What else would I be doing early on a Friday morning, I ask you?! It seems like a good time to check in on the year, so far. It’s A LONG chatty one. Soz.
A blanket. This one. For my niece, Zoe.
All of the delicious things: chicken curry, spicy chickpeas, potato curry, soba salad, lots of good stuff.
Tea, lots of water and sometimes very cold white wine.
Marian Keyes’ The Mystery of Mercy Close
A pair of BLUE Birkenstocks. The shiny ones. I already got a GREEN pair and they are ridiculously cheering.
At The Guardian food section. So many good recipes. SO. MANY.
Podcasts in the car. I loved this one which featured Yotam Ottolenghi and Diana Henry talking about lots of stuff, not just food, but also business, having a public profile, holidays, gestational carriers and more. I’m also finding out more about gestational carriers, because Yotam AND Kim. Not that I NEED one, but I like to know the different ways we can make families, you know?
What time to tackle the heat and go grocery shopping
It would cool down sooner rather than later. Also wishing to see a platypus, obviously.
Working on something cute with Milligram. More on that very soon. Also enjoying thinking about getting better at things.
For a package. It’s Ari’s birthday next week. He will be 18! I can’t believe it. The nest is nearly empty and I’m now in a relationship with myself and I’m needing to have a hysterectomy and I’m actually very grown-up now and all the things and feels and how is the world like this? Oh my gawd. (I will be okay!)
How many good things I have to do. Even though things are hard, there are good things for the taking too.
Wondering: If I will move house this year. Argh. I just don’t know what to do about that.
Virgin Marys. Hold the vodka. Amp up the spice. I made a version of this mix that Sophie posted over Christmas and it was so good. I’m going to make that again. It’s so fancy. Thank you Sophie.
A weird concept: It’s been said that success can be achieved by ‘surprising and delighting’ people, but more and more I am feeling like we’re a bit ‘delighted out’ … like, things are relentlessly quirky and new … like, we just want people to show us they are ‘steady and good and real’ instead. I know. It’s a lot.
How social media giants are ruining our brains – and how to stop it. I am trying really hard to move away from social media a bit – I have alarms on my phone now, where I can have a quick check-in and then go do something else. It’s working well and helping me to avoid ‘self distracting’ and feel much happier. I think we need to help each other find interesting things to read about, away from social media, as much as possible. WHICH IS WHY BLOGS ARE GREAT. What we see on social media – Instagram AND Facebook – is controlled by the powers-that-be. We shouldn’t be letting corporations decide what is worthy of our hearts and minds. Please read blogs more – or start your own – to buck the trend. If you have a blog, please link to it below so we can see. Also if you have a blog, please continue posting about the things you are reading and finding and doing – be a mine of interestingness for us, one that isn’t a corporation.
Books. I know. I’m MEANT to be on a budget, but I did get some money for Christmas so I’ve spent all that on books and Birkenstocks. Sensible, no?
Fortitude. It’s SO LONG, I think, like an Icelandic Winter, perhaps, but I am liking it. It’s a sort of icy marathon with upsetting mammoths and puffer jackets and lots of chilly wind. It stars this lovely woman from Call The Midwife and she’s brilliant.
Not sure … there are so many things to watch, aren’t there?! Perhaps Wolf Hall, because Claire Foy’s in it (as Anne Boleyn!)
To start NEXT year with no health woes and painful bits and cracked feelings.
At the big list of bright ideas I have.
At the possibility that I might not be able to action all the ideas.
Some new oven trays. Honestly, I don’t know what happens to mine. They seem to get wrecked due to overuse. Maybe I am buying the terrible ones? It might be all my fault. Maybe I need to be better at scrubbing them.
If I know how to look after oven trays properly. #BadOvenTrayMom
Nothing much. The aircon is on due to extreme heat and I think the room smells like … cold.
Birkenstocks. I bought the green ones, as I said, in the end. I hate it when I’m doing the dishes and water splashes into them, under my toes. It’s the worst feeling. Apart from that I LOVE them. And truly, it’s not their fault about the splashing.
Tatin to see if they will ever open again because I need a pastry, dammit!
About what some people are like. Shudder. How are they like that? It’s not okay.
That it was a good idea to clean up my email subscriptions because now I get the ones I like and it’s quite fun to open my inbox up. I’ve been using Unroll for a few years, but gave it a big refresh and made sure my favourite emails were coming through to my inbox – and the less favourite ones are ‘rolled up’ and of course, the non favourite ones are unsubscribed from.
I need to make Huckleberry English Muffins. I do. I think I will make a batch and freeze some for another day.
I want the Huckleberry Cafe cookbook. And that I need to get a PO Box again. Or some other kind of generic address, so that people can send me the things they are asking to send me. I am kind of weirded out by giving out my home address. I think it comes from having everyone know where I lived for so long … PO Boxes are so expensive though, right?!
My car. I KNOW! I am an idiot. But honestly, my old car could not be used much in the Summer, because it broke down and had no aircon. My new car likes the hot weather and we go places together, even when it’s over 35 degrees! Thank you BabyCar. Also I got a new cup with a puffin on it and I am admiring that. Can you believe people eat puffins? I mean, it’s like eating unicorns, as far as I’m concerned. Or Aslan, even.
The pantry. This is a lie. I want to do it though. I do.
My 2018 projects plan sorted.
Chrissy Teigen’s old blog. I think I have said this before, actually. I just got her cookbook and it’s honestly worth buying just for the potato recipes. You know how I feel about potatoes, right?
A big fabric buy-up. I have some dressmaking ideas and I need to make a bit of a plan to get those happening.
My raspberry eclair from Brunetti and all the glaze stuck to the paper bag and I’m bereft. The glaze is so important. I am considering scraping it off the bag with a spoon, at this point. They still aren’t making my favourite cake – granatine – and I am outraged. I go in there and scan the display for it intermittently, but it’s never there. Sob. #SadCakeEyes
Not really. No. Maybe tomorrow.
I need to tidy up a bit, because the landlord is coming in a week or two.
On corn chips and salsa. I like to make my own, but I also like the Mission one you can get in a jar. Are there other good jar ones, that aren’t like spicy glue?
Hummmmmm, gluggggg. It’s the aircon.
If you read this far, you are very kind. THANK YOU! Much love to ya.
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