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Week in Review: Hockey Puck Cupcakes & The Finger

I liked my light-hearted approach to Week in Review last week. So I’m trying it again this week.

Not flipping you off: I’ve now had the splint off my finger for a week! Hooray! I’m even getting used to typing with the middle finger of my left hand. The problem is that I’ve gotten used to gripping things without said middle finger, which means I often hold it out at a funny angle…even though there’s no splint or bandage to explain why I’m doing such a thing…

Very awkward. I’d say I’m not flipping anyone off, as long as “anyone” excludes a certain wealthy white New Yorker with a compulsive need to Tweet and way too much power.

Speaking of which, have you seen Bad Lip Reading’s take on Inauguration Day? It’s good.

I want to ride my bicycle. Wednesday, it was high of 35. Sunday, it got close to 60. At least, when the weather bounces around like this, I don’t have to worry too much about running out of weather-appropriate clothing…?

I took advantage of the warm and sunny (if windy) weather to enjoy lunch outside the English department.

Even though I haven’t been able to ride to campus most days, I have been able to return to my regular routine of two spin classes a week with my usual spin teacher, which I’ve been enjoying. It’s also reminded how tough my usual spin class is! I used to think nothing was harder than Les Mills BodyStep. Clearly, I was mistaken.

Grading: Okay–no offense if you’re a freshman in college, but freshmen in college are so bad at writing summaries.

What I say: “Please write a short summary paragraph, identifying the author’s thesis and her three key points.”

What my students hear: “Please write up to two pages, pontificating on minute details about the text that you found interesting and inserting a few ideas of your own.”

Gluten-Free baking is hard! While I usually only have to give my blog recipes one or two tests, a couple of my baked good recipes are on round three and still need at least one more trial.These cupcakes turned out so pretty with their little domed tops…but while describing them as “hockey pucks” might be a bit of an exaggeration, they were definitely closer to “hockey puck” than one wants in something called a “cupcake.”

In contrast, I made Heather’s Stir Fry Boats on Sunday night, and they turned out really good.

Lots to read: The two courses I’m taking this semester (on top of my six hours of thesis credits and the course I’m teaching) are very read and writing heavy. At least it’s great reading–some of the greatest contemporary personal essays and literary journalism.

Savory breakfasts: I’ve been trying to eat more savory breakfasts–not because I’m totally opposed to sugar, but because I know it’s hard on the digestion and that I usually eat a sweet treat or two most days on top of an often sweet breakfast.

Not that that stopped me from eating some delicious Spoons’ pancakes a couple mornings–with maple syrup, of course!

Swing dance: It’s good to be back to Wednesday night swing. I even went out with friends afterward this week, which was awesome, except that the only gluten-free thing on the late night menu at our restaurant of choice is wine, and even a single glass of wine if I haven’t eaten in five hours leaves me pretty…whoa. #glutensensitiveprobs

H-Cat would be an excellent nickname for this blog, don’t you think? Speaking of which, I posted a WIAW and a low-FODMAP/allergy-friendly Super Bowl party recipe round up this week.

Any other Hungry Caterpillar nickname nominations?

Ever had an injury with…awkward…consequences?

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  1. omg I’m cracking up at your not flipping you off statement–that’s so awesome! You should make a little sign around your neck so people dont get offended hahaha!
    Glad you loved those stir fry boats…aren’t they amazing?! I agree on the GF baking, I’ve had more fails than I care to admit! Things get mushy, hockey puck-ish, and crumbly in 2.5 seconds haha

    1. Joyce says:

      It’s a struggle. And yes, the stir fry boats are ah-mazing. 😉

  2. Alyssa says:

    I feel like I alwayssss go for sweet breakfasts. So when I’m out eating breakfast I try and go for savory! (Idk, but I do just love sweet over savory in general!) Egg scrambles are the perfect breakfast though. Hope you have a great start to your week 🙂

  3. Evangeline says:

    Yay for warmer weather and sitting outside! It’s probably a sign of climate change…but ehh, if a warm day comes, might as well soak it up. I would probably be one of those two+ page summarizers. Over explaining is my thang 🙂 Your breakfast looks delicious. I love savory breakfasts, but since they take a little more prep, I often opt for easier meals like oats or toast.

    Also, I puffy heart that subtle jab at you know who. Grrr.

    1. Joyce says:

      Hey–explaining in depth is a great ability to have, honestly. My students will need that very skill for assignments later in the class.
      Savory breakfasts are often more time-consuming. I’ll tell you a secret: I bought pre-diced breakfast potatoes on sale.

  4. Diane Wahto says:

    Laughed my head off at your description of the summaries the freshmen turned in. It always boggled my mind that the things I thought would be so simple turned out not to be for young writers. As for the finger, it could come in useful.

    1. Joyce says:

      Lol. I suppose so.

  5. I think we’re all flipping off the orange cheetos at this point although I’m glad to hear your finger has been set free. Hopefully it goes back to rights soon before others start to take offense.

    I love savory breakfast; those are my jam. Eggs and potatoes wins every time. Now I’m craving an omelet. Hmmm, maybe that will be tonight’s dinner.

    One time I made ravioli from scratch and I too described their texture to be like hockey pocks. Cooking fails happen.

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      Ha! That’s been what my one attempt at homemade ravioli turned out like too. 😉

  6. I have thrown my back out more times than I can count and so I will count walking like an old lady as awkward. Also, grading freshman writing, erg. It’s a skill to learn to summarize, to find a thesis, to seek a universal idea and stick to it. It takes a long time and for some, never. I do not envy you that reading.

    1. Joyce says:

      It is a skill, and it takes practice. I shouldn’t be so hard on them, poor guys.

    2. Joyce says:

      Also, while of course there’s no shame in throwing out your back, I can definitely see how that would feel a bit awkward.

  7. Flip your finger at that jerk all you want. More power to you!
    Letting you in on a secret [that very much bothered me back when I was still in university]: Even some journalism students have trouble understanding tasks or rather expressing themselves well. We can’t all be writers but I would assume you were one if you decided to pursue this career …
    Not awkward but annoying was burning the tip of my left thumb in the past week. It made swiping and typing on my phone hard – and me realize that I apparently use said finger for most of that.
    Kudos to your baking determination. I usually give up if I don’t succeed at [at latest] second trial. Fingers crossed for your next batch of cupcakes!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about your burned thumb. Ouch. What’s amazed me about having a finger injury is how much we use our fingers. They seem so small; I’d think it wouldn’t matter that much.
      I am giving up on the cupcakes, at least for now. Other recipes, I’m more determined. 😉

  8. Cora says:

    Ugh – summarizing is so hard. I was always the worrrrst at it and had to work really really hard being okay with not getting in all my flowery, pretty, overly descriptive words and sentences. Especially once I got into science lab writing. The amount of sentences of biologist brother would cross out….
    But I feel for you. I would NOT want to be stuck marking those papers. Ugh.
    Glad you’ve had a return to a routine of your spin classes and swing dance!! Even though those spin classes sound…. ouch. I couldn’t be more jealous of your weather. Id love to eat a lunch outside one day. Or at least, not bike amidst blowing snow and frozen brakes.

    1. Joyce says:

      It is hard. I empathize. It is hard to be the teacher, but that doesn’t make it any less hard to the the student.
      Biking in that blowing snow does not sound fun at all!–and frozen brakes just sounds scary. Here’s wishing we could send some of our good weather up your way. <3

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