My husband loves burgers. It’s a never-ending thing that drives me nuts: we go to a new restaurant and I’m so excited to try whatever specialty they have or something creative and exciting. John, gets the burger. He has tried an innumerable number of restaurants and has found some of his favorites (if you live in King County, WA try the Tipsy Cow Burger Bar in Redmond- fantastic burgers with a big variety and close to 30 beers on tap).
So, I have this image of what I would like my life to be. I see myself as that amazing woman who gets up promptly at 6:00 each morning bright and cheery, who plans out each weeks menu of healthy meals with pure inspiration and creativity, and who maintains a magnificent garden where she is able to gather ingredients for said menu. A woman who walks her dog every morning and gets in workout at least 3 times a week without breaking a sweat. The woman who can do it all.
So, as I’m sure anyone who ever comes on and pokes around on my blog knows, I have been MIA for a long long while. I completed my undergraduate degree about a year ago, and had lots of grand intentions that I would start blogging like a crazy woman since I was certainly doing more cooking with my additional time. But, as with many things, good intentions don’t always equate to action. Shortly after graduating I was given a promotion at work and took on a large number of additional responsibilities, and then I started graduate school in the Fall. So, these days I’m a pretty busy lady. BUT- I have decided that it is time to prioritize things that I enjoy! It’s just hard to find motivation for creative outlets when you get home after a long day at work, do some reading for school, work on a paper, cook dinner for your family, etc. Sometimes all you want to do is veg out. As time has gone on however, I’m finding that all the vegging I have done just makes me feel lazy, regardless how well-deserved it is. I realized that I am the kind of person who, if I truly want to feel happy and satisfied with my day, week, or month I need to do something that feels productive.
About two years ago my husband took me to Dahlia Lounge (http://tomdouglas.com/index.php?page=dahlia-lounge) for the first time. Dahlia Lounge is one of many restaurants owned by Seattle area celebrity chef Tom Douglas. The first time we saw the place was actually when we were attempting to go to another one of TD’s restaurants, Serious Pie. John loves pizza, so I tried taking him there as a surprise. Unfortunately they don’t take reservations and when we got there, there was a three hour wait. So when trying to figure out a plan B, we passed Dahlia Lounge. Now, the wait there was even longer, but it made its way to our list of places to try.
So, I finally did it. FINALLY!!!
Over the past 3 years I have been going to school full time to finish my undergraduate degree in Global Studies at the University of Washington Bothell while working full time. Readings, papers, presentations, and work events have kept me very (and I mean very) busy, not to mention trying to find time for my family and myself. Basically, over the past 3 years I have at least slightly neglected my poor husband and our pets, and completely neglected any household duties that I had taken on prior to that. I’m now back to cleaning, doing laundry, you know, all the things that people LOVE doing.
But, one of the best things about being done with school is that I now get to cook and eat and really enjoy it. No rush, I can pour a glass of wine and really take it all in. I don’t have to worry about getting done quickly because I have to finish a 10 page paper or have a test to study for the next day. It means that I can enjoy food like I haven’t been able to for a long time.