Showing posts from August, 2012

A year ago today

This time last year, I was in the middle of prepping for a colonoscopy, 24 hours before a diagnosis that would change my life.
It's been a year, and I don't think about it every day.I usually manage to remember a good 2/3 of my meds, and I've figured out how to actually afford both my medicine and rent. I'm slowly learning how to feel comfortable in my own skin again, my marriage hasn't completely fallen apart and I haven't dropped out of school.
I'm grateful to have come this far, to have survived and lived the best I could have.
I don't know what to say...
I am still so fearful of so much. If a day goes by that I don't think about colon cancer and the possibility of having my colon removed, it's the exception.
But I am here, and have come this far. There are more years to live, with a disease that is far from predictable. There is grace, and hope, and fear and pain.
It is life.

Qualifying Exams and Homemade Champagne Jelly

I survived my doctoral qualifying exams. And, apparently, now I make jam...and sometimes jelly.

We took a quick trip for our anniversary weekend (the beginning of July), and after getting back , I spent between two and eight hours a day studying, up til the exam. And then, it was two six hour days of sitting in a freezing cold computer lab typing as fast as possible. It sounds worse than it was. Or not....

At any rate, I decided that the best way to unwind from the exams was to indulge in my latest hobby- canning. I'm still figuring this out, but thanks to the internet and a couple books, I seem to be managing. I have fallen deeply in love with Liana Krissoff's book Canning for a New Generation . The recipes are creative and delicious (and I love that they rely on pectin from green apples, rather than commercial pectin).

What struck my fancy upon the conclusion of my exams was the recipe for champagne jelly. This starts with a green apple pectin stock.

 Take 3lbs of Granny Smi…