Friday, 19 February 2021
Monday, 18 January 2021
New year, same me.
Sunday, 27 December 2020
I just realised that my blog has been back for over a year! And what a (shitty) year it has been for everyone other than Mr Amazon.com. My little blog doesn't get many views but I do it for myself and the wonderful loyal readers I have. I'm grateful for you reading my typo-strewn slightly dyslexic ramblings, thank you for making my hobby feel a bit less bonkers!
So then, this year.... not much to report. Like being on a forced staycation. Thankfully my mental health hasn't suffered too much, but some of my nearest and dearest's have. It's been a rough one for everyone reading this too I imagine.
So I thought I'd just do a little life post to celebrate a year since I rebooted Plump Parsnip.
I'm not going to be one of those people who writes about how much they've achieved during this pandemic. My achievement has been to get through it with my mental and physical health in tact! I slept a lot. I watched an inordinate amount of TV and films. I didn't read a single book! That's not a brag by the way, it's just a fact. My brain has been incapable of focusing on anything for too long. I've spent the year distracting myself from the outside and the strange world we've all been living in. Congrats to those who have done amazing things in 2020. I got dressed most days and I'm counting that as a win, frankly!
P's, I've added links for things I've mentioned wherever possible!
Let's start with the biggest change in my life this year. I met my partner at the tail-end of last year. Circumstances meant that we locked down together after only having know each other for a few months! I don't think I've ever jumped into something so quickly; I'm so careful about making big decisions. I'm not gonna say I'm boring, but I'm not particularly spontaneous and I'm SUPER sensible. I can't explain why it made sense to me, but to quote an old saying, I felt it in my waters. Of course it was a baptism of fire.... I think it's fair to say that neither of us has ever spent so much time with another person, ever.
Anyone who has been locked in a home with their partner during this pandemic knows that it takes genuine effort and WORK to create harmony, under the immense stress that a complete change in routine brings about, right? That would be true just for one person to be honest, because you're building a completely new framework for the patterns and procedures you've been locked into for decades, but taking two peoples disparate needs into account makes structure even more important.... and difficult! I do wonder if there are even more highs and lows when you're still getting to know each other under such circumstances? It might actually be the case that if you're used to only seeing someone for a few hours a day for years, suddenly being trapped together all day, every day, for months on end, might be even more of a shock to the system?!. All I know is that I've never been so happy to spend so much time with another human being. As much as I love my family and friends, I would be desperate to be alone after just one week with any of them! Funny how two people can be so extremely different (which we absolutely are) but also be so comfortable in each other pockets. And let's face it, if any couple can come out the other end of a year like this and still want to be together, that's a pretty strong foundation for the future, don't you think?
A year of manure has helped love blossom, so as shitty as 2020 has been in (almost.... yey Biden!) all other respects, it will always be a very special year to me. Of course if he ever leaves me I'll have to kill him, 'cause HE KNOWS TOO MUCH NOW!
What else has happened?
We have come back to cake now but with zero veg.... back to nigella and her butter crazed ways! P's, If you use her super simple vegan chocolate cake recipe for the sponges and just replace the dairy in the buttercream frosting from the cake above with plant based alternatives (I used vegan Elmlea and flora vegan unsalted butter.... needs to have a high fat content to work!) then it's still a stunning cake. I liked the original version best but my partner likes the vegan one best because he prefers an oil-based sponge to one made with butter and eggs.... more gooey! I think our perfect version is the vegan sponge with the dairy frosting, but anyway. Moving on!
And then 2020 struck again. My grandmother passed away and although it was expected, it somehow still felt so shocking when it finally happened. It's still unimaginably hard to come to terms with the fact that someone who was such a constant in my life is gone forever, particularly when I hadn't seen her for a year because of Covid. Not being able to get on the train and go to hug my dad was the shitest part of it. She had her 97th birthday this year and we do have a super cute picture of her with her birthday card, but I wanted to show her in happier times when she could still live freely and we could all be together.
I got to spend my first Christmas with my love. I got to cook and eat a big old roast (which I love doing!) and we also formed a support bubble with my old flatmate. Her plans go messed up TWICE, so we all got together to eat, drink and be merry. And watch the new Aladdin 'cause I got Disney+ as soon as I found out about tier 4! It was a whole new Christmas this year.
Boxing day was bed day. This year has been..... well, it's been twelve months hasn't it. You can't argue with that!
I'll see y'all in 2021.