Monday, June 6, 2011

Surfacing for air...

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...

5 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Vanda - That sounds like a terrific costume!! I hope you had a lot of fun at the party. Glad your new book is taking shape the way you want it to; it sounds as though the writing is going well and that's great.

Jason Payne, London said...

Sounds like a fun night, a girl definitely needs to relax as well after all! Once the deadline is hit can we beg a cheeky preview chapter please? ;-)

Joanne said...

What a hoot! Did you take photos? Let us see! Please.
That recipe is definitely meaty. ;)

djskrimiblog said...

Good to have your Royal Highness back among the blogging community - but don´t go and enjoy your celebrity status so much you forget all about Sam Shephard ;)

Vanda Symon said...

Still waiting for a photo, that's what happens when you're usually the one on the business end of the camera!
Was such a fun night, I might have to host a fancy dress party after this bl**dy novel is finished...