mint apple green


I woke up this morning to rain. Real rain, rain that does not demure, does not disappear with a coastal breeze, does not tease. Serious rain. East coast rain. Amherst rain. The sweetest relief.

I blabbed my excitement about it to anyone who would listen from the moment I glimpsed precipitation on the forecast: I can’t wait, I cooed. They mostly looked at me like I’d spent too long in the rare books vault we visited earlier in the day. I’m from LA, I explained. I miss the rain. I didn’t say: I miss the softness rain brings to a place, the drench of soil, the awakening of scent. I didn’t say: I miss the mountains. I miss the trees. I didn’t say: Part of me withers without it. Instead, I waited for rain.

It came in sheets this morning, and I walked to breakfast on the Hampshire College campus without an umbrella, in sandals, past fields of nodding ox eye daisy and lavender lupine flowers, craving a soaking.

Before I say much else, let me explain: I am in Amherst, Massachusetts for the next week as part of a creative writing fellowship with Tent.

Read more and get the recipe here.


Here is the graphical version of snake! Sliders turned out to be really easy, which is great, and I used the same tile-based graphics I did for Minesweeper and the forest ecology simulator which made it pretty painless. I actually put that method in the snippet for today; every image but the board tile was transparent, so I draw the board onto the BufferedImage then check for transparent items that need to get drawn on top. 

I made the tiles, again, and they probably make a little less sense than other tiles I have made. I am not 100% sure why I went for brightly coloured apples on mint-green graph paper, but this is what we have now.

About 400 lines all up, not too tricky, pretty fun. Sorry about stretchy-huge .gif again. 

Cucumber, apple and mint cooler. Makes 4 portions, enough to fill a big mason jar for a light breakfast on the go. Only 168 calories for the whole recipe! Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored
  • a handful of dried mint leaves
  • lots of ice

Blend and thin out with water until desired thickness..

Wrap yourself in little luxuries this #howtotuesday. Learn the look.

step 1: hydrate with apricot cuticle oil.
step 2: clean then prep nails with an essie base coat.
step 3: apply 2 coats of ‘mint candy apple’. let dry.
step 4: using a striping brush, delicately draw a ribbon looping across the nails.
step 5: draw two tear drop shapes and attach them at the point to create a bow on the ring finger.
step 6: shine + seal with an essie top coat.