Wednesday, June 04, 2014
I've had a streak of good days, lately. I'm taking care of myself, studying for a couple of incompletes, and spending time with people I love.
It's been a while since I really thought about taking care of myself. For weeks, I simply didn't care. Now, I'm making sure to cook healthy meals for myself, because I'm worth it. I take time out of my day to read a book or go for a walk. Something that makes me feel good. The dog, of course, likes the days when she gets an extra walk. But she doesn't mind curling up on the couch while I read, either!
I have a tendency to isolate myself, so I'm making sure I don't do that! Now that the semester is over, my mom and I have more time to spend together. One day, we took her dog for a walk. (I may never do that again. There was an incident with a dead squirrel and, you know what? I'm stopping there. Shudder.) Another day we cooked dinner and watched old Gilmore Girls episodes. It's been nice. Some of my girl friends and I have gotten together for girls nights. Plus, I'll be throwing a bachelorette party for one of them sometime this summer! I'm so, so happy for her. She and her fiance are two of my closest friends, and they totally deserve this!
Tonight, I'm making a "kitchen sink casserole" of my own creation. Basically, any leftovers that I think would taste good together get cooked in a skillet, covered with a crust, baked in the oven, and turned out on a plate. It's kind of like shepherd's pie. (I got the idea from MaryJanesFarm bakeovers.) Plus, I have all the ingredients for bran muffins, which I've been wanting to make for a week or two. I'm rediscovering my love of cooking, especially cooking with fresh ingredients. I feel better, and the food tastes better!
That doesn't mean I'm a saint in the kitchen, though. I still muck things up. On Sunday, I intended to make veggie paella in the crock pot. Unfortunately, I accidentally added instant rice instead of converted rice. Let's just say it turned out to be really unappetizing. But I can make rice pudding with the rest of the rice!
It's been a good few days, and I suspect my life will only get better from here.