Archive for January, 2014

31 Jan
2014

No new clothes for a year

I’m having a year where I don’t buy clothes. Or footwear. Or accessories. I have enough of everything, and despite not buying very much my apparel collection has been continuing to grow.

I’ve been inspired by various blogs I’ve read over the years who have done the same challenge. What I have noticed about these is that they are most interesting to read when thy feature a daily outfit photo. I can’t see me finding the time to do that, and I suspect there would be lots of repetition. However I will be reflecting at the end of each month (because 2014 seems to be all about reflection) on how it’s gone, if I’ve been tempted, and anything I’ve noted about my routine or habits.

During the first thirty one days of the challenge I’ve spotted the following:

  • I’m in the habit of looking for new stuff even when I don’t need it. I’m particularly drawn to sales as a justification for this. So I had to make an active choice not to go into Office and see if they had any Melissa shoes (which I really don’t need).
  • During the winter I rotate back and forth between 2 pairs of boots until they need to go on the repair pile. So the multiple pairs I have should keep me going for several winters!
  • I need to start going through my mending pile on a regular basis.
  • I’ve just started to log what I wear each day so that I can spot things I’m not wearing at all.
31 Jan
2014

No new clothes for a year

I’m having a year where I don’t buy clothes. Or footwear. Or accessories. I have enough of everything, and despite not buying very much my apparel collection has been continuing to grow.

I’ve been inspired by various blogs I’ve read over the years who have done the same challenge. What I have noticed about these is that they are most interesting to read when thy feature a daily outfit photo. I can’t see me finding the time to do that, and I suspect there would be lots of repetition. However I will be reflecting at the end of each month (because 2014 seems to be all about reflection) on how it’s gone, if I’ve been tempted, and anything I’ve noted about my routine or habits.

During the first thirty one days of the challenge I’ve spotted the following:

  • I’m in the habit of looking for new stuff even when I don’t need it. I’m particularly drawn to sales as a justification for this. So I had to make an active choice not to go into Office and see if they had any Melissa shoes (which I really don’t need).
  • During the winter I rotate back and forth between 2 pairs of boots until they need to go on the repair pile. So the multiple pairs I have should keep me going for several winters!
  • I need to start going through my mending pile on a regular basis.
  • I’ve just started to log what I wear each day so that I can spot things I’m not wearing at all.
31 Jan
2014

No new clothes for a year

I’m having a year where I don’t buy clothes. Or footwear. Or accessories. I have enough of everything, and despite not buying very much my apparel collection has been continuing to grow.

I’ve been inspired by various blogs I’ve read over the years who have done the same challenge. What I have noticed about these is that they are most interesting to read when thy feature a daily outfit photo. I can’t see me finding the time to do that, and I suspect there would be lots of repetition. However I will be reflecting at the end of each month (because 2014 seems to be all about reflection) on how it’s gone, if I’ve been tempted, and anything I’ve noted about my routine or habits.

During the first thirty one days of the challenge I’ve spotted the following:

  • I’m in the habit of looking for new stuff even when I don’t need it. I’m particularly drawn to sales as a justification for this. So I had to make an active choice not to go into Office and see if they had any Melissa shoes (which I really don’t need).
  • During the winter I rotate back and forth between 2 pairs of boots until they need to go on the repair pile. So the multiple pairs I have should keep me going for several winters!
  • I need to start going through my mending pile on a regular basis.
  • I’ve just started to log what I wear each day so that I can spot things I’m not wearing at all.
21 Jan
2014

What’s in my lunch box? The duller stuff

Lunch box and book

 

There has to be balance in everything. And it would seem that if I am eating new and exciting dishes at evenings and weekends (curried butternut squash and lentil soup, and sesame, sweet potato, and Kale), then lunchtimes are a little duller. Hence once again brown rice and cabbage are making an appearance in my lunchbox. Not that I’m complaining they taste great.

Clockwise from top right

  • Savoy cabbage
  • Hummus topped with roasted chickpeas
  • Brown basamati rice
  • Gingerbread apple pie

To read: Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist

This was a book that I really couldn’t guess the how it would turn out. Despite opening with the end, there were a number of totally unexpected events, characters and plot twists to get there. The writer has a brilliant way of making a situation feel tense, then just as you’re anticipating what will happen he introduces a new element, forcing you to question your original thinking.

 

14 Jan
2014

What’s in my lunch box? Visitors = variety

It’s not that I’m a lazy cook when I’m just cooking for me. However it would be fair to say that I tend to make a dish and stretch it over several meals. Hence weekend guests encourage more variety. This weekend I made creamy cauliflower soup, grilled ‘cheese’ and ‘pepperoni’ sandwiches, tofu and kale delight, and a sort of Chinese inspired cabbage served with spring rolls. Most of these left no remains. The ones that did are finding their way into my lunch box this week.

In the mix:

  • Cabbage, shredded and fried in sesame oil with leeks, garlic, peanut butter, and soy sauce.
  • Brown basimati rice
  • Hoisin ‘duck’ rolls – picked this V-bites item up in my local health food shop
  • Spring rolls from the Coop – a cut price bargain I couldn’t resist
  • Samosas from Iceland – still using up excess Christmas provisions.

To read

I’m still working my way through A Greedy Man in a Hungry world by Jay Rayner. Happily a bus malfunction( the wing mirror fell off!) allowed me the time to actually finish this. It’s a book where every page gives you something else to think about. I liked that he was Clare Rayner’s son and seemed to have inherited her common sense. I enjoyed the anecdotes about his childhood, and recognition of when he was basing an opinion on something other than facts.


I did indeed find that he made me think differently about things like farmers’ markets. I can see that the situation with food supply is a tricky one, and that there is no easy answer. One cannot simply say supermarkets are evil and be done with it. Indeed Rayner points out that supermarkets are both evil and not evil at all. I think this book was saying that there is a need to embrace both the big and the small, accept that there is no one solution for anything, and really focus on sustainability. This need to embrace multiple viewpoints is what makes the content of this book so difficult to take.

Oh, and I should add that I thought his comment that vegans had difficulty getting enough protein a tad on the ill-informed side. A pity when research had clearly been carried out in a thoughtful manner in other areas. He might have been better off simply saying theat veganism wasn’t for him. Which in the context of the book surely Rayner would have agreed would be perfectly fine.

 

7 Jan
2014

Eleventh day, twelfth night

The days following Christmas are great for meals made up entirely of leftovers. As the days past and the choicest items are gone meals either get duller or more inventive. The first week in January is the one where you try to make sense out of what is left.

In my case two pots of hummus (that the label claims should be off by isn’t), not as crisp as they could be vegetables, and some of the nut mountain.


Clockwise from top right:

  • Brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, dark chocolate – should have added some dates
  • Hummus with a blob of fig chutney
  • Cracker selection
  • Raw cabbage and carrots


To read – A greedy man in a hungry world by Jay Rayner. This promises to challenge my assumptions about food. I’m interested to see how this will compare to Not on the label. So far I’m willing to concede that supermarkets did open our eyes to a broad range of ingredients, and reduced the time it takes to shop. However it doesn’t make the terms they offer suppliers any better. Let’s see how things develop in the next few chapters.

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