9 Nov

Here’s what I’m up to:

– I’m really excited Top Chef has started up again. I love Top Chef. I do not, however, love their weird try-outs gimmick for the first couple of shows. I’m ready for that to be over and for shit to finally get real.

– My fantastic in-laws took Isobel for a portrait sitting the day we went to the Warrior Dash. Even though you probably know how I feel about portrait photography places, I always look forward to getting the photos because my kid is absolutely adorable.

– Speaking of adorable kids, Kingston came over last weekend and he and Isobel played together beautifully. They’ve reached some developmental sweet spot where they can play and interact with each other withing constant supervision and territory disputes. We still had to watch them, of course, and enforce the necessary sharing treaties as we saw fit, but overall, they were less work together than they were on their own, which is the sort of milestone we’ve been waiting semi-patiently for for over two years. At one point, they were having so much fun than when Angela checked on them she noticed they had knocked over the cat’s scratching post and were both straddling it like it was a horse, saying, “WHEEE!” and “YEEHAW!

– Isobel and I have been cooking together a whole lot since I discovered the therapeutic benefits of the the kitchen. She loves to help.

Isobel packed a suitcase so she can go to China and see the baby pandas.

– Every time you @-reply me on twitter my phone buzzes so Isobel picks it up and says, “Hello? Hi? How are you?” and sometimes, “I can’t hear you.”

– Handfuls of pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate chips make a great dessert when no one’s watching.

– I am overall feeling better. Since the panic attacks I’ve been seeing my therapist more frequently than before and that has helped immensely. I do intend to thank everyone personally for all the kindness and support I’ve received. You all have been so kind.

– Most of my updates today seem to be Isobel-related. I’ve been doing things that are not Isobel-related, such as reading The Woman Who Loved Reindeer, which I enjoyed, and starting Curses, Inc. I also shot some more portrait photography this weekend and learned to play the Star Trek Deck Building Game, which is super fun despite the fact that I suck at it.

– Oh! I also made that salad in the photo above from leftovers in the fridge: spring greens, tomatoes from Jake’s garden, bacon, cooked roast chicken, pomegranate seeds and a dressing made up of the rendered bacon fat and red wine vinegar. Very yum. This salad came about as part of an attempt to use up everything we have in the fridge and save money while still being delicious.

14 Responses to “Snapshot”

  1. Martha Replacement (@TheNextMartha) November 9, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I’m so hungry I almost took a fork to my screen. Looks delicious.

  2. Tristina November 9, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I love that you’re feeling better. And tell Isobel I want to go to China with her to see Pandas. Sounds like a fabulous vacation.

  3. Jen November 9, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Holy food photography! That looks amazing.

    So glad you are doing better.

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      Thank you so much! I’m glad, too. 🙂

  4. mark @ yelling near you November 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    Your photo of the salad is scrumptious! Glad you’re feeling better overall.

  5. Beth (@Bethazon) November 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    i cannot believe that came from your leftovers. i mean, i CAN believe it, but seriously. you amaze me with your meal-putting-together talents.

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

      The more you practice, the easier it is. Really. I’ve come up with some strange leftover meals. Believe me.

  6. Bleu November 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    That is the yummiest looking salad. Glad you are feeling better 🙂

  7. gwen November 10, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    Please stop making me drool. That salad looks so good, and handfuls of pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate chips sound like a combination of heavenly things!

    It’s awesome to hear you’re feeling better! Hang in there! ❤

    • LittleBig November 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

      Thanks, gwen! Trust me on the pom seeds and chocolate. Or, better yet, try it yourself and become a convert!

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