So Currently…

Reading…

I’ve been picking up and setting down several books these last few weeks. I recently finished a cute little comic by Lucy Knisley called Stepping Stones which is semi-autobiographical about the author’s time adjusting to a new family and the New York countryside when she was young. It was a cute little book and I’m always a huge fan of Knisley art and comic style.

I’ve also been jumping back and forth between The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and Lakewood by Megan Giddings. The former is a tome of a nonfiction book about the period of the Great Migration, where black people from the South moved up North to escape the Jim Crow caste system. Lakewood is a bit of a mystery at this point. I want to classify it as some psychological horror involving science experiments and the like but I’m not sure of its direction yet. It’s intriguing though.

Writing…

I’ve very tentatively started trying to edit my Hollow Grove series. I just can’t seem to get myself in the right head space for them (or writing in general to be honest). But I rewrote the intro of the Grim History (which I count as a win :)) and have dedicated more of my daydreaming towards the Festival of Shadows rewrite.

And blog wise! I’m here! I’m writing!

In my life…

Since this whole pandemic thing started, I’ve gotten really into cooking. The bug has always been there if my Youtube history is any indication. Recently, I’ve been studying Korean and Asian cooking and have experimented with a couple of recipes and foods.

I usually fail when I first try things. I tend to absorb a lot of info and then go off the cuff when I make a recipe. The Bibimbap I tried on Friday was a little off. It was mostly the way I prepared the vegetables and the Gochujang sauce I got from Target was actually barbacue sauce which is embarrassing. The sauce tasted good but was way sweeter than I was expecting.

But a couple of wins for the week included some fried potatoes I made for breakfast, a tex mex bowl with all the fixings (this time I added fire roasted corn and green salsa which made a HUGE difference) and a strawberry mug cake.

I’ll be talking about cooking way more in the future because it’s become such a big part of my life and it brings me so much joy thinking about recipes and experimenting with things in the fridge.

A Few Good Things

There’s a lot of things happening right now. A part of me wants to dwell on them this week. Believe me when I say I’ve done enough of that and will do more so in the future I want to do something different this Sunday.

So let’s list some good things:

  • I can smell spring in the air. Even though it’s cold right now, I smell life blooming all around me. The grass is flush with green and the tree outside my apartment is starting to bud. And though I don’t look forward to the fish smell the white flowers bring, they’ll still be beautiful.
  • A mini vacation. Yes, it’s a government sanctioned one but one nonetheless. The last time I had one was back in early July of last year when I traveled to Indiana to visit family. But that was an eight hour car ride and lots of traveling in between in a crowded car. No time to stretch and just be the potato I deserve to be every once in a while. So I’m enjoying all the movies that I’ve been waiting on and the books on my shelf that I thought I never had time for before. Huzzah!
  • I’m brushing up on cooking skills. I’m intensely passionate about cooking and eating good food. It’s a topic I love learning more about. These last couple of weeks, I relearned some basics. I can whip up some fluffy scrambled eggs and honing my pasta skills. (Again, really basic) I bake cookies and bump up my teas and coffees when the urge overcomes me. So I’ll be taking the time doing more of that.
  • I’ve rediscovered music of my high school adolescence. Rocking out to Green Day and the R&B of weeknight car rides with my mom. Nostalgia abound. I feel old but I feel happy. And that’s not even mentioning the new artists I’m falling in love with along the way.

I would love to hear what’s making you all happy during this time. Let’s share some joy during this anxious time.