Finals week is approaching! And that means study food:


Though I am excited to move off campus, I have to admit that I will miss the delicious late night prepaid goodness that is the Commons Shop. The frozen food is usually no good and the produce way, way overpriced and not fresh, but the back section is home to unexpected foods like my two purchases above: whippets and a bag of veggie sticks.

A whippet is basically a s’more without the meltiness. This doesn’t sound very exciting but man I love a good fruit jelly and this particular box of whippets I found are raspberry flavored. Delicious! I also like this piece of trivia, courtesy of Wikipedia’s article on chocolate-coated marshmallow treats:

The Whippet cookie is a distinct part of Quebec culture because it does not travel well outside its area of production. This is partly because the pure chocolate melts very easily (compared with a chocolate mixture) and therefore they require refrigerated transport in summer. Furthermore, the combination of the hard chocolate shell and the air-filled inner marshmallow make them self-destruct when placed in the unpressurized or semi-pressurized cargo section of an airplane. However, they are currently available at least as far away as Toronto, Ontario and New York City.

Seeing this happen would have been fun :x But I’ll settle for the challenge of not eating the whole box at once.

Continuing on my shameless eating spree, let’s go to these veggie sticks. I’m well aware that they are nothing more than colorful and glorified potato chips in stick form, but they taste a lot like shrimp chips so I was sold. Besides, the last time I had a good bag of potato chips was in York… even Martin’s potato chips is the only snack food I’ve seen that still has trans fat in it, they are seriously still my favorite chip.

Study also leads to lots of knitting; it’s good procrastination and good busywork for the hands during seemingly endless studying and reviewing. Here is the beginning of the moderne that will be going to my dad this Christmas:

moderne 2 in progress

PS. As I was knitting last night I looked down at what I was doing and also saw the box of whippets out of the corner of my eye and realized that I am making a blanket in raspberry whippet colors. So as it turns out I really am a slave to food. Not that this is a bad thing…

And one more! I found these in the closet over Thanksgiving: a pair of Kate Gilbert’s “Gifted” mittens I made a couple of years ago (2004? 2005?).

chunky mittens

I wore them today and they are as warm and squishy as ever :) The yarn is Classic Elite Paintbox from Ben Franklin’s in York–this may be the first wool I ever bought! It is merino, so it is soft and has plenty of spring to it. Some of this might be good for the Cherie Amour I have wanted to make for a little while if I can find some on eBay. But that’s reserved for after Christmas…