten them all? Let them go stale?
The heatwave that plagued NYC last week claimed more than just the lives advertised on the news. Early last week, I had to say goodbye to Fishy-Fishy, who perished in his bowl because I could not keep the water cool enough in my boiling room. Late that night, my suitemate and I had a funeral for him, expressing our anguish at his loss and our anger at the heatwave for taking him from us. Fishy-Fishy was a good fish. He served my classroom well, and provided companionship for his bowl-mate, Fishy. At the moment, Fishy seems to be doing okay without his friend; he’s eating and swimming, so I won’t be too worried about him. He’s a tough little fishy.
In other saddening news, the heatwave also claimed Catherine’s life. I’m sorry to say that she didn’t stand a chance against the unbearable heat in my dorm, which resulted in her leaves essentially being fried to bits, even though I watered her profusely. I wanted terribly for her to pull through, but it was all to much for her to handle. She was such a young kidney bean plant, and I was so pleased with her progress before the heat hit. She will also be missed. Her side of the windowsill will remain empty for the time-being, as a testament to the emptiness which I feel when I look at that section of the window.
I hope that the remainder of the summer will be free of loss, as this has been a lot to handle recently.
I have taken a break from amigurumi and other crochet and felt creations for the past couple of weeks. I have some things almost completed, but they’re waiting to be stuffed and finished. When those are done, I’ll have a bunch more to post about, but until then, here are a couple Disney pictures I colored tonight out of boredom.
The public schools are now on vacation, which means I have nowhere to go for the majority of my days. What am I going to do with all of my free time now? So far I’ve been catching up on sleep and lazing around, but I need more to occupy my time with. Unfortunately, everything costs money, so it’s not like I can be going out and buying books and crafting stuff and such all the time (no matter how tempting this may be).
I’ve finally finished the crocheting part of my big project, and now I’m just waiting for fiberfill so I can stuff and sew the limbs onto the body.
A body, two arms, a tail, and two ears. I can’t wait until I can finish it. The body is so cuddly, and with everything assembled, I think it will at least come slightly close to doing justice to the original pattern, even if the eyes and face are slightly wonky.
In other news, my kidney bean plant is starting to grow actual beans!!
I’m so proud of little Catherine (yes, that’s her name, because her boyfriend is Heathcliff, who resides on the outside balcony of the other bedroom in the suite). She’s grown so much in the little over a month since I planted the seeds.