It’s time to talk about things to do on the weekend! Because the weekend is now!
So let’s do that …
Something GOOD For the Weekend
Something GOOD to do
Go to a second-hand book shop or op shop and have a jolly good rummage about. Buy a book from a section you would not normally choose from and while away some time soaking up its pages from under a blanket or in a nice spot in the garden/park.
There is absolutely no reason to give in to the rush-rush-rush we’re encouraged to sign up for. Fly in the face of busy-ness and have a bookish loaf today.
If you do this, please comment below and tell me what book you got! I am so nosy about that kind of thing!
Something GOOD to watch
Pasta Grannies! Have you watch this series on YouTube? It is exactly what you’d expect, grannies making their signature pasta dishes. Gosh they look delicious. The dishes, I mean.
Last night I was at Readings and I realised they’ve also released a cookbook. So that’s going straight to the top of my Wishlist. Maybe it’s a good weekend to make pasta, even? I think so.
And? The new series with Kirsten Dunst — On Becoming a God in Central Florida — is now on SBS On Demand.
Something GOOD to buy?
Apart from that Pasta Grannies cookbook? Well clearly we’re about to tick over into the month where those of us who celebrate Christmas are buying a LOT of things for people who are not us. So with that in mind, let’s buy ourselves a thing. Because it’s not December yet!
How about some of these beautiful bath salts from local geniuses Murphy and Daughters?
I love these giant totes from Hairoo. (Below)
Something GOOD to read
I have been doing so much reading because I started my Creative Writing unit at Curtin University this week. We’re learning more about the art of the short story, which I am loving so much. I was a bit of a dunce when it comes to understanding story structure and elements, but I know better now!! I also hadn’t really read many short stories since high school, to be honest.
One of the stories I really loved reading this week was The Swimmer by John Cheever. You can give it a sneaky listen here, if you have tired eyes or want to read while you do the dishes/weed the garden. It’s read brilliantly by the Irish writer Anne Enright. They made a film of the story too. It’s on YouTube to rent and stars Burt Lancaster.
Also on the reading pile are short stories from Helen Garner, Virginia Woolf, Chekhov, Ian McEwan, Thea Astley, Raymond Carver and John O’Hara. To name but a few! I am doing learning, people!!! (Do you have a favourite short story I should read?)
Internet-wise I loved reading about Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s reading habits, Alison Roman’s non-fancy dinner party ethos and this Little House on the Prairie themed Thanksgiving.
PLUS? These guys are tidying up the cool sneakers you don’t wear anymore and giving them to homeless folk.
AND? Vogue editor Anna Wintour urges us to buy garments that will last generations.
“I think for all of us it means an attention more on craft, on creativity, and less on the idea of clothes that are instantly disposable, things that you will throw away just after one reading,” she said.
“(It’s all about) talking to our audiences, our readers, about keeping the clothes that you own, and valuing the clothes that you own and wearing them again and again, and maybe giving them on to your daughter, or son, whatever the case may be.”
Possibly she’s not talking about yoga pants and such, but I love this sentiment.
Something GOOD to cook
I have saved lots of recipe to my notes this week … and then I updated my IOS to Catalina and it tried to eat all of my notes and disappear them. No matter though. I managed to save half of them (BEWARE CATALINA the NOTE-EATING monster!)
On the to-cook list is:
Basque Burnt Cheesecake – recipe here.
Marion’s Thai Turmeric Chicken Rice – recipe here.
Priya Krishna’s Bombay Toast With Roasted Aloo Gobhi – recipe here.
Kylie Kwong’s Chilli Sauce – for Christmas gifts! – recipe here.
(Golden food again. I can’t help myself.)
Something GOOD to listen to
Another ace podcast I have been listening to is The Way I See It. Have you caught that one? “30 of the world’s sharpest minds chose a work from MoMA’s collection – how do they see it?” There are quite a few episodes. This one, for instance, features astrophysicist Janna Levin talking about Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night and it taught me more about why stars twinkle. (You can catch this ep wherever you listen to your podcasts.)
Not to be too buried in the stars and fictional characters, I’m trying to understand what the heck is going on with the impeachment proceedings and its cast of what seems like thousands of characters. I’m listening to Buzzfeed News’ Impeachment Today podcast and it’s helping. I am taking lots of notes.
Something GOOD to make
Why not make a Where The Wild Things Are Christmas stocking? I did and it changed my life. Excuse squiffy old photos from before I knew how to take proper photos!
Someone/s GOOD to follow
Sotheby’s – to get a squizz at everything from space photography to Star Wars memorabilia to gems to amazing artefacts and artwork.
“Gemini 4 Pilot Edward White floats in zero gravity while conducting the first American spacewalk, photographed by fellow Gemini 4 astronaut, Command Pilot James McDivitt. He wears a specially designed spacesuit; and the visor of the helmet is gold plated to protect him against the unfiltered rays of the sun. White remained outside the spacecraft for 21 minutes during the third revolution of the Gemini-4 mission.” – via Sotheby’s.
Something to revisit
Little Women. Read it again because the new film is coming out soon!
And this Michel Gondry clip from Kylie that I just saw on the telly and was reminded of how much I love it.
Jam-making! Jam is good for gifts, isn’t it? Yup. How about PINEAPPLE JAM?
And here is a poem. Because poems are GOOD too.
Daisy’s Song by John Keats
The sun, with his great eye,
Sees not so much as I;
And the moon, all silver-proud,
Might as well be in a cloud.
And O the spring- the spring
I lead the life of a king!
Couch’d in the teeming grass,
I spy each pretty lass.
I look where no one dares,
And I stare where no one stares,
And when the night is nigh,
Lambs bleat my lullaby
Hope your weekend is lovely!
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