MUSH is a sister blog.
Randi: A “sister blog.” Is that a thing?
Aravis: It is now. It’s a blog by sisters. It’s a sister blog. Why not?
MUSH is an epistolary blog.
Randi: That’s definitely not a thing.
Aravis: It’s a blog that reflects what you and I do all the time: Email, text, and call each other about what we’ve been cooking and crafting and learning. So now we just write it down. And let other people read it.
MUSH is about Food, Crafts, and Messes.
Randi: Food and Crafts, yeah, got it. What’s Messes?
Aravis: Things that aren’t Food or Crafts.
Randi: So, the things that we haven’t quite figured out yet?
Aravis: Exactly. The things we’re still working on.
Randi: Like when you sent me that way overlong email about how you’re learning to be a better host?
Aravis: Precisely. That’s up there. It’s called “That’s Entertainment: Parts I-III.”
MUSH is about different approaches to similar projects.
Aravis: Like, you jump in feet-first and I sort of dangle my finger in the water for a while and then go the rest of the way in stages.
Randi: Good pool metaphor. Also completely true to life.
Aravis: Yup. Like, you throw stuff in a bowl and bake it, and I measure my ingredients on a digital scale.
Randi: How’s that going for you?
Aravis: Great. I love precision. I love studying and researching and understanding the underlying structure behind things. It makes me feel free to innovate.
Randi: And I like throwing stuff together and seeing how it works. Why be constrained by measurements and instructions? It’s fun to be surprised.
Aravis: And yet, we somehow often end up with really similar results. Remember the Thanksgiving 2013 cornbread-stuffing bake-off? My omnivore dressing looked and tasted so similar to your vegan one. Two disparate processes; two very similar results. It was really funny.
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