Monday, 22 March 2010
I think I'm having a hippy moment. I was just typing out the sentence, 'Maybe it's the time of year, or maybe it's the time of life,' when I realised I was basically writing out the first line of Joni Mitchell's Woodstock. OK, I don't want to be that much of a cliché. But I've been unconsciously erring towards living life more simply recently.
First change came last week when, after a couple of seriously boozy weekends, I decided not to drink for a while. So far so good: I'm in the mindset where I don't even want to drink at the moment. And if I do, it's just a glass of cider. I told you. Hippy.
Then yesterday, after riding bikes and running around the park with James, we sat in the sun and decided to try and make it a permanent change of lifestyle: cutting back on indulgent meals, cooking and eating more simply at home, drinking as little alcohol as possible, exercising outside in the fresh air.
I've been influenced by the blogs I read: Alice at Quaint Living makes baking your own bread and cooking simple meals from scratch very appealing through her photography; same with The Cotton Wife, whose recipe for cinnamon rolls I can't wait to try. I haven't had the time or energy for home cooking recently, much as I love it, but as I'm finally giving up work in three weeks that'll change. And I'll have less money to fritter away on wine, anyway.
So, bring the spring and a cleaner way of life! Is anyone else feeling like going back to basics?
[Photo by German Paley]