Инстаграм @johnston_amanda Amanda Johnston
I haven’t posted in quite a while, except for the occasional insta story. This semester has been super busy with work and trying to write on the side. I did manage to make strawberry galettes to take over to a friend’s house for a belated #galentinesday brunch yesterday. I’m such a recluse sometimes; this was a lovely reminder of how much fun it is to just hang out with friends and eat a lot.
I made a ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas-themed blueberry pie for a holiday potluck. Some of the crust pieces shrank a little more than I wanted them to, and I spilled blueberry juice down my coat this morning 😢. But it made it more or less in one piece, so still counting this as a win.
Went home at lunch today and had a package of lovely homemade treats from my @food52holidayswap pal waiting for me. I haven’t made it through everything yet, but I can attest that the pecan thimble cookies (her grandmother’s recipe) are amazing, as I’ve already eaten three of them. 😋 Thanks, Christina! #f52holidayswap
I visited the @keatshousemuseum the other day and happened to be there on the 200th anniversary of his moving in. (For anyone not familiar with Keats, he was the Romantic poet Daniel Cleaver was a big fan of in Bridget Jones 🤣). I’ve been a big fan of house museums since I was a kid (is that weird?). I love how real it makes the historical person feel, to see the places they lived and the objects they owned. #keats #keats200
In London for a few days. This afternoon while I was wandering around near Oxford Circus, a beautiful blue sky broke through the gloom for a little while.
Stopped by Millennium Park during my short stay in Chicago and took the requisite pic of Cloud Gate, this time dressed for winter.
In California visiting my really good friend @annozturgut and her family. Ann and I taught in China for a year when we were in college; she was my roommate. They moved to California a couple of months ago, and I have made good on my threats to come crash at their place. 🤗 Yesterday we took her kids to Santa Monica and ate ice cream and watched a magic show. Lovely day.
I picked up Secondhand Time a while ago but just recently got around to start reading it. I love the way Alexievich presents people unvarnished but without judgment. Really beautiful writing and well worth the time.