Okay, another week has flown by. What to talk about? It’s been one of those weekends at the end of one of those weeks and as I write this early on Monday morning, I feel brain-tired which isn’t the best way to start the week. I am, however, taking Wednesday off this week and have booked to go whale-watching off Mooloolaba.
So without any faffing around, let’s go.
1.Remind me never to
Please, I beg of you, if I ever make noises about writing horoscopes again, remind me of this post.
I used to do a lot of horoscope writing – both for annual diaries and daily ‘scopes as a ghostwriter for someone else but I haven’t written one in over two years and boy have I struggled this week. Really struggled. Every word felt painful. Yesterday took me the best part of the day to write just two day’s content – which, when I calculate how much I’m being paid to do this job, makes it a ridiculously cheap hourly rate.
I’m not sure whether it was because I was out of practice, or because this was a ghost-writing job and I hadn’t written in anyone else’s voice in over two years, or because it’s not what I wanted to be writing this week, or because I was already brain-tired, or whether it was all of the above. Whatever the reason, remind me, please, because I’m pretty sure that I said exactly the same thing the last time I finished a freelance astro job.
Normally on this weekend every year, the RWA (Romance Australia) holds its annual conference. This year we made the decision back in March to cancel the physical conference and announced that we’d be holding a virtual conference instead.
That meant that the conference team had to pivot and start again and yet they managed to deliver a fantastic program – over 32 hours of content – virtually using webinar technology that no one was familiar with prior to this. I’m so proud to be associated with them. I managed to catch a lot of the sessions this weekend – in between writing horoscopes, of course. I have pages and pages filled with notes. While the sessions I listened to were all great, I think my favourite might have been Simon Lewis’ Crime Scene Investigation workshop…yes, at a romance writers conference.
Next week we’ll be doing our awards ceremony – again virtually. I’m the MC for that, which was super-weird to record. Again, the team has done a fabulous job and it was fun to be a part of it.
3. This Instagram account
Octogenarians Chang Wan-ji and Hsu Sho-er run a laundry service in a small Taiwanese town and have now become fashion sensations. Over the years they’ve acquired many forgotten garments. With the business struggling and the pair battling boredom they’ve started, at the suggestion of their grandson, to model the clothes that had been left behind.
“Many people are telling me, ‘You are famous now and you look younger’,” he said.
Hsu said she likes to “put on pretty clothes and go out and have some fun”.
“I am old in age but my heart is not ageing,” she said.
Their grandson, who is managing the Instagram account, has said the couple want to use their large social media following to encourage “environmental fashion”.
“Instead of following fast fashion and keep buying new clothes, we hope people can see that old and second-hand clothes can be fashionable if you arrange and combine them in new ways,” Reef said. “This would cause less damage to the earth and the environment.”
These memes also gave me a giggle.
4. Foodie Discoveries
Sarah and I tried out this (new to us) café in Nambour for lunch the other day – Mill St Kitchen & Pantry. It’s in a little cottage up where the old sugar mill used to be. There’s a museum there now and they’re also doing work on the old cane trail tracks so it could be worth having a bit more of a look around there.
Sarah had a Thai Beef salad with a very photogenic piece of cavolo nero, and I went for the ricotta gnocchi with greens, mushrooms and local tomatoes. Super yum – we’ll definitely be back.
5. In the kitchen
On account of the fact that I was conferencing and had to write horoscopes (remind me never ever ever) I haven’t had my hands in flour this week – and I’m suffering as a result; it really is where I find my zen.
I did, however, make these Dan Dan Noodles, and this Tandoori Chicken traybake which we served with Bombay potatoes. What I love about dishes like these is that even though they seem quite indulgent they’re not really that bad for you…well, relatively speaking.
I also mixed up a batch of these sesame peanut noodles packed with whatever veg was in the fridge for this week’s packed lunches. Not only are they put together in about 20 minutes, but they’re also both yummy and healthy. Even if you don’t normally do the meat-free thing give these a go – the dressing alone is worth it.
Oh, there was no Destination Kitchen this week because a) I couldn’t be faffed doing the research b) I didn’t have the time to spend in the kitchen and c) we decided to go out to the local Thai instead.
Okay, that was my week, how was yours?