On, In, and Around Mondays: No Books, No Bread
Stop reading. (Just for a week.)
That's Julia Cameron's advice in chapter 4, for The Artist's Way journey.
I didn't do that, but I did something similar.
For the third week in a row, I stopped grocery shopping. This began accidentally. Things just didn't work out to go to the store.
Of course, we soon had no bread.
Then we had no milk.
Then no apples, no bananas, no broccoli, no lettuce or hummus or chips or cereal or... a lot of things that serve us as staple foods. I decided not to shop again, and again.
This sent me to the freezer, the basement cupboard, the back of the produce drawers. It sent me to the woods and the yard, to wild mustard and ramps, currants and dried figs. We baked bread. My youngest made homemade tortilla chips. Cashews suddenly seemed like an excellent breakfast when accompanied by frozen raspberries. Last night we had quesadillas with hot peppers.
My fridge is cleaner than it usually is, even spacious. My cooking creativity is heightened. What *do* you do when your staples are not available anymore?
I've done the "don't read" thing before with Julia. Reading is a staple in my house. She was right, of course. The absence of word-bread turned me towards play, hand-made things, even times of complete motionless silent daydreaming.
What's a staple you could veer around, just for a week? Going bookless or breadless, might you find yourself fig-happy and currant-creative?
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