Saturday, February 13, 2016

February Inventory

Reading I picked up Boys in the Trees a week or so ago excited to read Carly Simon's memoir.  About halfway through I find myself reaching for other things, but I will finish it even if I speed read and/or skip parts. I don't like to do that, but it's better than abandoning it all together. I read Gratitude last weekend.  It was short, but insightful reminding me to never underestimate little things.  This week I finished Brave Enough.  I love quotes and I'm a big Cheryl Strayed fan so, of course, I give it a thumbs up. I started Americanah late one night this week and fell asleep after a handful of pages.  I picked it up the next night and it had the same effect.  It is well reviewed and from what I can tell well written.  I think I'll need to let it take hold in the light of day because I know I am going to love it.  In the meantime, I read The Silent Wife.  It was a decent psychological thriller that I lost myself in for a good part of 24 hours.  Last night I started The Winter Girl when I wasn't feeling Simon's memoir or Adichie's novel.  Thus far, it's another light, but compelling page turner.

Wondering what I'm going to read next.  It's a sickness, but at least it's not harmful to my health.

Noticing the way the light is not only here earlier and later, but also the way the sun is perched high in the sky.  It's warmer despite the fact that the temperatures are much more frigid than they have been.

Watching the first season of The Affair over the next week and, hopefully, the original Point Break this weekend.  Next weekend Beauty and the Beast with Lily.  I love the music and the costumes for this show.  The spring theater/musical season is starting in area schools.  So excited to support these talented young singers and actors.

Listening to anything but the debates.  I wouldn't miss the first few, but at this point I'm in utter disbelief that the front runners include a potential felon, a socialist and a reality television star.  I'm praying for an act of God or else a serious come to Jesus for the independent voter.

Eating simply.  I haven't felt inspired in the kitchen lately.  I haven't felt inspired in my new kitchen lately. I know I know. Meals have been basic, but balanced.  The bean/corn/rice/queso concoction below was such a thing and I actually wanted to marry it.

Wanting to start making smoothies again.  I used to drink them almost daily.  Until I found out I was allergic to bananas which when frozen, were the perfect sweet and icy smoothie staple.  

Hoping Mike gets a clean bill of health from the oral surgeon, the stock market stabilizes, Donald Trump drops out of the race and Hilary Clinton is indicted, and everyone stays warm today including my son who just left for a day of skiing on the coldest day of the season.

Thinking that weekends should come with a pause button, and there is much truth to positive effects of getting up at the same time every morning.  I was up at 6 o'clock this morning.  I thought I'd go back to bed after seeing Ted off, but the sun is up and so am I.

Enjoying that we are all enjoying our new kitchen.  See evidence below.

Loving the free day ahead.  It's a good one for hunkering down at home in my kitchen.  I'll unpack a couple more boxes, make samosas and taziki, and bake an Italian lemon cake that's been on my mind.