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Taking Stock: The Last Day of May

May 31, 2018

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.

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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.

Marvelling : At these brilliant tea towels (thanks for the tip-off Emma you blinking champ! Also, Emma did you know PAUL ROBINSON shops at my local shopping mall. I see him there often.)

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

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  • Reply Emma June 28, 2018 at 7:04 AM

    I have just caught up with all your posts and I didn’t know you had seen the Tea Towels! I need Paul Robinson in my life and I am putting every last bit of faith in you to bring him to me! (I know this won’t happen but pretend just for a minute so I feel I am in the Lassiters lounge) xxx

  • Reply Katherine June 5, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Hi Pip! Thankyou for your beautiful list – it was written so eloquently it almost made me pick up a book! Except that I’m in the middle of exams – but it’s provided the inspiration for later! And I love all the things that you are interested in, please keep doing everything you love. Also, thankyou for providing a blank list – just what I need this wintery time xxx

  • Reply Donna Bridges June 2, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Hi Pip I want to tell you about a bit of light in the gloom. I have been in a flump. I just can’t get out but I’m trying to. My local bookshop had a floral themed book advert recently I had been admiring the cover of a book a lot . It was in the advert by golly I bought it and bunches of supermarkets flowers ,two bunches! It’s called the lost flowers of Alice Heart I’m 3/4 through it while drinking tea and ignoring housework and arguing kids . So that’s my life right now . In four weeks my husband will finish work and be home for me to care for until the end. It’s a bit of a bump in the road

    • Reply Pip June 2, 2018 at 7:29 PM

      You deserve at LEAST 2 bunches. AND I bought that book too! It’s so pretty and it’s meant to be great, which obviously you know. I am so sorry things are tough at your place. I will be thinking of you. xx

  • Reply Kylie June 1, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    I’m not a commenter but I concur, that meat loaf is delicious!

  • Reply kate June 1, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    I think Isabel and Carolyn have said it all for me.
    Lazy commenter today.

    cheers Kate

  • Reply Reannon June 1, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    So lovely to catch up with you Pip (my phone auto corrects your name to Pup every time!).
    I have been craving bagels for the longest time & ive had a tab open on my phone for a bagel seasoning for months. Maybe I will make them this weekend. Maybe. I have my second last huge assignment for the semester to work on but a girl needs sustenance!
    I have the Milk cookbook & it is awesome!! It’s not an everyday kinda baking book but super fun for special occasions. One of my greatest friends turns 40 this year and I am making her Crack Pie. Yum!!!
    One of my big kids played that Kanye song & now my little kids sing it all the time. It actually sounds like it should be for little kids!
    We are just getting the cold weather & rain over here & I am delighted!! Bring on all the cosy times I say!
    And I totally understand the excitement of seeing your kids. My biggest moved out of home a few months ago & I have not seen him much at all (his choice & I am finding it really hard but trying not to make a big deal about it to him) so when he has popped in I feel really happy. I miss having all my kids under my roof everyday.
    Have a great weekend Pip. Stay cosy xx

    • Reply Reannon June 1, 2018 at 10:32 AM

      I cannot believe I forgot to mention the sourdough! I’m lisyening to Dispatch to a Friend (do you listen to it? I think you’d love it!), anyway, it made me think of bread which lead me to thinking of my sourdough starter & then back to you & your starter. So, I’ve been baking sourdough for quite a while now & feel as though I have a handle on it after many, many, many not very good loaves & my tip I give to everyone is to follow the high hydration sourdough in Fig Ham and Lime Cordial. I switched to that method hhhmmm maybe 18 months ago & my sourdough was transformed!!! I think it helps when your starter gets a bit of age on it too ( I think mine is close to 4 years old & been shared around so many times & it’s quite lovely now). Sorry, I can never shut when talking about sourdoughbaking. Good luck & have fun!

  • Reply Isabel June 1, 2018 at 2:22 AM

    Hey Pip! I am reading your last day of May Taking Stock at 2am because I cannot sleep. Sigh. Am 36 weeks pregnant and just found out baby is breech so am hoping he will turn around…mind racing. BUT your list is an excellent distraction from anxious thoughts. You do NOT want to pay $1345 for postage, I whole-heartedly agree. I know, what is with the obsession with ‘looking good’ for your age? It’s directed almost solely at women, and it’s fucked. I was watching the footy the other day and it was Daisy Pearce’s (captain of the Melbourne Demons AFLW team) 30th birthday. ‘Happy birthday Dais, you don’t look it,’ said the male commentator, as if he was saying the nicest thing in the world. Ugh! Why can’t we look it?! Why is that considered a compliment?! Let’s absolutely be craggy old bags with lots of wrinkles and flobbery bits and excellent stories and jokes. That kinder recipe book is the best! ‘Joe’s Tacos. Prep time: like 45 mins. Cook time: I think 55 mins. Cost: I don’t even know. Instructions: First I don’t actually know, I really don’t remember anything. Can I change this to cheesy roll-ups?’ Classic! Keep doing your thing Pip. The edge of the beginning of the right path is a v good place to be. And YOU are one of the compassionate + very clever and therefore rare ones. I get much inspiration from you, in more ways than you know. And now I am off to see if Helen Garner’s True Stories might send me to the land of nod x Isabel PS Speaking of books about people on lonely windswept islands, wanted to thank you for recommending The Outrun by Amy Liptrot in a previous post. Read it and loved it.

  • Reply Carolyn May 31, 2018 at 8:04 PM

    I COMPLETELY understand being excited about seeing your kids! I get excited seeing mine when they’’ve been out for the day! I’m happy to hear you are feeling at the start of the right path, Pip xx

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