Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I think it must be Spring. I mean, I don't see any other reason for it. But I am in the middle of a growth spurt.
1. I am taking an online photography class, which I am a little embarrassed to admit, but I am. And I love it. And I am learning a lot.
2. I am signed up for a cookie decorating class tomorrow night at my neighborhood cake decorating supply store. Hopefully I'll get some good tips for my next batch.
3. I am reading Home Comforts and learning not only about good systems for a well managed home, but the meaning behind it all. The woman that wrote the book is a part time lawyer, part time philosophy professor, so this read does not qualify as fluff. I am really enjoying the book. Right up my ally.
4. I am also working through a new cookbook called Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone. By "working through it" I mean that I am trying to learn Deborah Madison's style of cooking. I feel like I've learned the style of other cookbook authors that I've devoted years of dinners to (Anna Thomas, the Moosewood cookbooks), and I wanted some fresh material. So I am dabbling here and there with her ideas. Grated orange in carrot soup? Amazing! Extensive use of shallots and parsley? Why have I not been doing this? The cookbook is massive, and I attempted to read it through first, but I got restless and wanted to try out some things. Now I worry about how much I'll miss if I don't really sit and read it. Working through her cookbook feels like I am taking a class in Vegetarian Cooking.
5. Projects, projects, projects. Without getting too specific I have a lot planned both birthday party related and not-at-all related to birthday parties. So exciting.
The thing about growth spurts, the thing about the sense of heightened awareness in so many areas at once, is that my Inner Critic is having a heyday. Suddenly I want everything to be so much better: My photos, my cookies, my laundry, my dinners. Which means, my Inner Critic is quick to point out that wanting them to be so much better, means that they are not good enough. That some things are not quite right. And so I'm finding it tricky territory to challenge myself without feeling overwhelmed and overly frustrated. But, I'm also finding it tricky territory well worth navigating.
Posted by Dave at 11:00 AM