How did another week go by without posting? And as I feel asleep rocking Caroline to sleep tonight it almost didn’t happen today… but we’ll see if I can make it to seven and publish before falling asleep again…
- These Cookies– Oh. My. Goodness. I made these intending to bring them on Tish’s 30th birthday hike. They were designed as good fare for the recipe creator’s husband to eat post-marathon. I thought they could be a good post (or during) hike treat. They have beans in them to up the protein and the only fat in the whole batch of cookies is a 1/4 cup of healthy olive oil. Best thing about the cookies? Probably the crushed anise seed. Then again maybe it is the sesame seeds they are rolled in. Or the lemon zest. Or the dates. I don’t know. I think it is a darn near perfect cookie on so many fronts. We didn’t make the hike but gave half a dozen to Jonathan and Tish for the trip. We kept half a dozen for ourselves. There is exactly one cookie left right now. I’m restraining myself. Tomorrow. I’ll savor it tomorrow. LOVE THEM. (btw- I substitute spelt flour for the whole wheat pastry flour… and took a risk on using non wheat-free oats… and so far… no issues!)
- When Every Taste at Dinner is Worth Savoring- Such a simple meal tonight, but I found myself strategizing what to save for last so I could end on that taste. And then decided it was all so good I couldn’t pick and just ate and enjoyed. Heirloom tomatoes freshly picked from the garden. Sweet, sweet corn bought at the farmers market today- so good I only used butter on one of three ears I ate. And one very tasty brat. And then fresh watermelon from the farmer’s market after I rocked Caroline (and myself to sleep). Even Caroline’s food was tasty. She had a third of a sweet potato, also from the Farmer’s Market. And that was one fine tasting sweet potato. (She also had banana and cheerios…) We ate well, and simply, tonight. Love that.
- That My Sister Got to Sing in Front of Famous People Today- She’s singing at a wedding in Northern California. It turns out the couple is friends with some very famous people, an actress married to one of those brothers in the famous filmmaking duo among them. She was a bit concerned because they had no amplification for her and it is an outdoor wedding with 300 guests. She was a bit nervous to sing in front of famous people. But… either they won’t hear her because she’s not amplified or they will and she’ll get discovered. She missed the window for American Idol (something she seriously thought of doing, but apparently there’s an age cut off), so… maybe this is her chance.
- That I Actually Want to Learn How to Do Things Well- So I spent all week writing my paper for the guided reading I’ve been working on since February. On Thursday I finished a first draft and couldn’t see my way to revising it even though I knew it to be in desperate need of revision. I let it rest and came back to it on Friday, wrote a brand new introduction and cleaned it up throughout. But when I was stuck on Thursday I sent the draft to the prof. I got a note from him on Friday which made me think he wasn’t going to have time to get to it. But I got a note today indicating that he did. And he has recommended a major reorganization of the paper. At first my heart sunk to get this e-mail. I REALLY want this done before the semester starts and the semester starts really darn soon, but… then I realized that his feedback was similar, in some ways, to feedback on my first big theology paper last fall. And I realized that he was pretty validating- I arrive at a good conclusion, I’ve dealt with the material well. I just have written a more exploratory than expository piece. He suggested another way to get the task accomplished. After about an hour of thinking about it I started to get excited about the challenge of tackling this a different way with his guidance as inspiration. And I got excited about learning how to do this better. I’m not sure about one key thing- whether he thinks more research is needed, I don’t think he does. If more research is needed I have to scrap the “done before the semester starts” goal. If not… I think it might still be manageable. But I let it rest today. We were supposed to be hiking in another state afterall. I love that I am able to get excited at the prospect of more work. I guess I really am where I belong. (Though there’s still a part of me that wishes I just knew how to do this and didn’t have to learn it. Organizing writing has never been a problem for me before… this is humbling.)
- Finding REALLY Yummy Wheat-Free Bread- So we went to the Farmer’s Market yesterday afternoon (and this morning) and there was a vendor there we haven’t seen on a Friday afternoon before. They were selling baked goods. The first time we walked by them they offered us samples and I declined because I presumed they all had wheat and we were headed to the international market at that point anyhow. But when we came back through the market they offered again and I said “I don’t eat wheat. Do you have anything without wheat?” They said “We have a sourdough spelt bread. Do you know spelt?” “Yes. Do you have a sample of that?” They had to go searching for a sample plate that had that on it. But they found it. And oh. my. goodness. I LOVE sourdough and this bread… so moist and delicious. And they gave us a discount because it was the end of the day. There is no yeast, no sweetener, no wheat, no chemicals in this bread. We had darn fine b.s.t. sandwiches on it today (the “s” is for spinach…. no lettuce in the house at the moment.) Spelt isn’t safe for folks that have to be gluten free, but so far it seems o.k. for me. Hooray! Apparently these folks are only there on Fridays. They’ve just typically packed up earlier than we get there on our bi-weekly Friday Farmer’s Market visits. We’re just going to have to get to the market a bit earlier it seems. It is so nice having a sandwich option.
- The Convicting Power of Documentary Film- Several weeks ago Jonathan and Tish indicated that we HAD to see Food, Inc.– a new documentary working with some of the insights from Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. Well, when Kev’s parents were here earlier this week we went to a matinee showing of it at a local independent theater. And we responded to this troubling and well-made film much like we responded to Supersize Me- by being willing to change long standing eating practices. We haven’t eaten at McDonalds since seeing that film. And we’re committed to only eating locally, sustainably farmed meat now… thanks to this film. We planned a vegetarian two weeks to give us time to find good sources of such meat. And we figure we’ll eat less meat (we don’t eat a lot now) because it is more expensive to eat such meat. But… this is one thing we can do to make a difference- in our own health and in general. See the film. It is a hard one to watch, but it is worth it. And let me know if it moves you to make any changes. I knew a lot of the information in this film before, but it hit me in a way that changed me through this medium. A well told story often has this effect on me. I left the film wishing my preaching could have the impact on listeners that good documentary films have on viewers, at least on viewers like me.
- Being Able to Skip Church Now- So we were supposed to be hiking today and tomorrow (as I’ve said several times already). We are not expected at either church (by anybody who might have been paying attention when we said we’d be away this week. So… we’re taking total sabbath tomorrow. Resting, resting, resting… And I’m SO glad we can do this now. I love it.