Sunday, February 01, 2015

Farewell January, you've been grand

The boy goes back to school tomorrow after the summer holidays and to be honest, I am ready to get back into a routine.That is not because having him home from school is challenging anymore because basically he is old enough now to look after himself, if you call staying up all night playing games and sleeping all day looking after yourself. He was also away a couple of times including one stretch of two weeks where he went to Perth to stay with my relatives.

I have to say that this summer feels like it is ending, and that is despite the fact that we haven't had much hot weather at all and there is officially still a month of the season to go. I don't remember having this feeling in previous years and when I look back I think it is because I have managed to pack a fair bit into this January.

With the intention of actually doing some blogging I thought I would share some pictures from my January. We started the month off with a day at the beach, on one of the few hot days we had, and boy was it hot! That day started off with a bit of a frenzy though as I realised that I no longer have any bathers that actually fit so had to rush out and buy some. The major thing I realised on this day out was that I really did let my weight stop me from doing some things. I wouldn't have said I did if you had of asked me a year ago, but the reality was that this was the first time I had been fully into the ocean in years. I had waded in up to my knees on occasion but not strode into the waves confidently. I was a bit worried that the lily whiteness of all that skin being exposed to the sun might cause some blindness for bystanders but no one said anything.





There was time spent being a tourist in my own town. I had a friend come over and I took them to some of my favourite places, but we also went to the Shrine of Rememberance. It is a place I have seen before but never actually been to. I didn't realise that you can climb to the top of the shrine and get a 360 degree view of the city. I will definitely be going back there again. That whole weekend was awesome and I think is pretty sure to feature among my highlights for the year!



There was good food and good company including an Australia Day barbecue, farewell drinks for a friend who is moving to Perth, drinks by the river on a fine summer evening, catching up with friends, a retirement do where I go to be a lady that lunched and even some cooking for other people that I was pretty pleased with how it turned out.







There was a night at the tennis at the Australian Open



And a night of dancing. Hours of dancing to both modern music and awesome 80s pop.




There was also lots and lots of basketball in the last week of January. This is a big part of my routine for the next 8 months or so.



And there were movies, including Mockingjay, The Water Diviner and The Imitation Game, which is my favourite of the movies I have seen.

Oh, and the shopping. There was a lot of shopping!! I cleared out my wardrobe at the end of December and got rid of all my really fat clothes. Whilst I am trying to be a little controlled buying new clothes that may not fit for long, I must admit that it is really, really exciting and fun to be able to walk into a normal clothes shop and find things that fit and look good. In the last ten days I have bought 2 dresses, 4 tops, a pair of jeans, a pair of leggings, a ring, a set of bangles, shoes, earrings and a handbag. I am becoming a lady who likes to shop, which is something I would never have said about myself.

What you won't notice in here is any mention of books, and that is because I haven't actually finished a book this month. Not even one.  Shocking, but true. I am, however, really enjoying the going out and living life! I feel as though I have a lot more capacity to enjoy life at the moment. It is an unexpected bonus of losing so much weight. I always went out and did things but not like I did this month. Long may it continue.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Feeling Saucy

I did something new to me a few weeks ago. I made a tomato pasta sauce from scratch, and it really wasn't that hard. The thing that has excited me about this is how versatile this sauce was once I had made it. I had never really thought of how many different ways you can use a sauce. So in this week's Weekend Cooking I am going to talk about the different ways I used this Tomato Pasta Sauce.

First though, I posted the recipe as part of my most recent weekend cooking post for Garlic Prawns, but I am going to repost it here too.

Tomato Pasta Sauce

1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 red capsicum, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 kg ripe tomatoes, chopped

Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion, carrot, capsicum and garlic. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until onion softens.

Add tomato. Increase heat to high. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, for 30 minutes or until tomato breaks down and forms a sauce. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Transfer sauce to a food processor and process until smooth. Return to pan. Use immediately or either freeze or store in sterilised jars.




I originally found this recipe in the most recent Diabetic Living magazine. I really liked that the magazine not only posted the recipe but also that it then used it in other recipes through out the magazine, like the Garlic Prawns recipe.  One of the suggestions on how to use the sauce include to toss through cooked pasta with chargrilled chicken and seasonal vegies and then top with basil leaves, parmesan and pepper. It was mentioned that you can either bottle this in sterilised glass jars or freeze in 1 cup portions. 

Another suggestion is to use the sauce on pizza bases and top with vegies, prawns and some low fat cheese.  Whilst I didn't follow this suggestion exactly, I did make a pizza on wholemeal pita bread using this sauce as the base and topped it with poached chicken breast, red onion, red capsicum, baby spinach leaves and topped with some baby bocconcini because I had most of these ingredients left from the salad that I made to go with the prawns I posted recently. It looked and tasted awesome!



One of the recipes that the sauce was used in in the magazine was a Cheesy Tomato Gnocchi which sounds delicious but I am not the biggest gnocchi fan so not sure if I will make it.

There were two other things that I did with the sauce after I had made it. I was pretty excited with the idea of actually using the pasta sauce as exactly that. I was going to have proper pasta for the first time in months. The only way I have been having pasta for the last nine months is in lasagne. There is actually no reason why being diabetic stops you from having pasta as long as you watch your serving size which according to the recommendations should be around a cup of cooked pasta. The biggest issue is that most of the time we eat way too much and then we top it with lots of tasty but not necessarily all that healthy other ingredients. 

I had my dinner all planned out. I was going to have some chicken with pasta and tomato sauce and some steamed vegies. Only problem was that my teenage son, who loves to eat raw pasta, has eaten all the pasta in the house. The only type that we had left was risoni, the rice-like pasta. Good low GI food but not precisely the pasta dinner I was looking for! It ended up being a bit of an odd dinner all round.

The final way I used it was in the following recipe which I originally found in Symply Too Good To Be True book 2. This has fast become one of our favourite meals to eat. I am always amused by the dietician's comment which is "At last a chicken parmigiana that tastes like you find at the pub but without it being high in fat". Now, it is good but it doesn't taste like a great chicken parma from the pub! Here is the original recipe:

Chicken Parmagiana

4x125g skinless chicken breasts
Cooking spray
75g 97% fat-free ham slices
4 tblspns no-added-salt tomato paste
1 cup 25% reduced-fat grated tasty cheese

Preheat oven to 180C fan forced.

Flatten chicken breasts using a meat mallet. Place on a baking tray that has been coated with cooking spray. Place ham slices evenly on top of each flattened piece of chicken, spread 1/4 of tomato paste over each breast, sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 25-30 minutesor until chicken is cooked through. 



Since I started making this I have done it as described above but I have also made it just using canned tomatoes that have been strained and using Tomato Supreme (which is a mix of tomato, capsicum and onion) but this time around I used the pasta sauce and it was definitely super tasty! One thing is that I don't tend to flatten the chicken breast all that much as it stays nice and moist. I also tend to only have half a chicken breast and use the rest the next day or for lunch.

Just from this one time of making this sauce from scratch I am definitely inspired to make it again, to freeze some servings ready for those days when I just need something quick and tasty and to make some of these things again as well as maybe trying something new! It also sounds super organised which is something new and unusual for me.

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Garlic Prawns

Last week I talked about a memorable meal and I am going to touch on that theme again this week. This time I am going to go back even further to a trip to Perth when I was maybe 19 years old. Yes, that far back!

This time my trip down memory lane takes me back to a day when I went to Fremantle. I happened to be in Perth at the same time as a friend from work so we met up and went down to Freo and did touristy things. It was getting to the point of being past lunch time when we decided that we were hungry and we decided to eat at a somewhat kitschy restaurant.

I chose garlic prawns which was served with white rice and oh my goodness, so good, When I think back it was probably a pretty simple version of garlic prawns. There seemed to be only prawns and lots and lots of finely chopped garlic. There must have been something else in there to aid the flavour but I have no idea what that would have been.

Unlike the dish I mentioned last week, after a couple of failed attempts a long time to ago to find another garlic prawns dish that I like I have stopped trying garlic prawns if I go out for dinner.

I seem to be a bit obsessed with eating seafood at the moment. My go to weekday dinner at the moment is pre-packaged steamed fish in a Thai coconut sauce with brown rice and baby broccoli. I am using the precooked rice so not only does this meal taste good but it also takes approximately 5 minutes to cook. I had this a couple of times this week. Then yesterday I had prawn pad see ew from the Thai restaurant near work yesterday and I bought sardines to have for breakfast tomorrow. And then there was the new recipe I tried tonight from the current Diabetic Living magazine. There are a number of recipes I am keen to try in the current magazine but as soon as I saw it I knew this would be the first recipe I would try.

There are actually three components to this meal, but the hardest thing really was chopping the vegetables for the sauce. Other than that, it is pretty simple really. And I have to say the salad was a winner! I don't usually do the dressing thing but this was quick and simple and tasty.


Garlic Prawns

2 tspn extra virgin olive oil
2 tspn light margarine
5 cloves garlic, crushed
1 kg (500g peeled) green prawns, peeled and deveined, tails intact
500ml (2 cups) tomato pasta sauce (recipe below)
4 slices (250g) sourdough bread or gluten free bread, to serve

Spinach, tomato and bocconcini salad

100g green beans, blanched, diagonally sliced
50g (2 cups) baby spinach leaves
1 small red capsicum, cut into thin, short strips
3 egg tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
50g bocconcini, torn into wedges
3 tspn red wine vinegar
1 tspn extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper, to season

To make spinach, tomato and bocconcini salad put beans, spinach, capsicum, tomato, onion and bocconcini in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Whisk vinegar and oil in a small bowl. Season with pepper and set aside.

Heat oil and margarine in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat until foaming. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the prawns and cook, turning often, for 2 minutes or until almost cooked.

Add sauce and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes or until prawns are tender and sauce is heated

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to coat. Divide prawns between small serving dishes. Serve with bread and salad

*For a variation, you can replace the beans with sugar snap peas or snow peas, and the bocconcini with low-fat ricotta.

Tomato Pasta Sauce

1 tbspn extra virgin olive oil
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 red capsicum, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 kg ripe tomatoes, chopped

Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion, carrot, capsicum and garlic. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until onion softens.

Add tomato. Increase heat to high. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, for 30 minutes or until tomato breaks down and forms a sauce. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

Transfer sauce to a food processor and process until smooth. Return to pan. Use immediately or either freeze or store in sterilised jars.



I think you are probably going to hear more about the sauce next week!

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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Sunday Salon: 2014 stats

It would be remiss of me to not do a round up of my reading for 2014. Of course, that  also gives me yet another opportunity to lament how badly my 2014 reading really went.

Let's stop talking about what I didn't read and concentrate on what I did read.  I was quite pleased and a little surprised, to see that there were 15 books that I rated as being rated 4.5 or higher. There was only one book that I rated as a 5/5 read though.




And what an awesome book it was. Given that it was the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I it is fitting that the one book that I gave the maximum rating to was a book that explored that time. In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl follows a young woman who travels from Australia to look for her brother who has joined up despite the fact that he is underage. She becomes a nurse in a hospital in France. We follow both Iris's story as a nurse and her grand daughter Grace who works as a doctor but is having trouble balancing work with her role as a wife and mother. An excellent read on many levels.

So let's get stuck into some stats.

I only read a grand total of 66 books in 2014. 66!!  Last year I talked about the fact that I only read 219 books. Now I am thinking that 219 was a really good effort. I know for some people that 66 people would be a good total, but for me it is my worst reading year in at least 10 to 15 years. It is also important to put that in perspective.  As at June I had read 54 books. That means that in the last six months of the year I only read 12. And even that is a bit misleading because I only read one book in both November and December!

So I mentioned previously that in 2013 I was a bit disappointed with my total of 219 books and that was because the previous year I read a massive 291 books. I also could justify that a little because I read a lot of big books in 2013 but that isn't the case in 2014 either. All up, I read a total of 22696 pages. A fair proportion of the books I have read were by new to me authors - a total of 28.

Last year I was pretty much evenly split between reading in e-books and print with a good chunk being listened to in audio books. 2014 was different because I barely read any e-books and I pretty much stopped listening to audio books late in the year too. Or that is how it feels anyway. Let's have a look at the chart and see how it really was.


In terms of the quality of the books that I read, my go to grade continues to be 4/5, something that I don't envisage changing any time soon, but I as I mentioned above I was pleased that such a high proportion of them were 4.5 or 5 out of 5.




As usual, I continue to predominantly read books written by female authors. Given that this has been so consistent for a few years now I don't see this actually changing anytime soon.



My genre reading stayed pretty consistent with previous years. Romance tends to dominate with general fiction, historical fiction and YA. 



A few other little stats. 

My participation in the Australian Women Writers Challenge continues to influence my reading in a big way. This year, 24 of the books I read were by Australian female authors. It is hard to believe that it is only a couple of years since I was happy to just read 10 books by Aussie authors, regardless of gender! The only other challenge that I made any progress in was the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge where I read 12 books.

This year I reread 3 books. One of these was a surprise to me. I read a book which I didn't remember at all. It was only when I went to add it into my spreadsheet that I realised that it was already there!!

And there we have it. 2014 in a nutshell. Whilst I think that I will probably have the same kind of reading this year as I did last year I do hope that I can be a bit more consistent throughout the year rather than practically stopping reading at all in the latter part of the year.



Currently reading

Outback Ghost by Rachael Johns

Up Next

Lets just see if we can finish one book before we worry about the next one!!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Weekend Cooking: Beef and Shiitake Stir Fry

Over the last few years I have shared a number of posts about memorable meals. These have ranged from a simple meal of bread and cheese in France to goulash and chocolate cake for breakfast in Hungary but this week I wanted to talk about a meal that I had closer to home.

Many, many years ago I went out to a Chinese banquet with a group of friends. I don't remember the name of the restaurant, but I do remember it was in the centre of Adelaide and I think you had to go downstairs to get to it. I have no idea what else we ate, but one of the courses was a beef and broccoli stir fry with oyster sauce. It was so delicious. Ever since them I have been in search of a repeat of the perfect experience, with mixed success. I quite often order beef and vegie stir fry in oyster sauce which is good, but just not quite as good as I remember. Maybe I have remembered it as much better than it actually was.

When I was first diagnosed with diabetes I borrowed a number of books from the library including the 4 Ingredients Diabetes book which is endorsed by Diabetes Australia.  I was pleased to find a recipe for Beef and Shiitake Stir Fry in there which I thought was probably worth trying. I have had mixed results with the 4 ingredients cook books in the past. I have used them to try some new ideas and then gone onto explore more complex recipes with more success at a later date. For example, a while ago I tried a tomato and pasta recipe that I thought was pretty bland but then that led me to try a recipe for Pasta Pomodoro which was delicious and wasn't that much harder that the 4 ingredients cook book.

One thing I liked from this recipe is that it challenged me to use ingredients I wouldn't normally use. Broccolini is a vegetable that I must confess I didn't really see the point of. Why not just used normal broccoli, but having used it in this recipe I have now gone on to buy some baby broccoli too which I am usually having with steamed fish and brown rice which is really delicious. The other thing is that shiitake mushrooms aren't always available from my supermarket so it is interesting to see what difference different types of mushrooms make to the taste.

The boy isn't particularly fond of this recipe but I like it enough to have made it a few times. Maybe he'll come round once I serve it up a few more times. That has happened before.  I usually serve it up with steamed basmati rice and take the leftovers to work for lunch over a couple of days. Maybe now I need to go and search for a more complex and subtle flavour combination. Watch this space.

Beef and Shiitake Stir Fry


500g rump steak, sliced
2 bunches broccolini, cut into 4cm lengths
200g shiitake mushrooms, sliced
4 tablespoons of oyster sauce

Heat a nonstick wok or frying pan over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons water, the beef, broccolini, and mushrooms; season to taste with pepper. Stir fry until the beef is just browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the oyster sauce and stir-fry until well coated and the vegetables just tender

Author's note:

I used oyster sauce which is high in sodium simply because I had it. To lower the sodium you could substitute oyster for black bean or hoisin sauce if you have them. To increase carbohydrates, toss through 400g of cooked rice noodles, though you may need a little extra sauce. Simply create by mixing 2 tablespoons of water from the cooked noodles with 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014, Welcome 2015


This morning I was laying in bed thinking about what I wanted to say on the last day of the year. I quickly realised that it was going to be an awfully long Facebook status update. Should I do three or four separate ones, plus upload photos, or one big status update. As those thoughts flitted around my head, a quiet little thought forced it's way in. You know you have a blog right? You can say as much as you want to say, upload photos and then say some more if you need. You think you remember how to do that?

So, I have a blog! And I can write a post! Although apparently I am very easily distracted by stupid facebook games and online conversations.

So, here we go.

2014 was a pretty good year for me.

I reconnected with some people from my past who helped me understand the things that happened back then from their perspective, which was actually a lot different from my perspective of things. I strengthened friendships with other people who have become really important to me now and I met some new people too!

Some of those events and people then helped me to get my head a little bit straighter, as did taking some active steps towards that which then helped me with......

The single most important thing I did this year is that I finally figured out what I need to do to lose weight!! I end the year weighing 38kgs (around 80lbs) less than I started. Maybe it's more, but that is how much I have lost from the heaviest weight I remember. And for the most part, it has been relatively easy, or at least it was until the last few weeks when some bad habits have started to creep back in again and I also eased off being so strong in resisting things like Lindt chocolate balls.

For me weight loss comes down to this. If you watch what you eat (make better food choices) and how much of it (portion control) and move more (exercise) then you lose weight. No shakes, or super, super restrictive diets or anything like that. I am also keeping a food diary which is very powerful in terms of being accountable and trying to find recipes that approximate things that we like to eat anyway.

I have been told that I need to get my eyes fixed though because I am not as good at seeing the effects as other people are. I have dropped lots of sizes, and so can see it in my clothes but I am not that great in seeing it in the mirror or in photos. For example, in the now photo below I don't see as big a difference as I would like to! So, the photo on the left was taken in February 2014 and the one on the right on Christmas day.




One of the consequences of feeling better about myself and having more energy is that I feel much lighter in my spirit.  That doesn't mean to say that I don't have days where I feel down but those days are much fewer and don't feel any where near as oppressive as they used to.

In terms of the other major issues in my life, money is still tight and will continue to be for a couple of more years more at least, but there does seem to be light at the end of the tunnel.  And no, no bloke yet but I did get picked up a few months ago at a car wash of all places. Unfortunately I had to say no to my first pick up in 20 years (a very funny story) but it happened!

It's not quite all good news. 2014 also seems to have been the year where I forgot how to read and how to blog. Goodreads proudly told me I had completed 62 books this year which doesn't sound that bad until you realise that I generally easily exceed 200 books in a year. And no reading means no blogging. I could have been blogging other stuff I guess but I am not sure where either blogging or reading fits into that. I want it too. I need it too. Just have to figure it all out.

Other highlights for this year included spending some time in Adelaide earlier this year. That trip gets easier and easier every time I make it. A few years ago I dreaded it but this time I was actually very excited about it and was almost reluctant to leave!!

The boy turned 16 which is impossible to believe. He made the training squad for the state volleyball team and now has made the rep squad for basketball in our area. My Friday nights for the next 12 month are pretty much taken up with basketball and that is before we start talking about training, about tournaments or anything else. He just got his learners permit a couple of days ago so now I have the trauma of teaching him to drive to look forward to.

I went to a couple of concerts this year and thoroughly enjoyed them both. I couldn't possibly missed seeing Keith Urban when he is in town and then I saw Queen with Adam Lambert which was an awesome show, although I could have done without the pre-show drama that I had with some of my friends. Oh well. All's well that ends well.

So what does 2015 hold in store?

I am hoping to continue losing weight and then to have 2015 be the year where I work out how to keep the weight off and not regain it! This is especially important seeing as I just recently cleaned all the really, really fat clothes out of my wardrobe so if I do regain it all then I will have to spend a lot more money on restocking the wardrobe.

Goodbye really fat clothes

After I had started the weight loss process I was confirmed as having diabetes. I have posted a bit before about this and it still seems to be under control. I am hoping to have it under control enough to go off medication, at least for the time being but I think I need to find a new doctor so that we can have that conversation. Last time I saw my current doctor he kept calling me dearie (which I hate) but most significantly when I asked him about coming off meds he basically said I would need to do something drastic like have lap band surgery. At that stage I had lost 25kgs so I was like how much more drastic does it need to be and he wouldn't believe me until I stood on his scales!

Another things I am hoping for 2015 is that I get to leave the country! I am hoping to either visit the US or New Zealand this year, but I need to get my passport first. I have no idea why, but in my mind I had always said that if my weight reached a certain point then I could give myself permission to go and get my passport. I am now past that point so in theory I just need to find the money and go and do it! The boy gets to go to New Zealand with school first though.

I do have a couple of trips within Australia too. I am planning to go to Canberra for the Australian Romance Readers Convention, to Sydney for the Historical Novel Society Australia conference, to Perth for either my grandmother's 95th birthday or for Christmas, to Adelaide in September and to Mildura for my godson's christening. Phew. No idea how I am going to pay for all of that but we will work it out I am sure.

I guess overall, if I was to summarise what I hope for next year, I want to consolidate the changes I have made in my life so that I can continue to be happier and healthier. Oh, and if a decent man wanted to come along for the ride too that would be awesome!

See, way too long for a Facebook status update!!

I wish everyone a very happy and safe new year! And hopefully I will see some of you around blogland once I have figured out where blogging fits into my current life!





Sunday, November 02, 2014

Sunday Salon: So I read some books - not many, but some.

So....it's fair to say that this is my worst year for reading, reviewing and blogging in nearly 10 years.

I am not really reading, certainly not reviewing and blogging is sporadic at best. Today, at least, I thought I would at least give a Sunday Salon post a go to share my May to October reads. It is a far cry from the months where I averaged 20 or so books in a month. In September, for example, I read just one book. I listened to another but actually reading - just the one. Unthinkable.

Here's what I have read or listened to over the last few months


May

Winning the Player by  Leesa Bow 3.5/5
True North: the story of Mary and Elizabeth Durack by Brenda Niall 3.5/5 (book club)
The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland 3.5/5
A Star for Mrs Blake by April Smith 4.5/5
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 3.5/5 (audio book)

June

Eyrie by Tim Winton 3/5 (audio book)
The Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen 3.5/5
The Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta 4.5/5 (audio book/reread)
Hope Ignites by Jaci Burton 4/5

July

Melting the Ice by Jaci Burton 4/5
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent 4/5 (audio book)
Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand 3.5/5
Sapphire Skies by Belinda Alexandra 3.5/5 (audio book)

August

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4.5 (audio book/reread)
Rockstar Addiction Nalini Singh 3.5

September

Written in my Own Hearts Blood by Diana Gabaldon 4/5 (audio book)
Driving in Neutral by Sandra Antonelli 3.5

October

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman 4.5/5/
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 4.5/5


When I read Isla and the Happily Ever After I read it in a day which is almost a return to my old normal way of reading but it did make me realise a couple of things about the role of reading in my life before and has given me some food for thought about what it's role should be in my life now. I did start to compose a blog post about that in my head. Who knows. Sometimes in the next week I might even get around to starting to put some of those thoughts into a blog post that might be published.

Currently reading

House of Memories by Monica McInerney (or at least that is the book that I am carrying around with me.

Currently listening

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Up Next

No idea!

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