Oh crap, it’s been almost a month. . .

Ummmm. . . Oooops

My only excuse is this pile of excuses. . . 1. I went to PEI; 2. I had several job interviews; 3. I (with a friend) baked and decorated a three-tier cake for a friend’s bachelorette party; 4. I went to a bachelorette party; 5. I suddenly became all employed; 6. I made a party dress (with full lining) to wear for my friend’s wedding; 7. I went to Huntsville for a long weekend to celebrate said wedding; 8. I decided that sleeping was a good idea; 9. I had to take over for our fearless leader on the Wednesday night services I sing (including music selection, conducting, and knowing what the fuck is going on) for the last three weeks.

For some reason I was a bit preoccupied. I hope you’ll forgive me, Dear Internet.

I’m actually here with a tiny rant about nail polish – and not the hundreds of posts I’m intending to write in the near(ish) future. . .

Anyroad – Reasons Nail Polish On My Fingernails Is Annoying To Me:
(in no particular order)
1. My OCD is partly focussed on my fingernails, so polish just feels odd and distracting. So I inevitably end up picking it off within a few days of applying it. My record is a week after application. My other record is a few hours after application. . .

2. It never lasts very long on my fingers (certainly nowhere near as long as on my toenails), leading to excessive reapplication so as to not appear (too) unkempt. Which makes Lazy-Katie angry.

3. It never looks really good when I do it myself and Cheap-Katie is too cheap (and lazy, see above) to get it done professionally with any regularity.

4. Again, re my OCD, I hate letting my nails grow very long. And by “very long” I mean about 1-2 mm of length beyond the quick. This leads to insane trimmage urges. Which does not go very well with polished nails. For some reason.

5. Even though I love colour (to the point of insanity. And beyond), I’m apparently super-conservative about putting funky colours on my fingernails. I have a tattoo, but using blue polish feels weird to me. Don’t get me wrong, I like reds and pinks (occasionally purples, if I’m getting super-adventurous), but I find my choices kinda boring after a while. Not that that changes anything.

Ok. Apparently this rant isn’t so much about how I dislike nail polish on my fingernails as it’s a rant about how nutbar I am. Hmmmm. Oh well. . .

Here’s a photo of my most recent manicure (from the wedding):

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Not bad for four days later. It won’t last much longer, I can feel it.

But anyway, stay tuned for new posts coming up – more Newfoundland, PEI photos, some baking, my friend’s wedding weekend (and my pretty dress!!) – are all coming your way! Sometime this century. . .

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Aw poop.

So. . . I have a confession to make.

I baked 4 different things last night, and didn’t take a single picture. Not even a “Lookit what I made!!” finished shot. . . And they were all¬†completely new recipes for me.

Will you ever forgive me, Dear Internet?

I do have a pretty good excuse, as excuses go. I have a couple of weddings to attend this year (as I’ve mentioned previously) and the first one is coming up in, holy crap!, just over a week!! So excited!! I’m not too sure I ever want a fancy wedding of any kind, but they’re sure fun to attend ūüôā¬† Anywho, the first bride’s bachelorette is, well, tomorrow night, and it’s going to be a “girls’ night in” party (awesome! and quite a bit easier on the budget. . .) so I thought I’d contribute food, since 1) I’m pretty good at food, 2) there’s a no-presents-please policy (ish), 3) I have a whole bunch of recipes I need to try out (damn you, Smitten Kitchen!!) and a new pile o guinea pigs to try them on is an opportunity I cannot pass up, and 4) I love playing with food and trying out new techniques! So I’ve been kinda busy with the whole, baking four different recipes. Plus, with the not-spending-the-lovely-long-weekend-with-the-boyfriend (as originally planned. mope mopey mope mope. but more on that later), I was rushing around Tuesday night after work¬†so that I could see him later that evening and catch up on weekendy-goodness. So I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped. So last night was a fun 5 hours of go-go-go with baking funtimes. Which was awesome, but didn’t lend itself well to the whole staging-pretty-photos-for-the-blog thing. Or even the¬†remembering-that-I-have-this-blog-thing-I-like-posting-on shamozzle. . .

But!

I have one more recipe I’m going to make (I know, I’m insane. I’ve come to terms with this), so I will hopefully have enough leisure this evening¬†to take a few process shots of this one for you, Dear Internet. Will that make up for my sad blogging skills??

I think I should also post my second installment of Newfoundland photos (maybe even the 3rd through 7th. . . I think that’s how many I’ve planned. I forget). As well as some long weekend photos too. . . I’m just avoiding the blogger photo uploader. Cause it sucks. Maybe I should look into switching from this blog provider, especially considering the problems they’ve been having lately (what with the blurry¬†photos and the occasional losing people’s blogs’ content). Hmmmm. . . Food for thought, I guess. (pun very much intended.)

So, look out for photos in your future, Dear Internet! Lots and lots of photos. And some more photos.

In the interim, I guess I should at least let you know what I made. There were the margarita cookies, green tea shortbreads¬†(though I didn’t make them sandwich cookies cause 1) the bride-to-be has chocolate issues and 2) it’s finicky dough and that’s waaaaaayyyyy too much work. I’m lazy, so sue me), sundried tomato stuffed mushroom caps, and mushroom and blue cheese stuffed phyllo triangles¬†(which puts the lie to the “I’m lazy” theory, cause phyllo, it’s hard f-ing work. But sooooooooooo much fun to work with!!!!! I’ll probably use spray olive oil instead of brushed-on melted butter for the phyllo next time – sooooooo buttery). All from Smitten Kitchen, of course. . . I’m so happy I’ve learned how to work with phyllo pastry. I’ve been wanting to try it for a good long while, but I’ve been a bit intimidated since everyone who works with it complains about it’s finickiness. But maybe the brand I got is just easier to use – There was only one (yes, 1!) sheet that was annoying out of the 10 (!!) that I used in the recipe, and it was a lot more flexible than I thought it would be, so actually pretty forgiving to work with (get the President’s Choice phyllo pastry –¬†it’s actually easy phyllo to work with!!). I should also mention that, since one guest at the party has onion/onion-family issues, I made the two appetizers without onions at all (thus mushrooms¬†= insta-flavour). I added more flavour (with fresh herbs in the mushroom caps, and some dry white wine in the phyllo triangles) to help offset the loss of the alium-y goodness, and I think it actually worked out ok ūüôā

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Also, update re dressmaking: my fabric arrived!!!! wheeee!!!! And it looks sooooo pretty. I think that my colour idea is quite cool (and will work really nicely for a summer-to-fall transition time wedding), and luckily viewing fabric swatches on the interwebs actually translated into the fabrics matching! Crazy!! Though I have to get some new lining material, since the one I’d originally chosen had run out. Pout. But I’ve found a couple really good options to replace it. ÔĽŅ
So I think this weekend I’ll actually cut out and (maybe even??) start working on the mock-up version in cotton and play with the modifications I want to make to the pattern. The pattern’s the right shape, but has a bunch of little details I want to change, which will probably be really fiddly and make me wish I’d invested in a good¬†dress form. I have a few more things I need to get – zippers, thread, some ribbon, maybe a crinoline-type-thingy to help the skirt fall nicely, a fabric marker, etc. – but I’m really looking forward to some major playing with fabric!!! I even spent some (read: waaaaaaayyyy to much)¬†time¬†on reading through the pattern before bed last night¬†and figuring out the basics of how I want to change the details, as well as finding the steps I can omit since I’ll be doing a back zipper instead of a front button placket (see? very different details. . . though maybe that’s technically a ‘feature’ of the pattern. . .).
Excitement about sewing. In a food and music blog. . . Yeah. . .
Stay tuned, Dear Internet!! Much excitement coming your way!