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2012: Making

What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

In 2010, I made xmas photo. In 2011, I made metaphorical things—that were intentionally symbolic of relationships and history.

This year, the last thing I made was something for my ice cream project. In whole, this year, I have made a lot of ice cream.

Because the process of ice cream making is so arduous and time-consuming, I let myself get lost in the process. It’s catharsis. The fact that I must pay attention to the heating up a cream mixture so that eggs don’t curdle (and they have curdled a lot in front fo me). Then the preparation of the focal ingredient (whether it’s tea leaves or fruit), it’s stress-relieving.

I must pay attention when I am chopping. I must attend to the level of simmering for all heated mixtures. I must constantly test (and make sure that I don’t use the same spoons over and over again.

I adjust the recipes on the fly and I have to take note on my draft blog posts that I can note it in recipes.

All of this process takes me away from the mess of my room, the every day banality and calls of help emanating from my email.

I am making. I am making happiness, joy and rewards.

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