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New Year's Day

Today seems like a good start to the year. At midnight, I was partying with friends in my shiny, new, purple party dress. After a yummy pancake brunch chez rhobike, I made two loaves of anadama bread, which made my apartment smell lovely, and then I started in on an African kidney bean recipe from one of the Pony Parents' presents to me: The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook (how's that for a specialty market?).

Note to self: When cooking a recipe that involves reducing four cups of liquid to the consistency of guacamole, be sure to start well before you intend to eat the food.

However, the beans are making the apartment smell a different kind of lovely, so that's all right.

The winter quarter officially starts on Wednesday, but I don't think I have any classes that day. So that gives me some time to drop the proseminar on Renaissance music that conflicts with another class before I actually have to buy the textbooks or do the first assignment.

All in all, a good start to 2007. 2006 had many highlights, chief among them being that I went to the Virgin Islands, finished Le Thesis, got my MA, moved to Chicago, got two papers accepted to conferences, and had a play performed. But there were also some more minor highlights as well -- my very first manicure ever, for instance, which resulted in my fingernails being sparkly, iridescent blue, and the Purple Party Dress, both courtesy of a friend I saw over break. Life is pretty good right now. Here's hoping that's a general indicator for the new year.

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dawtheminstrel
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
2006 sounds like a very good year, Pony. You accomplished a lot, and managed to enjoy yourself some too. Good going!
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
I had a great cheering section, too!
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fafojoy
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Happy New Year, FP! I hope 2007 treats you well.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
2007 is already looking pretty good, if the first day is any indication. Let's hope that the love will be shared.
meggins
Jan. 2nd, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
All in all, a good start to 2007. 2006 had many highlights, chief among them being that I went to the Virgin Islands, finished Le Thesis, got my MA, moved to Chicago, got two papers accepted to conferences, and had a play performed.

I knew all that--read about it here--but seeing it summarized is quite impressive.

May 2007 continue in much the same way.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
There is something nice and tidy about a year-end summation. You can see all the good things for a lump sum, and you see just how many nice things happened in a year. It was a very good year, and I hope this coming one is just as nice.
meckinock
Jan. 2nd, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Wow, you did a lot in 2006. And had fun. I'm impressed.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
Sometimes it seemed that it was all work and no fun, and sometimes there was so much fun that the work seemed miles away. It's good to see them all lumped up together. Shows just how much happened in the year.
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frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Since I didn't turn thirty until most of the way through 2006. . .

*sound of guitars*

When I was twenty-nine,
It was a very good year.
It was a very good year for grad school girls
To get their degrees
And write with ease
To have a good time,
When I was twenty-nine.

*guitars*
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perelleth
Jan. 2nd, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Wht a wodnerful present. Now I'm wondering how the recipes were chosen... because of the sounds they make when cooking? ;-)

May the new Year goes as happily as it began.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
I think it's a compilation of the favorite recipes of ethnomusicologists in their focus areas. What's nice is, instead of the recipes being divided by food type (appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts, drinks) like so many cookbooks, this one presents complete meals from the culture in question, so you can see the food in context. There's also a 1000-word essay on music and food by the contributing ethnomusicologist, and then a short discography and bibliography. It is a very nicely structured book, and the appendices (Bruno Nettl's poem about marzipan, a list of what's kosher/vegetarian/vegan, a few other sundries) are useful.

The New Year is looking good so far.
dot_o_choillmor
Jan. 2nd, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, it must feel good to look at all your achievements like that! You really did a lot and should be very proud. Here's hoping 2007 is as good for you, if not better!

I admit, I'm just astounded that there's an enthnomusicologists' cookbook. Why not, I suppose. It sounds right up your alley, anyway!
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
It does feel good to look at the achievements. Feels even better to look at the bound copy of Le Thesis and the new diploma, though!

I think the ethnomusicologists' cookbook is a fantastic idea, and I love that I saw it on the SEM website and thought "I should ask for that," while Dad Pony saw an ad for it in The New York Review of Books, knew I'd love it, and immediately ordered it for me. What astounds me is that Routledge (admittedly, a primarily academic press) decided to market a) a cookbook by music scholars, b) under the title The Ethnomusicologists' Cookbook. You gotta figure that's one of the most specialized of specialty markets, given that the reaction of most people to the word "ethnomusicology" is "wha-huh?"

I mean, if you didn't know me and know what it was that I do, and you saw this book, would you be eager to take it home and try it?
bodkin_ra
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
The cookbook sounds as if it will have quite a narrow fan base. I mean - it's not as if the word 'ethnomusicologist' trips off the tongue when you're trying to jazz up interest for a cookbook! The sex therapist's cookbook, maybe. The psychology of food, perhaps. But still! And it sounds as if it had good recipes!

And you achieved a lot in 2006 - and will doubtless achieve more in 2007.
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
I think this book will sell nicely among the subset of ethnomusicologists who like cooking. SEM's website did announce it, with no small amount of glee. It'll probably sell more slowly among the subset of cooks who can get around the title and realize that it's a world cookbook. But there's no way to avoid the fact that the title places it in the most specialty of specialty markets. Be interesting to read a few professional reviews of it. I bet the TLS would have a field day with it.

(Speaking of which, the TLS unearthed a few more books on Tolkien's life and world in one of their recent issues. I always love when they do that, because the TLS thinks that Tolkien is the British Author of the Century. About the only time that I've ever seen TLS reviewers fangirl/boy is when the subject involves Tolkien.)
elliska
Jan. 2nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 2006 sounds like it was fabulous for you (though I know finishing the Thesis was stressful, the end result was great). I hope 2007 goes as well. :-)
frenchpony
Jan. 2nd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
If I can just get my wacky course schedule straightened out, 2007 will be off to a fantastic start.
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