I know these weekly posts are called “Lazy Sunday,” but to be honest this whole week felt a bit lazy. See the picture of dinner one night below – sometimes I resolutely do not feel like cooking, and so to make up for it expend my energy arranging store-bought nibbles on platters. Not pictured was the Malbec that accompanied that lovely spread. Lazy? Yup. Delicious and satisfying? Definitely.
I only had time for two posts this week, and neither came with a book recommendation. My apologies, reader, but this week hit me like a freight train. Will you forgive me if I tell you I spent the majority of my evenings this week assembling Ikea furniture and organizing paperwork in my office? I do have some delectable pairings in the works, though, so come back soon.
What I Posted:
- Fusili with Pesto, Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes and Kale
- Chocolate Chai Cupcakes with Chai Spice Buttercream
What I Read:
I finished Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I think it deserves a post of its own to discuss how I felt about it and what I took away from it (look for that as soon, I just need to get my thoughts in order). I am still reading Cleopatra: A Life and Ivanhoe. I feel so sluggish still having those two on the go! Generally, if something really catches my fancy I will blaze through it fairly quickly. Not that I’m not engaged in those two books, but neither is one which you can simply pick up and dive into; both require a focused mind, especially Ivanhoe with its archaic, courtly language.
I did start a new book this week: Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake. I picked up the Gormenghast Trilogy at a used bookstore last weekend having never heard a word about it, but the book jacket was intriguing:
“Mervyn Peake’s gothic masterpiece, the Gormenghast trilogy, begins with the superlative Titus Groan, a darkly humorous, stunningly complex tale of the first two years in the life of the heir to an ancient, rambling castle. The Gormenghast royal family, the castle’s decidedly eccentric staff, and the peasant artisans living around the dreary, crumbling structure make up the cast of characters in this engrossing story.”
I realize I’ve just complained about taking too long to finish two of the books I’ve started and then, in the same breath, mentioned that I’d started another heavy trilogy. I know it’s a bit contrary, but fellow bibliophiles will understand!
What I dunked in my coffee: Animal crackers. Don’t judge me.
Until next time,