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Tonight I decided to disregard the two solid days of rain and the overwhelming sense that it was time to hibernate and made myself an elaborate dinner just for me. Now to re-create this recipe, you will need to a long list of ingredients as demonstrated in this photo:
Then carefully prepare the ingredients, don’t worry about how many dishes and cutting boards this will take, it will totally be worth it in the end.
Add a few finishing touches and then put your feet up and watch an episode of West Wing while you wait for the meal to cook in the oven.
Then after the perfect amount of time, savor the careful blend of flavors and craft a delicate dip for your dinner. [Fries and Edamame not pictured cause I ate them already]
Today when I was arriving at work via the parking garage it suddenly smelled strongly of doughnuts. Durring the day there was traces of blue sky mixed with hail. Then after work when I got off the bus a the U-District it smelled strangely of burnt toast. There is no correlation between these various events (that I know of, conspiracy buffs prove me wrong!), but I thought you all would enjoy hearing about it anyways. Happy Friday everyone!
So of course today should be my post about cooking something and while I have had some good cooking adventures this week (Vanilla Roasted Pears and Pot Roast), I didn’t really take any pictures and I actually spent most of my evening hanging out with some co-workers at a happy hour on Capital Hill. In a recent email exchange with my friend Ruth, who also moved away from Evanston this fall, she talked about how it is really the 2-3 month mark that is the hardest in any big move and I have to say I kind of agree with her.
It is at 2 months that most of your routines have re-adjusted, the basics of a a new city have been learned, bus systems mastered, new jobs figured out, rooms finally unpacked. And then you kind of look up and go “oh, right, I still don’t have friends yet”. Of course I do have Alex and other good friends who I knew before (Katie, David, housemates) and my fellow VISTAS who have quickly become key friends. But the biggest hole is formed by those always ready to hang out, try a new restaurant, watch Star Trek with you on a Saturday afternoon, go to an event or better yet bake brownies and watch chick flicks with you on a random Friday night. It is those friendships and community that I miss the most right now and also the relationships that take way longer than 2 months to create. While I wait for those deeper connections to form and those friendships to develop, taking a couple of hours to hang out with my favorite co-workers makes for a pretty good alternate evening.
Wow, 26 days, impressive, even for me and my general hit or miss blogging schedule (and by that I mainly mean miss). Well, this will hopefully get the obligatory catch-up blog out of the way, so I can get into a more regular schedule just in time for NaBloPoMo. Which if you are unfamiliar with this term, is the month in which some people attempt to write 50,000 word novels and others with slightly lower ambitions attempt to post on their blogs every day. I have been doing this successfully for two years running and you can go see the 2009 and 2010 attempts.
So here are a list of partially written blog posts I have accumulated and few updates of the more general sort:
- Draft post titled: Massive update and plans for the future – in which I attempted to give a synopsis of my parents’ awesome 2 week long visit at the beginning of October and our house plans to disband and move into apartments come December. Never got further than 2 paragraphs, chance of completion: low
- Draft post titled: Some thoughts on the book The Help – in which I wrote up some thoughts that came up both while reading the book and after completion. This one actually got mostly written and I will probably polish it up a bit more before saving it for NaBloPoMo fodder
- Draft post titled: More October birthdays – in which I contemplate how it feels to turn 28 and how my expectations for birthdays have changed over the years. I even drew a nifty graph for this on, chance of completion: medium
- Two nights ago I went to sleep cold (we keep our house at 60 degrees because it is horribly insulated and we are all very
poorcheap) and tossed and turned for close to an hour trying to get warm, until finally I dragged myself out of bed, grabbed my spare blanket and shivered myself to sleep. Only, of course to wake up again later in the night, cold, but this time to tired to go hunt down my third spare blanket. Now I have to admit I was kind of worried that my brief 2 months in Seattle had turned me into a pansy – I mean my down comforter has gotten me through 4 Chicago winters, with nary an extra blanket needed! But the good news is, that our house doesn’t actually have any heat on! Yes, that is actually good news, so instead of the 60 degrees I thought my room was, it was probably in the upper 40s, low 50s. Thankfully we also possess space heaters, which will keep me from totally freezing until we get more heating oil delivered early next week.
- Seattle has turned out to have a much better autumn than I anticipated – leaves have changed colors, repeated days of crisp blue sky weather, etc.
So life has continued at a rather quick pace since I last posted anything here. Routines have been created – wake up around 7am, shower, breakfast, run to catch the 7:53 bus, transfer, get into the office somewhere between 8:30 and 8:40, drink coffee or tea, desk time, meetings, chatting, planning, lunch, desk time, desk time leave work around 5pm (or sometimes earlier, since I make it in half an hour early), catch the bus, wait in exasperation for my second bus (and if the weather is nice give up and walk home), get home around 6:15 or so, make dinner/eat dinner, get sleepy, chat with Alex, read the internets, read my books, hang out with housemates, sleep.
As for the work itself, I am enjoying it for the most part. I think it helps that I don’t really miss my old job (the people yes, the job not really). I like the routine of riding buses (I am reading so many more books now, especially with discovering how well it works to read library books on my iPod) and working in an office with adults. Sometimes it can get frustrating when the end objectives don’t always seem clear, but I really like my fellow VISTAs and I am excited about our goals.
If you check out my Flickr stream from time to time, you can see that I have been up to some fun things including a train ride around Mt. Rainier with Alex’s family, gone to a church related young adult potluck, numerous happy hours with co-workers and new friends, made blackberry jam, granola and a carrot cake for Alex’s birthday, a celebratory after party with co-workers for the United Way Day of Caring, a weekend at Alex’s grandparents’ lake cabin with friends. So in case you missed them, here are some pictures from the past few weeks:
- sore biceps from a two day attempt to tame the crazy weeds in the front and back yard that grow a good 10 inches higher than the grass
- the smell the acrid burning plastic of the weed whacker after it lit itself on fire to escape my over 60 minute long forced march through the forests of the back yard
- laughing at (or should I say with?) the cute baby antics of the adorable 2.5 year old guest at our house’s Labor Day BBQ yesterday evening
- frustrations with the deteriorating state of my room (it shifted from tetris style boxes, to its current configuration of open bins of clothing blocking almost all floor space access
- the related frustration of having more clothes than closet/drawer space
- pleasure in the sense of finding new rhythms and schedules to my day
- the taste of homemade blackberry jam (Katie and I made another batch this weekend) on Alex’s homemade bread
- the ongoing quandary of not knowing more and more what the larger goals of this year are, but still having little clarity on the day to day goals
- successfully navigating two extensive bureaucracies to obtain both a WA driver’s license and food stamps
- lovely video chats with friends in Chicago, Goshen and Florida
- an enjoyable but less than inspiring church visit (leading me to believe that it will be even harder than I anticipated to find another church home like Reba)
- the joy of buying my airplane tickets for my first visit home