When I read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night last year, I hadn’t expected that it would have such a long-lasting impact on me.
Since early last year some time (?) I’ve been keeping a book of quotes. It’s just a random notebook in which I record quotes from books and other places – quotes that made me pause, or that lingered in my mind long after I’d turned the page. Perhaps they are particularly well-worded or poetic, but the main reason I record them is because I can relate and can see the truth in them.
All through my childhood and school years, I did quite well academically. I liked school (mostly), I enjoyed learning new things, and I relished any opportunity to show that I was a bright and capable student (except I was never that kid who put their hand up to answer questions in class).
After finishing high school, I went straight into university, and did my Pharmacy degree. Although there was a bit of an adjustment phase to this new learning structure, I did enjoy university too. There was something of a thrill in being presented with this new level of intellectual challenge.
A lot of lunchtime conversations at work revolve around food. The other day, we happened to be talking about corn, and whether it was better to use canned corn or frozen corn. Unless you really like corn, this might seem like it’s going to be a boring post, but it’s actually not about corn at all. It’s about plastic.
The other week I made some savoury muffins, and realised that most of the ingredients (the main ones, anyway) started with the letter C: corn, carrot, cheese, cumin and coriander seed. These were all ingredients that I happened to have, and it was only as I was adding them, that I realised the coincidence.
Montville is a quaint little town in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, about an hour and a half drive from Brisbane. I was there about four weeks ago for a friend’s wedding. A very good friend’s wedding, in fact, as I had the great honour of being a bridesmaid.
The wedding ceremony was held at The Chapel, which is possibly the quaintest but also most stunning building in all of Montville. Continue reading