Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Veggies for the week

Brussel sprouts! Fractal broccoli! Spaghetti squash! Carrots in two colors!

And here is the Alaska Range as seen from campus the other day. What a clear day it was!

Edited to add:

This morning around 10 a.m. I suddenly bolted out of my desk and realized that in riding down and gloating over my summer of triumph, I'd completely forgotten about a bunch of bureaucratic stuff that has to happen at the beginning of every semester. Such as:
*signing up for thesis credits for fall.
*going upstairs to the business office and picking up my next year's contract (yeah... getting paid would be good!).
*bringing a copy of said contract to the grad school so they transfer my fellowship money appropriately.
*getting a new parking permit for the new academic year.

A funny thing is, even after doing it three times, I don't recall how to do that last one. I think you need to fill out paperwork at the Department of Parking, but they won't accept your paperwork until you pay for the parking fee. But accounts services won't input a parking fee for for you (so you can pay it) until you do the paperwork with the Department of Parking. And I forgot the way out of that hot mess.

I must really be distracted, because after the first year, the following two years I knew exactly how to do this, but now I plum forgot!


mdr said...

got fruits? That mellon is a fruit or???

Arvay said...

It's a spaghetti squash. The only local fruit here are blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, salmonberries, strawberries, and berries, berries, berries.

Some people get a few apples, cherries, and plums, but it is a crazy labor of love and not common.

Oh, we get tomatoes and cucumbers! Those are, botanically, fruit!

mdr said...

You need something else other than berries.. apples, grapes, peaches are good for you.

You forget things? You are my girl.

Arvay said...

Well, yes, I can and do buy imported food from the conventional supermarket. Otherwise, I'd have nothing to eat all winter except for frozen berries and salmon. :)

Rena said...

Distracted? Can't imagine. Must be the beautiful scenery! ;)

So what do you do with spag. squash? I've only had it once as a young kid - I was intrigued by its name and convinced my mom to buy it. We baked it in the oven and then topped with a little butter and salt. It was unpleasantly stringy and tasted of, well, zucchini, and not at all like its namesake. Maybe I'll try it again, 25(?)yrs later...

Arvay said...

Strings are what you are supposed to get! You are supposed to use them instead of spaghetti, with marinara sauce and grated parm, for example. Me, I don't get the point either. How would that possibly fill my belly? I instead make it into a veggie casserole. Either scrape out those strings, or just cut up raw chunks, and bake it with olive oil, herbs, and a topping of bread crumbs and cheeeeeese. :)