What I Love This Week

This week kind of knocked us—me—sideways. Nothing catastrophic happened, it was just one of those hard weeks physically and emotionally. James, sweet, happy guy that he is, came down with a fever and a nasty cold, which Daniel and I both caught, but our comfort is so secondary to me that I almost forget that my ears are blocked and I can’t breathe through my nose. I wish I could take all the sickness on myself, I do, because it’s hard seeing my baby so uncomfortable, coughing, nose dripping down his chin, trying to sleep only to wake himself because he can’t breathe. And beyond the challenge of the colds (or I guess, to add to it), I was a wreck with anxiety every day this week. I don’t experience anxiety often, thankfully, and the feeling is starting to dissipate now, also very thankfully, but from Sunday night straight on through, you would have been hard-pressed to convince my mind I wasn’t in a high speed chase. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t think. The only relief was physically being with James and Daniel—just looking at either of them, hugging them, smelling them (this is spiraling). Any moment alone, I felt this buzzing panic and dread swarming all around me. Because of this, I don’t really have any great finds for you this week. I’m sorry. It’s hard to complain about a spell of anxiety or coming down with colds (what’s the difference between a cold and the flu again?) when I’m certain there’s someone reading this right now who’s going through actual hell. And there were good things that happened, too! My mom turned 63 on Saturday! James went to White’s Bakery for the first time! My best friend is going to have a baby any day now! See it’s already getting better over here. Let’s have a good week this week if we can, ok? OK.

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MAKE

Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad
Whole Grilled Beer Can Chicken
Everyday Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa
Grilled Chicken with Asian Soy Ginger Marinade