La Petite Forest

I’m loving this 8×10 print by Etsy seller Jelly Beans. Thoughts?


Little-known facts

Some of these are so little-known that even the Romgi might be surprised.

  • I rub my eyes when I go to bed. Not in a light “Oh, I’m sleepy” way, but more like smashing my hands into my eyeballs. I have trouble feeling sleepy or drowsy, so the vigorous eye-rubbing actually helps me get ready to go to sleep. Unfortunately, I took it a little too far. When I was pregnant with jr I rubbed my eyes so hard, so much, that I had to stop wearing contacts because my eyes were sore all the time. I gave the eye-rubbing up for a while after that. Now I try to be a little more restrained.
  • I like to doodle in class if the conversation or lecture isn’t fast-paced, but I refuse to draw on my actual class notes. I have a separate section of my notebook set apart for doodling.
  • Before having kids I worried a lot about pretty much everything. One of my real fears was that a car would crash through our bedroom window (remember we live in the basement, and our window is right at ground level). Now my biggest fear is that I will never, ever get enough sleep for the rest of my life.
  • Actually, I do have another fear: moldy bread. I carefully examine each piece of bread before I eat it (or make it into a sandwich for the Bwun), even if the loaf is brand-new.
  • Lately it’s really difficult for me to fall asleep. There’s just too much going on in my head. I have trouble not running through lists of all the class readings, papers, law school events, playgroups, and loads of laundry that fill up my week. To force my brain to slow down, I compose blog posts in my head at night. Most of the blog posts you read were “written” around 2am.
  • This one is kind of weird. (The other things were all normal, right?) I was trying to explain to the Romgi recently how I visualize my mental space. Even as I started the conversation the Romgi was giving me odd looks. Here’s what it comes down to: I see my mental space as a 3D area mostly above my head, and different types of thought take place at different locations within this space. For example, when I talk to people, I visualize my speech just above my forehead but projected outward, because those thoughts are moving toward a concrete reality (in being spoken to someone else). Difficult abstract concepts, such as from my sociological theory class, are placed behind the top of my head, out-of-reach. They’re hard for me to grasp and I feel like I need to reach into this abstract field and move the thoughts forward in order to understand them.
  • I also visualize a calendar when I think of time. First, I have a monthly calendar, which looks like your standard wall calendar, but the weeks are staggered diagonally so that each week is slightly more forward in space than the previous. Second, the months fit together in a similar pattern; progressing through December at the bottom of the year-long calendar, each month is inset slightly to give a sense of forward movement. Third, the days themselves start at the bottom with 6am and move through the day upward until midnight. After this peak, the late-night/early-morning hours move downward until the start of a new day at 6am again. Confusing? Look at a typical daily planner with hourly intervals marked off. The way I see it, those are all wrong. My day starts with 6am and builds UP. Daily planners build DOWN.
  • I’m not sentimental. I don’t keep mementos or buy souvenirs.
  • Today I learned that I absolutely hate playing chess. Sorry, the Romgi.

Flavor of the Week – Lemon Ice Cream

Ever since Roni got an ice cream maker for me at Christmas, we’ve been busy making ice cream.  Usually about once a week we try a new ice cream recipe, or make one up.  I couldn’t find a good lemon ice cream recipe, so I decided to sort of make one up.  For those of you who like lemon, this one is a recipe you will be sure to love!  This recipe brings all of the creaminess of ice cream but has a tartness somewhere between lemon sherbet and lemon sorbet.  For a milder lemon flavor, do not add the lemon juice.

Yield: about 1.5-2 quarts

Ingredients:

Zest from 3 lemons
1 cup cream
3 cups half-and-half

8 large egg yolks
9 ounces (by weight) sugar (about 1 cup)

juice from 3 lemons
3 tablespoons lemon juice (in addition)

1. Put the lemon zest, cream, and half-and-half into a medium sauce pot and slowly bring to a simmer.  Turn off heat and let sit for 20 minutes.

2. Whisk egg yolks until they begin to lighten in color.  Add in sugar in small increments and whisk to incorporate each time.

3.  Strain the cream mixture to remove zest and return the mixture to the pot.

4. Add approximately 1/2 cup of warm cream mixture to the eggs and whisk the eggs.  Continue adding cream in 1/2 cup increments whisking between each addition until approximately 1/3 of the cream mixture has been fully incorporated with the eggs.  Add egg mixture to the pot.

5. Slowly bring up temperature to 170-175 degrees, stirring constantly.  Mix should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

6. remove from heat and pour mix into heat-safe bowl.  Cover and place mix in the fridge for 4-8 hours.  Place lemon juice in the fridge at this time.

7. Add mix to ice cream maker according to instructions.

8. About 4 minutes before the ice cream is complete add in the lemon juice.  Do not add the lemon juice too early!  Adding the juice too early will cause acid in the lemon juice to curdle the milk.  We want lemon ice cream, not buttermilk.

9.  Pack into air-tight containers and freeze for several hours for firm ice cream, or eat it right away for a soft ice cream.