Monday Morning Coffee: Breakfast
The first of what I hope to be weekly extemporaneous posts. It’s a style of writing that is conversational and personal, but is also a good way to start off the writing workweek, to get in the flow again.
A Cuppa Coffee in the Morning Light
Good Morning, Bloglandia! It’s sunny and 47F here at Chez MW, where the peanut butter is natural and the rice cakes are lightly salted. That’s what I’m scarfing down at the moment, and in fact it’s my usual breakfast. It used to be oatmeal, but by the time I added the fun stuff to make it tasty, the caloric count was nearly half my daily allowance. Even when fairly plain, it disagreed with me, likely some gluteny trigger. Recently we tried some gluten-free steel-cut oats (twelve times as expensive as the regular stuff), and it was, um, interesting, sorta barley-like, and bearing little resemblance to the old comfort standby. I think I’ll stick to PB on rice cakes, and Steve has expressed preference for the regular stuff for himself.
Rice cakes are my personal staple, and I only eat the plain, lightly salted ones. I’ve noticed that they are salted on only one side, and I do a quick taste test to confirm which side it is and make sure it’s the side that touches my tongue when I eat, otherwise the resemblance to styrofoam is distracting. I like to top them with hummus and sliced black olives when I have it for lunch, and with a spoonful of low-sugar raspberry jam to make a “cookie” to enjoy with afternoon tea.
But, damn it all, I miss bread, I really, really miss bread. I miss bagels, toast, a warm chunk of baguette drizzled with honey, I miss fluffy muffins, scones, and my secret-recipe vegan cinnamon buns. I don’t miss the seventeen pounds and digestive misery that came with them, but baking and eating wheat flour-based goodies was one of the things I enjoyed most in life. Since now I pretty much eat to live rather than live to eat, cooking, too, is more perfunctory than creative.
Okay, end of whine, on to Almond Milk. We just started drinking this a couple of weeks ago, and we both LOVE IT. I’d tried soy milk, but it was meh. Almond milk, however, tastes good, especially the vanilla, OMG, and it’s been a real lift for this lactose-intolerant household. I also deeply appreciate the fact that it is plant-based, so it doesn’t have to go into the “bad fats” category. Right now I’m sipping a latte of half vanilla almond milk and half hearty coffee. I pour in the milk first, zap it in the microwave for 45 seconds, then add the coffee, which keeps it nicely warm and tasty for a good fifteen minutes longer. But I just have one coffee like that. The first and third cups are black. I’m a writer–I drink half a pot of coffee every morning, that’s what we do
The blog header has undergone another tweak, and Steve took the crazy photo of me plus a few others from which I will choose when I update my About page. Yes, the Harry Potter glasses arrived and they are perfect. Thumbs up for Zenni Optical! The only problem was the clip-ons that I ordered, which were slightly bent. I took needlenose pliers to them and re-bent the clips to make the shades fit better over the glasses, and now they’re good to go. The sweater in the photo is one of the repurposed yarn ones I did this past winter.
There will likely be a few more blog design tweaks here and there, but I’m pleased with the overall appearance. The logo has been tamed down from a sports-team aggressiveness to a more streamlined assertiveness. Didja notice that Minimalist Woman has the same initials as my name? Would you believe I didn’t even notice that until a couple of weeks ago??? Duh.
The other day I bumped up the price of Spirits of Place to $2.99, as encouraged by a lot of other writerly types, but after thinking about it, I’m pushing my luck at this stage of the game. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a self-esteem problem–I’d price that sucker at $25 if I thought the market could bear it ;D The ebook publishing world is still in its infancy, as is my fiction publishing career, and we’re all still finding our sea legs. So the book remains at $.99 until further notice.
Other writing projects are plugging along, and I’ve set my cap to publish another work of fiction by the end of June. I’m also working on a post about creativity, which was triggered by those who think of it as a sort of chorus of angels. Look for it here later this week.
Onwards and Upwards!