29. Music – I created a tape.ly mixtape with just a few of my faves.
30. Completing something to the finality of it. Sticking with it and finishing!! Even if it’s a few days late I was grateful for 30 days! BOOM
I will see you all sometime in 2014. You’re busy with preparations and plans, and I have a list of handmade and homemade that I’ll be working on. Sea Salt Caramels, Orange Marmalade, Granola, Strawberry Jam, Chocolate Truffles, Toffee, Peanut Brittle, Felt ball necklaces, tiny 3-dimensional boxes of winter, a Christmas card photo of the family, festive package wrapping…
Sending you all Happy Holiday Wishes!!
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. ~ Isak Dinesen (and I would add tears of laughter)
A good cry and a good laugh. FACT
(another sort of random photo – although the dressy attire (bow ties make any event formal) worn by Nate years ago in a school play is loosely related to etiquette)
I have to back track since day 24. got skipped. I am thankful for etiquette, when it can be found these days that is. In a weird twist this is a gripe post disguised as a gratitude post. I’ve been grateful for 20-some days in a row, so I hope you won’t judge me for one post ranting against the state of affairs in the modern world. It’s just that EVERY TIME I do my weekly grocery shopping I find myself so annoyed at the people who park their carts in the freakin’ middle of the aisle, and then DO NOT move when they notice someone trying to get past them. If some of you enjoy Black Friday shopping – go for it! But I think within 15 minutes I would be ready to karate chop someone for their lack of courtesy.
I have several theories on modern life, you know those things you mull when you are trying to solve world problems. Here is one of my theories: I think that one of the reasons that people are so miserable, depressed, and disconnected now is because most of the social mores have disintegrated. The rules for standard polite behavior have gone by the wayside. People can and do use foul language in almost every setting, even those where older people and children are present. The idea of a private phone conversation is archaic. “Please” and “Thank you” and “Here, let me hold the door for you” seem like rarities. Having a conversation with give and take, and real listening, not a conversation where one person continues to interrupt and dominate, or continues to check out and check their phone… it’s been awhile or it takes real intention. How many times have you seen someone running errands in their rattiest pajamas or that flesh and crack-exposing pair of jeans? Have you witnessed atrocious table manners? Not to mention the aisle hogging folks out there blocking traffic with their carts or cutting into line at the pharmacy. Having said all that, I think what I hate the most is how judgmental and intolerant I feel when I walk away from those situations. There are days in my heart of blackest hearts that I truly hate people! I would like to ask this question though, why should some of us continue to behave politely when so many around us are not? Should we continue to do it from a sense of superiority or out of a longing sense of nostalgia for a time when social etiquette made us feel safe in knowing where my rights end and yours begin? And does anyone else agree that part of the cost of this-anything-goes-society is an undercurrent of misery?
Nutshell explanation – when kids are growing up they need guidance, routines, rules and boundaries. These things give them safety and security. Of course they break rules and push boundaries, but as long they are still loved and respected, AND expected to take responsibility and clean up their messes they thrive. In addition when they are older and developmentally testing those guidelines to see if they still ring true for their lives, it gives them the freedom to consciously break the rules when and where they choose. There is no freedom in chaos, or breaking rules that don’t exist in the first place. I don’t think it’s all that different for grown-ups. I think nowadays we are all careening around and the gaurd rails and healthy boundaries have rusted out, leaving our souls flying out over the abyss.
This podcast got me thinking about all of this.
(odd cafeteria photo for no good reason, other than I don’t have a picture of the delicious salad from the recipe below)
YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM!! Another Sweet Paul recipe. Sometimes wasting time surfing the internet pays off. Not often, but sometimes.
WARM BEAN & ROOT VEGETABLE SALAD
- 26 oz. root vegetables (any mixture – such as beets, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes)
- red onion, chopped to same size as root vegetables
- 3 T. vegetable oil or light olive oil
- 1 T. apple cider vinegar
- 2 T. light brown sugar
- 2 C. marinated beans (recipe below)
- 5 oz. crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 C. sunflower seeds
- handful of arugula
- Preheat oven to 350 F, and cover a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Peel and chop vegetables into cubes of equal size. Place in single layer on parchment covered baking sheet.
- Drizzle the vegetables and red onion with oil, vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
- Roast on the oven’s middle rack for around 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the roots are tender, take them out and combine with the marinated beans in a large bowl.
- Place the bean and vegetable mixture on a large serving platter. Scatter crumbled feta, sunflower seeds, and arugula over vegetables.
- 2 C. canned beans, consider using 2 varieties
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 4 T. apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 C. fresh herbs, your choice (I didn’t use any)
- 1/4 C. virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. dried parsley
- grated peel of 1 lemon, and juice of half of the lemon
Combine everything in a medium bowl. Cover, and refrigerate overnight or for several hours before you compose salad.