I’m not one to launch into rambling and visually unpleasing
excuses for monologues concerning prolonged absences, so I thought I’d begin with a little Q & A session. My hope is that by breaking the updates into organized pieces, you, dear reader, will believe me sane. Of course, I’ve taken the identities of both “Q” and “A”, so you see how well that plan is going already.
Q: So … where’ve you been?
A: Up ’til about three weeks ago, Peter and I were still living in good ol’ CT. Then, in the space of three days, we packed up all our stuff (including the many items we accumulated over the five years we lived in CT, such as Peter’s homemade sous vide machine, Peter’s Big Green Egg … oh, and the 25-pound single purpose kitchen item that PETER picked up TWO DAYS before our move. To be featured in a future post.) and drove out to Illinois. The trip took 15.75 hours, three bad tacos, ten episodes of Wait Wait and Car Talk, and countless exclamations of “For the love of cheese, Maddie, if you don’t stop eating our snacks, I’ll come back there and make you!“.
The lesson here? Don’t trust the perpetually hungry puppa.
Q: You moved? Um, why?
A: Peter’s new job is in Illinois. In fact, he started this week.
Q: What have you been doing, Jessie, RD? What will you do?
A: Over this past year, I worked as a clinical dietitian at a long-term care facility and developed menus and conducted nutrient analyses for a children’s residential center. Please feel free to email me if you have questions about my experiences with either of these. I’ve received many emails over the past year with questions about nutrition and dietetics, including questions about going back to school for dietetics, and I’m happy to answer any and all! I may put up a post of page with common questions I get and the answers I give. Let me know if you’d like to see this on THIH.
I’m still working the latter job long-distance, but it doesn’t take up much time anymore so I’m currently exploring other options.
Q: Ok, fine. But the food! What about the food??
A: Is someone a little hungry-wungry? I must confess, once I stopped posting regularly, my food photography fell by the way-WAYside. I just combed through my photo album and found — count ’em — ONE set of food photos since last winter. Yeah. That one set was from a farewell dinner given by our friend Eric at our favorite restaurant, Forbidden City Bistro. I plan to do a post about it soon, but in the meantime, here’s a teaser:
I also have a backlog of recipes that I can’t wait to share with you all.
Q: How’re you settling in?
A: Like a kayaker standing on the edge of Lake Michigan — a little overwhelmed, particularly being an East Coast girl, but confident with the knowledge that however wide the lake, there is land on the other side. We haven’t had much of a chance to explore yet, but overall the people we’ve met have been very friendly and the food has been tasty. Peter enjoys his new job, and we’re happy and healthy. And really, what more could you ask for?
Q: Can you tell me the secret to eternal life?
A: What? Who is this? What kind of question is that? I refuse to answer trolls.
Q: But you said you would answer questions …
Q: But …
A: Nope. Give it up.
Q: Well, can I at least see your new place?
A: All right. Geez. We actually set up our new place pretty quickly, I’d say within four or five days. Why? I was working through a cold during the first few weeks we were here and was having trouble sleeping. I’d wake up in the middle of the night, and for some reason unknown to man or beast or … woman, I suppose, I’d decide that unpacking at that very moment was a really good idea. I’m sure I annoyed the neighbors half out of their minds with my intermittent coughing and hand drill operating.
Regardless, I’m proud of the results. A sampling:
Loaded pantries flanking the kitchen table. Note the fenced-in backyard through the window — our first rental with a yard, and a mini-garden to boot! Expect some home-grown chiles next year.
The living room:
For comparison, here’s what the living room looked like a few days before:
The Ambiguously Asian corner:
Peter’s desk. Yes, those butterflies stickers are real. Apparently this was a little girl’s room in a previous life, and the stickers won’t come off (believe me, I tried). I surrounded the butterflies with soldier prints to make Peter feel a trace better when he looks up from his work:
And my desk? Here but a fortnight, and it has already seen the tempests of disorganization:
Q: What does the future hold, oh gracious one?
A: That’s better. My plan is to resume posting recipes and discussions about health and nutrition. As for the rest? I suppose you’ll have to visit again and find out 🙂
Your most grateful RD,
Q: Have you ever moved long-distance? How quickly did you adjust?