I’m up first in the house for the first time in a long while (6:50am), the house is still dark with storm Dylan rattling the cupula like crazy. Normally it’s a clear sign to dig in deep under the duvet. However there was a niggle in my head about work and despite the holidays, it also being a Sunday I couldn’t quite shake it. I’m wondering though if I’ve finally caught up on my sleep after the whole hullabaloo that is December.
The blog has had a bit of a break through December, I decided it was time to move the house on a little bit as all the builders had let me down this year….desperate to see some progress I took on the main bedroom and in amongst the work nights out, the school performances and trips to relatives I managed to finish the week before Christmas. Amazingly how a nice gentle cream and the removal of a large MDF wardrobe can make a difference to the calm of a room.
As you can imagine Food has been big on the agenda throughout December….and I’m struggling with a belt notch, the routine bike into work hasn’t happened with ice wind and rain being the main detractors. I have managed the odd run and a walk where there has been a calm and dry moment….it gives me hope that I can pick up in the new year without having to create wildly unrealistic new years fitness resolution.
I like to think everyday you can start again, or a new journal, the end of summer, the start of a new season….however 31st December is the biggy….huge expectation. For me as a child growing up it was my dads big earning night as a DJ so great was the demand to have a good time. In reality the world keeps spinning with all its good and bad. It’s a state of mind thing. Tonight will be really low key….Just the four of us and a gradual ease into the new year. Yesterday I proposed a family quiz at tea, 10 questions each….which prompted a discussion on teams and format…..We’ll slip it in between main and dessert.
For main I’m going to break myself into a book my brother in-law bought me for Christmas (One Knife, One Pot, One Dish)…. Beef Stroganoff, followed by a chocolate fudge cake I spotted in the January edition of Olive. The cake I can prepare this morning and the beef a short stand by the stove affair with a glass of wine in hand obviously for the sauce! Add to this I’m going to tackle the Cavolo Nero recipe from the Art of the Larder.
In order to adhere with the #DSFWeeklyRewind guidelines: I’m really grateful for the food and warmth over the festive period. My music contribution has to be taken from the CD (Short Stories Vol 1) that I asked my mum to get me for Christmas. It was released in September and I could easily have plugged into Spotify…..I decided to pleasure delay, every now and again I want to listen to an album old school way on a Hi-Fi rather than streamed in pieces scattered amongst the busy moments in life…..I wanted to drink it in and I was really pleased I had, Mr Ricky Ross didn’t disappoint.