It was 11:30 AM. I was hungry. I had all the ingredients for a delicious-looking salad I found on Pinterest. The preparation time for the salad said “eight minutes.” Eight minutes! I can handle that!
It said eight minutes because it called for already-chopped onion and already-cut strawberries. Whatever, I can handle that. Only takes a couple minutes to chop those.
It said eight minutes because it called for canned black beans. All I had to do was open the can, drain the beans, and pour them into the bowl. I knew this, and I had planned ahead with my dry beans. I had them soaking in the refrigerator overnight.
What I didn’t plan was the cooking time. Who knew that even with pre-soaked beans, it takes roughly one and a half hours to cook?!?!?!?!??? Not me. It’s now 1:14 PM, and I’m still waiting for my lunch. Here’s what it looks like now:
Here’s what it will look like when it’s done:
I hope mine tastes as good as this one looks. At least now I know to cook my beans ahead of time…
Yet another two-day book, Paper Towns by John Green was a simple, straightforward read. I was curious to discover the motivations behind a certain character’s disappearance, but I felt like I should have read this book in middle school rather than as an adult. This isn’t due to the characters’ ages (high school seniors) but due to the style and level of writing as well as the content. That being said, I did appreciate the book’s theme of perceiving people as bigger or more idealistic (and less human) than they really are. Good book, John Green, but not your best. (In case you’re wondering, An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska were your best–but I haven’t read The Fault in Our Stars yet.)
This week–actually, over just two days–I read The Expats by Chris Pavone. I don’t read mysteries as often as I should, because I always love them. This novel might not technically be classified as a mystery–who classifies books anyway?–but it kept me trying to figure out what was going on, what the secrets were, and who was involved with what crime the entire time. I’m excited to find that his next book is coming out next March.
It was so comforting to bury myself in a book again. Since I have been back in Perth I haven’t felt settled, and am looking for some project or mission to work on while I am jobless. I like to have something to work towards, to focus on. Reading has given me a small focus, but I don’t want to spend all of my non-job-applying time reading. I want to work my brain more than that. I also started a jigsaw puzzle, which has helped. I’d like my next project to be creating something–should I give myself a photo assignment? Writing assignment? Should I try something new and make some paintings or drawings?
Both were good, but I have to rave about The Alphabet Sisters. I’ve read two other novels by Monica McInerney, and this was by far my favourite, for the detail and combination of its characters. Arranged was interesting, because it was about a modern arranged marriage, but I wasn’t as attached to the characters. It did keep me reading right through to the end, though! They both did.
Next up, two new picks from the library this afternoon. Stay tuned!
After my sister and I re-upholstered her dining chairs, we decided we could do anything!
Anything related to making things for her new home, that is.
In true Pinterest fashion, my sister wanted to make a headboard for her guest bedroom. The bed is low and is just a wooden frame holding the mattress, with no backboard or posts or anything, and she wanted to liven it up a little.
We made another trip to Jo Ann Fabrics, this time armed with a plan: black and white patterned fabric. We spent only 30 minutes this time choosing the right fabric, and this time the final choice was made with pictures of only two favorites sent to the fiancé–win!
This project was even easier and less time-consuming than the dining chairs. We were grateful to have a dad who can bring
home a sheet of plywood at a moment’s notice, so that night we got to work.
The fabric was already the right size to fit the plywood, but the batting we bought to add cushioning to the headboard needed to be cut smaller.
We staple-gunned two layers of padding to the board, then staple-gunned the fabric over the padding, making sure to line up the pattern so it doesn’t look crooked once it’s finished.
We also made sure we pulled the fabric taut, and stapled the two long sides first, then the two short sides.
And here is the final result! (Propped up behind the couch instead of on the wall, but hey, my sister is picky. We can’t show a photo of that room until the bed has matching sheets on it. But I am happy to report that the headboard is mounted on the wall behind the bed and looks great.