thank you

14 Mar

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This awesome cookbook arrived in the mail today.  I was totally surprised since it has my name and address on it only I never ordered the book in the first place.  There was no receipt, no inscription, nothing at all to let me know who it came from.  It took me all day, a lot of text messages, and even several phone calls to finally figure out the culprit.  Good one.

But the thought and act of kindness that came with this surprise couldn’t have come in a better time.  It’s the end of winter quarter.  I’m burnt out and my spirits are starting to get low.  Dearest mystery person, thank you for making my day today.  This gesture means a lot to me.

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Guess this means we’ll be taking up the cookbook challenge come spring quarter. Quickly browsing through the recipes so far, it feels like my advisor just told me to read Of Grammatology in one day and take another day to write a ten page analysis of it.  I mean this is a serious cookbook that tells you how to make your own ramen broth from scratch.  Did you know making your own broth takes at least 16 hours?  And it involves making your own bacon.  I think I’ll start with the fried chicken.  But then again a 16 hour broth sounds better than a nine hour qualifying exam.

It’s going to be so much fun, I’m excited!  I think humanities doctorate programs should start handing out dual degrees–one on an academic subject and another one on cooking.  Seems like so many academics become really great cooks to cope with the intellectually demanding lifestyle of academia.

2 Responses to “thank you”

  1. jlrondilla March 16, 2012 at 3:11 am #

    Random acts of kindness totally rock! Ooooh! A cookbook challenge. Sounds like something for this blog!!!

    • itziemae March 19, 2012 at 10:17 am #

      Yup! I’m not sure how much of the challenge I can take on since it is very expensive to cook these recipes, but I’ll definitely try the ones that I think are reasonable beyond the means of a grad student budget, haha.

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