I’m sitting here nursing a bad back and seriously can’t believe it’s raining again. My girl is at school so I’ve had a few sacred hours to myself today to soak in the tub and drink a coffee uninterrupted. My god I love her so but I also find this solitude so needed. With that said, I also long for a little company. Since there isn’t anyone to share coffee with this morning, why not have a coffee chat?
How can I explain the joy I’ve found in coming back to books over the last month? I’ve been reading every evening and it’s such a relaxing way to end the day. I love the characters in the books I’m reading, even if I don’t love the books themselves. Does that make sense?
I finally finished Furies and Fates. It felt long and arduous at times but the last half of the book went quickly and was really enjoyable. I can’t decide if I should recommend it to you or not. The character development is great so maybe, yes, read it, I think 😉
On the subject of reading, I came across this wonderful article about the need to read and found this passage in particular fitting.
“Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity. We can’t interrupt books; we can only interrupt ourselves while reading them.” How perfect is that?
Next on my reading list, Luckiest Girl Alive.
Read it? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Do share.
On My Dessert Detox:
It’s been 18 days since my last dessert. This sugar cleanse has been a welcome addition to my life. I still find myself longing for chocolate at about 8:30 each evening, wishing for just a little bit of sweetness. But, can I tell you how good it feels to be able to control myself? As my sister (who is also doing the detox with me) said, “I haven’t felt gross since this started.” Without sugar I feel lighter, less bloated and have an increased sense of clarity. I’m also making better food choices and enjoying dinner more, instead of rushing through so I can get to dessert. I still have 14 days to go, we’ll see what kind of changes manifest in the next two weeks but so far, so good.
Speaking of food. Here’s what I’ve set my eye on for next week.
This would be the perfect lunch for me.
Kale chips are so 2014, these look interesting.
On Organization + Minimalism.
Yesterday I read this post and it spoke to my heart. As you know I’m in a serious organization/paring down phase and our pantry was really bugging me. We (read, I) have been struggling with buying and wasting too much food. I’m one of those weird souls that likes to grocery shop and tend to buy more than we use then don’t have a good system for storing it. I love what Melissa said about minimalist pantries,
“Minimal pantries don’t start at home. They start at the grocery store. Be mindful of what you’re buying.”
To get our pantry in shape here’s what I did:
- I cleared out food that had been sitting since we moved last February. I hate wasting food but if it hasn’t been eaten in a year or was open and stale, it was time to go. Everything remaining would be organized.
- I had a ton of leftover mason jars in our cabinet. I really liked the idea of using what we had before I bought a bunch of stuff we didn’t need. So I pulled them all down and started filling them with the random bags of food on hand.
- Once I was done I determined what we still needed. I bought about 6 more jars in various sizes and these Plastic Storage Caps because Melissa is right, they’re much better than the metal ones.
- Michael and I are chip fiends so after all that there were still a bunch of bags without homes. I thought about how we function and know that we aren’t the type of people who’ll pour bags of chips into bins. So for chips/pretzels, etc. I found an old cookbook basket that we were no longer using and put it to good use. I know that we still have a way to go but the pantry feels 1000 times better than it did before. Loving that I can see everything now.
My hope is that being able to visualize everything will help me tailor our food buying, curb excess purchasing and food wasting, and maybe get more creative with recipe development.
On Constantly Striving.
An interesting podcast on the ins and outs of happiness.
That does it for me, thanks for the coffee chat, time to pick up the baby (how much longer can I continue to call her that? I’m thinking forever).