There’s nothing wrong with stealing a little inspiration from someone else, right? Inspiration only becomes inspiration because of the exchange from one person to another. On that note, I’ve been enjoying the archives of the minecreations blog, a crafting and cooking blog written by Julia, a fan of all things homemade and heartfelt. I’m really excited to make her apple granola and her banana bread. Julia’s kitchen posts have a soft, quietly joyful quality to them that I really like. She makes me want to learn how to make jam and quilts and live in a snowy, wintry place. On her blog, I bumped into this meme, which I immediately decided I would borrow. It’s like a writing prompt for bloggers, right? Right! Let’s do this. (And please, do visit the minecreations blog! It’s an inspiring read for anyone who loves home and homemade things.)
What were you doing ten years ago?
I was a nineteen-year-old college sophomore, slogging through organic chemistry and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. I made it through the chemistry class, but I’m still working on that second part.
What were you doing one year ago?
I was doing more or less what I do now: scientist by day, hungry cook by night, bookworm all the time.
Five snacks you enjoy:
Pretzels, especially whole-grain ones.
Almond milk and strawberry kefir stirred together in a 1:1 ratio
Green apples dipped in peanut butter
Cheese and crackers
(Wait, does wine count as a snack? Because I like wine too.)
Five things you’d do if you were a millionaire:
Donate more money to my alma mater (go, Brits, go!)
Buy a house for me
Set up two trust funds, one for my niece and one for my nephew
Take my mother on that trip to Hawaii that she’s always wanted (and deserved!)
Set up an endowment to fund research for cancer or bipolar disorder
Five bad habits:
Not washing all the dirty dishes each day
Bean counting (i.e., keeping a running “tab” on relationships) and not being generous
Letting my recyclables pile up
Procrastinating on certain tasks, like scheduling doctor’s appointments (but I’m getting better at this one!)
Five things you like doing:
Shopping for birthday cards and presents
Five things you’d never wear again:
Stirrup pants (and they’re back! Oh Lordy.)
Tank tops with arm holes that are too big
Too-tight anything (shirts, pants, whatever)
White tennis shoes
Five favorite toys:
Le Creuset Dutch oven
Leaf-shaped cookie cutters (thanks, a!)
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Happy weekend, everyone!