finding the narrative

  • February 22, 2024

    My mom is an incredible cook. Very slowly, I’ve been trying to learn some of her recipes. Tonight, I made chana batata (chickpeas and potatoes) for dinner.

  • February 21, 2024

    Unclear. I was reading a math textbook today. It took me a few pages to realise that I didn’t retain any of what I was reading. The same thing happened last night when I was looking up the difference between “who” and “whom.”

  • February 20, 2024

    Somethings off. We watched Julie & Julia. It took us three sittings to watch it through. In the movie, Julie works her way through Julia Child’s cookbook in a year. She, Julie, blogs about it along the way, which brings her fame. A movie is eventually made about it.

  • Ancient Bog Oak Turned Into a Brand New Algonquin Rollerball Pen | Pen Turning

    In today’s video, I turn an Algonquin rollerball pen with Ancient Bog Oak and black titanium hardware. I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out because the wood was chipping a bit when I was milling the blank to size. Luckily, the wood cut really nicely with a sharp carbide chisel. The black on…

  • February 18, 2024

    I haven’t been getting to the shop as much lately. The cold, even though this has been a rather mild winter, keeps me away, so too does the fatigue. I’ve just been tired lately. It hit me good when I got home this evening. I was completely spaced out.

  • February 17, 2024

    There’s really not much to say about today. I basically took the day off, falling in and out of sleep while watching TV in bed. It was the day I needed today.

  • February 16, 2024

    I was sweating a fair bit. Through the window, I could see naked men walking through the hallway from the change rooms to the showers, and then back again. Staring at the grain of the wood lining the walls, I was convinced it was cedar. I was sitting on the top-level bench in the sauna…

  • February 15, 2024

    I don’t know what’s out there, but Ouli and Genevieve keep begging to “go for a walk” in the hallway. Ouli will jump up on the shoe rack and Genevieve will claw at the door while whining. I can’t figure out what’s out there.

  • February 14, 2024

    When we got home yesterday, Hannah got a notification from Amazon that her Barbie RC car – a pink Corvette, a classic – and dolls would be delivered before 10 pm. I must’ve forgotten to change the name when I placed the order. It took away from the surprise of it. I love playing with…

  • February 13, 2024

    I haven’t been getting to the shop as much lately. A friend I’ve made there called it my sanctuary. It is.

  • Pen Turning | Redheart Budget Fancy Slimline Pencil

    In today’s video, I turn a Budget Fancy Slimline pencil with Redheart wood and gold hardware. I really like turning this wood. It cuts really nicely with the carbide chisels, leaving a fairly smooth finish. Apparently, the colour will darken over time but I haven’t seen it happen yet with any of the other pens…

  • February 11, 2024

    Have I told you about our bread maker? If I have, my apologies for repeating myself.