Daily Creativity: Writing. Reading and then more writing. Listening to poems and then more writing. It’s what I do.
Sorry for my unexpected absence! Yesterday and today I had a ton of time to spend with my sister and my friends, and I took advantage for that. I’m really proud of myself for doing that, actually. I have had so much fun being lively and social and conversing these last two days. There are so many people I love in my life and I enjoy being with them and sharing with them and learning from them, even if sometimes I tell myself that I’m meant to be alone all the time. This is not true! I spent a lot of time with my best friend from home. Yesterday we had a picnic, and I made Joanne’s cremini and gruyere macaroni and cheese. Such a good choice. We ate it with smoothies and oranges in a park and there was so much sun and tree roots bursting out of the ground and wind and children and playing. Afterwards we went to one of the local high school poetry events. We were really involved in them in high school and still are. I love love love and really treasure my writing friends. And I like going to events like this because young poets are so terribly honest in their writing; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I always find inspiration. Afterwards we drove around and talked, just like in high school. Good times. Today we ran in the morning; she’s training for her first 5k and I’m so proud of her. The longest she had ever run before today was 22 minutes and today, with a few walk breaks, I got her up to 40! It was so glorious outside that it was hard not to be in the park running. I went to another poetry event tonight too.
I have way too many photos to recap every meal I’ve eaten or everything I’ve done in the last few days, but I think this is a good thing. It means there has been a lof of JOY in my life. I’ll share some highlights.
Brunch with my sister today:
Mmmmm. These next few are from an amazing tea shop my sister and I discovered! I love these types of places! It’s called Tea Haus.
I had a small hot coconut green tea. So steamy. So nutty.
I absolutely adored this place. The world needs more simple, beautiful, satisfying places like tea shops. I chatted with the manager; oggled the gorgeous tea sets, and sniffed at the dried leaves. Just being in there made me feel like a better person. I would have loved to knock out some studying there.
We also went for a bit of a walk and went through this fabulous little market. We stumbled into a store that happened to have kitchen supplies. Lot of them. Endless endless amounts of supplies, all of which I wanted. My sister thought I was a total freak for taking pictures of everything, but she lovingly snapped my pic next to some of the objects of my desire. Thanks D :)!
I think right now the top things on my cooking supply list are a stand-mixer, a good set of knives, a wok, nice cutting boards, oven pans, and a blender. Okay, so that’s kind of a lot of things. What can I say. I’m a foodie. At lunch my sister mentioned that sometimes she gets so distracted at work that she forgets to eat lunch. This could never ever ever happen to me. Ever. I like my meals and snacks and healthy foods and cooking and baking. I don’t think I’m obsessed, it’s more of a passion. I watched Julie and Julia the other day (highly recommend) and just felt like both the characters.
Tomorrow I’m going to fly back to NYC, hopefully get a little school work done, pick up my NYC half marathon race packet, and sleep. Sunday is the race. So excited. I did about four miles, plus another mile or so of walking, yesterday and today. My legs felt nice and rested this morning. Probably will do a little yoga and abs tomorrow to get the blood flowing. Any bloggers/readers out there running the race who want to meet-up afterwards or in the corrals or something? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What’s been going on in your lives? Any outstanding new recipes or happenings? Plans for the weekend?
How do you feel about getting out and spending quality time with friends or family? Does it “work” for you, or just make you anxious? I think I’m somewhere in between right now.
PS — please send your thoughts and prayers to my sister right now, one of her close friends just died unexpectedly and she is devastated.