Weeknotes is 57 - Turned the corner
- At the last driving lesson we turned the corner, metaphorically speaking. My technique, awareness and reaction time all improved so much that my instructor got me to drive out of London and I finally got some proper praise. All because I finally accepted that I’m too short to drive without an extra seat cushion. My instructor thinks that the additional inch gives me a better angle for visibility and thus a greater sense of control. Whatever. It works. I’m not about to start questioning the cushion magic.
- The Reddit post about cooking in a city locked down by an epidemic has been doing the rounds. It’s long but interesting. One of the points in it is about cooking innovation, which happens when new ingredients suddenly become available (for example, thanks to new trade routes) but arrive without the cultural knowledge about how to use them. Thus the new ways of preparing and combining them result in dishes that didn’t exist before. It made me think of Anna Jones, my favourite food writer. Her recipes always surprise me with novel combinations of flavours, textures and preparation methods. The ingredients lists often seem a bit odd, and I follow the steps faithfully despite usually wondering why I’m doing something in a weird way, but the result is always spectacular so I learned to trust her and just go along with it. I find it hard to describe the type of cuisine her recipes fall into, precisely because they seem genuinely new, even when they borrow from known categories.
- Not only do I want to have friendships like Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock’s, but I want to be able to write as expressively as they can talk. It’s just words. On a page. And yet you can hear the love, the joy, the laughter.
- Winter’s nearly over, and I managed to make it through without a winter coat. It’s been too warm for my thickest jumper and for my trashy fake fur coat (strictly Friday night outerwear). I’m realising that if I want to carry on enjoying my own knitwear I’m gonna have to start making thinner, lighter jumpers.
- Finished watching Cheer. I’m obsessed with the idea that discipline, perseverance and willingness to accept pain are all you need to achieve your goals, so it was the perfect wish-fulfilment experience.