One of the biggest joys of living at home is in the eating and cooking with family. How many of us honestly bother baking and fussing and slaving in the kitchen if we know we're going to be alone for dinner? Yerrr, thought so. It's pot noodle, take-away or, at worst, a ready meal isn't it? While an admittedly large part of the pleasure derived from a meal is the actual taste of it, company is probably an equal contributor to overall "enjoyment". I love trying out new recipes, acquainting my family with new ingredients and flavours and then waiting, for a thumbs up or down, to determine whether or not we're welcoming a new member onto the repertoire of family favourites. Though not particularly adventurous, here is my latest venture. If my brother's opinion counts for anything, it was "absolutely delicious".
It's not often that you come across books that are so enthralling you can't put them down. Good books are common but absolutely smashing books are few and far between. I could probably count my pick off on my fingers. Happy Potter, Shantaram, To My Best Friends (being recently read) are the first few that spring to mind. The Great Gatsby is pretty good too. I'm not sure Harvesting the Heart will make it onto my list of all time favourites but I would definitely brand it "memorable". Although Jodi Picoult's second novel, written way before the very famous "My Sister's Keeper" (YES, the one made into a film that stars Cameron Diaz), is clearly not film-worthy, it's definitely a thought-provoking read. Paige is an 18 year old girl who never understood why her mother abandoned her when she was just 5 years old. And though she doesn't understand, she still finds herself doing exactly the same thing. Running away, time and time and time again. I don't know if this is your type of book but as somebody who's been brought up in a sheltered, structured environment, I guess books like this feel like a chance to live a different kind of childhood to my own - one of less security and less opportunity. Try it.
...and a ramble...
Surprisingly (for me anyway) I have nowt to ramble about. I think I'm just too tired. My university books have arrived, I'm starting to get the hang at work and I've somehow been spending a lot of time gardening too. In all, I think I have much keeping me occupied at the minute. Which probably explains why, when I have days off, I spend too much time browsing the web, lazily whiling away the hours, discovering everything from the downright weird to the outright wonderful. Check out this site - Levitating Girl Natsumi Hayash. I'm going to shush right here before I begin to bore you. For now it's over and out.