Hi, and welcome back to the Cafe! Two weeks off seemed like both a lot of time and not enough, but I’ve got a bunch of changes coming up that I’m excited for. At least, I think it’ll better help me manage everything going on at home right now and into August when my kids go back to school and we have a new schedule to adjust to.
Let’s Catch Up a Bit
I had so many plans for the past two weeks, blogging-related. I had hoped to get all of my Book Highlight posts done, but barely scraped together enough time to get the two for Kiss of Salt and Summer of Georgie up (they’re both indie books featuring some nice summery weather. The first is a cozy mystery reminiscent of Agatha Christie and the second is a delightfully fun women’s fiction I absolutely adored). Though that’s kind of my own fault since I spent most of my plan-free evenings devoted to reading (the same book I spent almost the entire two weeks on – I swear, it wasn’t exactly boring, but it was incredibly long, but funny, amusing, and some of it even really made me laugh. But, yes, extremely overly long).
Anyways, we had a flood of dentist visits, an anniversary, a birthday (which involved Chuck E. Cheese), the Fourth of July, a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm, a trip to JPL, going to look at a couple of houses, a surprising number of grocery trips, and a 1000 piece puzzle to do (I swear I’m an introverted homebody). So things were kind of busy. Though I have to say that getting to go to Knott’s on a weekday was amazing. Most of the lines were so short that my kids got to go on some of them repeatedly. I had so many plans for responding to comments and emails early on and then getting as many posts scheduled as possible, but, well, it was really, really nice to just focus on life for a while. It was also surprisingly nice to take a break from writing. I love writing, but, after a while, those people in my head get me jumbled up and I can’t always tell fiction from reality.
Other than spending more time than usual out and about (which makes me feel more exhausted than I usually do at the end of my breaks), I also managed to spend a lot of time baking. There were the usual chocolate chip cookies and brownies, but we also took a bit of a French turn. I made madeleines for the first time, souffle for the second time (which involved making both creme patisserie and creme anglaise), and (French) meringue for the nth time. As this posts, I’ll be preparing to make pretzels with my kids for the third time, so I guess it’s time to detour into Germany. Well, I always expected that I would spend more time baking over the summer with both kids out of school…And I do want to try to make Sachertorte one day.
In other news, I purchased alcohol for the first time at the ripe age of…somewhere in my mid-thirties (this after being mistaken for my children’s older sister now that my oldest is nearly my height at least twice during the week previous). I don’t like the smell or taste of it, but happened to be making Grand Marnier souffle, so kind of needed to get the Grand Marnier. That specific souffle wasn’t my idea, but I guess I should get myself carded at least once in my lifetime?
What’s Up Next
Plenty of changes, but that’s kind of my thing anyways, so I’m sure it’s no great surprise by now. I haven’t taken as many steps as I wanted towards really getting The Curated Bookshelf going, but I’m hoping I’ll add a little more to it by August. This month’s theme is Sun Drenched Books. Since I took 2 weeks off, I’ll be sharing 10 books instead of 12, but I’m planning on getting it to 15 a month.
What about reviews? I seriously still hate doing reviews, so I’ll be writing shorter reviews and putting a bunch into one post that I’m aiming on posting 2-4 times a month. There will still be full-length reviews, but my plan is to severely cut the number of them because I find a total lack of interest in writing them has been what’s been slowing me down.
I’ll still be posting my Impressions and No Tomorrow, otherwise I’m shifting the focus to The Curated Bookshelf and will hopefully be peppering in some rambling/discussion posts about reading and writing. There’s a bunch of other things I’d like to write about, but I’m thinking I might need another blog for that. And I suppose my ratio recipe for Grand Marnier souffle will make an appearance at some point. My husband took some good photos, so I just have to give myself the kick I need to finally add another baking post.
Anyone have anything exciting coming up the next couple of months? Any upcoming posts you’re excited to share?
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