So, where to begin? SATC was fantastic. It was everything that I (and every other fan, I’m sure) wanted. Even the boy liked it. Go figure! We didn’t get back from the movie until late, and rather than going out to get drinks, we settled on going to his place to play MarioKart on the Wii. We’re such dorks.
This morning, we woke up bright and early. The boy had some work to get done at his office, so we headed there, and I graded papers while he participated in conference calls. Around 10am, we went over to meet my cousin, his wife and two adorable kids for brunch. They were in town for my cousin’s 20th college reunion. I’m the baby in my family by quite a bit, but still, 20 years? It seems surreal. Anyway, for brunch, we found a place that has tofu scrambles! Mine had roasted red peppers, spinach and black beans. It was so good. The kids were playing with my camera, so I couldn’t get a picture of my breakfast. Silly boys.
After breakfast, the boy and I headed back to his car at his office. It was so hot out! It had to be around 88 degrees out. We stopped at a bakery, and I got a mint lemonade. It was exactly what I needed on a hot afternoon. In total, I think we walked about 4 miles today, so I skipped the gym. It felt so great to be outside!
When I got back to my place, I decided that I had to use up the rest of a can of pumpkin I had open in the fridge (I always seem to have pumpkin laying around…). I decided to make Lindsay’s Pumpkin Cookies.
You may be thinking, “Why are there so few cookies on that plate if she made a half batch?”. See, as I was waiting for them to cool, so that I could take a picture and then wrap them in foil (I freeze a lot of what I bake) so that the boy could take them home, he ate FIVE of them! I suppose that’s the best endorsement for a recipe ever, as the boy doesn’t usually enjoy pumpkin. So, yeah, they’re good.
Here’s where the title of this entry comes into play. Food actually made me so happy that I cried. That sounds so silly, but let me explain. I haven’t been doing this gluten-free thing for too long, and there are still times that I go food shopping (like I did yesterday), and get items that are gluten-free (like the baba gannouj I bought at Trader Joe’s) without realizing that I have nothing that I can really eat it on. Sure, I could just eat it with a spoon, but that’s just gross after a while. Trust me. So, that happened yesterday, but this time I decided to do something about it. Yes, I’m supposed to be eating only soft foods right now, but for my own sanity (try not eating bread-like products for over 6 months. If you’re a carb addict like me, it’s painful), I decided to give a recipe on my “to make” list a try. Kate’s Gluten-Free Sandwich Wrap. I wanted something like a flat bread, so that it would be pita-like, and softer/easier for me to chew. It took no time to put together, and I was skeptical when I saw it after I took it out of the oven.
But, one bite, and I was in heaven. And, yes, it did bring tears to my eyes. It was everything that I remembered warm flatbread to be like. As I slathered that baba gannouj on a piece of it, I felt like I was “normal” again. I felt as if I could eat just like everyone else. I felt that love of food, that I haven’t felt in so long, return to me. Believe me, I savored every single bite of that bread (well, as much as my jaw could handle), and I felt that I can do this. I’ve been having so much trouble with food and pinpointing what exactly I’m allergic to or need to avoid. I haven’t been feeling well for weeks. But, today I remembered that this is just the beginning of a long journey, and I know that I’m going to make it through. It’s amazing what a little bite of bread can do for a girl, huh?
I don’t think I could ever but into words how thankful I am that Kate shared this recipe with the world. It’s the aspect of the food blogging community that I love. I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for people with Celiac or any other food allergies/intolerances before the world of the Internet became mainstream. And, I could not imagine how amazing it must be for long time vegans to see the community that has formed throughout the world. I feel lucky to have been exposed to so many wonderful people all over the world who have influenced me in ways that they probably do not even realize. This world is a lot smaller than I realize at times, and I find something incredibly comforting in that.
Anyway, tomorrow begins the last two weeks of classes (and the last full week). It will be stressful and pretty crazy, I’m sure. I haven’t been doing too well with getting enough calories lately, so with my tendency to not eat enough when I’m stressed, I’m back to counting them beginning tomorrow morning. A necessary evil, I suppose.