Good morning, champs.
It’s been so long since I just wrote a chatty missive to you … way too long, in my opinion.
I’m sitting in my kitchen, listening to the doves cooing from their nest outside the window. The news is on the TV with the volume turned low. The pets are snuggled up preparing themselves for another warm day. The boys (Max moved back in after 3 years out of home!) are sleeping and I was just smoothing eye cream under my tired eyes, trying to make myself look slightly human for a 10am coffee catch-up with Yvonne.
It’s been such a slog of a year, hasn’t it? In Melbourne it’s been particularly tricky because of our (excellent) lockdown strategies. The staying in and mask-wearing and geographical travel limits and hygiene habits and curfews have all lead us to just clocking up 11 consecutive days of no COVID cases and no COVID deaths. Totally worth all the difficulty to get the virus under control (for now) and save lives.
I’ve been cooking a bunch of stuff because the household just got bigger. Things like potato curry, Dahl, ikan bilis, bbq chicken, sausages and mash … I guess you could say it’s homey family food, revisiting all the things that Max likes to eat and has missed out on while living out of home. I’m liking this trip down memory lane a LOT.
Rin (who is my eldest, in case you are new here) has been able to visit more now that the restrictions have eased, so she’s been helping me sort out the house and we had a sneaky laksa date on Sunday at Ampang Tofu – the first time in a restaurant for me since March. It was so nice, but so weird to sit in a room with maskless strangers. It makes me nervous … but I was also glad of having a bit of normalcy again. And glad to have a bowl of spicy noodles with golden treats floating in it. VERY glad.
I’ve had a three month study break, which has been excellent, but I’m ready to get back to it now. My next unit starts at the end of this month – Writing For Children – and I’m so excited to return to the discipline of reading and writing and learning again. (I’m doing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing online via Curtin University, in case that sounds interesting to you too!)
While lots of people have found the pandemic impetus for getting fit, I – sadly – have not. The usual pesky asthma and bronchitis dotted the year, but I have tried my best in between those bouts. It’s so hard to manage fitness when you have a health challenge, isn’t it? I will keep trying though with walks and yoga and at-home workouts.
I am not sure what I will make for dinner tonight … perhaps something simple after the smorgasbord efforts of the last week or so? Do you know what I really fancy? Orrechiette with a fresh, raw tomato sauce and lots of basil. I think Ari hates that though. Perhaps I will make it anyway and see what happens?! Or I might do spicy Korean-ish chicken with tofu and a big bowl of stir fried greens. He likes that. That might be better.
And speaking of tomatoes, I bought a bunch of seeds and they are springing up into seedlings and hopefully set to sprout a bounty of fruit this summer. I will keep you posted. Fingers and toes and eyes crossed for a tomato avalanche! I bought lots of unusual varieties from The Seed Collection this year. Can not wait to see how they all grow and taste.
It’s 9 now and I need to get dressed and try and make myself not look so scary. So I best do that. I hope you have a brilliant day … or actually, even an okay day. An okay day is just fine during these strange days, isn’t it?
Love to you!!!
Image – and recipe – via/at: Leite’s Culinaria