My favourite time of the year is here.
Let me say that again:
My favourite time of the year is here!
So far, I’ve crossed off several things on my Holidays Food Dessert List (I promise this is not a food blog despite my extreme gravitas toward anything edible) including: making cinnamon oatmeal cookies, pumpkin custard, amaretti cookies, and eating tuxedo cake. I also have been unabashedly blasting Christmas music while having some great hummus by the spoonful.
Speaking of food, there is an upcoming potluck and everyone had to sign up beforehand. I put “TBD” (but was actually thinking pulled pork in the slow cooker) on the sign-up sheet, because it appears that I am indecisive and like to keep everything in suspense. And after crawling the web to confirm my exact ingredients, I then bought 3 pounds of pork, eagerly came home to write what I was making on the google sheet, and SAW SOMEONE ELSE WITH “SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK” as their dish.
I squawked – I mean, hello, anyone with half a sense of clairvoyance should obviously know that TBD stands for Tender Beef-or-pork, Duh, just as LOL stands for Lots Of Love or Little Old Lady. So now I’ve grumpily had to reconsider, unless I want to make this a standing competition between who makes the best pulled pork, which, no. I’d rather eat haggis.
I wasn’t as indignant as I would have been, as it was buffered by the fact that I was at Costco a few hours earlier. One thing that you should know is that Costco and I are very miscible, just like my relationship with Williams Sonoma, except I consider of Williams Sonoma as more of an “if only” category, and Costco as a “must buy all the things.” I have no issue spending hours walking in Costco. What if I really do need that tub of peanut butter and 12-pack of lysol wipes? Or the ravioli? Or the 50,000 ft deal on parchment paper? Or that cast iron skillet??
Art-wise, I have been working on some infographics about Lung Cancer, as it is Lung Cancer Awareness month. (Will post when published.)
For my final project in class, I’m choosing to do a Sargent master copy, and have also a half-finished Sargent preparatory painting. It’s oil on denatured alcohol on paper.
Also, I went and saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and therefore, obligatory sketches must be done. Of Newt Scamander because Eddie Redmayne, but the best character has to be Queenie Goldstein (which will be for later). Like my other 30 minute sketchadays, I get rushed at the end, so if this looks like a Very Young Eddie Redmayne, I completely agree.
(Progress shots at 5, and 15 mins below final sketch.)
My pork looks like this.
(Beat that, Pork Doppelgänger.)