Because I’m Psychic Like That!

As a preface to my following story…I am a believer that people (especially when they are close or related) have the ability to perhaps communicate in “nontraditional” ways.  I believe that not everything can be explained away by calling it a coincidence.  And I definitely believe that we, as the human race, have more potential than we can conceive of.

The moment my oldest daughter was born, my father woke from a deep sleep (two time zones away), and “knew” she was here.  When my sister went into labor with her youngest (I am one time zone away), I “knew” it.  My life is peppered with stories like this, as are the lives of many other people.  So the more I think about this latest event, the more logical it really seems.

For my birthday about eight or nine years ago, my parents bought me a set of spices from The Spice House in Milwaukee.  They were custom blends of different spices designed for any number of dishes, and they didn’t last too long (what can I say….I cook…a lot!).  About 3-4 weeks ago, I started thinking about those spices, and how much I’d love to get my hands on some again – that I haven’t found any place here in VA that is like this place back home.  I haven’t thought about that place in YEARS, but as my cooking of more “exotic” foods have ramped up and the way I’m burning through spices, they popped into my head. About a week or so ago, while on the phone with my Dad, I mentioned it – wanting to know the name of the place so I could look them up online.  He tells me that he just got a catalogue from them, and he’ll stick it in the box of Christmas presents he was shipping to me.  Cool, how’s that for timing?!

So imagine my initial shock when I open what for Christmas?  A big ole box of mixed spice blends (mostly Mediterranean and Asian – some of my favorite foods to cook!) from The Spice House!  Even more shocking, is when I found out that the very day I called my Dad to ask about that place…he had just gotten home from there WITH my gift (and the catalogue!).  At first I thought, “WOW, what a crazy coincidence”.  Then I started thinking about it.  Not so strange after all, really.  Because I’m psychic like that!  🙂

It’s hard to believe that its already the weekend.  The time off really flew by, and I’m not sure how up I feel to getting back to regular life!  Part of me is looking forward to it…but a bigger part has loved being off, sleeping in, cooking all day, and spending a larger percentage of time in jammies than real clothes.  Alas….I’m grateful for the job I have, so I shouldn’t complain (but I do think I need to pick up a lottery ticket…just in case).

Yesterday was all about shopping!  Grocery shopping.  A and M came with me, and we went to a few different places.  The first stop was the Italian bakery, Bella’s in Virginia Beach to pick up some canoli.  Then it was off to Heritage, an alternative grocery in VB, then to the Asian Market, Trader Joe’s and Sam’s Club.  If only we’d get a Whole Foods around here, I wouldn’t have to go to so many places!

The Asian Market was the most fun probably.  It’s like entering a whole different world, and the kids were pretty amazed by it.  Much of the food wasn’t in English, so we had no idea what it was.  Some of the food seemed strange, some exotic, and some just baffling.  But it was fun, and I got a big bottle of Sake!  My picture taking made A nervous – afraid I’d draw attention to us, so I only took a few.



Kids trying to figure out which is candy and which is dried squid.  Trust me – they were right next to each other.





Think we found the candy!

 



I REALLY want to know what these are…

 


A’s Mango flavored soda.  It has a marble in it.

The rest of the day was pretty relaxed.  We hung out, cooked, and basically were lazy.  Dinner was an experiment in the rice cooker that turned out very well.  I put a cup of millet, a cup of diced butternut squash, a cup of diced pressed firm tofu, and 5 cups of water.  It was a simple and filling dish, and I was really craving something whole-food based and plain.  It fit the bill well!
I spent most of the night in the kitchen.  D and the kids were watching movies, and I sat on a chair in the kitchen, listening to my audio book, and knitting.  And I FINISHED THE SCARF!!!  I’m so excited!  Oh, and I killed another appliance.
My gorgeous D rockin the scarf!
We were up past midnight, and I ran off to bed before I turned back into a pumpkin. 
This morning D tried letting me sleep in.  It was a sweet gesture, but since I pretty much stink at sleeping, I was up just a few minutes after him.  He went to run some errands, and I made breakfast. 
I tried heating up my millet, squash, and tofu dish in the microwave.  Things started smelling bad, and I realized that my food wasn’t heating.  Last night, I tried heating up some couscous, and that didn’t work either.  And apparently earlier in the day yesterday, D tried making hot dogs (ewww) in the microwave and it took nearly 2 minutes to make them lukewarm.  So the microwave has died.  It’s one of those mounted over the stove kind, so this is an even bigger pain.  D unplugged it so the kids wouldn’t try to use it accidentally and blow something up.  Happy new year.  I get to spend money on an unanticipated appliance.  Ugh.

The rest of the day was pretty good.  I steam mopped all the downstairs floors, got all the Christmas decorations down, and cleaned the kitchen.  We haven’t gone out for New Year’s in quite a long time, so we stayed home, rented a bunch of movies, and are watching my friends S’s puppy, Jack.  Oh, and toasted in the new year with sparkling grape juice.  Because we’re cool (or lame, depending on how you look at it!).

I hope you all had a wonderful and safe New Year’s eve, and I will see you all in 2011!!





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