Thursday, June 2, 2011


Hello, readers.

It seems to be June. Amazing how that happens. Just the other day it was some other month entirely.

In the news of me, I finished a draft of a story which garnered two basic comments: it is intoxicating to the point of physical discomfort, and, at some point, Dorothy has to just walk down the road.

Also, my students have had their field day and now, as they were last year, they are tasked with making video projects for their English teacher.

Here is what field day looks like.

The students line-up. They do stretches. They are happy it is not raining like people said it would.

Among other activities, there is the classic sport of synchronized photography.

And there is this, too.

And a lot of races involve various forms of bondage.

See note above.

At the end of the day, the students play a game called X's and O's, which is neither tic-tac-toe-ian nor Lombardian. It is a game where students are asked a question, and then move to either one side or another (the X or O side). The students who are wrong leave the field. The picture below is of the many students who are right.

Also, also, in the news of me, there is the slight swelling/not-exactly-numb thing going on in my TMJ joint (especially on the right side) which has slowed my actualizing the desire to bake chewy wonderful things. Possibly this is allergies of some kind--to some stray bit of gluten or cross-contaminated thing. Or the changing weather and rapture survival. Happily this slightness is possible getting slighter. Or possible I am losing more feeling. Oh, physicality.

Here are some pictures, though, of gluten-free pizzas made for an Italian night writers crit.

This would be after pre-baking. 

And the next two would be after baking baking. One is a spinach-pesto pizza, and the other a 호박 pizza. (Ho-bak is Korean for pumpkin. I've just re-remembered I can type 한글 (hangul) and it's fun.

They turned out quite well and involved yeast and a slow-rise done over-night in the refrigerator, then a bit of a freeze, and then a thawing out and waiting during the afternoon before we writers were ready to eat. At which point, the pre- and bake-baking happened and yumminess ensued.

Happy June, readers. She's a good month.


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