Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Doctor Is In

Blueberries and sugar

Friends, you've been so patient. It has been quite the year at the Beyond Ramen household. From a chest full of pulmonary embolisms to the long slog toward the end of graduate school, my time and energy have not quite been my own, and that means a sad state of neglect here at the blog.

Serving crumbleBlenheimsApricot pits

Although for parts of the summer I had a few minutes here and there to bake something--and even to take some pictures--posting has fallen by the wayside. By autumn, even my kitchen was neglected in the final, harried push of thesis-writing.

Pine conesTwilight over the dockMoonbow in Upper Yosemite Falls

Now, however, I am thrilled to say that the research is finished, the thesis is written, the defense is passed, and the whole thing has been wrapped up in a shiny bow. Okay, there's no bow, but it is official: midway through 23rd grade, I have finished my formal schooling.

Cobbler fillingFinishing touchesBlueberry cupcakes

I can't say exactly when I will return to proper (let alone routine) posting--especially given that much of my newfound free time has been spent caring for the pup pictured at the end of this post--but I hope it will be soon. I miss the sharing, I miss hearing from commenters, and I miss the community of the foodie blogosphere.


I have a few recipes waiting for their photo shoot and write-up, and although the next few weeks are a whirlwind of travel, visitors, and other commitments, I do hope to have something to share with you all in time for the winter holidays.

Birthday cakeJersey girlPies

In the meantime, I'll leave you with some photos that, while a poor substitute for a proper post, do in some small way give a sense of what I've been up to over the last several months. Other than thesising, that is.



kristina said...

CONGRATULATIONS on finishing your thesis! it must feel wonderful/weird? and what a beautiful pup that has moved in with you!
/kristina_lf (from the 365 group on flickr)

Amy I. said...

YAYAYAYAYYYYY you're back! <3

Bee said...

WONDERFUL news about finishing your thesis. Should we start referring to you as Dr. now?

I'm assuming that your health has also improved?

I look forward to all Beyond Ramen updates. It's good to have you back.

julochka said...

a big, huge congratulations to you!! and i think it's quite forgiveable that you stopped blogging and the 365...tho' we missed you, we do understand!!

and those blueberry cupcakes...we'll be needing the recipe for those when you get a minute.


Supersaps said...

Annie, these photos are GORGEOUS. Congrats on finishing, and glad you're feeling better. I'm looking forward to seeing new posts!

Jacqui said...

Welcome back! Beautiful photos -- thanks for dropping by and sharing. :)

Anne said...

Thank you all, and my apologies for the post-and-run! We just got back from about a week in Louisiana, and now of course it's the holiday bustle.

The "Dr." title is officially appropriate, but generally not something I'll be using. That said, I have been enjoying a bit of a post-defense grace period in which it's not too pretentious to be referring to myself as "Dr. [last name]." :)

I am in great health, thanks, other than being somewhat out of shape--what with all the thesising and traveling and puppy-raising, I have not been diligent about my exercise schedule. I'm even off the blood thinners now, and I'm loving being able to eat things like broccoli rabe as much (or as little) as I want. I have a rabe recipe that I'm looking forward to sharing with you all.

But first, there's a more holiday-oriented one that I need to finish preparing. Off to don my apron! Thank you all for your kind comments.

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