Everything I added to my TBR list this week came from publisher's emails. The perils of being a librarian.
Hello, my name is Meghan and I can't stop visiting stationery stores. If it sells journals, notebooks, pens, pencils, cards, or anything of the sort, I must stop in for a visit. Usually, I leave with at least one new purchase.
One of my hobbies is sending out snail mail. While I don't get to do it as much as I used to, I still have a box of notecards and stationery readily available and I add new items to it regularly. Additionally, I love handwriting - whether it be calligraphy, hand lettering, or simply putting pen to paper. The act of writing by hand is something I enjoy immensely. So, sending snail mail is a great way for me to indulge my hobby. Plus, who doesn't like getting a friendly piece of mail these days?
When it comes to stationery stores, I love dropping in to see their wares. While the stores all sell the same sorts of things, they each have their own vibe. Some are modern and type A, others are quaint or crafty - they all make me happy. I think one reason I love stationery stores is that you don't need anything in them. They're an indulgence - but a simple indulgence. It feels like a treat to shop there but one I don't feel guilty about. I can walk away with a full bag of stuff, single notecard, or nothing at all and still feel like my time was well spent.
On Friday, I visited Jenni Bick, a store not too far from my home. I needed a new notebook for my 2022 bullet journal. While I was there I picked up some notecards and a packet of thank you cards. (Life pro tip: Always keep a packet of thank you cards on hand.) I enjoyed looking at the washi tape, pens, stickers, and one of a kind journals. While I was there, I overheard a staffer and customer chatting about the qualities of fountain pens in specific notebooks. I left the store happy.
What stores are you unable to pass up?
I took today off simply because I could. The kiddo is in daycare so I spent the morning super cleaning our home. Then I ate a bagel with homemade lox. Next, I took a nice long walk to a stationery shop because I need a new notebook for next year's bullet journal. Then I walked back home where I sized up the kiddo's wardrobe. Finally, I enjoyed a lunch of pot stickers while scrolling email. Now, I'm writing this post.
Today is nothing special but that's what makes it so enjoyable.
Here's what else was good in my week.
We get monthly deliveries from Sitka Salmon Shares. As much as I love salmon, it's a lot of fish to eat. Most weeks, we make two dinners involving some of the filets. It's still not enough to keep up. So, I decided to make lox from scratch. I reviewed a lot of recipes, but settled on a basic one to start with. The salmon got a rub, wrapped, and went in to the fridge on Monday. Tonight, I get to unwrap and rinse. I'm excited to see if it works. If it does, I'm making lox all the time.
Here's what else has my attention.
There is literally no way I could ever read my entire TBR - but that's not going to stop me from adding to it.
Why are mosquitos a thing?
I understand that bats eat mosquitoes (thanks, bats!) but other than being vectors for disease, what purpose do they serve?! *screams the woman who got 5 bites standing outside for 30 seconds*
There is scientific evidence that mosquitos are, indeed, attracted to certain people more than others. (It's not in your head!) I am one of those people. Whenever mosquitos are around, they go for the ankles, back of the knees, and the one spot on your arm you can never comfortably reach to itch. If I don't cover up, use repellent, or stand in a cloud of citronella, I am guaranteed to be a feast for the blood suckers.
Within minutes, these bites erupt into raised areas of swelling, turn red, and itch like mad. If I can control myself through the first burst of itching, I tend to be okay. But, more often than not, I don't notice that I'm already itching a bite and then I'm stuck with scratchy spots for a few days.
But, seriously, would there be a global calamity if we eradicated mosquitos? It's October and I'm still smacking the buggers off my skin. Thanks, global warming!
Which bug annoys you the most?
It used to be, when there was this random summer weather in the fall, I would be sweating with nights of cranky sleep since I lacked control to our building's HVAC. No more! While home ownership has its downsides, I am forever grateful that, in our building, we have control over the climate in our unit.
Here's what else was good this week:
What was good in your week?
I have been back at the office for almost two months. I think I can now say that I am used to the new commuting/work week routine. Everything has been a bit weird for the past weeks, but I'm glad that I found my footing again.
Here's what has my attention at the moment.
The premise of this novel looks really interesting.
When I cook dinner, 9 times out of 10, I use the same old, slotted wooden spoon. It has a thicker than usual handle with a rounder than usual head. I have no idea how or when I acquired this spoon. But, if you dare to take it from me, be prepared to be whacked on the wrist.
The thickness of the handle makes it easier to hold. The shape of the head is great for scraping sides of pans. And, since it's wood, I don't have to worry about it scratching my non-stick pans. The slots make it great for stirring and taste testing all manner of food - be it in a skillet or a pasta boiling away. The larger shape means I can cover a whole jar or can and drain liquids away without needing to breakout a colander.
I love this spoon.
Sadly, I need to replace this spoon.
I have a tendency to whack it on the side of my pans and the handle is starting to chip. We're not in breakage territory yet, but there is a definite dent in the handle.
When I'm in a store that sells kitchen supplies, I always look at their wooden spoon selection. There has never been a replacement that meets my standards. The handles are all too thin or, weirdly, to long. The heads of the spoons are narrow or too flat. The one time I found the perfect shaped head but it wasn't slotted. So, my replacement quest continues.
What is the favorite thing in your kitchen?