Editors note: Kelly wanted us to change it from "Kelly's first poems as a 25 year old", to "Kelly's first poems ever." As co-editor, I (elena) over-rode this decision in order to highlight the fact that KELLY JUST TURNED 25!!!
to transforms our cooking lives.
pancakes, bagels, bread.
The dough is not sour
but the texture is on point
try adding olive oil
is it all a fucking game
I am still hungry
We've got growth! Or at least seeds. And some solace in the idea that with everything else up in the air, we can plan for plants. Neither of us (none of us?) can know where we will be or what we will be doing in four weeks time, but at the very least we can be sure that we maybe might, if all grows well, have some fresh sage and basil.
In the wise words of Olaf, we call this "controlling the things we can when everything else feels out of control." And if Frozen II has taught us anything in the past week, it's that colonization remains to be morally repugnant and universally detrimental. With that in mind, we can all learn more about how the coronavirus is exacerbating underlying vulnerabilities and lack of access to federal funds in indigenous communities across the country starting here and/or here. If you're experiencing relative comfort during this quarantine, consider donating/redistributing some wealth through these mutual aid funds.
Aside from herbs and discontent, growth is also happening in two old salsa jars on our counter, where we've got Jon and Warner fermenting and feeding daily on Cairnspring Mills' Trailblazer red wheat flour. Growing and strengthening are their gluten networks. Kelly and I, too, are growing and strengthening (thank you Maddie Ford and Macy Jones and Dance Church and...Zoom).
This was Friday's sourdough loaf, curtesy of Jon the sourdough starter and Terry DiNapoli's dutch oven! The nice thing about sourdough, is that it is now the dominant focus of advertisements on our Instagram feed. Which is notable because there is actually no flour in grocery stores right now. The good news is, there are many local mills growing and milling sweet sweet flour right under our noses. Praise be for local food supply! Go (to a website) and support the folks near you who are sowing and growing and creating [CSA's are really rad and so are farmers ;) ].
May you all have patience with yourself. Let new ways of being and ideas of what could be ferment in your mind and your soul. We love y'all.
Today is the one and only ELENA BIRD's 17th BIRTHDAY!
I love you best friend! I hope you had a super exciting birthday in Colorado!
Tomorrow is the one and only event of the year that our special Jordan Camp puts on. So, if you havent heard about it already, get yourself over to the Little Camp Festival TOMORROW. It will be held at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds, gates open at 3 to set up camp and music starts at 5 and goes into the late night. For any questions check it out at http://www.littlecampfestival.com/. Jordan has worked so hard to make this a great event and the more people who go the more awesome it will be! Let's make it better than last year!
Hello Everyone! Sorry for our lack of posts this spring. We were very busy amidst the activities of Holderness spring time. Here is a brief photo essay to catch everyone up!
p.s. Happy birthday to Clark Macomber and Sean Cashel yesterday!!!!
Yesterday our dear friend Lily turned 18!!!! WOWZA, the big one-eight. After a slalom race at Waterville Valley, she returned to her fine house with some friends, including Kelly to celebrate the great event. This wonderful evening included some delicious steak tips made by D-Wayne, cheesecake (Lily's favorite) and hair dying. Be sure to check out the new hair styles!
So, Happy Birthday Lil and welcome to adulthood.
For the past ten days Elena and I have been living it up in CALI! We were lucky enough to qualify to compete in the J2 Nationals at Mammoth Mountain in California. After departing from Manchester, NH last saturday, we explored the activities of the "California Girl" lifestyle..except we went skiing. Believe it or not (probably not), we actually made some new friends in Mammoth. We stayed in the Mammoth Lakes Chalets, a collection of fine chalets on the mountainside, with the rest of the East team. The sloped roofs made excellent sledding hills for our days off, as did the snow mobile trails and the hills above our chalet. We started the week with a downhill training run, in which we both launched ourselves off of "Hair Jump," resulting in large sprays of snow, multiple yard of sliding, and gasps from the spectators along the side of the course. After examining a few bumps and bruises, we were allowed to finish our runs, being merely 40 seconds out of the rest of the field.
The next day was cancelled due to strong winds and snow. So, we all headed out to the rec center in Mammoth Lakes for some Wally ball, basketball, and soccer..and a little bit of yoga. The rest of the day was spent building trails and jumps for our sledding hill, while the rest of the teams tuned their skis, did homework, or rested. The next few days were jam packed with racing. Slalom, followed by another Downhill run, then super G, and lastly GS. After GS we had a day off for the boys to compete in their GS race. Kelly and I took the opportunity to free ski around the incredible mountain of Mammoth. It was slightly treacherous. The flat light combined with a lack of snow and lack of edges on our skis resulted in a briefer ski outing than planned, but nevertheless we had a jolly good time. The last day had been deeply anticipated. Hearts were racing and stress levels were high as we headed up for the final, and most testing event...the Panelled Slalom. In the end we had a blast, and went away with new friends, high spirits, and great tans. Back in the DiNapoli abode, we slept till 12 completely disoriented with the three hours time difference plus daylight savings.
Enjoying the Totally '80s banquet with none other than Chaz Sheils!
Today marks the day, 2,253 years ago, the Romans sunk 50 Carthaginian ships in the battle of Aegusa. It is the day that Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was published 236 years ago, and 41 years ago on this day The Senate approved a Constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18. However, all these events of March 10th, are belittled by the birth of a boy 19 years ago. So, Happy Birthday Jordan Camp. We are so pleased with your existence.
Last week Elena and I were up in Sugarloaf Maine. You may ask what were we doing up in Maine in legitimately the middle of no where? Skiing Downhill. Sugarloaf is the only ski mountain in the east capable of holding a downhill race. Every year about 200 young adults including boys and girls gear up for basically the only downhill races they'll do all year. While at speed week we and our teammates have been documenting our extreme activities. No fear we will upload it on our blog as soon as we edit it. There proved to be many filming opportunities. We skied well, but the jump in the middle of the course sort of threw us off. Its was a new sensation to fly off a jump at 65 mph. Elena had arguably the most talked about jump when she flew into the air spread eagle and landed with crossed tips. Max Lash was right up there with her though. Our nights were packed with fun activities including tuning (with the magic mystery wax), doing homework, visiting the Grand Summit Hotel, and making music videos. On the the left is a picture of Kelly slaying it...