The Sunday Salon: Food for Thought

The Sunday Salon

I’ve been awake since 3:50 a.m., and all I have to show for the past six hours is: a) a few sentences written on an essay I may or may not submit for possible publication (it’s due today); b) several perusals of Facebook; c) reading The Boy’s latest evaluation from school in preparation for a new IEP; and d) this post.

Yay, me.

Planning to do a few de-cluttering/re-organizing/cleaning projects around the house today. It’s looking like we’re in for a rainy day, perhaps even with some thunderstorms, making it the perfect day for such chores. My approach to housework is that I ignore things up to a certain point and then deal with them when I can’t handle the mess any longer.

On the agenda today is the pantry, which could use a bit of re-organization because things have just been thrown in there half-assed, I’m buying duplicates of stuff, I’m spending too much time looking for basic ingredients … the whole thing is out of control. And the family room/den/office area is way overdue for some attention, bigtime.

Animal Vegetable Miracle

Speaking of food, my current audio book is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver. My first reaction was that this didn’t seem any different from other books and blogs promoting eating locally-grown, in-season food  – and then I remembered that Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was published in 2007, before concepts like farm-to-table and eating what’s currently available were household words.  Seven years later, it’s still relevant and worth reading because there are still people who don’t understand this.

Case in point: yesterday at ALDI, I was in the checkout line and the ever-so-pleasant cashier asked the customer ahead of me if she found everything she needed.

“Yes, but you don’t have any strawberries,” she stated.

The ALDI cashier replied, “Right. They’re all done for the summer.”

The customer looked dumbfounded at this. First of all, if you want strawberries at the end of September, you shouldn’t be shopping at ALDI. Go a few miles up the road to the chain supermarket and spend $6 for eight ounces of strawberries that were trucked in from 3,000 miles away.

(I’ll give the customer the benefit of the doubt: maybe she was making a special dessert or something. But, still. If that’s the case, that’s not the week to go to ALDI.)

What’s interesting is reading this not far removed from finishing Flight Behavior. I knew much of that novel was borne from Kingsolver’s own experience on her family’s farm, but Animal, Vegetable, Miracle really shows the genesis of that story.

The Sparrow

I’m still making progress with The Sparrow and am almost to the halfway pointI’m participating in The Sparrow Readalong and summed up most of my thoughts thus far in the mid-point post. It’s still keeping my interest, but at page 160 I’m getting a bit antsy to find out what the hell happens. I have a sense of what’s to come, but enough foreshadowing and whatnot already: let’s get on with it.

Same with this Sunday. On with it already.

Thanks for sharing this post!

3 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: Food for Thought

  1. Sue Jackson

    I am much the same way – put it off until I can;t stand the clutter any more! The exception is when I am home alone for more than 12 hours or so – then I get really good at organizing and decluttering because I know it won’t all be un-done by other family members in minutes! lol You should have seen my clear kitchen counters a few weeks ago when my husband and sons were all away for the weekend…sigh…they were a thing of beauty but now a thing of the past.

    Glad we aren’t dealing with IEPs/504s anymore – my son is in college now.

    I’ve read most Kingsolver novels but not Animal, Vegetable, Miracle yet. Sounds like I should get to it!

    Hope you had a productive Sunday!


    Book By Book

  2. Trish

    I’m about to that point with The Sparrow as well–though I only have 90 pages left. I’m hoping to buckle down and really get after it as my attention is waning just a teeny tiny little bit. I’ve had AVM on my shelves for years and keep meaning to read it. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I really started paying attention to the fruit/vegetable seasons. Now I really regret it when I buy a fruit out of season and I’m already mourning the end of berry season (though grateful for the bigger, juicier apples). I’m really not sure why it took so long for me to make this discovery?

    Good luck with the reorg. With two small kids my house is always in disarray. I’ll let the little one play in my pantry while I’m cleaning the kitchen–which means that after I’m done with the kitchen I’ll have to clean up the pantry (and she’ll then usually empty the cupboard of all the plastic cups). So. 🙂 Happy Sunday!

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