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06 September 2011 @ 01:24 pm
things I like  
Because so many of my posts have been cranky negative ones lately, here are happy things:

- my new red tights. I haven't worn them yet, but they are very red. When the weather obliges, I shall wear them with a little black dress my mother bought me, and I shall run around feeling like Karen Gillan at the Royal Observatory. (If only I had some mary janes.)

- books I've read lately: Street Gang (about the creation of Sesame Street); A Room With a View; We Have Always Lived in the Castle (which was unsettling and strange and I still haven't...incorporated it yet).

- this meal I made last night would have been a bit more seasonally appropriate when I bought the ingredients a few days ago (we had a few very autumnal days last week), but it is tasty anyway: chicken sausages with apples and maple syrup; mashed sweet potatoes (really more "enthusiastically smashed" than properly mashed, but hey ho); and sauteed spinach.

- in the same category, although it was actually one of those autumnal days when I made it: baked risotto with peas. I always feel I have accomplished something worthy when it involves putting my Dutch oven in the oven.
litlover12 on September 6th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
The sausage dish sounds wonderful!

Would love to hear more about "We Have Always Lived . . ." after you've done some incorporating! It always sounds like an interesting book.
tempestsarekind: ofelia readingtempestsarekind on September 6th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
I definitely enjoyed the book! It's just that I also finished it feeling like I didn't know whether to think the ending was satisfying (for the characters, I mean), or delusional. Or both, and what that means for the book.
cschellscschells on September 6th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking a lot lately about getting some mary janes... and tights! But then I think I would need some lined skirts to wear them with, because I hate that clingy effect. And none of those clothes could be worn to work, probably, since I'm bicycling over... And also, they're not paying me enough to justify a whole new wardrobe!
tempestsarekind: come along pondstempestsarekind on September 7th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I assume one could cycle in a skirt that was long enough, but it might be something of a hassle. Still, you don't need skirts to wear mary janes!
cschellscschells on September 8th, 2011 12:37 am (UTC)
Very true! I could wear mary janes with my jeans (if it would stop being really, really hot!)... I'm thinking that wearing a dress or skirt might work with a "ladies" bike, but I'm afraid if I wore one on my mountain bike I would end up with the skirt around my waist whenever I stop for a signal... I'll have to experiment sometime when I'm not on my way to work!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 8th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
I never actually learned to ride a bike (every time someone tried to teach me, it was practically a traumatic experience), so I wouldn't know. :)
cschellscschells on September 8th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
J's brother learned how to ride a bike when he was 7: their parents planned a biking tour of an island during summer vacation, rented him a bike and told him to keep up. He spent the whole first day crashing into the nettle bushes on the sides of the path, and he totally resents them for it to this day! (But he knows how to ride a bike. He's never dared learn how to drive a car, though!)
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on September 9th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! I have wretched balance and a greater-than-average fear of falling, so just the act of getting on a bike was terrifying for me. Also, my mother never learned how to ride a bike (though I didn't know this at the time), so she was always pushing me to learn how to do it, which didn't help.
cschellscschells on September 11th, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
If you ever decide that you want to learn, what worked pretty well with our kids was taking them to a gently sloping grassy hill and letting them coast down over and over again without pedaling until they got the hang of balancing. It seemed much less terrifying, from my perspective, than having somebody run along behind my bike on the sidewalk yelling "pedal! pedal!"... *g*
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on September 11th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'll have to keep that in mind! The other way is far too stressful, I agree.