Well. *THAT* certainly wasn't how I planned to spend the Holidays, and all of the Winter and the early Spring.
Let's just say...I wasn't myself. I was...."under the weather". "Indisposed". Had had "better days". "Down for the count".
OK. Enough with the euphemisms. Fact of the matter, I spent about 4 months sick as the proverbial dog (sorry Princess and Goober....figuratively "as a dog" not literally...). Honestly, I pretty much spent from Thanksgiving to Saint Patrick's Day sleeping, or wishing I WERE sleeping. It was all I could do to shag my sorry butt out of bed to feed the Kidz and do some laundry. It was bad. Really bad. As one of my friends said, I now know what it must feel like to be 110 years old.
I won't go into the gruesome details of what hit me....let's just say that a) modern medical science is a miracle, and b) there is, in fact, better living through chemistry.
I really wasn't doing much during the time I was gone. I wasn't able to do much. I certainly wasn't cooking. I also certainly wasn't mentally or intellectually (or physically, frankly) capable of writing a coherent blog post to let all y'all know what was going on. And for that, I am deeply and profoundly sorry. I feel (and felt) so guilty that I'd just abandoned this little effort. And you all (however many you may be, I appreciate you ! Really !). But I just.....couldn't. I look back on those last two or three posts in late November/early December, and they were....strained. I was pushing it, and myself, and eventually it just didn't work any more. In fact, early in November, I'd taken a sabbatical, and told you it wouldn't happen again. Unfortunately, it did. Big time.
In the interim, I did however, get to know the good and the bad (mostly bad, as in REALLY bad) of pre-packaged, pre-prepared dinners from the local groceries, Trader Joe's, Sprouts Market and Fresh & Easy. Don't go there. Really. You don't want to go there. The good news about that was I had absolutely zero appetite, so the fact that the stuff I was trying to eat was crap really didn't matter. Honest review, the best of that motley bunch came from TJ's, but even much of their stuff just wasn't good.
The upside. I lost about 30 pounds. My pants (and underwear, I know, TMI) are falling off my hips....I look like a geriatric, female WASP gang-banger It's not a good look. I expect "What Not To Wear" to be knocking on my door momentarily. The Grrrrlz however (lookin' at YOU Lulu.....) had no such issues with the foods being offered in the little kitchen for those 3 or 4 months. As a matter of fact, between the increased amount of goodies in the Princess Bowls (ewwwwwwww, ahhhhhhhhh, Mazzie didn't eat dinner again, SCORE for the dogs) and the, shall we say, lack of exercise for said dogs, Ms. Lulu's sporting quite the little pot belly these days. She sort of looks like a Buddha with gray fur. The dry doggie crunchies have been replaced with a "lo-cal" variety as a result.
But enough about that. It appears the storm has passed. I've been back in the little kitchen for about a month now, cooking regularly and enjoying the offerings of my CSA. There's been a bread or two made (how I missed the smell of bread baking), and delightful adult beverages are once again being consumed. Mayonnaise was made yesterday for farm-fresh artichokes. I'm getting back into the habit of taking pictures of what I'm doing (*that* actually is harder than it sounds....I've made some great meals that I've thought after the fact about documenting). I can take a shower without wanting to pass out in the tub (trust me, that's a huge improvement). Pre-prepared food hasn't made an appearance in my home in at least a month.
Even better.....as of today, The Evil Voldecourt no longer owns my Dodgers. There's a new boss in town, and he's NOT the same as the old boss (shout out to The Who for that reference).
So. I'm back. I know I've said that before. But this time I really mean it. I'm back.
Tomorrow (or the next day).......we cook. I hope to see you then. And thanks, from the bottom of my heart, for hanging in with me.