In this week of packing and procrastinating…
- Only HERO, which I raced through. So fun!
Reading this week:
- Have begun the first Dortmunder book, HOT ROCKS. So far it is highly enjoyable.
- Many more teen LGBT books are making their way from Amazon’s warehouses to my home… please keep the suggestions coming!
There’s nothing like having to put all of my books into boxes to drive home the perils of being a book fetishist. I did better this time around about putting a bunch aside to give away, but I have also committed to a new Read or Die plan. That is, I’m taking a bunch of books I own, unread, yet deemed worthy of schlepping to my new home because, “I’ve always wanted to read that!”, and putting them on their own shelf. Every month I have to read the next one on the shelf — or I have to give it away. (I can mess with the order.) This month? Leon Trotsky’s autobiography, MY LIFE. It comes very highly recommended; time to see what all the fuss is about.
Best part of my new home? My roommate has a dog!!!!!
In other news, I have begun cooking. This is hugely exciting as I have always loved to eat, but have had limited skill at procuring my own foodstuffs except via parking myself at the local pub, where not only does everybody know my name, I know theirs, and we stop and talk when we see each other on the street, because I am there all the time like it is my home.
The drive to begin cooking was partly financial (I am trying to get my finances in order — part of the impetus to move — also encouraged by my having calculated that fully ten percent of my post-taxes-and-donations salary was going to wine. That does not, in fact, match my sense of what my priorities are.). I’ve also found that I feel an immense sense of accomplishment when I eat things I made. Ordinarily, I cook in enormous proportions and eat the leftovers for many days, but some friends and I are starting a group cooking night with leftovers exchange so we get some variety. I’m pretty sure this is the best idea I’ve ever had, after starting this blog.
Cooked this week:
- Curry, based on this recipe, except I added a lot more vegetables — eggplant, summer squash, mushrooms — and I kind of messed up the proportions, but it was delicious and fed me for six meals. Oh yeah, my cooking is very experimental, partly because I lack normal instruments of cooking (although during my move I located the measuring spoons… in a file cabinet!).
- Vegan chocolate pudding. I’ve been making lots of chocolate pudding lately; this was for one of the friends who aided my move. Secret ingredients? Cinnamon, cardamom and cayenne pepper. I should mention that I add cinnamon to more or less everything.
Learning to cook is only the latest in many respects in which I am growing up — though, some would say, a tad late. (In re: that link, I am 26.) I am getting over my spider phobia. I am becoming more organized and more chill. I am sorry to say that I have not, however, learned to drive.