summer has arrived

May 24, 2009 § 1 Comment

graduation

one week ago i walked down the infamous hill and became a ku graduate. summer has come to lawrence, and to my life, and for the past two weeks (since my summer officially began the daty after the senior show) there have been nothing but parties, parties, parties. dare i say i’m partied out? nah! but i am excited to spend some time on other projects…like…

aaron, carol, and kush making cake

aaron, carol, and kush making cake

perfect party cake

perfect party cake

cooking and baking…carol, kush, and aaron and i made a lemon and raspberry cake for peter’s birthday. mmmmm. we got the recipe from one of my new favorite blogs, Use Real Butter, but we’ve got a ways to go before we make cakes as pretty as the ones on that blog!

another side summer project…

chard n chickens

chard n chickens

yay garden

yay garden

mah garden yeahhh! a significant expansion from last year. lets see: peas, green beans, leeks, butternut squash, zucchini, pearl cucumbers, one lonely potato plant, seven varieties of tomatoes, carrots, purple carrots, a whole heap of onions, eggplant, thai peppers, jalapeno peppers, spinach, lettuce, chard, rainbow chard, dill, cilantro, mint, basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary….add that to my parents’ asparagus, blackberries, peaches, two varieties of apples, and laying hens and we’ve got a healthy store of local food.

I went to see one of my all-time heroes, Michael Pollan, speak in Kansas City on wednesday. so great. it warms my heart to see such a large crowd of people who want to know where there food comes from, and how to make food choices that will improve their own health as well as the health of the planet and society as a whole. in his talk, michael focused on the points he made in his recent book In Defense of Food:
Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants.

now, this is one of those issues i care about deeply and could go on for a long while. but suffice it to say that i’m really enthusiastically in step with pollan on this. how did it happen that america is the only society to have developed a diet that acutally makes us sick and ruins the environment? why do we trust vague health claims and big business over nature when it comes to the workings of our own bodies? Anyway I really, really recommend his books to anyone.

this next week will be a bit of catching up, a few more goodbyes to folks leaving, and getting ready for my trip to Seattle. That’s right, mom and I are going to spend a few days checking out the pacific northwest. I’m looking forward to it, having a few days away from the busyness of Lawrence and the chance to see part of the country I haven’t yet.

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