This weekend’s election news brought me to tears thinking about how I would bring my daughter into a world with a new, hopeful administration and a VP like Kamala Harris.
After years of infertility treatments and pregnancy loss, I’m hopeful about finding myself just over halfway through a pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, people go out of their way to offer their well wishes, advice, and baby supplies -I am so appreciative of these things. When I was going through infertility treatments and pregnancy loss, I never felt so alone.
My body felt so tired, the grief overwhelming, holidays impossibly triggering. Most people don’t understand what it’s like to go through IVF treatments and, to be fair, how could they. The people who went out of their way to check-in and express care, I will always be grateful for. I guess what I really want to say is that if you have a friend or loved one going through this, check-ins and some understanding goes a long ways.
In Minnesota it’s just kind of summer until it’s fall.
We spend six months complaining about the winter and four months complaining about the heat and humidity. Then, there’s fall.
Once the tips of the trees start to change colors, there’s no turning back. We’re given this sweet, fleeting stretch of magic before everything’s cold and brown and bare.
For two weeks the cross street is lined with a canopy trees with little orange leaves that gently sprinkle down like a snow globe, forming shallow waves on the streets.
The pandemic transitioned from faraway news to full-blown this spring. Now, we’re moving towards winter and it’s still here.
A spring onset let us quickly pivot to eating outside, talking outside, moving outside. . . being outside a lot more than we used to.
Winter is coming and I’m worried.
Can restaurants make it without patios? Will ice bars become a thing? What will holidays look like? I wonder if people will get restless and do the inside things they avoided during the summer. Will the people that don’t, go full blown Shining?
I hope you and your loved ones are as well as possible. We’ve been doing our best to stay home. Our dog is thrilled. Here’s a few notes on things I’ve been cooking and take-out meals we’ve really enjoyed.
Easy Home Cooking Ideas:
I’m really annoyed I didn’t take a picture of this when I made it.
There are many brands of Japanese curry sauce blocks – this is a commonly-found brand I bought last month. You can sauté whatever vegetables and protein you have in your kitchen. Then, just add water and melt in the appropriate number of curry blocks. I am just learning about all of the ways you can customize the sauce.
Someone should sponsor me to test out chain restaurant happy hours with friends. In exchange for sponsorship, we’ll eat and drink a bunch of things, after which I will post a recap (when it’s convenient for me) and even supply my own very average phone photo!
Why P.F. Chang’s?
There’s been a lot of discussion about Andrew Zimmern’s restaurant opening and Fast Company interview in which he calls P.F. Chang’s a rip-off and questions founder Philip Chiang’s Asian identity. Chiang had my favorite response to the whole shirtstorm in this Washington Post interview. He simply responds, ““I am not going to get involved in his muck. I am totally comfortable with who I am and with who I am not.”
I was also struck by local, third-generation restaurateur Edward Fong’s thoughtful response. Growing up in the south suburbs, one of my family members would occasionally invite us over for a take-out meal from one of the Fong family restaurants. It was such a treat and now I want to go back.