We’ve had an up and down kind of week. I felt a bit overwhelmed by things and the kids and well just life in general. But my daily walks (listening to Carrie Brownstein’s audiobook no less) in the sunshine and fresh air have helped me push through my tendency towards glumness. I get a few hours to myself each morning and I try to make as much of it as I can. Sometimes I try to do too much. Like on Friday when I cleaned the floors, then cleaned the vacuum cleaner, made bread (ok so that was in the bread machine) and made pizza for lunch.
We had a weekend of trying out new eateries, like a new diner which turned out to be co-owned (or owned?) by the same people who own the diner we sometimes eat weekend breakfast at. It was kind of amusing to be seated by a familiar waitress and have our breakfast order taste pretty much similar at this new place. We love our regular place for its really crispy bacon, great service and small-town feel. The town we live in has a six-digit population so it’s not a small town, but at the diner, with the old guys sitting in the corner, the elderly couple splitting pancakes opposite us, it kind of feels like small-town America. Yup, we are often one of the few tables under 50 but that may also be because we’re there before 8. On a Saturday.
Also, a new Korean place opened up a few months ago. Santa Clara, about half an hour or so away from us, has tons of Korean eateries, some fancy, some more homey, even several Korean bakeries and supermarkets, so we tend to end up there when we’re looking for Korean food. I was so pleased to try out this place and what I really liked about it, was that when I asked for ‘spicy’ tofu soup, it was actually spicy. Even the husband’s nose acted up after a while, and he’s the kind of person who adds extra chili sauce to his noodles. And oh my word, they had this combination of regular fried chicken wings and fried chicken wings with a ‘house sauce’, which turned out to be a sweet chili sauce. It was so good! I’m so going back for more.
For an upcoming book tour. I’m going to have to read it finish soon!
The Temple of my Familiar – Alice Walker
I was browsing Scribd (grrr… as they’re limiting ebooks next month) and thought that I would glance through the first few pages of this as I hadn’t read any other of Walker’s books (besides The Colour Purple and that was years ago). And I just kind of got hooked.
Grey’s Anatomy. It’s sad as I finally got to the season when my favourite character, Christina Yang (Sandra Oh), left the show. But I like how it happened at least!
Indie Mix on Spotify
Hunger makes me a modern girl – Carrie Brownstein (audiobook)
Afternoon Tea from Lupicia
Chicken stew (in an attempt to finish my celery). Maybe I’ll make biscuits to go along with that.
Claypot rice (chicken, lapcheung or Chinese sausage, black soy sauce garlic and ginger over rice) and stirfried vegetables
Brussels sprouts with pasta
Oh and is it asparagus season? I found some lovely asparagus at Sprouts on sale! I can’t wait to cook it.
I love chocolate chip cookies and am always looking out for new recipes to try! Here’s one from Bake for Happy Kids.
Tanya at GirlXOXO rounds up the March book blogger events in one convenient post!
I really should stop reading posts like this one by Lit Hub: 23 books to be excited for in March
Saga Vol 5 – Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Zita the Spacegirl – Ben Hatke
Legends of Zita the Spacegirl – Ben Hatke
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl – Ben Hatke
Skandalon – Julie Maroh
What are you reading this week?