like a responsible unemployed bored-out-of-my-mind attempting-to-eat-healthy human, i made a grocery list and went to the store at 2pm. $80 later, i had the fixins for 3 dinners, some veggie sides, breakfast, kitty kibble, some snacks, and cookies. these cookies. ginger molasses crackly topped crunchy-on-the-outside-chewy-on-the-inside bliss.
so i busted out the ginger i made back in december and lo and behold, 30 days spent in an apartment above 78 degrees and IT MOLDED! greenblack [probably] toxic fuzz eveeerywhere. fuck. so i got the emergency ginger out of the fridge [who has emergency ginger??] and peeled it. ummm well it was about 2 weeks old and had a funny blueish tint. so i stomped back to the grocery store at 7pm.
1 pound of ginger and an hour and half later [umm $2.50/lb here as opposed to $4 in long island], i had candied ginger again! and fyi...the ginger i had previously was fine. the new stuff i bought had the weird blueish tint as well. probably something to do with oxygenation/ginger growth cycle/chemicals in the environment/anger from the baking gods. i ate it. i didnt die.
but long story short, cookies = success at 11pm. the rest of the candied ginger is drying and will be frozen tomorrow. no more chancing that i use it before it molds terribly.
and the skirt. not so much a saga as a realization. an epiphany if you will.
as it turns out, if you follow every direction in a pattern INCLUDING IRONING... making a skirt is cake. almost too easy. i used the free bossa nova skirt pattern from fabric.com and a nice gaudy rather pucci-esque [quilting?] cotton. nonstretch, easy to iron, simple to cut and sew. in about the same time as 2 batches of cookies, i had a skirt. serged at the seams, double rolled hem at the bottom, and elastic casing actually perfectly aligned and sewed.
its a new freakin day.