|Le Rouge et le Noir // Personal Picture|
I have a few post ideas under my sleeve, on seasonal changes, psychological price, my latest reads... As they all require either time to write and edit, or pictures to be taken first, here is a mini interlude in the meantime, inspired by this post by Xandra from the great, newly discovered Fashionably Light blog. Yes, I obviously have been perusing the archives. Totally worth it, by the way.
Making: Interior decoration changes. A bit of Spring here, a bit of Sheherazade inspiration there. It's this time of the year. Spring. Cleaning.
Cooking: Asparagus, green beans, and other fresh produce we're starting to find at the market. Can't wait to eat the first celeriac, strawberries...
Drinking: Yes. Lots of tea. Diplomatico Reserva rum, Laphroaig whisky (18 years, and don't you dare put an ice cube in there), and Champagne. When I feel like celebrating life.
Reading: Mo Hayder, Skin. There is some dark, fucked up stuff going on in Mo Hayder's crime books. It's the last of my current library batch. Looking forward to choosing the next reads.
Wanting: A new coffee table. My Muji stool from 2012 became a violin stand, so I'm back to the unstable folding stools.
Looking: At Spring flowers. Well, at the computer screen, right now. But I've been walking around looking at blooming trees these days. The scenery changes so quickly from bare trees to blooming city, wouldn't want to miss a piece!
Playing: On the violin, Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico (alone, slower, with mistakes). On the Xbox 360, Mass Effect 2. Second playthrough, Insanity difficulty. On board game night, Battlestar Galactica (the board game, obviously). On the iPhone, Bastille's Bad Blood.
Wasting: Materials. It's depressing to see how often I take the garbage out. Plastic foils, pet bottles, wrappings of all sorts... I think I need to change my food purchasing strategy.
Wishing: for my fiancé to find a job in Paris soon. We'd like to start building our love nest (and I'd like him to pay half of my Parisian rent. Too pragmatic?).
Enjoying: The sun on my face. The scent of flowers in the streets. Running. Drinking coffee at a terrasse. Fresh fruit.
Waiting: for Dark Souls II. And the next tome of A Song of Ice and Fire. And to witness an Irish wedding, this summer.
Liking: Alan Bradley's little detective Flavia. I just read the Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie and can't wait to read more from this author.
Loving: Le fiancé. Mostly. Yuzu éclairs from the Aki boulangerie, too.
Hoping: for a season 4 of Sherlock. Has that been announced yet? Also, another Star Trek film. To make new cultural discoveries this year.
Marveling: At the beauty, no, magnificence of space. Can you imagine, all these stars, all these galaxies? Humbling.
Needing: to secure a time slot to keep writing my Meurtre à l'Ancienne short story. Too tired in the evening, don't have time over lunch break. Maybe I should wake up earlier in the morning. Earlier daylight should help.
Smelling: My perfume. Just switched to my spring scent Allure. It feels light and fresh on my skin.
Wearing: A pair of washed black denim, light brown top, khaki green Converse and Coral necklace and nail polish. Avec printed scarf and the Splendid khaki jacket from LA.
Following: TED. Finally found a way to subscribe to rss feed, keeping an eye on any new talk!
Noticing: how important details are - the scent of incense or a candle at home, a jacket that fits just right and not "approximate", how the organic baguette from down the street is so much better than the 40cts cheaper supermarket one. Every single detail that seems like nothing but changes the whole mood of the day.
Knowing: myself, as much as it is possible, at least - my tastes, preferences, strengths and weaknesses, my motivations and limits. There is still much to learn, but I know myself well enough to allow for growth.
Thinking: Too much, all the time. It's a real fantasy theater in there.
Bookmarking: Lately, Fashionably Light, as you may have guessed. Also recently discovered, "life coach" type blog of Olivier Emberton. Love his 8-bit style illustrations.
Opening: My new Moroccan rose scented incense sticks. Found a great shop in Lyon last week-end and kind of splurged. I even bought a rug. The Dude would like it. Probabaly. As long as nobody pees on it.
Giggling: over 9gag nonsense, when I'm on my non-smoker stress defusing break.
Feeling: Whole. Does it make sense?