My life has been utterly consumed by the looming deadline, and the new novel is finally taking shape the way I want it too, my panic-o-meter has inched down a few clicks. This weekend was Queen's Birthday Weekend in New Zealand, so I indulged in a few frivolous things to escape from the writing.
Hubby and I were invited to a friend's 40th birthday party on Saturday night. The theme was the 70's, so being a bit of a Star Wars fan I jumped at the chance to go as Princess Leia. Who wouldn't want to go as a kick-arse princess with a iconic hair-do? So I hauled the sewing machine out and whipped up the white Princess Leia dress in the morning, which turned out really well, and with the hired wig I was completely incognito. It took a few people a while to figure out who the heck it was! And so weird for a girl with a massive head of curly frizzy hair draped all over her face to suddenly have a sleek, dark brown do and no fringe to hide behind. It was weirdly liberating. Hubby went as the biker from the Village People!!!
Today, as well as doing some writing, I had a day in the kitchen as we had friends coming for dinner and I felt like having a Julia moment so I made a cassoulet. I've always wanted to make one, and although time consuming it was great fun and very satisfying. It took all day, in fact the recipe recommended taking a few days to make it. The bottom of the casserole dish was occupied by a perfect spiral of Toulouse sausage hand made by Hubby, so what with that, pork, bacon, lamb and chicken it was the perfect meat-a-thon with beans! So great food, great company, wine and a G & T made for a perfect evening.
Back to the full on writing tomorrow, and some awesome left-overs for lunch...