So a thing I have been doing lately is watching old episodes of Chopped via Hulu while I cook. The show requires very little concentration and, somehow, the four–usually professional–chefs running around in a panic soothes me as I very slowly try to figure out what I’m doing in my own kitchen.
Anyway, this has led to me saying things like “This needs some crunch, a bit of texture” and then adding pumpkin seeds to a pasta dish. Surprise! That little bit of crunch made the dish better.
The other day I was making a grilled cheese sandwich and burnt one side. As I was flipping over the sandwich, one of the Chopped contestants screwed up something and said, “I couldn’t serve [undercooked, overcooked, raw, burnt, etc.] [insert part of dish here] to the judges.”
Me in my kitchen: “He’s right. I can’t serve this burnt bread to the judges.” And then I narrated (to myself) salvaging the cheese off the burnt bread, getting a new piece, and then saving the sandwich.
So what I’m saying is that watching the show might be having an effect on me.
Also, that was a story I was planning on sharing during the Slice of Life challenge but didn’t get around to. However, I did complete the Slice of Life challenge for March, which is one of the two (out of six) goals that I set for March that I actually accomplished. The other one was sticking to my elimination diet.
For April, my goals are to do the following:
- post my list of things to do before I turn 40
- revise at least one of the scripts I’m working on
- stay off FB and Twitter (starts tomorrow)
- buy an ottoman for my living room
- do some creative writing every day
I wasn’t sure about the FB/Twitter thing but then when I turned my calendar to April, the message was “Garbage in, garbage out.” I don’t think of FB or Twitter as garbage, but I have been feeling overwhelmed by both lately as a lot of noise so it’s just time for a break.
I attempted seven books in March:
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (adult, reread)
- The Shadow of the Wind by Carols Ruiz Zafón, narrated by Johnathan Davis (adult, audiobook, abandoned)
- How to Be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (YA)
- The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser (adult, audiobook)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (middle grade, reread)
- All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson (middle grade)
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, narrated by Wil Wheaton (YA, audiobook, abandoned)
All in all a good reading month for the books I finished (the two rereads were books I assigned to my students),
Also, somewhat ironically, the two abandoned books were from my #MustRead2018 list.
I cleared two categories for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge:
- Task 3: A classic of genre fiction (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)
- Task 4: A comic written and illustrated by the same person (All’s Faire in Middle School)
That takes me to the halfway point with 10/20 tasks completed.
Even counting the abandoned books (three so far!), I am ahead of schedule for my Goodreads goal.
We’ll see what next month holds.