I know it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been so busy in the past month with schoolwork, babysitting, fun outings around Paris, cooking, yoga, and knitting/other crafty pursuits that I haven’t had time to update you! But here I am, and I can’t wait to tell you what I’ve been up to.
I usually feel a little down around this time of year (Christmas is just so far away!) but this spring I’ve been feeling energetic and inspired. I’m also loving the increasingly nice weather. I’ve been watching these pretty blossoms open little by little every day on my walk to work. You just can’t beat Paris in the spring!
In the spirit of spring, I’ve started several new projects in the past month. First, I’ve finally taken the leap and taught myself to crochet! I bought the kit for Bohemian Rhapsody months ago, but I’ve been putting it off because I had been feeling a little overwhelmed by the 27-page pattern. But once I took the time to sit down and figure out what all the new (to me) crochet terms meant, I realized that it really wasn’t as hard as I had thought, and I’ve been addicted ever since! (This series of granny square tutorials was a great help to me in deciphering the pattern–which, to clarify, is extremely well-written, but understandably opaque for an absolute beginner like me).
My other big project recently has been my Etsy shop, AxisMundiJewelry, which just went live last week. I’m selling necklaces and bracelets handmade by me using wooden beads and semi-precious stones, inspired by Hindu and Buddhist prayer beads. It’s been exciting to see the number of views and likes on my pieces increase daily, and I can’t wait to get my first sale. Take a look!
I’ve also been cooking a lot more recently, especially recipes from Moosewood Cookbook, which I really cannot recommend highly enough. The recipes are simple, vegetarian, and healthy, but hearty enough to be filling, which my husband (who has a black hole for a stomach) greatly appreciates. The recipes are illustrated and hand-written in a colloquial style that makes you feel like a friend is walking you through the recipe. And needless to say, they’re delicious.
My goal is to eventually make every recipe in the cookbook! I’ve been doing three or four a week. Here’s the fresh and flavorful lentil-bulgur salad that I made us for lunch today. Alexis’s favorites so far have been the broccoli-mushroom-noodle casserole and the March Hare salad. Mine have been the cauliflower curry and Kristina’s Potato Salad.
I also made these Morning Glory muffins recently, which I love to eat for breakfast with my homemade fig-and-honey jam. This recipe isn’t from the Moosewood Cookbook–it’s just one of the many recipes that I’ve stumbled across randomly over the years and have come back to over and over, telling myself that one day I’ll write them all down in a notebook. I’m terrified that King Arthur Flour will take it down from their website one day!
Other things that have been keeping me busy:
- Knitting the Funchal Moebius pattern by Kate Davies
- Drinking house cocktails with friends at Le Motel
- Re-reading One Hundred Years of Solitude for my course on religion in Central and South America
- Listening to Ryley Walker (going to see him in concert at Espace B at the end of April!)
- Decorating my workspace:
- Going out for sushi at our favorite spot in Paris
- Going to a screening of independent short films organized by L’affriche Cinéma, including the première of an incredible stop-motion adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis made by my friends Fred and Louise
- Drinking tea and eating soft-boiled eggs with baguette for dunking at L’Oisivethé
- Planning my trips to Stockholm and Amsterdam with my sister in April!
- Spending a perfect lazy Friday night eating homemade pizza, watching black-and-white French movies, and reading while Alexis falls asleep on my lap
That’s pretty much it! I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of spring as much as I am. More updates soon!