For the longest time after the girls came home, in the recesses of my subconscious mind, I kept waiting for life to go back to “normal.” I didn’t want it to, of course, nor did it make any sense; I just kept feeling like I’d wake up one day soon and someone would be knocking on our door to say, “Hey, thanks for watching these two cuties; we’ll take it from here. Goodbye and take care!” And then, after feeling very sad and confused, I’d go take one long bear nap and get back to life as I knew it.
Just this week I realized that the sensation of this new life just being a dream, or that I’d accidentally stumbled into someone else’s life, is pretty much gone. It now feels normal having these two little girls around. The house would be entirely too quiet and empty without their stuff strewn about, the pitter-patter of their feet in the hall, their constant shrieks and giggles. Instead, I find myself amazed that these girls will have a birthday in late June, and time is already passing too quickly. Better get used to it, I suppose.
Given that it’s Friday — and time to sit and chat about our week — here’s a drink that should keep any melancholic feelings at bay: a Bloody Mary recipe from blogger Anne Parker. This isn’t just any standard brunch classic; Parker has been perfecting her recipe for some time, she says, and uses pickled vegetables instead of the standard celery stalks. Not only that, she uses plenty of freshly grated horseradish, which is a must in any Bloody Mary that passes my lips. (And surely you have to agree that her photo above is just too lovely.)
So, with a big thanks to Parker for sharing her delicious version of a drink I love, here’s my high and low of the week:
Low: Two people I’m close to have parents who are dying, and it’s very sad. I’m at that age now where my peers are beginning to bury their parents. It’s always such a big thing to lose a parent, and I dread the day it’s my turn. May it not be for many more decades!
High: Having a family day together on Wednesday. Although we were pretty disappointed that seemingly everyone in the mid-Atlantic got snow but us downtown Baltimore folk, it was a treat to have B home in the middle of the week. We took a family walk in the rain, hung out by a roaring fire, and I even managed to start gathering our complicated tax info for our accountant. Yay to all of that!
Bonus question: Who handles the finances in your household? I get the honors around here. I pay our bills, do our banking, and handle our tax info and files. Before we married, B actually asked if I’d be okay doing this, since it wasn’t his strength. We make big financial decisions together, of course, and we have some rules about spending, but overall this arrangement has worked out pretty well so far.
Okay, now it’s your turn to grab one of those Bloody Marys and tell me about your week! I hope you have a slow weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday.