Feb 7, 2011
I honestly cannot believe how quickly the weekend flew by…seems like it just started.
On Saturday things warmed up a bit around here, and some of the snow started to melt off. By late in the day, many of the streets were almost clear…but there’s still tons of white everywhere else! Apparently (I never watch the weather) there is more snow headed this way in the next few days, but we shall see!
I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but Saturday and Sunday we spent a lot of time organizing and packing. The story of our life these days. I have to admit it feels sooo good to get it done, though. We are still a long ways from being packed, but I think we did finally finish the office for the most part after being buried in boxes and files for the last few days.
Saturday night I got inspired to make a stir-fry. When I asked the husband what he wanted for dinner, he said something I thought I would never hear him say: “How about something besides mexican?”
I thought I was dreaming. Did he just say he didn’t want mexican food?!
So stir-fry it was!
I chopped up bell pepper, onion, broccoli, carrots and cabbage and stir-fried it in about one tablespoon of olive oil until it was tender. Then I tossed in some frozen edamame (did you know edamame has the same amount of protein as roasted turkey?) for protein.
After it had cooked for a little bit, I mixed together about two tablespoons natural peanut butter, two tablespoons tamari, a couple teaspoons rice wine vinegar and some water to thin it out. Honestly, I just kind of guessed at the proportions and tasted as I went. I poured the sauce over the veggie mixture and continued to cook them for another 5-10 minutes.
In the meantime I cooked some buckwheat (soba) noodles, and when it was all done I poured a big spoonful of veggies over the noodles….and that was it! Easiest stir-fry ever.
Stir-fry reminds me of Thailand so much. During the last few months we lived there, I literally ate stir-fried veggies in some form every. single. night. No exaggeration. Always on top of brown rice. Granted I wasn’t a vegetarian then, and I used fish and oyster sauce (Thai style) for flavoring, but it was still so good. Really takes me back:)
cooking with friends in Thailand
Anyway, on Sunday the husband and I went to lunch with some dear friends of ours from our college days. They are several years older than us and have three of the cutest little kids. During our time in Campus Crusade for Christ at OSU, Dan discipled Jonathan, and Debbie discipled me. They have always meant so much to us and have walked with us through some of the most important decisions in our life. It was so nice today to catch up and spend time with them…we’re really going to miss them when we move.
Debbie and I / Dan and Jon – about five years ago
Other than packing throughout the afternoon, I also made some Super Charge Me cookies for the husband. While he ate cookies, I enjoyed a leftover vegan cinnamon roll. This morning someone brought cinnamon rolls to Sunday School, and ever since then I’ve been craving one. I can honestly say that these rolls are one of the best vegan baked goods I’ve made yet. The day after I made them, I realized that unless I wanted to turn into a giant cinnamon roll, I needed to put them away for awhile. So into the freezer they went. A couple of times since then I’ve pulled one out and heated it in the microwave for about a minute and a half…and it’s always just as good as when it was fresh out of the oven.
You really must make these if you’re a cinnamon roll fan!
So that’s the weekend in nutshell – only two more weekends left until moving weekend!
Last thing – I have to give a shout-out to my better half. Today is the husband’s first day at his new job, and I am so dang proud of him. I’m so thankful for all the hard work he has put in over the last several years to get us where we are. This is just one more step we get to take along the path of our life. I’m going to miss him now that he’s leaving earlier, getting home later and not coming home for lunch (tear), but I know he’s going to love his new role…and he’s totally going to rock it! Go get ‘em husband:) I love you!
Did you have a good weekend?
What’s your favorite vegetable?
I think mine would have to be spinach…or maybe snap peas. It’s really hard to narrow it down, though!
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Feb 5, 2011
The last few days have been full of so much time. Time to slow down for once and enjoy just being. My love for snow days runs deep for this very reason. There are only a few times a year that one can hole up indoors with their favorite person (and dog) and have every excuse to stay there. There’s something about the beauty of the cold and white outside that makes it perfectly okay to lack productivity and busyness. While almost all you see on Facebook is people remarking about how stir crazy they are and how ready they are for the snow to head out, I can’t help but feel just the opposite…and cuddle up a little deeper with the husband.
We’ve had lots of naps, good food eaten while curled up on the couch, watched many episodes of Lost and actually have accomplished a small amount of packing and organizing for the big move.
mixed greens, chick peas, chia seeds, dried cranberries, chopped bell peppers and onions and tahini dressing
baked kale chips seasoned with cumin, sea salt and garlic powder + sweet potato, black beans, salsa and broccoli
Thursday night I decided to whip up this dish I’d seen several days ago. It looked so delicious, and considering the husband and I’s love for avocado, I figured it simply couldn’t go wrong. I mixed the avocado, fresh basil and lemon juice in the Vitamix while the husband cooked some quinoa pasta.
One of the things I adore about my husband is the way that he spends time with me. Whether it’s cooking dinner each night, running a few errands or cleaning the bathrooms, he is usually there right alongside me. I will never forget a comment he made last year when I was so consumed with lesson planning and grading each night that I couldn’t even leave the house. As he headed out the door to run to Walmart one night I asked him “does it make you sad that we aren’t able to do most things together these days?” His reply: “Yeah, usually when I’m on my way to the store I look over at the passenger’s seat and it makes me sad that you aren’t there.”
I love that we do everything together. Not that we never do our own thing or have time apart…because there’s a place for that as well. But we’re a team and most everything is more fun when we’re together.
So, once we each finished our task, I poured the avocado sauce over the pasta and mixed it all up before spooning a portion out on each or our plates.
Antsy to bite into what would be one of my favorite dishes ever, I carried our plates to the table. We prayed for the food and then wound a big bite of noodles around our forks and….
It was not good. My only idea about why it went wrong is that the husband and I didn’t communicate very well about portion sizes of noodles to sauce. The sauce was just really gooey and overpowering. I tried to keep eating it, but after a few bites was really feeling like I might be sick. Weird, right? The husband, being not quite as adventurous as I when it comes to food, quit after the first bite. We were so hungry by this point and didn’t feel like taking the time to create an entirely new meal, so we resorted to a couple of Amy’s burritos jazzed up with a bit of enchilada sauce.
Not exactly what I had planned, but sometimes you just have to roll with it, eh?
Based on the comments from the recipe’s post, I feel pretty sure that we are the ones that screwed this one up. I’m thinking I’d really like to try it again one of these days…maybe with a little more pasta and a little less sauce.
Last night we had our traditional Friday night date night. We made our classic enchiladas and guacamole…all ready in about 20 minutes and so delicious. I have been feeling so nostalgic lately; I’m a very sentimental person, so while packing and having “lasts” in our house, I get probably a little dramatic. But along with the drama, I try to really savor every moment, remembering exactly what it feels like and ingraining it in my memory, so I can keep it with me forever.
We’ve had so many memories in this house, and I’m happy that before we leave it for good we were able to spend a lot of time just being together and doing our favorite things at home. The other night I was packing some boxes in the office, and as I loaded another armload of books I noticed that the boxes was labeled “books – office” in thick black marker. I mused aloud “it really was just like yesterday that we were packing to move here.” It just really took me back to the excitement we both felt over moving into our first house together and how in love with it we were the first time we laid eyes on the shiny wood floors. I always imagined that we would be in this house for many years. That we’d bring our first baby up the steps of our porch and fill the second bedroom with a crib and rocking chair, placed right between the two corner windows.
But now we’re moving on sooner than we thought because God’s plan wasn’t quite what we had envisioned for ourselves. And sprinkled throughout my sad moments about leaving, I feel so excited over where we’re going and so thankful that He is taking us there. Since the day we got married, the husband and I have thrived on adventure – moving to Thailand for a year, exploring NYC, Europe, starting new jobs and then leaving when we feel a pull toward something different. Sometimes the adventures bring fear and struggles, but always at the end we are closer, wiser and more in love.
So yay for new opportunities in life and yay for doing it all together! I’m off now to help the husband – he’s currently buried in boxes and paperwork, attempting to get our office under control.
I hope you all have enjoyed your snow days if you had any…and happy weekend!
Are you a person who likes change? What is a big change that you experienced in your life that had a big impact on you?
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Feb 2, 2011
As promised, we got quite the snowfall overnight, and today the husband and I both got a snow day! I love snow days because they’re the perfect excuse to stay home with the husband all day and be lazy get lots of stuff done! We’ve now found out that we’ll be having another snow day tomorrow. On my agenda: pack pack pack. We have three weeks left in our house, and I haven’t boxed up one thing. eek.
Unfortunately I really wasn’t too productive today…but I don’t really feel bad about it. We slept in about an hour later than usual and then got up and made some amazing breakfast.
I used a whole wheat boxed mix and then spread natural peanut butter on one half and Earth Balance on the other. Topped with pure maple syrup and banana slices. So gooooood.
After breakfast we got a little bit of work done in the office and then layered up and spent some time out in the snow!
This was the most snow we’ve had this year by far, and it was so pretty.
Olive is the funniest thing – she isn’t a big fan of the snow and acts like she’s going to die if she has to be in it for more than about 5 seconds. We took her out with us for about 10 minutes and she was trembling all over in her little coat. Poor baby. At one point, she and the husband were on the porch and I was out in the yard, so I started calling to her, trying to get her to come to me. She minds us so well that when I started calling her she kept thinking about coming, but really didn’t want to get in the snow. Finally I won her over.
She lasted about four seconds. But it sure was cute.
We spent the rest of the afternoon napping, cuddling, watching movies, eating…and now at 11pm we’re finally getting some work done. That’s the way we roll I guess.
In other news, I know I talked about this a little bit already, but I’ve decided to try and get a full-time job. I figure the husband and I could really use the money as we’re moving into our new house, and seeing as how we’re becoming “live-ins” with one of our sets of parents, I don’t think I want to be home all the time! I’m really struggling with what to do during this transition period. I really want to keep doing what I’ve been doing – tutoring, yoga, working on the biz – but I think it would be beneficial for me to branch out and try something new (full-time) for awhile. Once we have little ones, I want to be a stay-at-home mom, so now’s the time if I want to work again.
Some of the ideas so far (some far better than others): zoo worker, Starbucks shift manager, emergency dispatcher, and the one that I’ve actually applied for and am somewhat excited about – supervisor for a children’s program at a hospital. I’ve also considered going back to teaching, but I really need something right now.
If you guys have any great ideas – send them my way!!
And now for some random thoughts to end the evenings:
- I am missing Thailand so much lately! I can’t stop thinking about it.
- It’s always a bad idea go out in foot deep snow wearing ankle socks
- Splitting a 1lb bag of peanut m&m’s with your husband over the course of 2 days is not wise
- Never wait until the night before a snowstorm to hit up Walmart
- If you are on city water and you lose electricity, you WILL still have water
- Old houses = cold
I’m off now to get some sleep – my eyes are getting very heavy. Hope you all had a great Tuesday!
Did you get any snow? What kind of job do you do (if you don’t mind sharing!)?
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