I am ashamed to say that TCF has been sorely neglected lately. I have been fully M.I.A for several weeks now (literally…I ended up leaving school at the beginning of spring semester.) This is mainly attributed to the fact that Josh underwent two invasive (and one emergency) stomach surgeries for his [now gone!] Ulcerative Colitis. I missed an inordinate amount of class during his 18-day hospitalization and discussed and concluded that a leave of absence would be beneficial. It has been a difficult few months. Being away from school, my wonderful roommates and friends, and the city has been a blow, but home life is good and I am lucky to have a wonderful boyfriend to spend time with. It has certainly been both a ball and a horror to eat meals with Josh now. He went from being a smart vegan eater, but has done a complete 180 and is now stuck somewhere in Big Macville—much to my chagrin.
I have felt so unbelievably grateful and emotional the past couple of months. While I am, admittedly, a neurotic control freak at times, the ups and downs and bumps of the past several months have pushed me to roll with the punches and accept and embrace any and every situation and to make the best of difficult situations. I’ve taken a lot of time to reflect on what has happened and feel as if I’ve become a stronger person because of it. I am truly blessed to have the most incredible friends and the funniest, most loving and enjoyable family. You are all my spine and I’d be lost without you.
I was approached several weeks ago to contribute to the Jewish, environmental food blog The Jew and the Carrot. It had been a long, long time since I had written anything of substance and I was initially skeptical to accept the offer. Needless to say, I did. I am also grateful to have had this experience. While a meager blip in the blogosphere, writing this article has reinvigorated my creative juices and my desire to get back into the kitchen and on my feet after several weeks of exhaustion and debilitating/odd laziness. So, thank you, The Jew and the Carrot—you did a lot more for me than you know.
Enough with this emotional yammering! Here is the post!