Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pictures and planning

This picture is of the drunken cherries/ strawberries I made as xmas presents.  I also made chocolate & honey lip balm, skin soothing balm and chocolates, images of which are dispersed through this otherwise non-related post :)

I am currently in the process of writing the abstract for my thesis.  I just have a few more tiny steps to take - formatting, writing acknowledgements, and so on and then I will send it off to the printers.  We are looking for a suitable external examiner to mark it, but I'm not in a great hurry as I've already been accepted for a PhD scholarship :)

I'm intending to, first, have a break, and then study free food social movements  for the next three years.  Do I sound as crazy as I feel?  Either way, it will be lots of fun!   I intend to write about the democratisation potential of the internet, the concepts of abundance and scarcity, and look at various free food movements as case studies, both on and offline, and, hopefully in various countries.  I will probably keep this blog running as part of it or start a new blog - we'll see how it goes.  I'm very excited - but also overwhelmed with all my various projects.  Other than academic aspirations I have lots of things on my 'to do' list: I want to renovate the bathroom and finish writing my novel, and further down the list I want to learn to play guitar, learn to speak French (and lots of other languages) and write some non-fiction books about food.  Now do I sound crazy?

If anyone wants to read my thesis it will, eventually, be up on the Waikato university library website, but not until it's marked and so on.  I am happy to email it to people to read before that if you want.

And here are some photos of some of our xmas fare:


Thai carrot and capsicum salad