The past been month can be characterized by abnormality and franticness.
Finish the semester. Pack up and move out of house at school. Go straight to grandparents' house. Pack up and move that place. Immediately go home. Pack up that house. Get it on the market. Meanwhile, take trips up north to find a job in the city we're moving to. Back and forth. Up and down. Sore muscles. Allergies. Never enough sleep.
Until today... When the chaos paused and the slate of the schedule wiped itself clean. A much needed respite for slowing down, breathing, and feeling. Time and space for God to reawaken my soul and make my heart flutter again. The freedom to read and journal, to curl in and be introverted in order to stretch out again, to skip downtown in the rain for a strong americano and an extended linger in my favorite card shop. And to get back here, a branch of reflection that reminds my tizzied self of the joy laid out in front of me and all around me. My heart is softly mouthing words of gratitude.
You know these times. I'm sure you can recognize the familiarity of disorder, and thus you can relate to the motion of every other part of your life being shoved into the dark corners of the closet, only cautiously peaking its head around the doorway when noise subsides. One of these aspects is undoubtedly food, especially nutritious food. For many, the stomach becomes a nuisance because it yells at us until we are forced to stop accomplishing for just a few minutes in order to attend to ourselves. And though we stop, we are unable to muster enough energy for proper care. Goodness, this is the truth of our household recently. Eating on the fly all the time. Sadly, then, I have no recent delicious creation to share, although I did make a key lime pie last week for my boyfriend's birthday- definitely a favorite in my family circle and beyond. But I'm sure to make it again this summer and thus it will reveal its tangy self here at some point. Preview in the meantime.
So instead of the usual, I've chosen a conglomeration of eating experiences that occurred before I departed from school. Nibbles from road trips and surprise adventures, all tasted in the community of sweet friends.