Not only dark, but full of those long stentorian warnings from the freighters anchored out in the fog. The foghorn harmonies are not entirely unpleasant -- they can even be romantic, I know -- but their alternately bossy, then mournful, bossy, mournful blasts do not support a great night's sleep. . .
Since I'm awake, though, here are five random "things" that pleased me or that I found novel this week.
And look what I managed to stuff my Monoprix shopping sac with: Kale, Swiss chard, a gorgeous squash, a pound of chanterelles, and there's a bag of variously coloured wax beans tucked in there as well. Bounty!
2. Another food item is a new discovery for us: Thai Black Sweet Rice -- it's a wonderfully deep purply-black rice, something like a cross between brown rice and wild rice, but then again, quite different from both. It's chewy and a bit nutty-sweet, and Paul's been cooking it up with squid into a slightly gooey, very satisfying, ever so comforting meal for the end of a long day. I know, I'm spoiled.
3. Sherlock. This is an amusing and entertaining British series in which Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes, his sidekick Watson played by Martin Freeman -- all in contemporary London for a fabulous twist on the traditional. What fun to spot that Giant Dill Pickle among the longer established iconic architecture! I'm jonesing for a trip to London soon, and this is a good way to scratch that itch in the meantime.
4. Acupuncture. Or, more specifically, IMS (intra-muscular stimulation). Yes, I had a few needles poked into a few strategic spots this week, and I'm enjoying the resulting release of muscular tension, runner's knots. Have any of you tried this treatment? Mine was applied by a highly recommended physiotherapist who is quickly becoming a favourite resource.
J. Crew Viv patent flat, one of a pair, and yes, that it is. But it's also a photo of my first foray into on-line shoe shopping, and thus it is really the very slippery top footfall of a long and slide-y slope. Oh, dear. . . . I've already worn them, my larger right foot a bit unhappily but I'm hoping they'll stretch a bit. Very smart-looking with jeans, with a skirt, with a dress. They also come in Soft Desert, which I would say is a pinky nude. . . .