my week in objects (mostly).

August 6, 2021

1. this iron.

{for steaming out some wrinkles}

2. this suit.

{and a weekend opportunity to swim in it.}

3. these august beauties.

4. this just-arrived fly swatter.

{with regrets to the flies.}

5. this plant.

{and james for repotting it (again).}

other things:

sign up, new york!

the most detrimental thing to climate action is this feeling that we’re all in it alone.

the tyranny and misogyny of meal planning.

everything gingham.

have you heard the humming?

thinking about linen yarn.

more genius.

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  • Reply M August 6, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    I abhor meal planning. A few years ago I decided to be footloose and fancy free and give it up. Instead of meal planning I went to the grocery store two blocks away everyday and bought whatever I felt like. That turned out to be a totally different time suck and after a few months of it I looked at our finances and realized I had been spending TRIPLE the amount of money on groceries. Then I switched back to meal planning. I planned one week at a time, and I hated it but it was tolerable. Then the pandemic hit and we self-imposed a strict rule of one grocery trip every 2 weeks. Now meal planning is an outright chore, an entire evening, stressful and I am sooo sick of it. But, it keeps our family a little safer, our bills lower, and we waste less food.

    That writer hit the nail on the head when she said that 5-7pm is the big show. Oh, preach!!! You can be wild and crazy with basically any other decision but it is GAME ON from 5-7pm.

  • Reply Rams August 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Hi Erin,

    Do you have any idea around why some parts of BK have access to curbside composting and others don’t? I’m in the part of town where I’m only able to “express interest” in it.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE August 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Definitely contact your city officials via the composting link above and individually by phone or email to ask them to ensure the service reaches your neighborhood! We need a city-wide compulsory compost system for sure.

  • Reply Sophie August 9, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    Regarding the meal planning article: here‘s a recommandation for an App if you speak french and want to feel fancy / like in holidays

  • Reply Laurie L August 14, 2021 at 12:39 am

    Regarding meal planning: I do meal planning.
    For our lunch I follow this outline, which I find helps out a lot to decrease stress:
    1st course: SALAD (e.g. carrot-orange salad, veggies & hummus, blanched then fried broccoli with garlic, salad rolls)
    2nd course: PROTEIN (e.g. baked beans, baked tofu, roasted almonds, fried tempeh)
    3nd course: STARCH, if no rice/barley/quinoa served with the protein dish (e.g. bread & tahini, a slice of pizza, rice cake & almond butter or hummus)
    4th course: YOGHURT & FRUIT (either fresh or a compote) + hemp hearts of poppy seeds
    For supper I follow this outline:
    1st course: SOUP/STEW (+ Almond Parm, tamari almonds, fresh herbs, coconut cream swirls…), or in winter roasted root vegetable
    2nd course: STARCH (cheese toastie, freshly baked biscuits, rice cakes, pizza, rissoto, or tacos)
    3rd course: YOGHURT & FRUIT (fresh of a compote) + hemps hearts or poppy seeds

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