Crumpets and tea

There are some mornings—particularly on a lazy day off—when nothing but crumpets and tea will do. Crisp and yet spongy, slathered with clotted cream and berry preserves and dollops of lemon curd, accompanied by Twinings blackcurrant tea and a good book (in this case, Julia Child‘s My Life in France, cowritten with Alex Prud’homme), crumpets have become my cozy ritual for a gray day. Plus, it’s just a fun word to say. “Crumpets.” :)

I like to sit by the wide window of a local tearoom chock-full of tchotchkes and just sit and read a favorite book with a Devon tea (but with crumpets instead of scones). It reminds me of the wide-eyed summer I spent in England, where one of the greatest things I ever learned of was the wonders of clotted cream. There’s always been something comforting to me in reading about food too. Especially while eating.

On the evening of The Mindy Project’s official premiere…

…here’s the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine interview “Dialed In” with Mindy Kaling, who graduated in ’01, as well as a Dartmouth Independent Q&A she and her best friend, actress & playwright Brenda Withers ’00, did in 2009. It’s all about roots (or at least as far as the online ones go)! Plus here’s today’s “Thirty-Three Facts You Learn About Mindy Kaling by Hanging Around Her” along with the September 17, 2012, cover story from New York/Vulture, in case you didn’t see it on newsstand.

A couple of blurbs from today’s “Thirty-Three Facts”:

Apparently what impressed her father the most about her having her own show was her parking space, right outside her office door and adjacent to Dick Wolf’s. Says co-star/writer Ike Barinholtz (formerly the Russian pitcher on Eastbound & Down), “He visited the set and then wrote her an e-mail after he left, like, ‘Mindy, it was so great to see you and your wonderful writers and your actors and congratulations on your show and your premium parking.’ That was a big deal for him: ‘Wow, my daughter has parking right next to her office.’ It’s really touching.”

And this:

Kaling plans on using her character as a conduit for expressing her strong opinions on, well, everything. “In one episode, my best friend is like, ‘I have such a girl crush on Tina Fey.’ And I’m like, ‘Just say you have a crush on her, or that you really like her.’ I take issue with the phrase ‘girl crush,’ and I take issue with someone being like, ‘Oh is she your bestie?’ I’m an adult woman. She’s my best friend. I don’t have a bestie or a BFF. Don’t infantilize me.”

Go, Mindy! Bet her mom would be so proud. Actually, I’m sure she is.

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The fourth shot left me breathless. I would so love to be traversing that path!…just dawdling, taking my time to take in the colors, nowhere to be but where I am.

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Fall came early this year with leaves starting to change at the end of August!  The colors are nearing peak right now as the aspens turn from green to yellow and catch up with all the vine maples that are exploding in red.  Yes, it is a good time to be in Park City:)

Sorry, there’s nothing exotic in this post, just a few photos from some hikes that I do a few times a week.   I hope you get out this fall and enjoy every minute of it before the color fades.   EE
*Thank you to all for looking and I’m glad I am able to share this with so many people!! EE

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More reasons to spend a month or so wandering around Spain… :)


Most of the little churches you are about to see belong to the Romanesque style, and were built between the late 10th and the 12th century.

Some of them are even older (Pre-Romanesque style, 8th-10th centuries)

A few of them are inscribed in the United Nations list of World Heritage Sites.

They are spread through the deep Spain (Europe), in distant locations, far away from the beaten path and, in a few cases, they’re pretty difficult to reach if you didn’t have a big breakfast before hiking to them.

They may seem old, unpretentious and solitary … But make no mistake: God lives very happy in them.

Romanesque in Burgos

medieval church on rock

La Rioja church

Soria romanesque

preromanesque spain

Preromanesque Asturias

Palencia romanesque

romanesque church

Romanesque in Segovia

romanesque in Galicia

church siones

Pyrenees romanesque

Church canyon

Absis romanesque in Spain

romanesque in Castille

preromanesque spanish church

Pyrenees Romanesque

Romanesque in Burgos

Suso Monastery

Romanesque jewel


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Instagram filters

Been goin’ kinda nutso on Instagram lately. I’d had the app on my iPhone for ages, but never really used it until recently because we’re upping our involvement with it at work. Now I’ve finally signed on, I’ve been subjecting whatever usable photos I have to Lo-Fi, Hefe, Valencia, and other filters while I get the hang of it.

Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam mean 
et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum.
” At St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

After some experimenting, I decided to lay the Kelvin filter over the original image, which has a much cooler (and what one friend called a “magical”) quality. I like that the sunlight in the windows glows blue both before and after.

The unfinished brushstroke-like quality of Kelvin’s frame is appealing, but the filter itself is often too yellow for the pics I have. However, it worked wonders with the bluish St. Peter’s photo above and this photo below of sunset on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, taken years ago with a Kodak Advantix and scanned from a print. The original resolution wasn’t great, but that’s what I’m finding makes the softer filters so handy. Plus it transformed a pretty great sunset into a spectacular one, all flame and lavender.

The Nashville filter softened up this next shot of me eyeing a rhinoceros beetle munching on sugarcane in Costa Rica. The contact-sheet quality of the frame is fun. And of course, um, I like what the filter does for my complexion.

That is one big bug.

Sierra’s an apt filter for a wildlife shot, especially a bright morning one
with contrasting shadows. The pictured brush rabbit (aka bush bunny)
paused just long enough for me to capture the image before it
scampered away on this Bay Area hiking trail.

Sierra also turned this tonnarelli cacio e pepe at Salumeria Roscioli
in Rome into a drool-worthy memory. 

So far, though, nothing beats Lo-Fi for its ability to juice up colors and play up contrast. Makes its images almost hyper-real. Exhibit A sans frame, with iPhone close-up (no zoom):

Tsukemen, Shoki Ramen House, Sacramento.
Noodles that are chewy without being pasty, and a clear broth.

Thanks to Lo-Fi, with frame this time, the colors of the following painting just pop. (Pun intended. I couldn’t help myself.)

Wayne ThiebaudBoston Cremes, 1962. Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento.

The Bay Area hardly knew summer this year, it’s been so cool. Even so, I can hardly wait for autumn…in Minneapolis! Made good on a Delta airfare sale, so this fall I’m going to visit an old friend who moved there and finally, finally get to check out Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk myself, hopefully among the turning leaves. Pumpkin patches and bike rides around the lakes (if it isn’t too chilly) are also on the itinerary, yay!

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I can’t believe it’s already mid-September! It seems like I was just barbecuing and celebrating the 4th of July. The summer months passed way too quickly for me, so I missed out on a number of my favorite warm weather activities, including enjoying ice cream at my favorite shop, playing mini golf, and even picking out fresh produce from my local farmers’ market. Thankfully, summer doesn’t technically end until Friday, September 21, so I still have a little time left to do these things.

The fall will likely whiz by too, but I don’t want to have a single regret about missing autumn activities, so I created a Fall Bucket List to keep me healthy, happy, and ensure that I fully enjoy everything the season has to offer.

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