Saturday, December 31, 2011
Despite the rather chilly & snowy weather, Louisa and I had a fun time in Chicago before we boarded a 6:00pm train back to Battle Creek. I had never seen the "bean" sculpture before -- so ti was fun to take the obligatory reflection shots in it.
I took the Amtrak train on Friday, Dec 16th to pick up my sister from O'Hare. After getting off at Union station, I walked to the Blue Line EL stop on Monroe and took the EL to O'Hare. When I arrived Louisa had just gotten through customs and was waiting for me. We took the El back to Monroe and checked into our nice hotel in downtown Chicago.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I really wanted to get an outside picture today--and I remembered this as I walked to the bus-stop. This building on Miami's campus is McGuffey Hall where I taught two of my classes during the semester. It took a while to get used to the building. But in the end I did. I just realized I taught in this building everyday, since that was how my schedule was structured. Next semester I won't be in there.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
*sigh* - I really wanted to like these--Eden is a good organic company from Michigan. But alas they were kind of gray and that just made them seem not that tasty..They made me miss my unhealthy regular durum wheat semolina pasta. Ho hum...In the meantime I found the only box of 100% whole wheat pasta in Kroger the other day and I actually liked it! Hooray. And I'm getting more used to cooking my greens without oil--either steaming or cooking them in vegetable broth.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I decided to order a small package of German christmas goodies from a German online store in Texas. Most of these were eaten by my students. The "Rumkugeln" - rum balls were enjoyed by the GREAL faculty, since they do contain a tiny bit of real rum.
Another pretty good vegan meal. The portion was a bit big, and the spaghetti was not whole grain, which is what who I now call the "healthy healthy's" (Dr. Esselstyn, Barnard, Hicks etc etc) want us to eat. I'll have to research what they think about olives. I know they don't like olive oil. The stuff that might look a little like parmesan is Bragg's nutritional yeast-a vegan standy..
Bill left me this as a going away present when he left the Monday after bringing me back to Oxford after Thanksgiving. (I had left earlier than he did, so i could get to my office to get stuff done before teaching).
Friday, December 9, 2011
It was rainy and cloudy when we drove back down to Oxford on Sunday. We started listening to George Eliot's "Middlemarch". I'll see how far Bill has gotten listening to it when I go back with him to Michigan for Christmas this coming Wednesday, Dec. 14th.
I went out with my friend for sushi in Jackson, Michigan (Aka sushi). Some of the things we ordered were vegan (I had seaweed salad and a vegetable tempura--should have asked about the tempura). Some of the sushi we got was not vegan (like the one picture, which I think is either salmon or tuna. Yes I had some of it...
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
On other occasions though, even Hansi hissed at Georgie--it was obvious that his absence had made the three other kitties rearrange their hierarchies, and having him back shuffled everything up again. At least this time he will be back sooner. (We go back to Michigan next Wednesday, Dec. 14).
When we brought Georgie back to the apartment he seemed even happier to to back here where he's the number one kitty. And I was glad to have him paying all his attention to me and not the other three kitties. But now I know better what to expect and also that I need to court their affection in order to get into their good books. They are cats after-all and do not immediately reconnect if one has been away for a longish time.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
I thought this was just weird enough to qualify as a 365 pic. I might have to start a "weird sightings in supermarkets set, which, besides this would include this, and probably this too.
The other Barbie picture in my flickr stream was taken at the Schirn museum in Frankfurt. It is my most viewed picture by far--over 11 000 people have looked at it!
This was my delicious and suppossedly "PETA-approved' bagel from Oxford's famous "Bagel & Deli". I really liked it! And as a treat I got one of their retro sodas -I think its flavor was dark cherry--it was also very good. A tasty lunch before we headed back home to Michigan.
The non-vegan version of this pie has been in my meal repetoire for a while. the only difference between that one and this one is that the vegan version is not microwaveable. So it takes longer, but I think it might even taste better than the other kind.