Cake stands, not sure what it is about them but they are adorable. I wouldn’t say that I have to have them in my life but there is always a little smile in my heart when I pick one up spin it around and day dream about a big fluffy cakes with buttercream frosting, a pile of scones or a lofty plant stand.
So if anyone is out there wondering what to get the Belle for a present I have a few suggestions.
It’s Thursday and I’m feeling a little quirky, okay a lot quirky. I was looking for new blog ideas and found this gem ‘write a blog about 9 things that totally gross you out’. I honestly can’t decide if I’m getting grossed out or cracking myself up.
Things that totally gross me out
1. being touched by someones feet
2. runny egg yolks
3. someone dipping toast in runny egg yolks
4. the slobby licking sound the dog makes when she cleans her own butt 5. tuna fish salad
6. when grandma sucks her ‘teeth’
8. boiled peanuts, especially when the juice gets flung onto my face
9. the crunchy sound spiders make when squished
So imagine what my worst nightmare would be like. Someone touching me with their feet trying to get me to eat tuna fish salad, with olives topped with boiled peanuts and a soft boiled egg, all while grandma sucks her teeth and the dog licks her butt. Then suddenly a big juicy spider runs out, the room falls to silence and someone steps on it.
And yes I said boiled peanuts are gross. So indulge me; what is your grossy gross list?
I wish everyone could find the same joy in cooking and planing meals for their family as I do. I love it, I think I’m just a happy planner and that’s all there is to it. So This is my meal planning post and it is in no way suppose to be the end all best way to get things done, it’s just my approach. I cook for two, which can honestly be great and it can be difficult at the same time.
First I look in the pantry/fridge to see what I have or what might be near death needing used up. Well no actually first I panic that there is nothing to cook or I have no idea what to make, then I look in the pantry. Anyway – moving on; Nothing is worse than tossing something because I find it weeks later and think – oh I didn’t know I had this I could have used it – so I check my resources. Incidentally forgetting to do this is how I ended up with lots of onions this week – weird. Anyway that’s where I start.
Then I move onto the weekly grocery store add(s). Sometimes I find inspiration there, plan meals around what is on sale or see that toilet paper is on special an remember we are nearly out.
Last before making a grocery list I poke through my cookbooks or any book marked recipes, picking meals. Some friendly advice; for every 3-4 meals I plan to fix, I pick one new recipe to try and keep the rest tried and true. I think limiting the experiments keeps my husband from wondering about dinner, and I still get to make an adventure meal here and there. Happy home am I right?
Anyway then I head off to the store, come home with my bounty and cheer myself on for planning a great menu.
One other thing that helps when planning meals – keep your pantry stocked. I’ve seen countless lists and recommendations for what’s best to stock – just do what feels right, and don’t get all crazy. (Unless crazy feels right of course.) I’ve seen ‘saffron threads’ on a list as a staple – what no – I don’t buy that diamond and platinum priced spice unless I need it! Think simple, you know your family this will be easy. For example, we really like a particular microwave rice packet, so I keep a few around.
Point being, do what feels right and have fun. If you are satisfied with the outcome, that is what matters. If you’re not – well take your miserable butt back in the kitchen and fix it already.
I know the best way for me to refuel and get guidance, whether it’s physically, spiritually or emotionally is to just be still. I struggle with seeing that through, always feeling like there is something that needs my attention or like I have to find a way to keep busy when I’m not. I have to make a pointed focused effort to be still, and the best way for me to accomplish this is what I call an analog day.
What’s an analog day? It’s day where all the digital stuff in my life get’s put on hold. It’s not an anti social hide from the world day toss responsibilities to the curb experience, but a slow your roll kind of day.
What can an analog day look like?
– listen to records (the evolution of our record collection is a whole different blog)
– go chat with a neighbor or a friend instead of texting
– read a real book, you know paper glue spine
– skip the online recipes and go for a cookbook, or better yet one of my Gram’s hand scrawled recipes
– send a piece of snail mail, enclose an extra stamp
– anything that slows the pace, like a cup of tea
If I find myself having a hard time putting down the “busy” sometimes I’ll go where my phone doesn’t get a signal, like the belly of the aquarium.
Just a short list, what do you like to do to slow down? I would love to hear!
DragonCon, it’s every type of convention rolled into one.
DragonCon, my uncle calls it Nerd Fest, it is a nerd fest.
DragonCon, Labor Day weekend in Atlanta – just go!
Now that I have persuaded you to attend let me tell you what to expect (I would love to say let me prepare you, but there really is no way to prepare.)
There will be Star Wars, Star Trek, SciFi, live action roll play, anime, Harry Potter, epic heroes and villains, celebrities, wackos, geeks, nerds and anything else your mind can conjure. I guarantee a huge crowd no matter where you look. Just envision 82 thousand people dressed up as their favorite fictional characters, that’s what it looks like. To many activities to pick from, there will be celebrity panels, workshops, photo/autograph sessions, a parade and the most magnificent people watching. As a newbie I was overwhelmed.
So what did my husband and I end up doing? We saw panels with cast members from Firefly, Battle Star Galactica, Dr Who and ST Next Gen to name a few. Went to the parade, which people started lining up to see two hours before it started. By the time the parade got going the route was five people deep on the sidewalks. Huge shout out to the Atlanta police by the way. We went to costume night at the Atlanta aquarium dressed as Kaylee and Jayne from Firefly, used it as an opportunity to catch up with a local friend, she even came dressed as River.
I think my favorite thing was the people watching – it really was monumental.