“Words That Changed Me”
_a record of the process_
A snow day in Florida?! I am so hopeful. From what I can tell based on my highly scientific google research, the last snow accumulation in Tallahassee was in 1989. On average, the return period for measurable snow is once every 17 years…...
Have you seen the Feminist Taylor Swift twitter account? A Taylor Swift fan (and Brown University student) edits her famous lyrics to have feminist messages like: I don’t know about you / but I’m feeling twenty-two / cents...
I’ve heard your whole wedding day can be a blur. I was prepared for an evening of three second conversations, fleeting moments, and no dinner. Fortunately, even though we were overwhelmed with emotions (gratitude, excitement, you know),...
Guess what day it is…
Last Wednesday was my “Friday” and I remember driving to work and feeling immense gratitude for my upcoming Thursday AND Friday Thanksgiving holidays. Being able to spend time away from work is such a blessing. I once turned down a great job offer because I would have been required to work some Saturdays and some Sundays and at least 1/3 of the “regular” holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial Day, 4th of July, you know). I’ve worked summer jobs like that, but when I considered what it would feel like to give up my M-F schedule, I realized how much I value and look forward to my weekends and my holidays. It’s something that I too often take for-granted and first and foremost on this Thanksgiving, I felt grateful for all of the incredibly important people who spent their holidays serving others (healthcare, public service, etc.) and working on their “holiday”.
Last year for Thanksgiving, Bret and I hosted my parents in Tallahassee. It was our first experience cooking a full meal together and it was awesome. This year, we were planning to make a trip up to Pennsylvania, but because of potentially hazardous weather conditions and flight costs, we invited Bret’s parents down to Florida instead. I was so excited to prepare a yummy Thanksgiving meal for them!
Our Menu included:
We made cornbread and pumpkin pie the night before…
…and everything else from 10:00am-12:30pm on Thursday. (We couldn’t start any earlier because we had to see James Madison University’s Marching Royal Dukes open the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade!)
We wanted to prepare everything ourselves while Bret’s parents relaxed. Last year we had to beg my mom to read a book on the porch instead of helping us out in the kitchen, and this year we it was the same with Bret’s dad. We really didn’t mind, though, because we love them, and in the end, he was a huge help with the turkey.
We timed everything out to open the oven as infrequently as possible and ideally have everything hot and on the table by 12:30. Our schedule looked something like this:
I keep saying it was a good communication exercise for me and Bret to collaborate on everything together, but after two hours of non-stop cooking, I’m really lucky that we didn’t fight in the middle of the kitchen. Bret’s parents were on “cat duty” which meant keeping the cats away from the kitchen and dining room table. Velveeta was super sweet and slept like a baby. Sadie ended up in timeout because the promise of a turkey treat was just too much stimulation.
We used some of our wedding china for the first time (which happens to be microwave, oven, and dishwasher safe – uh-mazing!). I have a better picture I’ll upload later, but here’s the start of our table:
Mostly, we just felt really grateful to be able to spend the holiday with family. Some people don’t love their in-laws and I feel really lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful relationship with them.
We had Thanksgiving Part II at our neighbor’s house with some other PhD students on Thursday night. Everything was vegetarian and delicious and we drank wine and watched Amélie. It was a lovely, relaxing end to the holiday.
On Black Friday we got free pet antlers from PetCo!
We also spent the weekend in Disney…this may or may not have been our THIRD trip to Disney this November… but I’ll save that for another blogpost!
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Class two was a success!
Before I dive into all the fabulous details, I want to do two things:
Why I decided to take this cake decorating class
If you missed my first class, you can read about my 1.1 lesson here where I talk about a few reasons I wanted to take a cake decorating class. In addition to, well, enjoying baking, I registered for this class because I’ve been thinking about how productive I was when I was a student.
A snow day in Florida?! I am so hopeful.
From what I can tell based on my highly scientific google research, the last snow accumulation in Tallahassee was in 1989. On average, the return period for measurable snow is once every 17 years… that means we’re overdue! Even the mention of snow and freezing temperatures sends most locals I know into a panic…but… I have this theory that if I can help enough Floridians understand how magical snow days really are, that maybe, it will actually happen this winter.
Here’s my best shot…
I remember dialing the Channel 12 station number at 5:30AM. That’s what time they updated the school closing calendar. I memorized the voice recording like jingle bells,Read More
I saw this article circulating around my Facebook newsfeed last week. A guy who has been married for 18 months says marriage isn’t about you, it’s about the person that you’re married to. As long as you both maintain that mindset – that it is your job to make the other person as happy as possible – you’ll have a happy marriage.
The first responses I saw to this article were succinct and overwhelmingly positive: “Brilliant” – “Yes.” – “THIS.”
…Then, the real response articles starting rolling in.Read More
I love baking.
I love the whole sensory process:
For the past several months, I’ve been anticipating October 2013. Turning the calendar to this month meant three big events were on the horizon: