Ok! Quick running update and then? BOOK POST!
So, yesterday was a quick shake-out run, (five miles) and they felt good. The kink in my ass didn’t hamper me as much as I thought it would, AND I was able to get a bit of yoga in as well. Brigitte is on her way. (Brigitte being the name of my future yoga booty.) I notice a .05% difference in my ass from before the new year to now. Mostly I notice the kink. It’s quite literally, a pain in my ass. Tonight is a run and CrossFit, so I foresee it either getting much better, or much worse.
It’s ok, I have wine. (Again, I do CrossFit regularly, but Paleo is for quitters!! YAY LEGUMES AND QUINOA AND SUGAR!!)
So, during the holidays, I blogged an entire post about matching up books as gifts with people in your life. Turns out, that was quite popular. So I am going to introduce a new series here on B2B.
I love series books, trilogies, books with sequels. Yes, there is something wonderful about a book that manages to wrap everything up in ONE neat little package. However, I love lingering. Ok, not at parties, or in class, or after a run–because I’m antisocial–but in a story? I can–and frequently do–linger in these words for years. There are series of which I’ve read, that I’ve marinated within for so long, that they’re now irretrievably a part of my being. Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, The Green Mile, Harry Potter. I’ve read and re-read these books so many times I can quote entire pages.
Lately, I’ve been expanding my list to include new series that I love with the same ferocity. I find that my new personal canon is acting as a wonderful internuncial between my then and my now, and my yet to come. Series like The Elemental Mysteries and Knitting in the City and, of course, the All Souls Series. In fact, I am going to a faculty fancy dress party with my very best lovely Professor. (which was supposed to be weeks ago, but SOMEONE just HAD to win an award!;)) We are cosplaying as Natalie and Baojia!! (as I am a pale white girl, and he is a handsome Chinese man, it just WORKS!–We’ll totally pretend he’s straight that night– That, and we fangirl all the fuck over those books.)
Our other option required approximately 150% more dirt than I’m comfortable wearing.
So this weeks’ book series is one that is about as likely to evanesce into the history of your memories as I am likely to successfully give up sugar or John Boehner is likely to give up spray tans.
This series is for the person who enjoys the madcap tv shows like Chuck or Doctor Who. If you find yourself quoting Orphan Black to your friends, and this image (see below) causes spontaneous orgasm? This series is for you.
What series is it?
Picture is link.
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it. He wasn’t. He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes. Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…
My favorite quote:
“Besides, criminal masterminds are people too. They need groceries and cable like the rest of us.”
The Lives of Tao series currently offers two books, with a third book due out this spring. Wesley Chu does a fantastic job of weaving a complicated plot with biting sarcasm and hilarious antics. He makes the oft-maligned genre of sci-fi extremely accessible to the average reader. He is a mastermind at wrapping multiple ideas around each other without getting held under by slow pacing or too much extraneous information. It’s as though he has been given magical play doh for all of the characters and plot lines, and he can bend and fold each color over another, without it all turning to a monochromatic and indistinct blob. Instead, he ends up with a kaleidoscope of a narrative, that draws your eye to its center and holds you there, desperate to see the next colorful image rolled over.
*queen of the segue right hurrr.
I made apple fritters. Yes, there are gajillions of apple fritter recipes out there, but I like mine the best. Of course. So you should make mine, because I can tell, you only want the best.
This sums up how I feel about my fritters.
Oh the angry emails I’m about to get….Good thing this little lady gives zero fucks about what you think about her favorite mom and her mom’s videos, because, apple fritters.
Here they are!
Perfect Apple Fritters
Perfect Apple Fritters
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: fry appetizer bread breakfast dessert
Ingredients (8-12 fritters)
- Oil for frying (canola, peanut, coconut, lard)
- 1 REALLY BIG honeycrisp, cubed into 1/2″ cubes
- 2 cups flour
- 3/4 cup sugar, divided
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- powdered sugar for dusting
in a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium
add in the apples and cinnamon
add in 1/4 cup sugar
cook 5 minutes, set aside
in a big bowl, whisk together dry ingredients
stir sugar, eggs, and milk in slowly
stir in apple mixture
preheat oil in a skillet about 2″ deep to 325F
drop fritters in 2 tbsp drops
cook for 4 minutes a side, or until each side is golden brown
drain each on a paper towel lined plate
sift powdered sugar over the top when they’re cool.