Hellllooooo! Gosh. May is nearly over but there is still time to squeeze in a little stock take, right? I think so. Let’s do it! Here are some photos from this month, first up.
Taking Stock for May
Making : Sourdough starter. I know! So fun. I am using the process from this book (it’s been a while since I sourdough-ed so I thought I’d try a new person’s advice on it!)
Cooking : Spaghetti Puttanesca and also apple crumble. It’s a hard knock life. Not.
Drinking : This Tea2 Genmaicha. Honestly, I wish I was an “influencer” so they would send me a truckload of that stuff. It’s my fave! Makes me feel super good and tastes so toasty. Like the very definition of a sort of not-too-tight tea-shaped hug. Honestly, a tea hug is actually worth the money so ignore me on the truckload bit.
Reading : A lovely book called The Sheep Stell. It’s brilliant and I want to be a shepherd lady on a lonely island too, even though I am a bit scared of sheep and also of killing things. I just like the solitary goodness of the writer. Plus I hadn’t heard the word “stell” before. I only knew stall. And sty. Which is a different animal altogether.
Next read : Not sure. I have a big pile and it’s hard to choose between your children.
Wanting : To say thank you to people who have sent me kind messages. It means a lot.
Looking : Forward to getting my fruit and veggie box from CERES. It’s a little treat and it lasts a week and the produce is so much nicer and fresher than from anywhere else. I go for the very simple Basics box because I am mostly feeding just me. What I like about it is that the produce tastes so sweet and flavoursome and that there’s just enough variety to keep me on my toes. It’s like a sort of fruit and veggie surprise – left on your doorstep – and I think it’s really reasonably priced.
Playing : Rain sounds on Spotify. Spotify suggested this to me on the weekend and I have been raining a lot since then. Also it’s been actually raining, which made me feel like I was cheating on the rain with the Spotify rain, but then I realised it’s all rain – so live and let live and stop overthinking it.
Deciding : To stop staying up late watching Suits. I keep doing that. I have never watched it before and I felt I owed it to Meghan Markle to truly get to know her, so Suits was a logical next step in that quest.
Wishing : I had remember to get Worcestershire Sauce in the shopping because I really want a Virgin Mary and I am coming up short on the sauce. Dang.
Enjoying : My new New Yorker subscription. It was so inexpensive and it’s nice to have a newsy magazine to read.
Waiting : For lots of things, but I don’t want to be a cryptic cow, so I will say “waiting to get an onion bagel on the weekend” – because they are so good. Oh I know what else. Waiting for someone to have stock of the Christina Tosi book that’s sold out all over the place. The first Milk Bar one. And not someone who is going to charge me $1345 for shipping.
Liking : Having lots of regular dinners with my kids. It’s so nice to hang out. I get way too excited, because I don’t get to see them often enough (for me) and then I feel a bit sick with excitement/exhaustion when I do. (If you are new here, they are grown-up adult type kids, if that makes more sense.)
Wondering : About how the modern “grifters” are different to the cons of days gone by. I mean are they? Or are we just hearing more about them now? Perhaps the ones we are hearing about a lot are the young women type cons … where are the young men cons? Are they having books and long investigative pieces written about them?
Loving : These more Wintery days. Even though it’s cold, it’s easy to get warm.
Pondering : The perils of anxiety. It shakes you up, you know?
Considering : That I don’t have much free time at the moment, but also that I really do like having lots of work to do.
Buying : Vegetables!
Watching : Suits!
Next watch : I mean, there’s a lot of Suits to watch, but maybe the new Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I think I have some catching up to do there, actually.
Hoping : It rains tonight. Real rain, not Spotify rain.
Cringing : At my oven door. It needs to be tidier (on the inside) and don’t we all.
Needing : A cup of tea.
Questioning : Why you have to “look good” as you age. I mean, why can’t you just be a craggy old bag with lots of life experience and good jokes? Why do we love people who age “well” or people who don’t look their age. (Might have been reminded of this due to previous Paul Robinson chatter, IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? And honestly, each to own, no shade to that brilliant lady – but just wondering why is this a very omnipresent narrative as women inch past 50?)
Smelling : With my nose. Which is nice because I couldn’t for a while there due to cold-then-flu-then-cold.
Wearing : Glasses. All the damn time. #foureyes
Following : A new-to-me Instagram account – this one. So beautiful.
Worrying : About the future. I know. Shut up, me, it’ll be FINE.
Noticing : Little magical moments.
Knowing : I’m on the right path. Well. I’m at the edge of the beginning of the right path. I’m knowing that.
Thinking : About what you could do if you harnessed the enduring energy of all the broken hearts across the world – for good.
Admiring : People who are compassionate AND very clever – at the same time. I think it’s rare.
Sorting : Out things. I need to get rid of lots of stuff, so I have started that.
Getting : Ideas about cakes and things I want to make. Like Claire Ptak’s macaroons. She did Meghan and Harry’s cake, you know?! I love coconut macaroons, esp if they are not SUPER dry.
Bookmarking : Adam’s meatloaf. I made it last week and it was really, really good. My fave ever meatloaf, in fact.
Coveting : Cosy evenings. I just love them. What a fine time it is.
Disliking : People who talk loudly on their phones. People who ignore other people’s feelings.
Opening : Too many tabs. I feel like there are so many, sometimes, that they might just slip off my screen and into the ether. The International Space Station will see them floating by and they will say ‘There goes Travel Japan in Super-Cute Style on the Hello Kitty Bullet Train‘ or ‘Did you see Charming Wildlife Portraits Capture the Expressive Faces of Foxes in the Wild just whizz by?’ or ‘Oh god. Not another favourited Chrissy Teigen tweet‘. Sigh.
Giggling : At this funny recipe book some kinder kids wrote. It’s the best.
Feeling : Warm.
Snacking : On carrots. From CERES, don’t you know?!
Hearing : Kanye. Poopidy scoop. And also a sad bird.
Here’s a blank list, in case you want to copy and paste it – and take stock yourself. x