feeling the constraint of circumstances

If we examine every stage of our lives, we find that from our first breath to our last we are under the constraint of circumstances. And yet we still possess the greatest of all freedoms, the power of developing our innermost selves in harmony with the moral order of the universe, and so winning peace of heart whatever obstacles we meet.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


When I'm not so busy, I have time to think. Thinking isn't good for me, so I'm trying to stay busy. I even washed the kitchen floor and made menus for the rest of the week. I shopped for all the groceries (though I'm sure I've forgotten things) and am going to make cookies.

The mornings are still kind of cool here but I think I'm going to do the Great Wardrobe Switch this week. That will take about two days. I'm looking forward to re-discovering my warm weather clothing.

K is doing a month long stint, editing, in town which is also good because he needs to stay even busier than I do.

The plaster in Youngest's room looks great - that's another project I need to tackle. The whole room needs to be painted and I'm starting with the ceiling. While I'm in there I think I'd better hem his curtains. We got them a year ago and they are still unfinished.
Youngest's room is going to be the guest quarters for Bloghere '08 and the painting is on the top of the list of projects to complete by then.

It would be an excellent time to sign a contract or to simply celebrate the finalization of a plan you've been working on for a long time.

K's Susan Miller horoscope

Gratuitous shot of extraordinary Guinness Brownies:

cake

Baked cod and roasted potatoes.

fish dish

This recipe used to be a favorite of mine. My family tolerated it. This last time it was just awful. It will never grace our table again.

Finally, there is another piece of string near my house. It is at least half a mile long and it makes my neck itch. If anyone wants it I will roll it up...

Comments

witchypoo said…
Careful, I think the string putting out person is trolling for the crazy string collecting woman.
And keeping busy will be tougher when you are old. You should develop an alternate distraction like tequila.
alice c said…
Posting photographs of brownies is bad. Very bad. It is bad for ME because I am going to spend the next few hours thinking I.Need.Brownies. Which will distract me from all sorts of things that I should be thinking of.

p.s. candle lit - of course.
Wendy said…
I thought you were going with the f*&! it method of preparing for our arrival. I'm telling you - it's very freeing. And if you ply us with enough alcohol we won't even notice anything needs painting.

Stay away from that string. You don't know where it's been...
The String Unrollers: "Remember the last time we spent all night unrolling The String? That lady came and rolled the whole thing back into a ball. You think that might happen again?"
Melissa said…
Can you share the brownie recipe? I am drooling a little.
The string. The string. The string. I think you need to gather it just to have it picked up and in its place. Plus it'll preclude thinking while you're rolling it up.
paola said…
mmmmmmh those brownies....
Why do we need to keep busy in order to not think? And why is thinking so bad for us?
Annagrace said…
Odd that you should talk about this--I made fish and potatoes last night and what used to be a favorite fast dinner of mine was suddenly completely gross to me. Pregnancy? Perhaps. But even Pea wasn't impressed and used to love it.

I then comforted myself with chocolate mint cookies. Then the evening got better...
dennis said…
Dennis is drooling over the fish photo anyway.
blackbird said…
Well Dennis WOULD.
Anne said…
It looks so tasty...maybe a different spice or something? I don't get why its not good. Guess i'll have to try it..i have never heard of anything quite like this...
Eleanor said…
That, my dear, is the "baked fish and chips" recipe which is on page 126 of "The Instant Cook" by Donna Hay. EXACTLY. I tried it once. My son said, and I quote:
"I didn't know fish could taste like this." And he wasn't smiling when he said it.
Scot said…
Hey! I have that same tablecloth. I gotta tell you - it looks better with a cherry pie on it than fish and potatoes. The brownies look good. I think we need the recipe. Love the square plate though.

The string may have belonged to cousin Sonia. Ivan collected it, it was one of the reasons she loved him.
Sinda said…
OK, I don't know how you could cook the fish and potatoes together - did you? - because of the timing, but here's an excellent Cod recipe, gratis, for free, and even though you didn't ask. Do with it what you will.

It's Amanda Hesser's: throw the cod in a pan, heat oven to 375 ish, slide about 8 bay leaves under the fish - more if you want - season with olive oil, salt and pepper, and cook for 7-8 minutes per inch or until it's as cooked as you like it. I love it. I serve with Nigel Slater's squidgy potatoes...

Here's to not thinking - chin chin.
kmkat said…
If you leave out the fish, and roast the potatoes with salt and garlic and olive oil and fresh rosemary, they are delicious. But I suspect you already knew that.

Guinness brownies. Huh. I was planning to bring brownies to the first meeting of the county finance committee next week (I'm on the county board! And the finance committee! w00t!), and -- if I can score some Guinness between now and then -- I shall make those to bring.

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