After being disappointed over the past 2 months about promises of big snow, I didn't get my hopes about the latest storm coming our way so I was pleasantly surprised this a.m. to find this!
It’s been a phenomenal week. I’ve just completed my 2nd week of voluntary unemployment and it’s been tough to unwind. I feel like I’m on a brief hiatus and need to complete every last project I’ve earmarked over the past several years. It could also be that I’ve just learned to be the ultimate multi-tasker for the past 10+ years and it’s just going to take time learning how to bring it down a level or two. I want to slow down, it’s the byline to my blog afterall, yet I keep feeling like I have to go back to work…tomorrow. However, no complaining here because the things I’m filling up my day with are things I enjoy – cooking, cleaning, organizing, planning, and most of all crafting. I’ve also spent a lot of time researching and through trial and error learning how to make my own everything in a feeble attempt at self-sufficiency (hey, that DIY laundry detergent was quite a feat and when I fold my clothes and inhale that clean, fresh scent and know that it only cost pennies, is easy on the environment and has allowed me to be that much less of a consumer, I’m giddy with excitement!). Yeah, it’s the little things that bring me joy!
However, with all this washing of clothes and dishes and everything else that needed attention, we ran out of water this past week. Yep, that’s country living with a well for you. We have to be mindful with our water usage all the time and I did get a little carried away – June Cleaver style. So for the rest of that day and the next, I didn’t do any cleaning, fell back on my surplus of glass bottles of water we set aside for times like this and yes, even resorted back to the old ”if it’s yellow, let it mellow…” adage of water resourcefulness. Sorry if that was TMI.
Now, however, I’m sitting at the table to a simple sandwich with the whole wheat sandwich bread recipe I tried out this past week (not bad…) and a bowl of roasted vegetable soup that I also tried out this week (here’s the recipe to this healthy and oh-so-satisfying soup: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Roasted-Winter-Vegetable-Soup/Detail.aspx I must ashamedly admit that I didn’t use the rutabagas called for in the recipe because I picked what I thought were rutabagas at the grocery store but was crushed when I got ready to prepare the soup to find out that I had actually picked up 3 beets instead – how the heck do I know what a rutabaga looks like and I clearly don’t eat beets enough to be able to identify them separate from rutabagas! Haha, some cook I am!
One thing that is going to be really beneficial about not working is tending to relationships much more. I’ll be more fully present with my husband (instead of the superficial uh-huh listening), I’ll be able to reach out to old friends more as well as spend more time with the current friendships I want to nurture. I used to consider myself the type of person that had lots of acquaintances but few deep friendships. I used to think that worked for me and that I was too busy to cultivate anything more than that. But in the last few years as I’ve developed a close network with some girlfriends, I’ve come to really be humbled by those relationships and the depth of them has been wonderfully soothing to my soul. This past week I also reconnected with one of my best friends from high school whom I’ve unfortunately lost touch with until the last couple of months thanks to facebook. When we reconnected it was like the past 10 years of absence had dissolved and our connection re-established as if no time had passed. I sent up a prayer of thanks and gratitude afterwards for that connection. And although friendships come and go, wax and wan, there is nothing like a really deep, soul-engaging conversation that will far surpass a thousand superficial soundbites with acquaintances. I’ve learned to let go of those relationships that don’t sustain me and to really focus on those that do. It’s all about give and take and when the giving and taking feel equally good, you know it’s right.
Okay, off my philisophical soapbox and time to bring you a good laugh. Let me insert pic here and then give you the hilarious story afterwards:
Yes, this is the cocoa incident I speak of in my header. You see, I had grandiose ideas of making my own cocoa mix. Yep, just another moment in my yet-to-be-diagnosed do-it-yourself-itis. So I gathered up all my ingredients, including the cocoa powder I recently purchased. Now, for those of you at sea level, let me explain a little quirky thing about high altitudes - it causes everything to look bloated, from chip bags to pill bottles (and this explains why your bottle of hairspray or saline solution always looks like its going to explode after a flight). Well, when I went to pull back the very tight seal on my can of Ghiradelli cocoa powder, a very loud “POP!” ensued with a plume of cocoa powder fallout that rained down upon everything. Yes folks, it was in my hair, on my glasses, on the floor, even covered items almost 10 feet away and yes, even my laptop where I was reading my recipe off of was a poor casualty of the incident.
After we paused for a few seconds from being unbelievably startled and stunned, we succumbed to belly laughs that nearly brought us to our knees. David was sure to capture this on film (forgive me for my rolled-out-of-bed look but I decided to forsake my vanity for your comic relief…do enjoy!).
Tonight I’m going to enjoy the snow with a down-home meal of chicken and dumpling soup, which I had the great pleasure of enjoying on Friday night with my girlfriend Peg (thanks for the recipe!!). I’m also going to try to find a way to reuse bottle caps (it’s amazing how many we go through now that I’m really trying to watch everything that goes in the trash). Oh yeah, that and toilet-paper tubes…there’s gotta be something out there! HA! Wish me luck…I’ll happily report on my findings next week!
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