If anyone is thinking about getting Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty, I honestly can’t recommend it highly enough. Several recipes in there (looking at you, red spiced lentils) have become my go-to regulars. This week made his “chickpea, tomato and bread soup,” and it is to die for!!

I’m not very up-to-date with this collection of Blot links but I did update it with info on Webmentions… if anyone would like me to add a link or post please just let me know!

Some disorganised thoughts on keeping a daily diary.

Also on my illustrious calendar: Geysercon. Fortuitously discovered this was on at the same time as we are heading up to Rotorua! Really rather excited :)

Really excited to be going to Webstock this year, thanks to my employer, Lil Regie, who is sending everyone (all five of us!) I’ve volunteered for background stuff for them for three or so years BC (before child) but have never been as an attendee! So excited.

Got to take the day off yesterday to celebrate my in-laws’ 60th wedding anniversary! It was awesome. 😊

I still have to use Facebook to see what’s going on in my community as all the groups still use it. Usually it’s a bit of a drag, though today it was nice to see Wellington District Police have a firm handle on their social media account….

New blog post: Tarot for writers

It’s official: if I could go back in time I would visit September 3-5, 1982

FINALLY getting around to making a will. So, so, tempted to request a burial at sea…

This piece on the guardian about climate anxiety is heartbreaking: www.theguardian.com/commentis…

My six year old just asked me how to spell the words “literally” and “teenager.” Should I be worried?

No, just no. 24 year old man fails to understand Heathers

Thanks, kid.

Excellent: Grues and Invisiclues: A Personal Remembrance of Infocom That damn Babel fish! Love Infocom so much.

Oil that’s had calendula steeping in it all summer. I love the colour! Now to combine with beeswax (50g to make a 1:4 ratio with nearly-200g calendula oil) to make a healing balm for the family.

Morning coffee view. Listening to Weezer’s take on Toto’s “Africa,” which has become my 6yo daughter’s new favourite song. open.spotify.com/track/3ZP…

Someone on my local community notice-board recommended this as another way to pay one’s respects to those who were killed in the Chch shooting ten days ago. I’m going to do it tomorrow. A Loving-Kindness Meditation to Boost Compassion - Mindful

“Broken-hearted but not broken.” I listened to this on the radio today while sitting in the sun on the balcony, listening to the cicadas and watching a one-year-old cat roll around by my feet. I feel great hope that we can make some solid change in NZ, and genuinely make our country a better place for everyone.

A quite pleasant Friday afternoon!

It will be interesting to see if these big companies can get away with trying to blow off the outrage of our little country. But there are some very angry people here in NZ right now. Mark Zuckerberg, four days on, your silence on Christchurch is deafening - Toby Manhire - Opinion - The Guardian

Students perform haka to pay tribute to classmates killed in Christchurch - video - World news - The Guardian

It was too much to hope that this tragedy wouldn’t be politicised… ‘“Your grandparents came here … and they returned in caskets,” he said. “Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers.”

Another good’un. Opinion - Kiwis Experience an Attack That ‘Feels Imported’ - The New York Times

This is very good: New Zealand felt removed from the global voices of hatred. No longer - Elle Hunt - Opinion - The Guardian