Collections and Orange Bread

This weekend was overwhelmingly comprised of homework and resume-reworking. It sounds boring because it is boring. Almost depressingly so. As if the insanity of my pre-quad break workload weren't enough, I was assigned Absalom, Absalom! - which is destroying my brain cells and ruining my appetite. Faulker and I are not friends. As a general rule, I avoid friendships with those who put me through painful run-on sentences and non-sequiturs.

But this weekend wasn't altogether lacking fun.

Yesterday, Blake and I headed to the largest mall in New England, which is not a mall at all - it's a collection. The Natick Collection. I think the difference lies somewhere in the amount that the average shopper is willing to spend on ridiculous things. There also seems to be a dress code. We passed four women in pants suits before I turned to Blake and asked, "Should I have dressed up?" My Aerie sweatpants never looked so out of place. But then again, I had never been to a collection before. Next time I'll know.

In spite of my woefully tasteless appearance, I did make two good purchases this weekend.

1. This book.
Please do not be fooled. Despite its slightly repellent cover, it has some great content. And it was on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek Best Seller Lists, which counts for something.

2. This bowl for our keys from one of my favorite stores, Anthropologie.

I love the store to the extent that I had to walk through it twice. I couldn't help taking pictures of all their great books to add to my wish list, which is growing rather long. If I had started on the clothes we might have been there all day.

When we got home I made pumpkin bread as a tribute to the season. We've already been over my inability to cook, but I surprised myself with how delicious this was. Thank you, Martha Stewart. Check out the recipe here (I substituted the 2 teaspoons of ground ginger for 1 teaspoon of cinnamon).

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