I made 15 new recipes this month!
20. Ma Po Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
21. Potato-Asparagus Soup (Vegan with a Vengeance)
22. Baigan bharta (The Vegan Slow Cooker) pictured with
23. Butter Chick’n (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
24. Sweet and Sour Tofu (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
25. Mushroom Barley Soup with Fresh Herbs (Isa Does It)
26. Gardeny Shiitake and Chard Fusilli (Isa Does It)
27. Alphabet Soup (Isa Does It)
28. Smoky Ketchup (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
29. Acorn Squash stuffed with Cranberry-Pecan Rice (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
30!!! Asian-Style Winter Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
31. Soy Chorizo Black Bean Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
32. Not-My-Grandmother’s Beefy Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
33. What’s-in-the-freezer? Veggie Stew (The Vegan Slow Cooker
34. Better-Than-The-Classic Shepherd’s Pie (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
I’m going to keep tracking this. I’m really curious to find out just how many new recipes I can make in one year!
2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 3/12
I got a late start. I ran out of film and couldn’t find it in the first several stores I checked. I tracked some down a week into November and loaded into my Minolta Himatic-G. I have a little pile of film accumulating! Maybe I’ll be able to get it developed over a break next month.
3. Write 9th NaNoWriMo novel.
Lots of updates about this in the NaNoWriMo tag!
7. Reach Advanced Level yoga on MyYogaPro.
What I really mean by “reach advanced” is: feel fairly confident in the Advanced level classes, I think.
I have done every Beginner and Intermediate level class. I had to make a few modifications to get through some of the Intermediate classes so I repeated them all a second time through with marked improvement. My practice is mostly pretty strong. This month has been harder because I do yoga in the morning and on the weekends we write in the morning and on Sunday mornings we also get groceries, so I have not done yoga every Sunday. I did get started on the advanced classes this month, though. They’re intense but I feel super strong and awesome after I get through one. So far the necessity for modification matches my first run through the Intermediate classes.
16. Veganize 10 of my family’s recipes. 0/10
Not quite started yet! But my mom brought over one of her family’s church cookbooks. It’s full of distant relatives! The only close relative recipe was from my Great Grandmother, and it was already vegan, whoops! She brought another church cookbook over just yesterday and it looks more promising. She’s going to hunt down her recipe box for me, too!
18. Print another photo book.
This has been an excellent source of NaNoWriMo procrastination. I started back in my 2007 folders. That’s when I got my first dSLR. I got 300+ edits done before I realized I had only worked through a month and a half of my photos from that year. I am SO HAPPY with the new edits and how the book is coming together so far.
22. Finish watching 5 of the TV series we’re currently working through on Netflix. 5/5
You know when you don’t want a thing to end so you stop watching it for a long time? That was Twin Peaks. But we finished it at the end of October, and, unlike everyone else who had watched it all already, we only have to wait a couple of years for more!
On November 8th we finished watching Star Trek: Voyager. I didn’t have the feeeeelings that I had when we finished TNG but I enjoyed the show on the whole, especially past Season 3 or so.
On November 9th we watched the last episode of Angel. I had sporadically watched the show when it was actually on and had actually already seen the last episode. I just didn’t realize it was the last episode. The whole thing felt much more unresolved than Buffy. I could have done with a couple more seasons.
Anyway, there’s that done! For some reason I thought this would take months and months, but we really started watching as soon as I started this challenge. I’ll keep tracking our progress, let’s see if we can double it! :0
24. Scan my mom’s family photos.
Got through a handful of them while I was procrastinating about working my NaNoWriMo!
Done. It came kind of crumpled by the postal service but otherwise I am super happy with it!
That’s a bit of a misnomer because I have kept it going past 100 days! This project really makes me feel grateful and cheered every day.
Thanks again to BigHugeLabs for the mosaic maker!
Vegan donuts, recipe from Vegan Yum Yum.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cupcakes, from the cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World. I also made the classic chocolate cupcakes from the same cookbook. I don’t ice or frost cupcakes generally, they’re so amazing without it. Sometimes I sprinkle half the batch with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
Onto the pumpkin carving!
So I’m procrastinating a bit. I could be procrastinating productively and work on editing the photos I took last night. I’m putting that off too, I guess. After I get my words today, I keep saying! Along the way my procrastination has led to me to reading back on my posts here. I’m sad I skipped blogging last year, I don’t know what happened. I was running a Pathfinder RPG campaign as well as working on my NaNoWriMo so that might be the reason. I’m really happy I have the highs and lows recorded here, because it always helps to remember that those lows are surmountable, things always turn around, the novel always gets written.
Before that I donated on the NaNoWriMo site (my profile if you’re new here or have misplaced it), listened to the Pandora station I made several years ago to write to (it is completely useless to me now, so lyrical!) changed over to a spooky instrumental station (it’s helping me write THIS anyway), ate my breakfast, took my vitamins, closed any browser tab that might DING! at me in the midst of a writing fervor, pulled No Plot? No Problem! from the writing shelf in our brand new library, forgot my password for this blog, waited forever for a password reset email, changed the design of my regular twitter (see sidebar), installed tweetdeck on my chrome so I could have both that account and my writing one (@wigglewriterly) logged in at the same time, and thanked my yesterday self for being so on top of housework. I swear I am about to hand my inner editor over (that run on sentence might have fooled you into thinking I already had), and buckle down. Soon.
Well! I got a bit behind. My internet went down shortly after I won NaNoWriMo and didn’t come up again until a week before Christmas! Thus I missed my planned autumnal retrospective in ipod/ipad photographs. I’m missing a few photos I wanted to include due to the general disorganization that follows being without internet for several weeks. I have to do things right away, it seems, or they don’t get done at all.
My Autumn was full of warm and toasty holiday feelings, the state fair, cozy crafting, baking and long walks.
I’m looking forward to the rest of 2011!
"He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life." ...James Joyce
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