making dinner.

posted on: July 21, 2014

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We cook dinner every night, our meals planned out in advance. I pay special attention to put something easy down for the nights I will be responsible for cooking. When I get off of work the last thing I feel like doing is being in the kitchen for hours, like so many of us.

Except Sundays. Sundays are the days I like rolling up my sleeves and getting elbow deep in dirty dishes and chopped cilantro. I’m usually alone these nights, too. Dan working. I crank my City & Colour Pandora station and work methodically, mindlessly. I get brave and attempt new recipes, trying to use new ingredients.

This Sunday was different. I tried being present and aware the entire day, careful to do nothing other than relax. I am about to enter a particularly busy season and I want to savor every ounce of nothingness I can. I set to making dinner and thought of all the upcoming Sundays I wouldn’t have the desire to be in the kitchen, lacking enough energy to consume dinner let alone make it.

It occurred to me while I was eating that I have been spending a lot of time thinking about this upcoming season. Not necessarily all good things. I realized that while I may be exhausted in ways I haven’t known in a while, I shouldn’t be afraid of that. I should be embracing it.

One of my favorite authors, Shauna Niequist tweeted something the other day that stayed with me. She was talking about growing pains, “And growing is good, right? Hard, awkward, uncomfortable, scary, messy…and good.” She is right, despite the pain the growing is good.

Let that be enough, enough to keep me in the kitchen on Sundays. Enough, despite that I will be tired, have too many things to do, and let’s be honest, probably in a horrible mood. On those days, I’ll let the good wash over me and use Dallas Green to drown out the negativity.

P.S. You need to make this sandwich, immediately. Check the recipe out over at my friend Grace’s blog, Earthy Feast. That’s right, I can now call her a friend as we have actually met. Not to mention, she has personally made these sandwiches for me. I’m sure you’re green with envy right now. I know I would be.

 

29/52.

posted on: July 18, 2014

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Two times this week I found myself in a situation that required a photo of either me or of myself and Dan. After going through what felt like a million photos from recently, I realized that we didn’t have just a basic photo of us. One where we are looking at the camera, smiling, acting normal.

I take full responsibility for this problem. I hate having my photo taken, being in front of the camera. I don’t even have a decent photo of myself for my own blog. If I have photos of myself they are usually for an Instagram shot I had in mind which does me no good in other aspects. I clearly dropped the ball on the 52 project. It was hard week after week to find time to take pictures and I quit pushing myself, my desire to do it gone.

Dan and I started sponsoring a child through World Vision almost two months ago. When we first started setting up our account and preparing to send our first email and letter we were encouraged to send photos. I sent a few via email to the local office for him to see but none were quite what we wanted. I was putting together a little birthday package for him and decided we should include a print photo of us and therefore told Dan to prepare for a photo session. You can imagine how excited he was.

I came home from work and dragged the tripod out onto the balcony determined to make it quick. We treated the entire situation very much like ripping off a band-aid. No, we didn’t want to do it but it had to be done. The result, something I don’t actually hate. And since I don’t hate it I’m going to share it.

Happy Friday loves.

weekend.

posted on: July 14, 2014

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Looking over these few photos from our weekend I realized they in no way did justice to just how amazing it was. Almost everything Dan & I do revolves around food and this weekend was no different. We sampled and ate at no less than four new places this weekend.

That probably seems excessive, it is. These days we almost never indulge unless it’s a special occasion. Like most people, we are focused on saving, saving, saving for some future plan. This weekend we decided to let go a little and just enjoy. Enjoy we did.

Drinks at Dandelion Market, dinner at Basil, all with amazing people. Moments filled with laughter and picking off each others’ plates, trying sake for the first time. I’m still smiling just thinking about it.

Our mood carried over to Sunday and nudged us to keep the indulgence going. We had breakfast at Fourth Ward Bread Co where we nibbled the most delicious croissants – buttery, flaky, hollowed out in the center to making a nest for the perfect fried egg. Afterward we drove to check out Metalmorphosis, a giant metal head that serves as a fountain in the middle of a corporate park. Yes, it’s really a thing.

We relaxed, I read, he lounged. We enjoyed the best veggie burgers we have had in Charlotte to date at Kickstand Burgers n’ Bar, left entirely too full and returned to relaxing.

Like I said, an amazing weekend.