Dishes are done, laundry is put away, floors are swept, bathroom mirrors are swiped clean. The kitchen counters are clear. I think it might rain a little today. It would be lovely if it did.
It’s quiet as the dust settles after the storm that was our last year.
I’ve been wanting to buy plants to have in various spots around our house, but I have a talent for killing anything green. Even mint. I’ve been known to kill an herb that, in any other household, behaves like a nefarious weed (but we forgive it because it’s so tasty in Thai food and cocktails). Everything from lemongrass to baby orchids have perished under my watchful care. So I shy away from plant buying, because really, it’s tragic what I do to green things.
But I love having bright, pretty things to surround me in my house. In Thailand, at a dollar a bunch for fantastical orchids, it’s no strain on the wallet. I am, however, also lazy and don’t like to go out and buy flowers all the time or clean up the stinky mess when their stems begin to mold before the flower itself even droops.
So I’ve succumbed. I’m on a mission to acquire fake flowers to add a bit of color to my bathroom and living space.
(Don’t worry; I won’t make you look at my bathroom.)
I do like the irony of the fact that it’s after all the guests leave that I beautify my home.
And I’ve come to terms with fabric flowers. No deaths, no clean up. So I can focus on other things, like morning yoga.
And Marmite, cheese, & tomato sandwiches.
My dad turned me on to these. Are you a fan of Marmite? It seems it’s a subject of hot contention, especially if you’re from the U.K. or any of the Commonwealth nations.
You either love it or hate it. Or you prefer Vegemite or Promite. Which you prefer often says more about where you hail from than anything else, or so I hear. My dad’s South African, and so it’s from him, I inherited the Marmite gene. But it must be consumed with cheese and tomato.
Anyway, I have some big(ish) news!
Second, I’ve contributed some writing to this anthology, Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, recently published by ABC-CLIO. And at the low, low price of $189 (wtf?!), I expect you all to purchase at least two copies. It’s a steal.
Anyway, that’s it for me. What’s going on in your pocket of the world? Show us! Snap a photo and link up to Communal Global! Happy Tuesday everyone!