Saturday, April 28, 2007


Picked up my very first CSA* box yesterday (I have to thank Mel for telling me about these). Lots of salad greens, spinach, baby leeks, turnips, white radishes, oregano, and rosemary. I cooked the turnips tonight and washed up all the salad greens so that salad will be easy all week, and then tomorrow I'll turn the spinach and leeks and some of the herbs into something quiche-like, with eggs and cheese and a crust (maybe -- if I don't feel like making a crust, it'll be a frittata instead). Not sure what I will do with the radishes; I don't really like radishes, unfortunately. Maybe I'll try one on a salad and see if these are more my style than the usual supermarket red sort. It would be nice if SO were around to help eat and enjoy all the bounty!

*CSA=Community Supported Agriculture. You pay a fixed amount in advance to a local farm, and then for a specified number of weeks, you get a box of whatever was harvested that week. So fresh, local, often organic (mine is, yay!) produce.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

What makes it worthwhile

I was honored by the History Club, the undergraduate group in my department, at our annual departmental banquet last Friday; they chose me as the Professor of the Year. I was surprised and pleased and very touched. Sometimes it's hard to remember that all the work isn't wholly unappreciated, after all.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


LibraryThing is an extremely cool online way to catalog one's books. My sister told me about it and I decided to sign up, even though I already use EndNote on my own computer. For one thing, then she (and others) can see what I already own, if they're thinking about giving me a book as a gift. (Well, assuming I'm good about keeping it up to date!) My catalog is here. You can even add a widget to your blog that will show random books, or recently added books -- look to the right and you'll see it!