Happy Friday! This week was a good one for the sole reason that things got back to normal around here. My back finally healed enough that I could walk without pain — and Jackson and I got to enjoy some living room dancing again — Drew didn’t have to work the late shift, our babysitter came back from vacation, and I got new contact lenses for the first time in five or six years and can see again. Also, my hair still looks pretty good. And although I didn’t lose any weight, I didn’t gain any either and since I was still taking it easy on my back and not exercising much (except for the aforementioned living room dancing), I’ll count that as a win. (Tomorrow I’m going to get back on my bike again — the bike I bought a month ago and only rode twice before I did whatever it was I did to my back; I can’t wait).
Also great: one of my neighborhood friends moved to New Jersey, which is not great at all and actually pretty much sucks, but what is great is that I picked up her CSA share this week and it was kind of life-changing. I got fresh green beans, tomatoes, golden beets, purple potatoes, cilantro, sweet peppers, butternut squash, and a dozen delicious eggs. I had never eaten purple potatoes before and I found this recipe for roasted Peruvian potatoes, which I cooked with roasted halibut, steamed green beans and grilled tomatoes. Amazing! Then yesterday, I made this golden beet pasta salad (I made mine with goat cheese for a tangier taste) and it was also incredible.
I shop our local farmers’ market once a week, but I love getting a delivery of produce I wouldn’t think to purchase, all of it super fresh and packed with flavor, and being forced to step outside my comfort zone in the kitchen. I’m so impressed with this week’s share, that I’m buying my friend’s remaining share for the season — nine more weeks — and if we continue being impressed, we’re going to sign up for the next season. I’m going to get a fruit share too. They also have flowers, cheese and meat, oh my.
And this is the person I’ve become: excited about haircuts, new contact lenses, and beets. Yes, I am about to turn 36, as a matter of fact.
What are you excited about this week?