Whoa. Where did April go?? I’m pretty sure I didn’t eat it but it just flew right by me. Unlike turkeys or chickens or ducks or quail or rabbits, which I would have gobbled up faster than you could say “rabbits aren’t poultry”. I realize rabbits don’t have wings, nor do they fly, nor are they birds but for some reason their meat always reminds me of foul. Not because it’s gross – it’s delicious. Sweet. Tender. Kind of like chicken but better. And usually piled high on top of pasta with a homemade, slow braised ragú. Mmmmm bunny.
This introduction is clearly going nowhere. Point being: This is “Currently”, the April 2015 (where the balls did this month go) edition.
Current Book: I’m back on the YA train. Choo choo! All aboard! This time I’m all about Rick Yancey’s series, The 5th Wave. A post apocalyptic story that’s kind of awesome. Partly because the protagonist chick is hardcore, partly because I love anything to do with zombies or aliens, partly because the hooks and chapter structures remind me of Hunger Games (I haven’t enjoyed a YA novel as much since then) and a lot because the author doesn’t treat us like teenagers. His books have more “fuck” “shit” and “balls” than what come out of my mouth. And I can dig that.
Current Music: I’m sofa king excited to go see the Counting Crows tomorrow. Seriously. I’ve been hanging around over 15 years to see them round here. Possibility days seemed impossible for a long december. But now I’m gonna hop in a big yellow taxi and be up all night . If I fall accidentally in love as the daylight fading, you can’t count on me to come home by a decent hour.
God I’m lame.
Current Guilty Pleasure: Cake. So much cake. Spring Cherry Blossom Lemon Cake, actually.
Current Non-Guilty Pleasure: ♫ ♪ I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride my bike! ♫ ♪ I got a bike at the start of the month and I’m peddling my ass off. Literally. And maybe also my lady bits. Note to self: Get a better, more padded saddle. My normal rides are about 22kms but if I’m feeling jazzy, I might make it 30. My record is 37. I want more! Weeeeeeeeee!
Current Drink: Shrubs. Shrubs, shrubs, shrubs everywhere. These are drinking vinegars made from fruit, sugar and some kind of vinegar. I know it sounds crazy. But I can’t stop myself. They’re delightfully refreshing with a splash (or 3) of tequila or gin and some soda water. Recipe coming soon.
Current Food: Suppers of garlic confit mashed potatoes, sautéed kale with white beans, roasted tomatoes and a sprinkling (aka a butt load) of crispy grass fed bacon and some balsamic reduction drizzle. Because Spring = fresh, delicious local veggies and I want all I can fit inside me… That’s what she said.
Current Favourite Show: Salem is back, guys. Salem.
Current Wish List: A new computer. Seriously. Mine takes about a year and a half to boot up, another year and a half to load my MacMail and even longer to power down. I’m gonna power karate chop it in the face soon.
Current Needs: To calm the fuck down. Since Dad died in October I’ve become an anxiety frought wreck. It’s usually okay during the day as long as I keep busy but once I slow down, the fear creeps in and I get sad. Anxious. Angry. And generally shitty. My gal Suzy sent me some drops of joy – pure essential oils to help with the feelings of shittiness and they are definitely working.
Current Indulgence: Gin martinis (shaken, not stirred), popcorn with lots of brown butter, red curry powder, Spanish smoked paprika, maldon salt and shaved Parmesan cheese. And books. All at the same time. This past Saturday I literally spent the entire day from 9am until 4pm in bed reading and doing absolutely nothing else but snacking and macking. Okay, no macking. Unless you count me cat calling John from the bedroom for another hot water bottle.
Current Triumphs: Not even mine but so very, very proud (while we’re on the subject of John) of the bf for making it into the finals at The ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. That’s right ma – we’re goin to Texas! He’s gonna be mad awesome and pitch a TV Pilot to some big TV execs and totally win and become this super famous television writer. And I’ll eat at food trucks.
Current Epiphany: I want to go back to school. I’m seriously considering going back for my Master’s degree in Oceanography and Earth Sciences. Like, 99% sure I’m gonna do it. So now I need to sort my shit out, get my shit together and make some hard choices about how to make it happen. Especially considering I graduated my undergrad with a liberal arts degree. Any tips?
Current Bane of Existence: I’m back to hating my sleeve tattoo that Yuko designed for me. My tattooist and I just finished filling in the colour and it’s so sore and itchy and flaking on everything. We might need one more quick round (read: less than 4 hours in the studio) of touch ups and then it’ll be all done! It started in October looking like the photo below… Wait for it. New photo coming soon.
Current Thankfulness: God damn I live in a beautiful place. This is downtown Vancouver. Seriously.
Current Excitement: It’s 4:26pm. That means in 3.5 minutes it’s Shrubbin’ time!
Current Breakfast: Aw yeah boi!! Speaking of shrubbin, I used the fruit solids from my rhubarb shrub to make french toast. It’s pretty much the best. thing. ever.
Current Fear: I’m going to suck at science.
Current Laughs: I fall off my new bike. A lot. It’s about 2 inches too tall for me to reach the ground comfortably and if I don’t sstep forward and down immediately when I stop, I’m as awkward as a …. girl who can’t stay on her bike. Luckily they aren’t laughing at me, they’re laughing with me.
Current Obsession: Overnight oats!! The past 2 months I’ve been inhaling the heck out of Avocado Toasts with lime, Haloumi cheese and a ton of chili flakes but my new thing is overnight oats. I’ve discovered the key is using steel cut oats, not regular rolled. Regular rolled oats = a big pot of baby mush. Delicious baby mush, but still baby mush. Steel cut oats are much more resilient. I know – it looks like a pile of poop. But seriously – these are delicious. Recipe coming soon…
Current Procrastination: Right now I’m seriously procrastinating sweeping the patio (for some reason we collect a lot of dead little tiny beetle things out there) and putting away the laundry. On principal, I don’t do laundry.
Current Links: Instagram! Clearly I’m obsessed. If you ever wonder where these photos come from for the Currently Posts, it’s Instagram. If you follow me there you can catch them live! Like rabbits.
Also, I just finished designing and installing Jane’s website at Jane’s Adventures In Dinner. Her recipes are always super delicious and seasonal like her Parmesan Zucchini Breakfast Pizza, Curry Hummous, Red Wine Osso Bucco, Tuesday Night Quickie Limoncello Pudding Cake, and her Maple Rice Pudding. And that’s just from the first page of her site. Go drool over her food. You know you wanna.
Current Mood: I’m a bit chilly because I can’t put a sweater on over my new tattoo (it rubs) and the door is wide open and it’s only about 15 degrees today (that’s about 60 for the Americans in the audience) but I’m too lazy to get up and close the door. Plus I love the fresh air. Because hey – I live in Vancouver. I’m drinking a shrub. And I’m talking with you. Life could be worse for sure.
Now let’s do you. How are you feeling? What are you currently up to? What are you loving right now? Hating? What are you reading? Drinking? Eating? Laughing? Feeling? Obsessing over? What’s current in your world?