May 16, 2006

The Day that Never Ends or The Joy of Na'an

Today was the last day of classes, which should have been a joyous occasion, preparing for the onset of summer. Unfortunately, it was one of those days. You know, those days. Well, maybe you don't.

9:30 am: Finished writing a reflection on my "internship" with The Bottom Line. Assemble remaining elements of portfolio - e-mails, articles, and letters from the editor. I downloaded about three interesting research papers, including a study of the oscillation of action potentials, but will not have a chance to read them for at least another week.

10:30 am: Struggle with Stat homework. Leave incomplete.

11 am: HEED. My professor is a great guy, and I got some info on research that is being done among the exercise scientists (including a study of dehydration and intoxication), but its a freshman health class. I neglected to take it until now.

12 pm: Stare at Stat homework in the TBL office. Chat with my music editor instead.

1 pm: Further inspection of Stat homework. No progress.

2 pm: MATH 209 - Stat. Turn in half-assed copy of the fully analyzed but incomplete final homework. Sigh.

3 pm: Back to my apartment. Putz on internet, eat some pretzels, watch some crazy Oprah-vision.

3:45 pm: Meet with my ENGL prof. Go over final paper (an investigative piece on fuel in Western Maryland). He offered an independent study of investigative journalism next spring, and I may just take him up on it.

3:50 pm: Fill out student evaluation form (why aren't they called professor evaluation forms?)

4 pm: Back at apartment. Make dinner - veggie lentil soup and homemade Na'an* (Middle Eastern/Indian griddle bread, see recipe below). Grumble about my meeting in three hours.

7 pm: Semester wrap-up meeting. Getting the editorial board on the same page, as it were.

8:30 pm: Eat dinner. Watch Le Sacre du Printemps - We thought it was the ballet, but no... just the orchestra. Still, not bad. Stravinsky was an amazing composer. I can't help but think of volcanoes and dinosaurs when I hear it though.

9:30 pm: Stare at the "create" screen on Blogger. Write boring post about what I did today.

*Na'an

4 cups unbleached white flour
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder

Dump flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Add your yogurt and slowly add milk, mixing steadily with a fork. When thoroughly mixed, dump contents on a clean counter. Knead dough for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until pliable. Let it sit for two hours covered in a warm place.

Take the risen dough, cut it into 10 segments and roll each out to a thickness of 1/4 inch, patting each side with flour. Turn your oven on broiler and heat up a cast iron skillet to medium-high. slap each na'an in the pan, cooking for about 30 seconds or until it starts bubbling on the raw side. Quickly insert the pan in the broiler for another 10 seconds, or until little brownish-red spots appear on the top.

Slather with butter and wrap them all in a stack in a clean towel. Best with curries and lentils.

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