A condensed list of my current obsessions:
1. Used books. This is nothing new, really. I just like the mothy smell of them, the soft worn texture of them, the fact that there is no hard binding that needs cracking. But lately I've been purchasing extras in preparation for any oncoming winter storms. Some people stockpile bottled water and canned beef stew; I stockpile Willa Cather novels and Emily Dickinson poetry, creating a literary fortress to barracade me from any oncoming winter weather warnings. C'mon, snowstorms. Bring it on.
2. My thick cable-knit cowl neck sweater I got at TJMaxx for a song. I wear it about twice a week. My co-workers probably notice, but I can't help myself. I pull the neck of it up over my chin and mouth like a grey winter turtle so just my eyes and nose peek out. As my husband says, "That's hot."
3. Zumba. Have you tried it? The latest dance aerobics craze? It reminds me of junior high, memorizing all the dance moves from my copy of MTV's The Grind Workout Hip-Hop Aerobics (with Eric Nies, yum). I practically burnt out that tape.
4. Curry paste. Specifically, Patak's Mild Curry Paste with a can of coconut milk to make easy, luscious curry.
Recipe adapted from Epicurious. If you hear "curry" and think 'too spicy,' don't worry. The coconut milk will balance out a lot of the spice. Plus, a mild curry paste is kind to even the most Midwestern German-Russian palate. Feel free to replace the zucchini with whatever floats your boat; of course, if replacing the zucchini with meat, please cook the meat thoroughly first (I'd just cook it with the onion).
Accompaniment: cooked basmati rice