I must have been feeling the same way I do today this time last year, as on 2 January I wrote about consumption, something I’m pondering again today.
Last year, I did reduce consumption. I used up the shampoos I had, even if I didn’t really like them, and then bought a single shampoo bar which lasted months. I used up skincare products and when they were gone I started on The Ordinary range, which I love. I bought no new clothes for our summer holiday, having discovered many bikinis I had forgotten about and being content with well worn summer outfits from years gone by. I bought few new clothes overall, and made a determined effort to make do before I realised I had to buy something.
We reduced our food waste and I reduced my spending on food at work. I got more organised about bringing lunches (and breakfasts, dinners and snacks when required) with me to the office, toting them in a free bag I got when I made a complaint to a company. We ate out less, but did spend a lot on two spectacular meals at Heron and Grey without any regret. We’ve joined the waiting list for this year. I made great use of a travel mug for coffees at my desk and the occasional takeaway treat.
I’m still a work in progress. December wasn’t a restrained month in any way, and I do feel some of the money, time and effort was wasted. However, I’m quite pleased with the direction in which I’m going and where we’re headed as a couple for the year. I’m not the only one who’s thinking about their shopping habits, as this New York Times piece shows.
Next on the list for a review is my consumption of daily events significant and minor. There is TOO MUCH.
We have another evening at Heron and Grey to look forward to. I enjoyed it so much the last time I’m almost afraid it won’t live up to expectations this time.
We started watching Mad Men, having finished The Handmaid’s Tale. I can’t believe I didn’t watch it when it was a current drama. It’s reached a really good bit and I can’t wait to see more.
The Mueller investigation is heating up. My subscription to The New York Times is worth every penny. I cannot wait to see how this mess of a presidency ends. I really hope the plot twist involves Mr. Tangerine Man getting shuffled out of office before he kills us all.
This weekend we tried two new places to eat, which are right beside each other and both of which we’re planning to return to as soon as possible. On Friday, I met a friend at El Celler in Blackrock Market. We don’t see each other that much so needless to say we had a lot of catching up to do. The food and drinks were fabulous, and the setting is so cosy and friendly you can stay for hours, which we did. I can highly recommend the cava and the garlic prawns.
I returned to El Celler the next night as I had booked my husband a particularly special dinner in honour of his birthday. Months before, on the day it was awarded a Michelin star, I had e-mailed Heron and Grey to book a spot in their tiny restaurant. I had kept it a surprise until the day before and it was worth waiting for.
We had a quick drink in El Celler as they are very close by each other, then on to the main event. Heron and Grey only serve one set menu and we decided to push the boat out and go for the wines to match. I mean, how often are you going to eat and drink like that? Every course was a surprise and a delight. We loved the informal chat about the food and wines. We’ve been to several other Michelin star restaurants before and the atmosphere here wins hands down-just the right side of casual without being too irritating.
I’m still thinking about the fishy dish with a foam and himself could eat a plate of the cracker with sea foam on top. We’re planning a return visit, and it is probably among the best value for money place we’ve eaten.