November 23, 2009

Too much yarn, too little time

I know that I'm insanely lucky to a) have a contract to write a second book (how awesome is Walker Books Australia for having faith in new authors?!) and b) work for an organisation that respects this work/life balance bizzo enough to let me purchase a day a week to write said second book.

But there is a downside. Any spare time I have, I feel like I should spend writing (ahem, not least because I'm only halfway through the first draft and it's due in May), which means there's not much time left for sewing or knitting or making things in general. Unfortunately, my evil, craft-stash obsessed alter ego is in denial about this fact and keeps purchasing more yarn and more fabric and downloading more patterns for ridonkulously cute things to make. Which means I'm surrounded by teetering piles of lovely, lovely stuff, all calling me ('Aimee, Aimee, I could be that perfectly fitting, unbelievably flattering dress you've spent five years looking for but never found in the shops', etc, etc).

Which doesn't help my procrastination alter ego (the one that reckons writing day should start with a blog entry, rather than facing chapter 12 and a half). It's gotten so bad that on writing days I have to work on my laptop in the kitchen, because the PC is in the room with all the craft supplies (and it's hooked up to the interwebs, which leads to all sorts of 'I'll just see if someone's uploaded a tutorial for how to make the perfect dress' timewasting). And the fact that I've wasted thirty minutes writing this entry (5 mins actual writing, 25 mins browsing craft sites on the cunning pretext that I should provide examples of the projects I'm delaying), is exactly why I'm pulling the plug and going offline NOW.

November 18, 2009

How does my garden grow?

Our little vegie garden is starting to show signs of, um, vegetables. And it's exciting!

So far only the lettuces, silverbeet and herbs have been big enough to pick, but last night I couldn't resist snipping off a few tiny yellow zucchinis. They were barely bigger than my little finger, so not exactly a meal in themselves, but I stuffed their little (too little for stuffing, if I'm being honest) flowers with a ricotta and basil mixture and simmered them in a tomato sauce (which also contained liberal amounts of homegrown silverbeet). We had them with pasta. Delish.

It's so satisfying going out to the garden and picking bits and pieces to add to our meals. I've found myself studying the vegie patch every time I pass it, to see if I can spot any changes. Every morning on our way out and every afternoon on my way in, I stop and check everything. Most exciting of all is when there are noticeable changes between one check and the next. (The potatoes and zucchini are particularly satisfying on this front.) We also have the obligatory 'What's growing there?', 'I don't think we planted that', 'Hmmm, maybe it's sprouted from something in the compost' mystery plant.

In reading news, I found lots of good stuff on my last trip to the library:
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (brilliant, as usual)
  • Liberty Belle, I love You, Goodbye by Amber Deckers
  • Tomorrow All Will be Beautiful by Brigid Lowry
Have promised myself I won't borrow any more books until I've tackled the to-read pile on my bookshelf. So many books, so little reading time :\