So here’s a little something I thought I’d try – a weekly dinner schedule (plus some fun with coloured pens). I’m really not a routine/schedule person, but I do love rituals, and the buying, preparing and eating (especially the eating) of food is one of my favourite rituals. Josh and I often talked about doing a weekly dinner schedule when we had kids (you know, one day, in the future – it’s still so surreal that that time is now), so I thought – why not start now? It’s more of a thematic guide, really, with lots of room for spontaneity. For Thursday night’s dinner, for example, we had Annie’s Naturals Macaroni and Cheese with some organic, free range pork sausages. (Gaaaad, I love sausages. I must track down some free range farmer sausage!) See what I mean – lots of room for menu maneuvering. It’s all about having fun, not being regimented. (Yuck.) Plus, when it comes to decorating to dressing to eating, I’m all about Themes. Maybe we’ll have to do a British-style roast dinner complete with Yorkshire puddings for Meat Night. Hmmmm….
And speaking of meals, someone turned 6 months old this week, got his first tooth, started sitting up on his own (tonight!) and became very, very interested in food (although mama milk is still his entree of choice):
In other news, I’ve decided to commit myself to Laini Taylor’s March “Crack Your W.I.P.”-athon. The challenge is to finish your work-in-progress by the end of the month. As she so astutely says, here is the chance for a completed draft, “[a] beginning, a middle, and an end. A big, juicy, messy word-count boost to your work-in-progress.” I’m not a prolific writer by any means, and on my current w.i.p. I seem to have bogged myself down by going back and editing as I go – the ultimate writing sin, the very thing you’re told in all creative writing classes never to do! Maybe by declaring my intentions here, and on adding my name to the list on Laini’s blog, I’ll actually stick to it. I want to finish the current draft of my second hi-lo middle grade novella (here’s a link to my first book), and I reckon I need about 12,000 more words. I’ll keep you posted!
Listening to: Scratch My Back by Peter Gabriel – Every time I hear a new song and/or album by this man, I’m reminded of how brilliant he is. On this new album he’s backed only by strings, which really highlights the gorgeously gruff quality of his voice… one of the best voices in popular music, in my humble opinion. The perfect late-night baking music (which I’m doing right now – baking my little sister a 30th birthday cake!)