Thursday, January 10, 2013

Latest obsessions

What have you been wasting spending your downtime on lately? Here are a few things that are filling my moments:

1. Goodreads. I'm addicted. It feels like spying to see what friends are reading and how they rate their past reads. And the recommendations seem spot on. My list of to-reads is ridiculously long. I've also set a Goodreads goal of reading 50 books this year, but I'm thinking that might be a bit optimistic. 30?

2. KenKen. Kind of like Sudoku but with a bit more math.

3. Learning PhotoShop. We "won" a copy of PhotoShop at an auction this fall. So this is more of an aspirational obsession. But I'm looking forward to digging in and learning it.

4. Soups. The Seattle winter blahs have set in. I noticed most of my dinners feature homemade soup. My favorite is French Onion, but boy, that requires a long time. Another favorite is cheater black bean soup:

1 container of fresh or bottled salsa, 2 cans drained black beans, maybe some canned crushed or whole tomatoes, maybe some fresh kale. Simmer the salsa, add rest of ingredients and cook 5 minutes, then add vegetable stock (4 cups or so) and simmer 30 minutes. I usually run a hand mixer for a few seconds to smooth things out. Oh, and add some sherry at the end to deepen the flavor.

5. Candles. Maybe related to the winter issue in #4. I'm not yet ready to give up the Christmas candles and twinkly lights. Lately my favorite candles are from Zena Moon. I love how they give their candles themes and list on the Web site related books and music that might interest you.

Do you have any recent obsessions that you'd like to share?

1 comment:

  1. Well, I just got on Twitter....Reminds me of corporate working days when the WSJ was on my screen at all times keeping me up-to-date on the latest news. Information overload!

    I've had opportunity to make soups, too, beginning with variations of tomato soup while tomatoes were still in season, then turkey soup after Thanksgiving, and pumpkin-now-squash soup (vegan).

    I'll be interested to hear how PhotoShop goes!



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