”We would have to participate in this study sessions, my classmates and I, sometime all night long. And so I’d bake so no one would go hungry while we worked. Sometimes I would bake all afternoon in the kitchen in the dorm and then bring my little treats to the study groups and people loved them. I made outmeal cookies, peanut butter bars, dark chocolate macadamia nuts wedges. And everyone would eat and stay happy and study harder and do better on the tests. I was always looking for better and better recipes until soon it was ricotta cheese and apricot croissants and mocha bars with an almond glaze, and lemon chiffon cake with zesty peach icing. And at the end of the semester I had 27 study partners, eight Mead journals filled with recipes and a D average. So I dropped out.”
(Ana in Stranger than Fiction)
” Finally, here is a “guaranteed” way to lengthen your life. Childhood holidays seem to last forever, but as you grow older time seems to accelerate. “Time” is related to how much information you are taking in – information stretches time. A child’s day from 9am to 3.30pm is like a 20-hour day for an adult. Children experience many new things every day and time passes slowly, but as people get older they have fewer new experiences and time is less stretched by information. So, you can “lengthen” your life by minimising routine and making sure your life is full of new active experiences – travel to new places, take on new interests, and spend more time living in the present. ”
Why the return journey feels quicker – a fascinating read on our perception of the passage of time. (via explore-blog)
"I wish I’d done everything on Earth with you."
"We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright."
” There is something intensely erotic in making elaborate, nearly impossible food for someone you’d like to have sex with. (…) Everyone knows there are foods that are sexy to eat. What they don’t talk about so much is foods that are sexy to make. But I’ll take a wrestling bout with recalcitrant brioche dough over being fed a perfect strawberry any day, foreplay-wise. ”
- Julie Powel (Julie&Julia)
Books in my ‘to read’ folder