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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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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.)

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