Done!! (Sort of…)

Hey look! A real blog post! Pretend it’s Sunday still…

That’s right, you heard right, I’m D-O-N-E DONE with my dissertation! Sort of. I have completed the writing there-of, but I still have to go over it with with a fine-tooth comb and incorporate any feedback I get from my advisors. I also need to write an abstract, a bibliography, a table of contents, and possibly add an appendix of source texts. All of that needs to be done and printed out nicely by Friday. No problem, right?

Then it’ll be time to pack up the house and fly back to the States. In less than two weeks time I’ll be standing on my native heath again for the first time in a year. I’m so excited I can barely stand it. Meanwhile, I need to fit some fiction writing in around the edges. My poor muse has been straining at the bonds imposed by exclusive non-fiction writing! It even popped out a song of all things, probably from sheer creative frustration. I plan to reward my muse’s patience by finishing TBG finally. Perhaps by the time I actually get to hug my husband again I’ll also be able to show him a completed manuscript. A worthy goal, I think.

In fact, I’ll probably celebrate tonight by baking a batch of Lady Grey muffins and finishing off my bottle of wine while puttering about with my manuscript. What are Lady Grey muffins you ask? Well, let me share the deliciousness with you! The recipe is courtesy of JustBento and I discovered it thanks to Kissless of Wow Eh? fame.

  • 2 cups (230g) flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbs light brown sugar (though I used a little extra because I like my muffins sweeter)
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 3 tbs Canola oil or light olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups butter milk (though I’ve been using double cream, which works wonderfully)
  • 2 tsp or 2 bags Lady Grey tea (the recipe works with any type of tea, but Lady Grey is my favorite. I also double the original recipe which calls for only a single bag.)

Preheat oven to 180C/360F. Grease muffin tins if necessary.

Mix dry ingredients together. Beat together wet ingredients until blended. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add tea leaves. Spoon mixture into muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes for mini muffins and 25-30 minutes for regular-size muffins.

Sounds delicious, right? Go make some right now, and pour cream all over them. That’s what I’m going to do!

Thought for the Week: “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” Zig Ziglar

Currently Reading: The Next Move by Lauren Gallagher


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