Happy Wednesday everyone! It actually felt a bit like Thursday for me since Michael and I are taking Friday off (it’s okay to be jealous ). We’ll be Iowa bound early Friday morning to spend a long weekend with Michael’s family. We haven’t seen them since Christmas, or my family since Thanksgiving, so you could say that we’re pretty starved for some family affection. I don’t regret moving to Cali one bit, but it does stink to have to hop on a plane any time you want to see your parents.
My home sickness definitely fluctuates day to day depending on what’s going on in my life, but some days it’s so strong it just about knocks me off my feet. Today has been one of those days. My sister called at 4:00 this morning to let me know that my next little niece was about to make her entrance into the world. I was so excited I couldn’t go back to sleep. When I got the first picture of Miss Finley Morgan I was filled with such a mixed bag of emotion I can’t even describe it. It was like total happiness jumbled up with complete sadness that I can’t be with my family. Bittersweet. I wish I could be there in person to tell my sister how proud I am of her, hold baby Finley in my arms, and watch my parents bursting with pride over their new granddaughter. Ah well, so is life I suppose. Michael and I plan to make it back there at the beginning of May, so I don’t have to wait that long. Also – FaceTime is a beautiful thing.
Alright, time to move on to some food. Here’s what we’ve been eating these past couple of days:
Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Roast with Roasted Green Beans
P.S. I have to include this picture of Tessie my co-worker took at work. Apparently the presentation content didn’t impress her… HA!
Is tomorrow really Thursday already? This week has gone by crazy fast and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’m ready for the weekend to get here so we can do some furniture and home decor shopping – sounds exciting right? Lately I’ve been feeling the itch to make our apartment feel more ‘homey’ by adding new furniture pieces and artwork. I’m not totally sure what brought on the urge, but it probably has a lot to do with the fact that we’ve recently realized we’ll never be able to buy a house here in Cali. Home prices in the Bay Area are just too outrageous, I’m talking never in a million years is that ever going to happen oUtRAGeoUs. Since we don’t have a million dollars lying around, I’ve decided that it would be a better idea to just make our apartment feel more like a long term home. First big item on my checklist is adding a dining room table to our main living area. Even though we’ve gotten by almost a year without one, I still think there’s something inviting about a table that we’ve been missing. I’m hoping that we can find something reasonably priced that isn’t a total piece of poo, which could be asking for a lot in San Francisco. If we end up making a purchase, you know I’ll be posting about it, so stay tuned…
In other news, our meals from the last couple of nights have turned out pretty delish. I’ve recently invested in a spiral slicer that made noodling the zucchini for our stir fry Monday night a cinch.
Since spaghetti squash is out of season, and using a hand julienne peeler sucks, I knew I had to do something. If you love veggie noodles as much as we do then I say order one of these spiral slicers – totally worth the $30 I paid for it.
Although not as exciting as perfectly cut zucchini noodles, our other meals haven’t been too shabby either. Check it out:
Mushroom Stuffed Pork Tenderloin (minus the breadcrumbs) with Mashed Parsnips and Steamed Green Beans
It’s been 2 weeks since we left Kansas and I can hardly believe it’s time for me to start my new job! Each day since has been packed full of running around, seeing sights, eating, and trying to relax. Our drive to San Francisco was really awesome, made painless by the aid of the Hunger Games audio book. Except, of course, for Wyoming… nothing can soften that blow of boredom and wind. In the short time we’ve been here we’ve managed to find an apartment, refurnish the entire thing, re-stock a kitchen, and explore our new area some. I still feel like a lost puppy wondering around a big city, but I’m hopeful I’ll get my bearings soon. The sheer number of people here can get overwhelming, a Sunday at Target feels more like navigating the crowds at Disney World.
The food here is amazing…. a Farmer’s Market loaded with grass-fed meat, organic veggies, and even a gluten free bakery. The Whole Foods here is way better than our old local store in KC. Variety is everywhere! After 2 weeks of eating out A LOT, I’m super excited to get back into a cooking routine. I can smell our dinner for tonight simmering away in the crock-pot, baby back ribs with homemade BBQ sauce. YUM.
Some pics of our adventures so far…
When Michael and I rang in the new year we were sure of only 2 things for 2012. The first is something I’ve talked about a lot on the blog, exercise… And it’s still a work in progress. The second is probably the most exciting thing that will ever happen in our lives, moving 1800 miles away to San Francisco, CA! We’ve been dreaming of moving for the past year, and it’s finally happening! In 1 more short week we’ll be heading west to start a brand new life in the “Big City”. It’s incredibly bittersweet, one hand exhilaration and the other sheer terror. I’m going to miss my parents, my sister, my niece, and my friends. The idea of being that far away from our families is gut wrenching, but the thought of always wondering ‘what if’ we don’t go is just as painful. I’m excited to keep blogging during our journey and can’t wait to experience all San Francisco has to offer, especially the food! Being able to walk to the grocery store and peruse the giant Farmers Market in downtown seems so….exotic? Okay, maybe not exotic, but I am from a small town in Missouri so give me a break. Last but not least, I’m even more excited to be in a city where the Paleo population is more than just Michael and I. .
Here’s some pictures from the trip that inspired it all, our vacation last year to San Francisco…
P.S. Notice how much chubbier we are? This was a few months prior to Paleo.