- Gluten Free Mommy– She’s going to think I’m stalking her! How many times can I link in one week? Well, we made three of her recipes and they were all FABULOUS. The chicken pot pie linked to below, an enchilada bake that was DELICIOUS, and a very easy and very tasty steak salad. I think we’re having another one tonight, oops, no, that’s for tomorrow. The rest of our recipes came from Recipe Zaar (which really has quite an extensive gluten free collection) and the Wild Quinoa salad last night was quite good, but not as good as the other three. Tonight we’re having avocado stuffed chicken breasts… now how could that be bad?! But that too is from Recipe Zaar. Well, Gluten Free Mommy, I don’t know you, but I love you! My mom asked a few weeks ago if we were finding any recipes we wanted to repeat regularly. Well… I think with G.F.M. we’re finally finding them. I could eat this stuff regularly FOR SURE.
- Making Plans- So, my German exam is Monday, May 18th. I am not ready. I have, excluding sabbaths, 7 days to get ready. First thing I did today- made a plan. And it felt so good to make it. (It felt less good to not achieve today’s benchmark, but… so it goes with plans…) And Kev and I spent some time tonight planning for a tighter budget this summer (my fellowship income stops in the summer and other sources of income are unpredictable). As overwhelming as both of things for which I/We were planning today, they feel more manageable with a plan. Similarly, planning the garden was like this. I love the way that plans can transform scary chaos into manageable challenge. Today was a relatively high anxiety day for me… and I love that planning helped with this.
- Our Garden– every week, yes, I know… I’m redundant. But… the lettuce looks incredible, the spinach quite good (I think some bugs agree with me!), the broccoli is doing great, the bean plants that made it are thriving, the corn that made it is thriving, a few zukes are going strong, and we got the four tomato plants into the ground this week and they’re still holding up well. And Jonathan, one of the friends who inspired us to get this going, came over and weeded and picked rocks for a few hours this week and it looks SO much better. I LOVE what he did and I LOVE the garden. I also LOVE daydreaming about the bushes and perennials we’ll put in when we have the resources. A blackberry bush or two or three… maybe some strawberries… asparagus for sure… maybe some rhubarb… we have a lot of land… and a lot of potential. LOVE IT!
- Partnership and Better Sleep- We continue to have our share of rough nights, but… Kev and I continue to do a beautiful job of spelling one another. A few nights ago I was so exhausted I was asleep before 8 p.m. and he handled Caroline much of the night, just making sure she came to me when she needed to eat. Last night he was wasted and I, for some reason, was wide awake in the 2 hour stretch in which she was awake… so… no big deal. I spelled him. Most nights we share it really evenly. And this is a godsend. And today he took her for three hours so I could have focused study time… I took her for awhile this morning so he could have focused practice time. I don’t know how single parents do it. They have forever more my undying respect and admiration. Kev and I really make wonderful partners and I love this. I also love that the past few bedtimes with Caroline have been easier, gentler, shorter… and last night was the first really good sleeping night for her in awhile… and she’s off to a great start tonight… though we haven’t slept a wink yet and she’s likely to wake any moment now. I LOVE sleep and love better nights of it!
- The Stories Kev Brought Home from Work this Week– They’re his to tell, but we had a great dinnertime conversation a few nights ago. One of them was in fact related to his trying to explain our partnership to a guy with whom he works…
- Increased Silliness in our Household- Up until the past few days, Caroline’s primary and most frequent vocalizations have occurred on the in-breath- this accounts for the squealy-ness on which I’ve commented before. Kev pointed this out to me, I hadn’t really noticed. He tried coaching Caroline to vocalize on the out-breath, but our girl does what she wants. Kev decided to try talking on the in-breath… to demonstrate to her what it would be like… so I did too… and we ended up giggling a lot. It sounds hilarious. She just looked as us like we were crazy. In general though, I’m making all sorts of funny noises and faces, it’s taking me back to making “machines” in drama class. And I LOVE it. It is fun to be silly. And it doesn’t come all that naturally to me. I love that Caroline is making us sillier. (I also love that in the last 24 hours she seems much more talky, in more normative talky ways- no words, per say, but vocalizing on the out breath.
- Getting All the Way Through This Before Sunday and Before She Wakes From her First Sleep Cycle- It was one of those days. I wasn’t sure I could do this. But I’ve done it. And she’s not squawking yet. And when I started I didn’t know if I could come up with seven things this week… but I did. And I LOVE that.