How was your week? While last week found me blessedly free of the Zooms, this week, January found me. Nothing awful, but this week marked getting back to things in earnest. Alas.
Between the Zooms, the still dark winter days (though growing lighter, Northern Hemisphere!), and just the general state of all this, I found myself rather exhausted earlier this week. I can imagine you might know the feeling.
Taking care of myself
So you know what I did? I went to bed early. Two nights in a row. I didn’t try to “power through.” My body was tired, and so I gave my body rest. It did mean that Wednesday’s post didn’t happen. I wish that it had, but there, too, I treated myself with some gentleness. I’m working on something that I want to be good. It wasn’t quite there yet. So I didn’t force it. It will come. At the end of the week, I feel more like myself.
What have you done this week to treat yourself with gentleness? Maybe you needed to call it a night earlier than you usually do. Maybe you took a bath, or a long, bundled-up walk with a friend. Or, maybe, like all of us, you need a gentle reminder that it’s OK to be kind to yourself. January is hard.
A ripper of a good story
As part of treating myself with gentleness, this week, I gave myself more reading time. The Obelisk Gate, the second book in the Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin, just got too interesting, and I wanted to keep going. This morning I finished it. What a story.
I have all kinds of theories as to what’s going on in Jemisin’s tale. I have a couple of other books on my to-read list, but I’m going to be sneaking in the Stone Sky, the third book, very soon. Have you read the Broken Earth Trilogy? Don’t give me any spoilers, but do let me know how much you love it in the comments!
Perfect January reading
And, if you haven’t, you should. These are long books, perfect for cold January days and nights. The basic premise is that, on an Earth beset by such intense natural hazards that human life is constantly threatened by what they call “Seasons,” humanity has organized itself into Comms.
However, there’s also magic in this world, and there are people with the ability to sense and harness the Earth’s energy. They can cause or control earthquakes, among other things. These people, oregenes, are feared, enslaved, and often murdered by “stills,” or who we would recognize as us. The story is told from multiple perspectives, but primarily is the story of an oregene, Essun, just as a disaster so great that it would end the world has happened. Oh, and there are also people called Stoneeaters who are basically ageless magic.
I’m not going to give away the story, but suffice it to say that we see parallels to environmental degradation, racism, and war in our own world. What does it mean to be human and to live in the world? It helps to have a general interest (even just through movies) in science fiction/fantasy, but Jemisin is such a writer that I recommend them even if this isn’t generally your thing.
I really can’t wait to find out what happens, or if any of my pet theories are true!
Have you ever heard of Marcella Hazan’s three-ingredient pasta sauce? I’ve been making this for ages, but if you haven’t tried it, add this to your “I want dinner, but I don’t want to cook” file. If you can open a can and cut an onion in half, in 45 minutes of no effort whatsoever, you have a rich, lovely sauce that shouldn’t work, at all, but is perfect. Have a little of this before a simple main course (maybe Better than Meal Kit Chicken?) and a salad, and you have yourself a lovely dinner.
The coming week
Tomorrow, I’m hoping to entice you into making an addition your Wanderlust List by sharing one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. On Sunday, we’ll have a recipe that’s healthy, easy, and delicious and reinforces a good technique. We’ll have a Sundry Wonders post on Monday, and, while I’m not 100% sure yet what Wednesday’s post will cover, I do know that we’ll have one.
Let’s catch up on the week in posts.
The week in posts
I hope you had a good week, lovelies. Let me know about it in the comments. xo