As I said before, I have not found my groove with all these changes. I only work a couple days a week and the three in the middle are still feeling very, very lonely. I go about all the things we would normally do in our days, but there is just something missing (or two somethings). So, I try to do what normally helps me clear my head. I cook. I run. I write. Not sure if it's helping or making me crazier. The other morning I had three different things I was baking all at the same time...cupboards open, kitchen a mess. Not sure if it made me feel any better but we did end up with amazing chocolate cheesecake bars and banana muffins...yummy!
I'll keep with the food theme, cuz there's been a lotta cookin going on in this house. Last night, in an attempt to use some of the many potatoes we have lately, I made perogies. We used to eat them a lot when we lived in Michigan, but I've never tried to make them myself. For the first time, they turned out great. They were perfectly complimented by a balsamic pasta salad. I miss my little helpers with all this cooking, but overall cooking makes me feel happy.
Other happy this week? I found a way to pay forward a little kindness. After writing that I intended on trying to pass on some goodness, I knew I wanted to come good on it sooner rather than later. Something about writing it and putting it out there makes you feel a lot more accountable to follow through. I spent a lot of nights thinking about what I wanted to do. I immediately think of all the things I could do for people I know, however, the thing that got me going on this in the first place was the kindness of strangers. I also thought of all the amazing non profits we have here locally that we could help out with, but again it wasn't exactly what I was going for. Then as I was reading one of the blogs I follow, a story caught my eye. It was about a mom who just recently lost her battle with melanoma skin cancer. It was heartbreaking to read. She left three children and a husband behind. I don't feel like I can tell the story because it's not my story to tell, so please read it here. It just spoke to me for whatever reason. It reminded me a bit of my sisters story in that it is about a family dealing with a horrible illness and they are using the power of social media to raise awareness about the dangers of skin cancer and to try to raise money to cover their medical expenses. Because of social media we have been able to spread my sisters story and have received so much support from it. That is why when I read this story, I wanted to make a donation to this memorial fund. In the past I've read or heard sad stories and just went on with my life. Now, having seen my sister go through so much and how so many people have reached out to her, I simply cannot just do nothing. We can't afford much, but it felt really good to send just a small donation. To continue this cycle of goodness and kindness from strangers. This will not be the last time I do this.
If you found a way to pass on some kindness this week, comment about it (on facebook or here)...it just may inspire someone else to do so and that's just good karma.
Happy day to you...enjoy the gorgeous Fall weather we've been having when the smoke clears. (Yes, I have gotten on board and am all good with the season change...maybe)
Balsamic Pasta Salad
In a mixing bowl whisk 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1 garlic clove, 1 tsp sugar, s&p together.
Add fresh veggies...I used tomato, cucumbers and zucchini
Toss in some fresh grated Parmesan cheese and fresh torn basil
Add some cooked and rinsed acini de pepe pasta
Toss it all together and refrigerate for a little while so flavors can blend. Tastes to fresh. Enjoy!