I started to write this post about 100 times. I don’t know why it was so hard, but it was. It was tough and time was tight.
First, I thank you a million times over for your emails and messages. It’s wonderful to know you care and you wonder. I like that. I like it so much.
So, here goes.
No, I’m not pregnant.
Yes, I took a break.
And, yes, everything is good. It’s great even.
Taking an even longer break was a delicious thing I didn’t know I needed until I took an inch. And, well, you know how that goes. Inches so quickly turn into feet, yards and, quite suddenly, you’re miles away from everything.
This little respite was sort of exhilarating in the way that only something you’re not necessarily supposed to be doing can be. It felt like running out the back of my middle school arm and arm with my best friend for the first time. It was a breath of fresh air and truly liberating to know breaks are always possible. Breaks, mind you, are needed. That’s sort of how this went.
But there is more.
Wedding season is winding down for K and he is gearing up for more personal projects. Maeve started preschool and is learning bits and pieces of foreign languages. She is currently obssessed with classic stories like this one and this one too. She sings along with me! It’s amazing and she is absolutely delightful– a bundle of wild red curls and endless enthusiasm.
And, me? I went back to school too. It’s only a brief frolic through the classroom, but it’s a big deal for me. I have a new career now. It’s strange and wonderful. I’ll still be writing in my spare time, but it’s not easy to pay bills this way. And, besides, my fuzzy toddler brain does not generate solid pitches the way it should.
I couldn’t be more happy about the change. For years, I feared it. These days, I embrace change in all its craziness. So, if you need anyone to help you with your real estate needs in Seattle, don’t hesitate to call. Yes, real estate. While some friends might be surprised, you shouldn’t be. Isn’t real estate the natural transition for a recovering lawyer and food writer? Indeed. I think so. It’s been a longtime passion and something I didn’t allow myself to pursue. Until now. Now is the time.
There, it’s off my chest! I hope you will continue to visit me here. I can’t promise I will blog daily or even weekly, but I’m ready to return here with some regularity. I’m pumped, really. I love autumn and all its flavors. I love trips to the pumpkin patch, warm pumpkin bread, and easy squash pasta. It’s a good time to stay inside and watch the rain fall while baking every recipe out of this book.
I also made a batch of this super simple pumpkin butter, which I recommend. Slow cookers are the new black.
But, enough about me. How are YOU?
Tell me everything, but start with what you are you doing for this fun holiday. I can’t wait to hear!
Happy Halloween, friends!
Oh, and if you need a spooky laugh, please see these. They will make your day.