I was a little productive this weekend. Which is to say, I made and did little things.
I acquired, once I had stopped looking, a lightweight stainless saucepan and frying pan at the one-quid shop for our camping trip next weekend. A number (unspecified) of people in our department are looking at going camping together. We’ve picked the weekend; now for the site. And something to keep the midges off.
I appliqued leaves onto one nicely-fitted tee shirt and cut another one down to fit more decoratively. I love quick-drying tee shirts, especially in this cool country, where even in the summer I walk into the overheated library* and overheat, then step back out into the overcast coolness of real life. And fancy athletic tee shirts, unlike regular tee shirts, are often really well-fitted, with princess seams and pockets. That means I get tailored shirts that still allow me to move my arms, which is my favorite part of knitwear. And the reason I only own the one blazer, requisite to my position as a grad student. (The fact that the blazer makes me look like an auror has nothing to do with it.)
In view of upcoming camping trips, I discovered my favorite way of making coffee: the plain white cotton bag. The bottom is flat, so I stand it up in my coffee cup, put in the coffee, cover the grounds with a few inches of water (filling the cup halfway), stir and let steep. When the coffee has become excessively strong, I press out as much moisture as possible between a spoon and the side of the cup, just like with a tea bag, and fill the cup with hot milk or water. I originally meant this method for camping, but the coffee tastes a lot better than it does from my Ikea french press, which has not-fine mesh and doesn’t actually compress the grounds if you make less than a full pot. So… cheapest coffee maker ever. And very portable.
But before I go camping, it’s back to work. And after a weekend of–let’s be honest–mostly reading fiction, I am actually rested and ready to go back to work. Once more into the breach!
* Both the university and city libraries and painfully overheated, summer or winter. There must be some sort of minimum British Thermal Unit output requirement for British Reading Units.