So…it’s been awhile. I just finished making a lemon tart, wondering if I’d blogged about the lemon tart at any point in time. Realizing I had, it then occurred to me that what I haven’t done is blog, AT ALL, in quite awhile.
I blame the move. Moving is hard. And three months later, I’m only just starting to see straight and come out of the fog of readjusting to life elsewhere. That being said, I love it here. The people, the weather (OMG), being closer to my best friends and my family, it all makes it worth it. I won’t lie- there’s a piece of my heart that will always belong to our little corner in Brooklyn, but it was time to leave New York, and I am not sad to have left the city and all its daily stress behind.
Let’s update on the basics:
JOB: I’m still looking for the right full time job. My next step is an important one and the jobs that feel like the right move for me professionally are few and far between, but I am remaining hopeful that something will work out very, very soon.
APARTMENT: Erik and I are currently living at my Mom’s – God bless her generous soul. Thankfully we love living with her and, hopefully, having two people cooking for her every night is making up for the cramped quarters. Once I have a paycheck coming in we can start saving for our own place, and paying off some debt. But for now, we are living the American dream and sponging off our parents.
COOKING: I have been cooking, although not as much as I’d like, and most certainly not experimenting as much as I’d like. New recipes generally add up in terms of buying new ingredients, and we can’t always be sure the finished product will be good or worth eating, so I’m taking less chances given the lack of funds. In short, I have become very good friends with the baked potato. But there have been a few new recipes which I will post here very soon. New recipes include a mushroom shallot quiche, fish tacos, crab cakes, and mustard roasted fish.
LIFE IN GENERAL: I’ve gotten back into my old lady water aerobics which, I’m sorry, is a really good workout. You get what you give with that type of workout but when you give it your all, it really does a body good. I’ve also taken up swimming. I wouldn’t say I swim well, but given how hot it’s been, swimming has become my exercies of choice and I’m averaging two to three days a week (plus two days of water aerobics) and generally do about 20 laps. Which for a real swimmer is nothing, but for me, it’s plenty. I now even have what I consider to be a tan. Most people would say I now look “fair” instead of “porcelain”, but for me it’s a tan. And I hate it. I can’t wait for Fall and the palest of skin, and tights and boots, and over sized sweaters…can’t come soon enough.
In other general life news my Mom and I have had some pretty solid date nights. We saw Barry Gibb in concert (Bee Gees!) and last week we saw Julianne and Derek Hough’s dance show. I know, I know…but I make no apologies. They’re brilliant dancers and it was a seriously wonderful show. Speaking of dancing, my feet are itching to get back to Irish dancing but I’m holding off until I have a full time job. I want to make sure that once I start going I can keep going, so I need to know the full demands of my work schedule before I can commit to anything. Hopefully I’ll drag my Mom with me to classes.
Meanwhile, I have agreed to do next year’s Tough Mudder event with Erik in Lake Tahoe. I’m a little scared. It looks fun but super intense. I’m gonna have to start running (groan) but it will be a fun thing to do with Erik and it will give us a reason to work out together and “train” for it. Expect various blog posts about sore muscles, lack of finding a runner’s high, and general updates about our progress. I figure if I document it, we’ll really do it. So once we officially start training together for the Tough Mudder (end of this month), I’ll start blogging about it.
So there you have it. Not too exciting around here but hopefully everything will start to settle soon and we can begin really enjoying our new life here in the Bay Area. No matter what, it’s good to be home. God Bless California livin’.