For one of my class sessions last semester, I was assigned the task of watching a few TED talks & trying to determine what it was that made these people great speakers. It was an interesting thing to do & I got sucked into the talks for about 90 minutes on a Sunday evening.
One of the talks that hooked me was by Susan Cain, whose talk was The Power of Introverts.
(it’s about 20 minutes long, but well worth watching.
After I watched this talk, I ordered up a copy of her book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. When it arrived, I added it to my bag to read at lunchtime. These are just a few of the things that resonate with me from her book.
Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while they wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions. (p11)
This fits me so well. I often can’t wait to be home in my pjs. I like being with friends, but large groups of people I don’t know make me uncomfortable. I hate conflict (and would rather hide under my desk than face conflict). I am not good at small talk.
I’ve not had nearly enough time to read since I got the book (in MARCH, which is also when I started writing this post) & I so wish I could get back to reading – just the bit I’ve had time to read so far has made me feel a little less awkward about being the introvert in the room.
Most of the photos this week are of knitting. I started like 4 new things this week & now want to cast on more. I have a problem.
I started the Ashburn shawl – I’m much further now than the photo. I’m using a three-color Plucky Knitter kit I’ve had in my stash for a bit in Vintage Icebox (blue), Oatmeal (beige-y), and Scotch (orangey-yellow).
This is Vesper Sock yarn in Sweet Lollipop Sky – I had started a pair of socks, but didn’t like the way it was striping. So I decided to do the Elphaba mitts instead.
These are a gift that may or may not get done by Christmas, which is why I took most of the color out of the picture. Shhh. :)
I also started a pair of fingerless mitts as a arty-crafty trade, but the only photo I have is the one I shared earlier this week when I learned the German Twisted Cast On.
And that’s all for now. It’s possible I’m about to start knitting another Molly hat – it’s my favorite fitting hat ever, don’t be surprised if I wind up with a collection of them in various colors.
No spoilers here, but I have failed to prepare a real post for today due to the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.
I watched with BFF Mindy this afternoon & I enjoyed it. It was great to have David Tennant back as The Doctor & all the tiny shout outs to all the past Doctors during the series. Yay!
Only 4 weeks until the Christmas episode!
I think I already mentioned that I went to a Friendsgiving feast last weekend. I decided that I would bring along a Pecan Pie because I hadn’t made one before & wanted to give it a try.
For some reason, I thought that pecan pies were hard to make. I have this memory of my mom liking them, but rarely making one, so maybe that’s where it comes from. I don’t really know – I just know that I thought this would be harder than it was.
I need to point out that I don’t make my own pie crust. It’s something I plan to conquer someday, but for now my kitchen is not big enough – I don’t have enough counter space to even roll out a little bit of pie crust, much less a piece big enough for a full sized pie. So that automatically makes pie making easier.
Anyway, I went with the recipe off the back of the Karo Corn Syrup bottle. I did a quick search online & it had good reviews, so I went with it. You can find it online here, so I won’t go repeating it. I used light corn syrup for mine.
I did not do so great getting the first piece out of the pan, but it was still tasty.
So, my first pecan pie was a success & I would definitely make this again. There’s a version I found with cranberries in it that sounds delicious. I’m also tempted by the idea of tossing some chocolate chips into the mix (thanks to a recent visit to Cracker Barrel where they had a chocolate pecan pie).
Friend Siri had a birthday recently, so I brought cupcakes to knit group for her a couple Sundays ago.
She found this recipe for French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes last year, but I didn’t make them for her then. I don’t like having to watch videos where people tell me how to cook something – write it all down & I’m all over it, but post a video and I just don’t wanna.*
So instead of these, I made her banana nut muffins for her birthday last year and we were all happy. But this year I decided to give the video cupcakes a try. You can get the original instructions below.
I followed his directions, but I think something gets lost in the translastion from a British kitchen to an American kitchen. The candied bacon was amazing, but the frosting was not my favorite & the cupcakes were a bit on the dry side. The flavor was good, they just needed some tweaking. If you go right from the video, I would definitely err on the lower side of the cooking time & see if that helps.
I can see revisiting this recipe sometime when I have a little time to play around with it.
*I also don’t watch or listen to podcasts & can’t deal with audiobooks because I read faster than people talk and even my most favorite books are not immune from my wrath when it takes me 12 hours to listen to a book I can read in 2. GET TO THE POINT ALREADY.