Journal

Vote!

I shouldn’t need to tell you this but Stop reading this and go vote!

Some of the Americans here are going down to the Embassy because their absentee ballots have not arrived yet. It’s hard to vote overseas, so those of you at home had darn well better take advantage of being able to hop in a car and drive to the nearest polling station.

The Embassy is hosting an election night event tonight, but I’m unclear on how late it will run since it will be five a.m. in Iceland when the last poll will closes.

Have you voted yet?

Hawaiian Offerings

Thank you Pat and Glenn. Breaking all records your package arrived a mere seven days after you mailed it. Man, the Red Sox win the World Series and the whole world gets turned upside down.

Wuthering

What more do I need to say? The wind is wuthering around the building and blowing the rain horizontally across the windows. I working this morning as the Mayor’s live hands and didn’t notice the wind in the studio, but in the greenroom, with its banks of windows, the wuthering is very noticeable.

National Novel Writing Month

I decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month this year long before I was scheduled to come to Iceland. Like a crazy woman, I’ve decided to go ahead and try it even though Rob is coming out to visit me for 20 of the thirty-one days available this month for writing. I’ll have to be really focused at work to reach the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month. My work in progress is titled “Virus Attached” and is a sci-fi detective story. I’ll post excerpts as I go.

Dinner with Dana and Mark

Dana and Mark Reed came to join me for lunch this afternoon. They are some of the most interesting people that I’ve met here, but this is the first time I’ve spent any time with them outside of large groups. We talked about theater, the nature of puppetry, what interests us about our work, and life in Iceland.

The Menu
Enzogelin Çorbasi (red lentil, bulgur & mint soup)
with Yogurt Garlic Sauce
Pomegranate, Garbanzo Salad
Garlic Nan
Chocolate Mousse

Eve sent me the recipe and ingrediants for the soup and it’s very good. We enjoyed a warm, savory Mediteranean meal while it snowed outside.

Enzogelin Çorbasi Recipe

2 Tblsp Olive Oil
2 Tblsp Butter
1 Lg Spanish Onion – finely diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 med. tomato – seeded and chopped
2 tblsp. paprika
pinch cayenne
1 can tomato paste
1 1/2 cup red lentils
1/4 cup long grain rice
6 cups stock or water
1/4 cup bulgur
1 tblsp dried mint
Lemon Wedges
1 recipe Garlic Yogurt Sauce

Heat butter & oil in heavy saucepan – add onion and garlic, cook gently till soft but not brown.
Add tomato paste, chopped tomato, paprika and cayenne.
Stir well and add lentils, rice & stock.
Bring to boil, cover, lower hear and simmer 30 – 35 minutes, stirring occasionally til lentils dissolve.
Add bulgur & mint, cook another 10 minutes. If too think, add a bit of water. Serve with Lemon & yogurt sauce

Yogurt Garlic Sauce

2 cups yogurt (or skyr) 2 cloves garlic

Mince garlic w/pinch of salt. Put in blender with yogurt till very smooth. Let flavors marry at least 30 minutes.

Happy Halloween

I just got home from the Halloween party at Julianna’s and Kahlua’s. They called me earlier today and invited me over to carve a jack o’ lantern. I was delighted, because it’s a nostalgic thing that I actually enjoy.

The party was a great deal of fun. My costume was a hit, but was outshown by Julie, who came as Bessie. I did get points for actually making mine, but she looked better.

Waking at Dawn

It was lovely today to sleep in, although I still woke up at dawn. Granted, that was 8:30, but I can at least pretend that I got up early.

Today I’m going to have to run around getting my Halloween costume ready. Julianna and Kahlua are having a party at their place tonight. I’m going as the show. Sometime last month, Julianna and I made a set of glove puppets of the show, so I’m building a little puppet booth and showing up as the entire production.

Should be fun, although I might regret deciding to wear a handpuppet boothe.

First Time Off-Set

I’ve been on set all day, bouncing between different puppets live hands. Most of my shots seemed to involve being wedged into tiny spaces. Besides lunch, this is the first time I’ve been off set today.

I’ve been really tired the past couple of days and finally realized that it’s because I haven’t been outside during daylight hours since Monday. It’s getting light at 8:30 a.m. and is dark by the time we leave the studio at 7:00 p.m. I’m going out to buy full-spectrum bulbs tomorrow.

A New Short Story

Alright folks. I need people to read a short story and give me feedback before I send it off. I’ll put the first thirteen lines here, and if anyone wants to take a look drop me an email. It’s 1300 words long (about six pages) and my first stab at horror, (but there’s no blood and gore).

The Promise of Chocolate
by Mary Robinette Kowal
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp The inside was dark. Allison had considered using milk chocolate instead, but thought the rich, almost bitter taste of a dark chocolate center would blend better with the almond flavor of cyanide. She had wanted to make a cake for her son’s birthday, but could not figure out how to limit the poison to a single piece, so–cupcakes. Rich cupcakes filled with a dark chocolate center and wrapped in festive red paper, all save the special one. She had baked that one in plain white paper to make certain that she did not give it to someone else by accident.
&nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp &nbsp Allison had to admit that Jonas had not meant to ruin her life but he had done so as completely as if he had planned it.

Name Badge

I know this is a silly thing to be excited about, but after working here for two months I just got the photo for my badge. Of course, I’ve had my hair cut since this photo was taken…

Care package

In record time, I just got a care package from home. It was mailed on the 13th and arrived here a mere two weeks later. Jodi is sitting on the couch behind me reading the Willamette Week. People are scrabbling to try the Reeds Ginger Chews and the Tofurkey Jurky. I also have some fabulous art featuring Sharks, Fish and Turtles which is sort of Warholian. As well as a piece titled Dog run with Birds.

And The First Line, which contains my second published short story, The Shocking Affair of the Dutch Steamship Friesland.

Secret Agent

I’m doing live hands for the Mayor this week, and he’s wearing a tuxedo. One of the reasons that I was on set all day yesterday was that it took a long time to get me in and out of the sleeves. The entry was in slightly the wrong place and it was a nightmare. It took two puppet wranglers tugging on me to get my arms into the sleeves.

Today is better, because Rosa and Sigga fixed the sleeves last night. Even so, I’m still getting into the puppet a shot before we’re supposed to be ready.

Rob is coming to Iceland.

I’m a happy, happy camper. He’ll be here on November 11th and will stay until November 30th. We arranged that yesterday, but I was on set all day so couldn’t tell you till now.