I’ve been a little quiet over the last week. Just feeling a leeeetle bit fatigued. It’s good to go-to-ground a bit when things feel that way, I reckon. It’s important to listen to your bodily bits and pieces and slow things down a titch.
I’m 1000% sure that the cooler weather is partly responsible for this tiredness. I am probably actually a turtle also, I think. You know how turtles are? When things get cool they tend to slow right down and hibernate. We’re constantly trying to keep our ACTUAL turtle (his name is Pup) warm enough because apparently it’s not good for him to hibernate. If you read this blog often, you will know that I am very prone to suggestion – even from turtles – and I am blindly joining in with Pup’s struggle. I need to pull my socks up.
I’ve been reading a BRILLIANT book called ‘Love, Nina’ during the socks-down time. You should read it. It’s so funny. I am laughing every time I turn the page and I don’t want it to end. I started watching the TV series of the book too, but – despite the fact that it features Helena Bonham Carter – it’s GOOD, but not AS good. The book is definitely where you should start. (I bought my copy at Readings, if that helps.) The book has all the clever little details that you must not miss out on.
Speaking of watching, I’ve also been watching things for my #SallyFieldAThon. So far my favourites are Sybil and Norma Rae (but do not howl at me about Steel Magnolias, because I haven’t done the rewatch of that and you KNOW I love it. Same for Brothers and Sisters. I have already marked that VERY highly and I know how great it is!) If you look on Twitter, you can see my #SallyFieldAThon reviews. In case you care about those.
In the snack department, I’ve been eating lots of vegetable curry and also eggs with Vegemite soldiers. Do you want to know how to make the curry? Here is how. (I am sure you already know how to make eggs and soldiers, so I won’t bother with that.)
Simple & Delicious Vegetable Curry
Serves 6 (Or just eat it all yourself. That’s what I do.)
Slosh of oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1 inch piece of ginger, grated
1 dessert spoon of curry powder
1/2 kg of pumpkin cut into chunks
1/2 small cauliflower, cut into flowery bits
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
1 zucchini, chopped into chunks
1 red pepper, chopped into chunks
handful of green beans, chopped
800g of whole tinned tomatoes
1 stock cube
250 mL of water
Slosh oil into large pot (with lid).
Fry onion, garlic and ginger until fragrant.
Add the curry powder and fry for 30 seconds.
Add everything else.
Simmer until the pumpkin is tender – around 30 minutes.
Making-wise, I’ve been crocheting cute squares via a Japanese craft book pattern I found via Google. I’ve been making a flighty and fabricky project for the next Frankie, too. It went off to Hilary to be photographed yesterday. I’ve been teaching my ace students a little bit about writing and Blog Magic. AND I’ve been going for brisk walks and listening to the audio book of Outlander.
Hanging-out-wise, I’ve been eating Teriyaki Chicken Bowls with Ari, eating dumplings with Ari, drinking tea with Rin and chatting voting with Max. (If you are a first time reader, Ari, Rin and Max are my kids.) Teriyaki Chicken is Ari’s current favourite. Dumplings are my current favourite (especially the ones from Kitchen Republik because they are made on the spot and are soupy and covered in chilli oil and black vinegar.) Rin’s current favourite is probably Hainanese Chicken Rice. I am guessing. I might be wrong. Max’s current favourite is possibly anything edible because he lives in a bungalow out the back of a bohemian share house with bare cupboards and a moody 80s soundtrack.
I went to the movies on Friday to see Hunt For The Wilderpeople. Have you seen it? I liked it… BUT I wondered about the way they used the (super ace) lead child character’s BODY SHAPE as a joke. What did you think about that, if you saw it? To me it seemed a bit base and unnecessary. I thought it would have been funny WITHOUT making fun of the ace kid’s body, personally.
Australia just went to the polls (in case you don’t know that) and we’re currently waiting to find out who will lead the country into the next
4 THREE year term. The vote counters are apparently allowed to stop counting votes for 2 days, so we’re all feeling a bit at sea, wondering who is steering the ship and hoping we will find out by Thursday. Or sooner. Sooner would be good. It’s kind of like we have a substitute teacher at the moment and instead of doing proper lessons they’ve handed out some colouring in books and told us to keep it down and stop passing notes. It’s a bit perturbing, right?
Today? Today it is actually very freezing cold. I am going to make some soup, write some lessons, work on my book outline and go to the op shop to find some vintage graphic design examples. I’m going to try not to hibernate too.
What are you going to do today? Socks up? Or socks down?
PS: Look at this (quite old) post about the Steel Magnolias house!