Last week was a whirlwind birthday week for the Mr., let me tell you! thank you all so much for your kind comments on my post. It was so much fun to troll through my photo archives and reminisce about old vacations, inside jokes, etc. It was also fun to introduce to you another side of my husband, as he doesn’t seem to be covered too much on the blog.
There is not much of an update to provide in our neck of the woods… It was a rainy, drizzly weekend, spent mostly sitting on the couch in our PJs and playing Super Mario Brothers on our Wii. Glamorous lives in the Big City, I know. I also tooled around in the kitchen like a madwoman, trying to
avoid eating my husband’s double-chocolate ganache birthday cake find creative ways to use up leftovers we have lying around. It’s all about recession chic, yo.
Some of my adventures weren’t so successful, but I did do one thing I’m ridiculously proud of- I think I figured out how to mimic the elusive texture of Pei Wei Tofu. AKA my second favorite food in the world (besides Taco Bell, which you all know so well). There are entire webboards dedicated to the wonderful perfection that is Pei Wei tofu, because nailing it down is just So. Dang. Impossible. Cooking tofu, y’all? Hard. Cooking EDIBLE, delicious tofu, that is firm, yet thin, yet tasty? Up until now, it’s been a virtual impossibility for me (and I’ve been trying for *5* years). I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t my greatest culinary feat to date.
There was one point where we did actually leave the house (shocker), to use a birthday gift card from my sister-in-law by trying out the new 5 Napkin Burger in our neighborhood. The verdict? Great interior, amazing tater tots and fries… We weren’t uber-thrilled with our menu choices. The traditional 5 Napkin burger comes with about a 1/4 cup of aioli on it… which basically just a 1/4 cup of mayo plopped on your burger. bleh. My house-made veggie burger was HUGE, but somehow died red (beets, perhaps?) The result was a veggie burger that looked suspiciously like a big heap of raw meat. So much so that the Mr. and I poked it for about a minute before we saw an actual lentil inside and deemed it, in fact, meat-free. Knowing that people are vegetarians because they DO NOT EAT MEAT makes a veggie burger that looks like a big raw meat pile a little… unfocused? I dunno.
(I think you can gather by this point that the majority of my non-working, non-blogging life revolves around food. So now you basically have me figured out 100%.)
The real reason I’m writing this post is because I’m practicing patience this week, Dear Readers… Some seeeeeeerious patience. There are a lot of things brewing the scenes in the Martini household- things I cannot divulge just yet, but am bursting at the seams to shout from the rooftops soon.
I’ll just put it out there now that there are no babies in this gal’s 5 year plan just yet, so you can scratch that off the list… A funny sidebar though- one of my childhood best friends had a vivid dream Friday night that she was a surrogate carrying our child… The next day she checked the mail to find a real-life package of Similac coupons- it had her home address on it, but the package was addressed to MY MOTHER. Who lives in a different state. Bizarro, no?
Anywhoo. Patience. Focus. Right. How do you handle life’s great anticipations? I’m doing practically everything in my power to stay focused on my workload, trying to stay “present” and “in the moment”, but sometimes I feel like my mind is a million miles away, and a thousand ideas are colliding inside it at the speed of light. which makes things like, you know, updating Excel spreadsheets and all that ‘job stuff’, a bit difficult to power through at the moment.
Other than reading The Serenity Prayer for the thousandth time, and spending every waking minute praying for motivation and focus, I’m just plumb out of ideas on how to stop mentally bouncing off the walls (thinking about how to tweak that Pei Wei tofu recipe or writing unfocused blog posts) and buckle down on my responsibilities.
Thoughts, tips, or hilarious YouTube videos to keep me distracted even longer are appreciated.