No-Bake Cheesecake for Shavuot

Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, where cheesecake and other dairy foods are commonly served for *insert meaningful tradition* reason.  In honor of the holiday, I tried this recipe from Everyday Food. Ingredients (see video for method): 2 packages (20 sheets) graham crackers 11 tablespoons (1 3/8 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 2 tablespoons sugar…

My RWBY Cosplay Props

Propsmithing is a hobby I got into late last year, after I attended my first New England-area Comic Con as a cosplayer.  I met another prop-builder there who’d crafted a spectacular replica transformable scythe from the RWBY webseries,* and this made me realize that it’s possible to recreate even the most complicated weapons from this…

Naan Bread Pizza

These days, I don’t have much time to cook or bake anything elaborate.  Occasionally, a weeknight will open up and I can make a whole pizza from scratch for dinner (will share that recipe later).  The rest of time time, I make do with this: Naan Bread Pizza For the uninitiated, naan bread is this…

Album Review: After Laughter by Paramore

Originally posted on Allison the Writer for lack of a better place to put it, with a bonus parental content advisory. You could say the entire After Laughter album is “Fake Happy” (which is the fifth track on the album), as poignant lyrics about depression and loneliness are couched in deceptively upbeat melodies. It’s quite…

Album Review: Greatest Hits by Styx

I listen to a couple of classic rock stations on the radio, which often play one or two “hits” from various artists of the 1970s and 80s. The band Styx gets a lot of airplay, and I recently found myself wanting to listen to more of their work. Though I’m aware that radios are only…

A Test

Years of being told I’m being too sensitive definitely got to me. After all, I’m a big kid now, and I’m trying to be a professional. Should I just bite the bullet because in the end, that’s the professional, grown-up thing to do?