I've got lots that I want to write but I'm sore and need to rest. But what's a girl to do when she wants to keep the writing juices flowing? Take part in a reflection exercise from Pip Lincolne! I've shortened it a little. This is how I'm feel of in February 2016.
Making: Chia pudding. I bought one (plus a smoothie) last week and it cost a million dollars (actually $19 for the two items) and decided that I enjoyed it a lot but can't afford to buy it regularly. So I made my own by soaking black chia seeds in a mix of rice milk, maple syrup and vanilla paste in the fridge. I top it with fruit before I eat it. Delicious!
Cooking: I made a cardamom chicken and rice dish from Yotam Ottolenghi's Jerusalem, and a few recipes from Nigella's book too. They've been recent standouts.
Drinking: Adam bought Bee Mead, and I've been drinking it like cider. It's a little like beer but lighter and sweeter. It's so good.
Reading: lots of amazing disability activist blogs. There are so many fantastic writers out there, exploring important issues. I just wish they had more exposure in mainstream media. This is a great blog post, providing advice about how some charities can be damaging to people with disabilities. (I have a problem with disability charities that focus on raising money for the elusive cure, a cure that will never come, the cure that suggests we aren't good enough and need fixing. Yet the charity doesn't help focus on the every day - surviving bullying, forming a positive self esteem, finding employment etc. You might remember I wrote this related piece last year, focusing on disability poster children and how what they promoted hasn't been what they received.)
Looking: Forward to the wedding! It's next month now!!
Playing: Lena Dunham's Women of the Hour Podcast. I loved the ones about friendship and body image. Listen to them!
Deciding: On flowers for the wedding - meeting Pip to discuss them today!
Wishing: there was more to watch on Netflix. Sometimes I feel I'm perpetually scrolling and not finding anything enjoyable. Any recommendations?!
Enjoying: That summer has been cooler than normal, touch wood.
Waiting: For a couple of concerts this month - Jebediah and Rob Thomas.
Liking: that holidays are just around the corner. Four more weeks of work and then three weeks off.
Loving: That Bob Evans is making a new album!
Buying: Last minute wedding stuff. Next on the list - glitter and glue for jars that will hold the flowers.
Watching: Cutthroat Kitchen. The challenges are so much fun to watch!
Hoping: There's an end to offshore detention. No babies, children or adults deserve to be held on Manus Island or Naru.
Marvelling: At how amazing Camille and Cassie have been in organising my hens day and bridesmaid dresses. They are wonderful, creative women.
Needing: More wardrobe space.
Questioning: How quickly the time is flying!
Smelling: The candle that my cleaner broke. It smells more potent now the glass lid has smashed.
Wearing: Bright colours. I got this European coastline skirt from a little pop up store at my local shopping centre, and wore it with my Anthropologie seagull cardi I bought in New York.
Knowing: Everything is going to be ok.
Thinking: Of honeymoon destinations. Europe sounds good.
Admiring: People who
Sorting: Wedding RSVPs for table seating arrangements.
Opening: A surprise parcel from Jennie who crafts at A Little Vintage. She made me a beautiful up cycled neckpiece. I am so lucky to have lovely internet friends. How lovely is this?!
Giggling: While watching First Dates. Imagine having your blind date filmed for TV?!
Feeling: Sore. My feet and my legs especially. Over being sore.
Snacking: On spinach pasties. Adam and I made them from Paul Hollywood's recipe.
Helping: I feel like so many people are helping me right now, and I am so grateful.
Hearing: Lots of good wishes for Adam and I. Thank you.
Do you want to take stock? Pop over to Pip's for the template.