Our garden is lovely. We picked a ton of leafy green things today and I managed to eat a chard omelette for lunch while C. fed my children home-made pizza. Pretty soon we will be giving striped Italian zucchini to everyone we know. Also, if the cucumbers grow well, everyone within 100 miles is getting holiday gifts of pickles.
I am still in pain but trying to figure it out. I am still nauseous but the drugs help. I am still really angry and depressed but trying to figure out why so I can work through it. (If I can't figure out why, I can't examine my feelings, and I can't accept them. I feel a little stuck. Maybe... I'm angry because I'm frightened and angry is easier to countenance? And, of course, I'm depressed because I feel powerless.)
The interview-y people are finally interviewing me! So at least perhaps that will be resolved. Eventually. (University policy requires that they interview two people on campus, so there's that.) I am resolutely not worrying about what will happen if they DO hire me - there are only three daycares in town, and one is full already.
I have finally mastered a recipe for gluten-free chocolate crinkles that actually taste mostly right! They are not in any way healthy, but they are delicious. We made Yuppie Hamburger Helper for dinner last night, and it was delicious. It's the natural successor of Desperation Tofu. Here, have a recipe:
Yuppie Hamburger Helper (Mostly Vegetarian Dinner, of Things in Cans That I Can Buy at Walmart, Which Takes 20 Minutes)
2 lbs pasta (corn pasta, rice pasta, regular pasta)
Your choice of the following, though I prefer all:
Jar of marinated artichoke hearts
Can of cannellini beans
A fresh tomato or some sun-dried tomatoes
A large jar of roasted red peppers+
Some Kalamata olives
Fresh peppers, sweet onions, garlic, basil, parsley, rosemary, capers, whatever...
(Optional: Filet of salmon, preferably fresh)
(Also optional: spinach, kale, baby kale, or anything green and leafy that's good cooked)
(Yes, I can actually buy all these things at Walmart, except the fresh salmon.)
Put some water on to boil. Meanwhile, if you want fish, put your salmon on some parchment paper, sprinkle some salt and pepper and rosemary on it, wrap it up, put it in the oven at 350 F, and bake until done.. Cook your pasta. If you're using onions, saute them. Chop up your artichokes, tomato, peppers, olives, fresh peppers, and whatever spices/ herbs/ fresh stuff you're using. Drain the beans. When the pasta is done, put it in a colander, put a little olive oil in the bottom of your pasta pot, throw in the green stuff if you're using it, toss the pasta on top, then mix in all the rest of the vegetable ingredients. Serve with salmon on top, or not.