I did it. Somehow, I made it through last week's Insane Work Craziness and came out the other side relatively unscathed. There might be some delayed decompressing but right now I feel pretty fucking amazing. I accomplished a lot, had many meetings, threw one enormous event (about 600 attendees) and am still almost not crazy. You know what I mean.
Here are a few of the things that are helping me dig myself out of the stress-trench I've been trapped in the last 10 days or so. I'm stoked that I have time to read books, play with my kid, cook, and surf the net again. Life is...well...better.
1. Donkeys. OMG how I love looking at pictures of sweet little donkeys. I've always loved them- they have such personality! My grandma used to love to tell this story about a little Family Circus moment I had when I was young: She and I were driving in the Kansas farm-country when we saw a sweet pasture of little gray donkeys. "Those donkeys remind me of Jesus!" I declared. Obviously, I was very young and smack in the middle of Catholic Ed. but even now...Donkeys kind of remind me of Jesus. But in a good way.
2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a fucking fantastic book. I loved Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride Predjudice and Zombies, as well. Just totally awesome.
I especially love how he weaves the source material with the monsters so seamlessly...I'm simultaneously really interested in story while laughing my ever loving ass off. Leave it to me to discuss Jesus, Abraham Lincoln and Vampires in the same post.
Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa. We've made it once a week for probably the last month. And none of us are sick of it yet. Otto absolutely loves it. Its wonderful "we wish it was summer" food. (And no, it is not yet summer here. Cold, windy, high temps in the 30's and 40's. To paraphrase Steve Zissou, "Sonofabitch I'm sick of this weather." )
But seriously, you should make this dish because it is awesome. The only thing we do differently from the recipe is we cook the burgers on our big ol' non-stick griddle instead of baking them- we like the crustiness the griddle provides and it seemed like baking them just kind of dried them out and made them fall apart a little bit.