Archive for February 2012
I like to think I’m a mostly-neat person. My office, however, would suggest otherwise. I can usually keep most spaces de-cluttered, but the hutch to the right of my computer is a weak point. I try to start every semester organized, knowing that by the end of the semester, that space will be a disaster zone of meeting notes, class preps, files, and student papers. This semester began without organization, and last week I finally tackled the problem.
While I was at it, I did some tidying up in the other corners of my rather modest space.
And I hung this art poster, on loan from my mother, who worked at the university museum when she was a grad student at Ole Miss.
Totally more fun than grading papers.
(Note to self: get a 2012 calendar already.)
Though I didn’t advertise this to our guests, the reception we hosted last night for an English department candidate was our first foray into vegan entertaining. I won’t pretend I wasn’t a little nervous, especially since three of the four menu items were new to me, but I was delighted with the way everything turned out. The guests enjoyed the fare, and I feel like this was a stereotype-defying endeavor. No hummus or carrot sticks or tofu in sight (OK, there’s tofu in the king cake, but you’d never know).
Walnut-mushroom pâté (from Veganomicon)
Chocolate-hazelnut biscotti (from Veganomicon)
I kept the color palette simple and organic: shades of green and white/cream inspired by my Good Earth pottery. I added a hint of sparkle and shine with this table runner from Anthropologie and silver pen on the food label cards, as well as a few of my metallic votives (last seen at Christmas). Simple arrangements of white lilies on the table, entryway console, and my desk subtly echoed the color palette throughout the house.