Metaphor – Poetry Friday

Post-Turkey Lounge

I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils,
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)

Links and thinks

We had a great weekend.
Lots of sitting.
Lots of snuggles with sweaty necked toddlers.
Lots of quiet breezes.

Pixar green screen day

Down with OPP*
Sujata by BHJ yes.
This was no trauma or turning point. It was butternut squash risotto.

Amy Turn Sharp writes a poem every day.
don’t they taste like food from the street
stuck to the asphalt 

these are the echoes of the dream time by Kate Ingliss
I vow to be more graceful than I am. Still, goat’s arsehole makes me smile. I don’t mean it but it works, in that healthfully resigned kind of way.

Donna Hay on Pinterest. This pleases me.

There’s a lady that I love with the old lady afternoon cocktail part of my soul and her name is Pamela Ribon. She’s the friend that I name drop as “my friend who writes for Hollywood” as though that was a thing that a person would do. Pamela has written the excellent web log Pamie.com since long before the breaka dawn.

She wrote yet another book, and it’s perfect for summer consumption. I ate it right up with my eyeballs this weekend and now my eyeballs are full, but like, summer salad full, not gravy fries full.  It’s worth the pre-order.  Promise.

My girl

Me party
Articles from Style United.

Thinking about summer entertaining? You should host a bellini bar next weekend.

How to chill beverages quickly.

@kristenhowerton Not kidding about the pants.

Question
Would you rather speak in front of a crowd or sing in front of a crowd?
(Just curious.)

*Other People’s Posts

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Mixed Mushroom Baked Risotto

The weather here has been a little rainy, a little unreasonable.
A little tantrummy, if I may be so bold.

Tough pickings, the food for this kind of weather.
Your Should tells you to make spring rolls, but your Want tells you to make something cozy that you can eat with a spoon.
Listen to your Want.

I listened, and landed on this perfect chilly late spring dinner side dish.
Not a hamburger recipe, not pasta salad, but a mixed mushroom baked risotto.

Perfect for that cloudy, rainy, one step back before two steps forward kind of weather day, we served it with some beet green and breadcrumb stuffed pork chops.

It bakes in the oven while you take care of the rest of your dinner prep,
toddler chasing or
manfriend ogling.

And you know I love me a good manfriend ogling.
Ahem.

Men of bocce

Mixed Mushroom Baked Risotto

Recipe adapted from her majesty Donna Hay.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 shitake mushrooms, sliced thin and in half again
10 button mushrooms, sliced thin and then in half again
1 teaspoon dried sage
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 1/2 cups arborio rice
4 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter for serving

Mushroom Risotto

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°.

Add the butter and oil to a large, non-stick frying pan until they get all melty together. Add the sage. Add the mushrooms.
Cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes, then add the garlic.
Cook for another 3 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked through and goldeny.

Put the whole mushroom mixture into a 10 cup baking dish. Add the rice and stock and stir through.

Mushroom Risotto

Cover the dish tightly with foil and put in the oven.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or until most of the stock is absorbed and the rice is al dente.

Add the Parmesan, butter and salt and pepper to taste.
Stir until the butter is melted and serve to people that you love or at least like a lot.

Mushroom Risotto

This week…

Meal plan this week

Know what you want.

Walking home

When Willo interviewed me for Willotoons connect, I noticed how often I repeated the statement, you won’t get what you want unless you know what you want.

It’s so important to me that I’m going to reiterate that again,

You won’t get what you want unless you know what you want.

And the reason I say this is that if you don’t spend the time to figure out what you want, other people will do it for you.

So how do I figure out what I want?

I make lists.
Lots of lists.

I list out:
What I like.
What I want.
Places I’d like to visit,
people I want to meet,
goals.

And just as important,
what I don’t like.
What I don’t want.
Places I never want to go,
people I need to avoid,
anti-goals.

I look for trends, I look for patterns.
I look to see how I’m prioritizing my time.

Walking home

I use 750 words, I fill my Moleskine and can’t be separated from my trusty clipboard.

With all of this seemingly unimportant work, I figure out what works for me. I’m able to focus on what I want. Cutting out what I don’t want is just as important.

At the same time, marketers are getting better and better at telling me what I want. And I’ve believed them.

They’re sponsoring aspirational Pinterest boards, they’re sponsoring aspirational trips, they’re giving money to those living the most marketable lives to continue to live those lives.

All that is so that we want those lives.
So we buy those lives.

But by making these lists,
by analyzing what it is I really want, REALLY, want, I’m better able to defend my longings against an onslaught of Covet.

Things I thought I wanted until on second thought I really didn’t at all:
To be in movies. A boat. A certain luxury brand rugged vehicle. A Paris apartment. A pool. Her life. His seemingly well-behaved children.

I don’t want those things.

I’d been convinced I wanted those things, but until I looked at what I really wanted, I realized I didn’t want those things.

By society, by marketing, I’ve been convinced I wanted those things when I really just didn’t have my own longings defined.

Walking home

What I really wanted:
A walkable community. Access to creative people. Really great ingredients for my meals. Extra time with my family. A friendly community. Great education for my kids. The means and time to be a great host.

The best thing about figuring out what you want, is that it’s fun.

Take 15 minutes today, focus on what you really want. Write it down. Cross it off if you decide you don’t want it, add in more if you want more. Make another list of everything you don’t want.

Guilt has no place in these lists.

This is your wanting.
This is your life defense.

What don’t you want that you thought you wanted?

Walking home

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