400 Posts

September 21, 2010

Here is my dilemma.  This is my 400th post.  That is pretty cool, right?  Something to be noted and perhaps celebrated?  Or is it kind of like expecting your friends and family to make a big deal about every single one of your birthdays?  (Er, this is something I do in fact do.)

The truth is that I’m happy about 400.  I’m happy that 400 times I have sat down at our computer, looked out the window as I pondered what to write, winced as I went through my photos, and smiled as I hit publish.  It’s pretty cool having a blog.  And I want to thank you for reading.

I’m feeling a lot of abundance in my life these days.  Fall is here.  It is my favorite season because of sweaters, boots, fires in the fireplace, lots of soup, and squash and chanterelles.  We have two great trips coming up in the next two months.  Thanksgiving is on the horizon and we have a new big table around which to gather our friends and family.  My boys are in more school than ever before which leaves me a little more breathing room and time for myself.  I have happy healthy people surrounding me and more wonderful friends than I ever could have hoped for.  I am surrounded by cookbooks that make me happy and all kinds of kitchen gear which makes my cooking life easier.

Speaking of which, you all know we got swag bags at the IFBC conference, right?  I know so many of you wanted to come to that conference and could not for a variety of reasons.  There were things in that bag that I either did not want or could not use.  The five people staying with me also had things that they did not want or could not use and therefore, I have approximately an IFBC swag bag’s worth of goodies that I would like to send to someone.

In addition to tools I didn’t need (meat thermometer anyone?), I am throwing in my copy of the lovely Sur la Table cookbook that was arguably the best thing in the bag.  Why?  Aren’t there recipes that I could use in there?  Of course.  But I’m sure one of you needs it more than I do.  And since I just happened to re-visit the chocolate factory where the conference was held (for the children!), I bought a little extra for the giveaway.

Here is what I want from you.  And I hope this doesn’t sound weird.  I want to know what your main anxiety dream is.  I was thinking about this the other day.  I have a number of these dreams as do most people.  I dream that I am about to take my French final and I haven’t studied.  I dream that I am about to go on stage and I either can’t remember any of my lines or my costume has a big rip in it.  I dream that I am trying to teach a yoga class and the configuration of the room is really weird and no one is listening to me.  I dream that I am cocktail waitressing and I have a tray full of drinks and I can’t find my tables.  I dream that I let Randy go rather than marrying him and while trying to call him to take me back, my cell phone keeps breaking or I can’t see the numbers.  (That is not a fun one.)

Now.  I am not an anxious person.  In fact, I am a pretty relaxed person.  These dreams crack me up.  I find it interesting that I have never had a mom anxiety dream nor a cooking one – the two things that define me most.  I’m not going to read into what you tell me – I’m just curious.  Leave me a comment and one of my trusty assistants will pick a random winner.  Thank you for reading.  Sincerely.

UPDATE: This has been fascinating reading so far!  I will keep the giveaway open until Saturday, September 25th at 12 noon PDT.  Thank you!

UPDATE #2: Thanks to everyone who commented.  The giveaway is now closed.  I will announce a winner on Monday!



136 Comments »

  1. Mine is usually a very scary nightmare – like people breaking into our house and hurting our kids, etc. I hope I don’t have another one of those for a very long time.

    Comment by Katie — September 21, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  2. I have a ton of anxious dreams. Usually they are about me being alone in a big house unfamiliar to me and I hear a noise like someone is in the house. And to not draw attention to myself being home, I’m left searching for my cell phone in the dark, but can’t find it. Then, if I’m lucky to find the phone, when I dial 911 it keeps dialing 611 and I get my cell phone provider instead of the police. Sometimes if I get anyone on the phone at all, I’m struggling so much to whisper that the person on the other end can’t hear me. And so on, and so on.

    Comment by Erin DeHart — September 21, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  3. I don’t think I’m usually an anxious person either, but there are a few that keep coming back. One is, I know I can fly (yeah, I read too many fantasy novels, I guess), but I keep trying to take off, and I keep stumbling back down. It’s very distressing, for something so unreal.

    Congrats on post #400! :)

    Comment by Larie — September 21, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

  4. Congratulations on this wicked milestone! 400 posts, now that’s a lot of words, photos, memories, and time poured into this lovely blog!

    One of my main anxiety dreams involves procrastinating for a test I was never told about! Another one is me driving…and I don’t drive, right? Oh my, that is a fun one as I try to figure out how to run away from a villain.

    PS Don’t include me on the giveaway. We already had our share of fun, toys and chocolate there. :)

    Comment by Joy — September 21, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  5. That is a funny request ;)
    Hmmm…I know I have had many, but can’t recall most of them. I know I dream about being late for things a lot. Or trying to escape from buildings and not being able to get out. My most anxious dreams are about my kids though.
    This is a great give away!
    And happy 400th blog post anniversary!

    Comment by Laurel Sauls — September 21, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

  6. Hey Dana,

    You’re completely not alone. I have anxiety dreams as well. Usually, they are ones where my teeth have been damaged or all start falling out or… get this… start to melt. It is very strange and completely disconcerting.

    I also have anxiety dreams where I’m stuck in a box and cannot get out. One time, in fact, I had a wee bit too much to drink and I woke up in my closet having had one of these trapped in a box dreams. The weird bit was that I may (or may not) have been actually trapped in between two shelves. Errr… ya. I know, WEIRDO!

    Anyways, congrats on the 400th post. You’re awesome and someone I aspire to be more like. I don’t know you personally – only from the blog and your kind personal reply emails – but you are wonderful. Of this, I am sure.

    Happy Fall!!
    Lindsay

    Comment by linsiloo — September 21, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  7. Congrats on 400 posts. I am impressed with the variety of anxiety dreams you have :) I have tooth dreams which are definitely stress related. Mostly though, I have dreams that I have to be somewhere, work, home, anywhere, and I keep trying to get there and I keep getting sidetracked, it gets later and later and I just can’t seem to get to where I am supposed to be. I’m actually a very prompt person, perhaps this is why? :) I’m sure you will get a lot of interesting responses.

    Comment by Anna — September 21, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  8. All my anxiety dreams are about loosing teeth!!

    Comment by Lindsey — September 21, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  9. Wow 400 posts! Congratulations! Thats an amazing milestone and you should be proud.

    Anxiety dreams… The biggest one for me at the moment is our building collapsing. I’m not entirely sure why but I keep dreaming that all of a sudden things just fall down around me and I have to save my cat and get out.
    My architect husband assures me we’ll be fine.

    Comment by Lis — September 21, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  10. I have always dreamt my house was on fire and couldn’t get out until I peeled a certain amount of pickles.
    Would love to know what that means!

    Comment by Jen — September 21, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

  11. Thank YOU for posting!

    Comment by kendra gibson — September 21, 2010 @ 10:40 pm

  12. Hey! Yehaw for 400! (It’s especially impressive to me as I’m at a whoppin’ 6!!) I’m not usually a anxious or scared person but I am fearful in the dark which, I think, is why I have a lot of anxious dreams. I just got married a few months ago so a lot of anxious dreams lately have been wedding-related – - spacing out and ending up without time to do my hair or having spinach in my teeth during the ceremony or having people that don’t really get along start a ruckus during the party. Those kinds of things… Although it wasn’t my dream, I did interestingly enough get a call this morning from my mother-in-law who said last night she had an anxious dream where she lost my daughter (er… future daughter… though I’m not pregnant…). Talk about random, kind of hilarious yet bizarre anxiety dreams!!
    Congrats again on 400!

    Comment by Elizabeth — September 21, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

  13. I LOVE your blog!!! I’m constantly checking it for recipes and I actually read everything you write – something that is quite unique for me.

    I have two main anxiety dreams:
    1. I’m in a public washroom and ready to… well do my stuff and the door disappears. Every time I stand up the door re-appears. Of course when I sit back down… yup, the door disappears again.

    2. I’m in any random situation and my teeth disappear/crumble/crack off/disintigrate. It awful…

    Weird…

    Comment by Wanda Thorne — September 21, 2010 @ 10:50 pm

  14. Milestones should always be celebrated.

    I have had the same anxiety dream forever… I think that is loosely based on the opening sequence of Get Smart. Someone I care about (this is the one part that changes) will not talk to me and then slams a bunch of doors in my face. Logically it doesn’t make sense, because the doors keep appearing directly in front of me, without opening any of them.

    Congratulations on 400!

    Comment by kim — September 21, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

  15. Congrats on reaching 400!! I love your blog.

    My main anxiety dream is that someone is in my apartment, and I wake up with my heart racing.

    Comment by Ashley — September 21, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

  16. Congrats!! 400! Wow.

    I have these horrible nightmares where I’m back in high school and totally unprepared for my math tests! Or I can’t remember my locker combination!

    Comment by Whitney — September 21, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

  17. I have a few anxiety dreams, but to be honest, in most of them, I am able to realize it is just a dream and go with it. However, there is one dream that is always far too real! I am back in college and I discover I had registered for a math class that I never went to and now it is time to take the final. On top of that, I am late for said final – rushing around the University of Washington campus, trying to find this class I never went to. I hate being late, so this probably causes more anxiety than the coming math test!

    Oh, and Theo chocolates – amazing. I haven’t lived in Seattle since 2002, but the husband and I recently moved to Vancouver, BC. Some friends brought some of the chocolate up when they came to stay with us for the Olympics, and on our next trip down to visit my folks in South King County, we stopped by Theo. We are heading down to my folks this weekend, and I think a trip to Theo might be necessary to restock our supplies….

    Comment by wendyr — September 21, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  18. My anxiety dreams are always about high school. Often I am just roaming the halls or hiding out because I don’t remember what class I am supposed to be in. Sometimes I show up for the final after skipping the class all semester. Every now and then I can’t remember my gym locker combination. I keep hoping that one of these days I will “graduate” to college dreams! My FAVORITE dreams, however, are about the ocean: surfing, swimming, sometimes stuck under water but I can still breathe. I wake up feeling so ivigorated!

    Congrats on your 400th post! I always look forward to a new recipe on Dana Treat!

    Comment by Holly E — September 21, 2010 @ 11:22 pm

  19. congrats! i absolutely adore your blog :)

    i started medical school about two months ago, and have recently been experiencing horrible anxiety-laden nightmares about anatomy! hopefully they won’t persist after the course ends next month!

    Comment by sarah — September 21, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

  20. My most reoccurring dream is coming home from work to a beautiful blue house that is hard up against the beach, being greeted by a beautiful man holding a glass of wine … but then while drinking and watching the waves slowly realising that this is not my beautiful house (in the famous words of Talking Heads), nor is this my beautiful man and that i have left or forgotten my family, or have they left or forgotten me.

    Comment by angela — September 21, 2010 @ 11:28 pm

  21. mine are usually about sleeping in very late and I’m supposed to be somewhere picking up someone so I wake up in a panic and then realize it’s the middle of the night
    as always- love your blog, your kindness and your quirkiness too

    Comment by catherine — September 21, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

  22. Congratulations Dana! I love how generous you are, it’s a beautiful trait :)

    I used to have horribly anxious dreams where my teeth would start to crumble in my mouth and I’d wake up clenching my jaws. I was working for minimum wage in a record store and living with a bad boyfriend – I was stressed! Once the job + boy were gone, my anxiety dreams disappeared. I can’t say I’ve had any re-occurring anxiety dreams within the past 10 years or so which is a wonderful, wonderful feeling. Yee haw!

    Comment by kickpleat — September 21, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

  23. Congratulations on your 400 posts!! That is truly an accomplishment ;-D

    My anxiety dreams vary, but are usually work related. Missing deadlines, arriving late, etc. I even remember one from college, when I worked in a bar & grill. I dreamed that I was trying to draw a tap beer for customers as quickly as possible…there was a line of angry college students running out the door….and every tap I went to down the looonnnnggg bar was empty!

    Comment by LisaA — September 21, 2010 @ 11:58 pm

  24. When I was 19 I worked at a summer camp in NYC. It was the worst job/summer/etc. of my life. Whenver I am stressed out I dream that I am on my way to camp, having accidentally signed up to work there again.

    Congrats on 400 posts! I am a new reader (and actually a Wallingford neighbor) and love your thoughs, recipes, and photos. I’m already looking foward to the next 400.

    Comment by Kelsey — September 22, 2010 @ 12:03 am

  25. I don’t often remember my dreams anymore (apparently you always dream – some people just recall them more often or have more vivid ones than others). But I do have these half-asleep mind ramblings where I keep hearing echoes of orders at Starbucks, where I work. “Can I get a Venti extra-hot non-fat no-whip mocha?” “I’d like a tall Tazo chai.” “I’ll have a ham breakfast sandwich.” Or, “SHORT DARK!” It goes around and around in my head, along with that “ding!” of cars approaching the drive-thru and the subsequent panic in my chest. That’s my nightmare.

    Sounds kinda ridiculous, but you wouldn’t believe the pressure unless you’ve worked there on a weekday morning. The worst part is that the dreamt anxiety becomes real-life anxiety a few hours later (my shift usually starts at 5am)!

    Anyway, I second Catherine’s adoration of your generosity and quirkiness. Thank YOU for writing :).

    Comment by vanessa — September 22, 2010 @ 12:04 am

  26. I usually don’t remember a day after but I know one that comes up a lot is being in MY house which looks nothing like it at all. So strange!

    Congrats on 400!

    Comment by Laura — September 22, 2010 @ 12:17 am

  27. Hey! I agree with another commenter, my most anxious dreams have “bad guys” trying to break into our home. Usually a slowly building dream, where things just get more and more out of hand. And I wake feeling quite unsettled, but glad to be awake.

    The dreams that make me the most annoyed are when I wake up and realize I have been dreaming about the most mundane of my daily tasks, like shopping at the grocery store, of all the things to dream of, I am grocery shopping. Strange.

    Comment by Kirsten — September 22, 2010 @ 12:17 am

  28. I usually don’t remember my dreams, though the recurring scary dream I had as a child was of me and several small crustaceans dining in the open mouth of a killer whale. Everything turns out fine, but we’re all frightened to be eating in such an unpredictable environment. We could be eaten no problem! Hence my fear of whales, which has (sadly) left me with zero desire to ever take a whaling tour — quite saddening to my fiancée.

    *heather*

    Comment by heather — September 22, 2010 @ 12:20 am

  29. 400 posts! Wow, it’s hard for me to imagine ever writing that many blog posts myself. Congrats! Your request for anxiety dreams is timely for me. In just the past few weeks, I’ve been having a recurring dream in which I give birth to a baby (I’m not a mom…yet), am happily (and very graphically) breastfeeding, but then I realize that I have absolutely nothing for the baby. No crib, no diapers, no onesies, zilch. As someone who is typically very prepared for things, this is horrifying to me! Thanks for the opportunity to share–it’s a lot easier to laugh about now. :)

    Comment by Rachel — September 22, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  30. I have this dream that I am a witch and I know Harry Potter. We are fighting Lord Voldemort only I can’t find my wand. I’m searching for it while curses are being hurled at me and I am ducking to avoid them. When I finally stumble upon my wand it doesn’t seem to be working right and every spell I try doesn’t work. I have no idea where this dream comes from except that I often listen to the HP audiobooks on my iPod at night while I fall asleep.

    My other anxious recurring dream is that I am about to meet Audra McDonald only I can’t remember where I am supposed to go. I am frantically running around the streets of NYC hoping I’ll find myself in the right place and asking everyone I see if they know where Audra is.

    I guess these dreams make me sound like a nerd :-) That’s okay. I am.

    Comment by Kathy — September 22, 2010 @ 12:24 am

  31. Congratulations on your 400th post. I’ve loved just about every recipe you’ve shared and had time to makes.
    As for anxiety dreams, I’ve had my share unfortunately. The one I get the most often is when I’m in a crowded room and people just get closer and closer. Sometimes I get knocked over and trampled and other times I just get squished. It’s not a very nice dream because it’s not as ridiculous as most of my other anxious dreams which makes them less scary.

    Comment by Christine — September 22, 2010 @ 12:41 am

  32. Such fun – I love comparing dreams. Mostly mine are happy or just strange, but occasionally I have one where, due to a last minute complication, I have to speak in front of a room that’s overflowing with people – that’s always terrifying!

    Congrats on 400 – I love reading your posts & trying your yummy recipes.

    Comment by Jani — September 22, 2010 @ 12:49 am

  33. Happy 400th post. You are dear. You get one of the coveted 8 spaces in the Bookmark toolbar and have since I met you. I’m so happy that you are feeling blessed right now.

    As for bad dreams, I rarely have them, but the anxious ones I used to have were all waitermares. 23 tables, more being sat, noone bussing, people yelling for checks, ice machine broken, that kind of thing.

    Comment by Julie — September 22, 2010 @ 12:51 am

  34. congrats on 400!

    last night i dreamt i was staying at my mom’s house in palm springs. the floors were covered in bugs. i mean covered and all different types–spiders, scorpions, vinegaroons. maybe it was scarier than anything but i did feel very anxious that i was stuck there and was going to have to sleep a whole night there. bizarre!

    Comment by helen — September 22, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  35. I was a DJ in college, so my most frequent anxiety dream is being at the radio station and having no music to play or not being able to remember which buttons to push – DEAD AIR! AAAGH! I also sometimes have the high school/where’s-my-class/what’s-my-locker-combo dream.

    The teeth dreams that others have are very strange to me. We had a conversation about this at work once, and there are definitely two camps of people – those who have the anxiety teeth dreams and those who do not. It seemed that mostly women had the teeth dreams, though a few men did too (and I was one of the women who did not).

    And Dana – thanks from this lurker for sharing 400 posts- I for one am so glad to have found you, someone who loves and blogs about vegetarian food.

    Comment by lg — September 22, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  36. Happy 400 Dana! I always love coming here, reading about you and your sons and the delicious food you create. It’s always a good time.

    My anxiety dream. Hmm. Especially before exams, I tend to dream about math or organic chemistry. Dreams in which I have to figure out some intense problem. In them, I wake up constantly and, this is going to sound weird, but I have to flip over in order to continue on with the dream and go back to sleep. If I don’t flip over, I don’t know, some kind of catastrophe will befall me. It’s weird.

    Comment by Joanne — September 22, 2010 @ 12:55 am

  37. Wow, 400th post… how exciting and congratulations on not getting burn out from blogging, I enjoy your blog!

    My anxiety dream is based on a real life experience… when I was about 5 or 6 I woke up one morning and was completely unable to move. I was facing a window and was looking outside and thought that I would never be able to play out there again. It was devastating but I was able to move after about 10 minutes and all was forgotten for about 15 years and I was in college where I started dreaming about that event again (forgive that long sentence)… waking up was a strange experience as I was able to immediately move but the feeling in the dream memory were so real it is like waking up in suspended disbelief.

    Comment by blair — September 22, 2010 @ 1:02 am

  38. Congrats on 400! Here’s to 400 more!!

    My anxiety dreams tend to be me in an unfamiliar area in the midst of multiple tornadoes. Not surprisingly, these dreams occurred most often when my life feels a little out of control. But the worst was when, night after night, I has the same dream that I was surrounded by people whose faces kept melting. Those were really awful!

    Comment by Monica — September 22, 2010 @ 1:05 am

  39. When I was a lifeguard I used to dream about accidents happening in the pool and my not being able to blow the whistle. I would try over and over to blow but I couldn’t make the whistle make any noise. Terrifying because someone could have died while I was trying to alert my coworkers to the major (what we called a major emergency).

    A decade later and no longer a lifeguard, I can’t think of any anxiety dreams. I guess I don’t find the responsibility of being a stay at home mom of two little ones frightening enough. Please note the heavy sarcasm. And the trace of confusion.

    Thanks for you blog Dana. It’s one of my favourites!

    Comment by Ali — September 22, 2010 @ 1:16 am

  40. Much to my chagrin, i rarely, if ever, remember my dreams. So while I do not have an anxiety dream, I am sometimes anxious about THAT – why don’t I? Am I normal? Or am I TOO normal?

    Comment by Tracy — September 22, 2010 @ 1:50 am

  41. I dream I’ve forgotten to drop my class, and i just found out I have to take the final or I won’t graduate from college. Then, inevitably, i can’t find the classroom since I haven’t been there all semester.

    I’ve really enjoyed reading for the last few months- Congratulations on 400!

    Comment by Jessica — September 22, 2010 @ 2:17 am

  42. i have two – i get these dreams a couple times a year, without fail.

    one is that i’m in college and have forgotten that i’ve registered for a class. the end of the semester comes, i’m about to graduate, and realize that i never went to the class. in order to graduate i have to ace the final without knowing any of the material.

    the other is that i’m pregnant. which when you’re single and in your 20s can be quite the anxiety dream!

    Comment by betsy — September 22, 2010 @ 2:46 am

  43. Happy Blog-u-stone! Like a milestone, only bloggier. I think blogs are pretty neat too and yours doubly so!

    Lately I either get interrupted sleep or sleep so deeply that there is no room for dreams. I have had a repeat anxiety dream in the past though. It is a dream that I am awake, but that I can’t move my body and just can’t get “me” to wake up. When I do startle out of bed after one of those, my heart pounds and I wiggle all my fingers and toes just to make sure.

    Comment by Zom G. — September 22, 2010 @ 3:13 am

  44. someone is chasing me and is going to get me. yuck….

    Comment by jacquie — September 22, 2010 @ 3:24 am

  45. Congratulations on post 400! You’re an inspiration to me and my puny little blog, which I hope will someday grow up to be a big blog. *grin*

    My anxiety dreams almost always involve school. I’m late for a Latin test, I’m back in high school and forgot where my classes are … and in all of these, I am myself, and adult. Which is all the more upsetting because I just *know* I don’t belong there!

    Oh, I would so love to win this! I love cooking gear, and unlike #41, I actually *am* pregnant and craving chocolate, and have been eating local this summer from our CSA and garden, so this looks like a dream giveaway!

    Comment by Justine — September 22, 2010 @ 3:25 am

  46. My recurring anxiety dream is very strange (and slightly embarrassing!). You could analyze this dream in many ways, but I assure you I have no real life fear/anxiety even remotely related. These dreams all have the same source of anxiety, yet they are surprisingly different every time. Usually it goes like this: I need to use the restroom, and the only toilet is in an exposed space with people around. Other times it is a bit different and I’m in a gigantic facility with many many stalls, and every toilet is either too dirty, broken, or missing the door. Freud would have a field day with that one, don’t you think? Happy 400, and thanks for the giveaway :)

    Comment by Sarah S. — September 22, 2010 @ 3:45 am

  47. I have so many of your posts bookmarked and have enjoyed so much of your writing! Congratulations on the 400 mark!

    As far as anxious dreams go, I’ve had plenty and they’re usually pretty scary. I had a recurring dream (probably once a month for around two years) that I was in the passenger seat of a car that was flying down a road (usually one I’m familiar with). I kept trying to get into the driver’s seat to take control but just couldn’t seem to do it (way to lay on the metaphor, subconscious). One of these experiences was also the only time I’ve ever lucid dreamed – I kept thinking “this is a dream and you have control of this car”. I still couldn’t actually take control, but it was much less scary.

    Any other anxiety dreams I’ve had have usually been about me trying to speak (or yell) at someone but no sound comes out. In one, I was on one side of a pane of glass and all my friends and family were on the other side. The more I tried to get their attention by yelling or banging on the glass, the farther away they moved until I couldn’t see them anymore. Again, my subconscious takes the subtle route!

    I am an anxious person but I have been able to manage it. One way I do this is by cooking, and your blog has helped immensely with that. Looking forward to another 400. Thank you so much!

    Comment by dirigible — September 22, 2010 @ 4:00 am

  48. Congratulations on your 400th post! I always enjoy reading your blog.
    I have a recurring dream where I’m taking a test, and every time I try to write something, my pencil breaks. The time is running out and I haven’t been able to answer any questions. I guess this is why I always bring at least five pencils when I take a test.
    Then, there’s the one where I’m at school and I realize I have no clothes on, and there’s nothing around to hide behind.

    Comment by Kerry — September 22, 2010 @ 4:37 am

  49. I am so glad to have discovered the world of food blogs (about two months ago). It’s exciting to know you have 400 posts – now I know there are about 350 more posts to go through to get to the beginning.

    Anxiety dreams: the other night I dreamed that I was lost in my mother’s new home (that she doesn’t have – I just dreamed it), my husband was looking for me and there was a strange, not malicious, man in the closet.

    Go figure.

    Comment by Ruth — September 22, 2010 @ 6:49 am

  50. Oh Dana, you are such a gem… I have had the exam dream before, but that’s fairly mild. Another one I have is that I’m flying (great), but then I land and when I try to take off again, I find I can’t fly any more (not so great) – spot the metaphor!

    A few years back I was quite depressed and also had a lot of anxiety attacks – my dreams where really terrifying then, and so vivid. I won’t go into detail, but I am so grateful I don’t have those dreams any more!

    I’ve come a long way since then, and am delighted to be able to report that most of the time I’m really quite content. I relate to your feeling of abundance. It’s so brilliant to be able to experience genuine gratitude for all the amazing things in your life.

    Dana, don’t ever change.

    And here’s to 400 more!

    Robyn xxx

    Comment by Koek! — September 22, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  51. Oh, I just thought of another one – I’m driving in a car (sometimes with passengers, sometimes on my own), and the road gets steeper and steeper, until the car is practically vertical, then I start to feel it tipping backwards… Not a pleasant sensation!

    Comment by Koek! — September 22, 2010 @ 9:52 am

  52. Anxiety Dreams? Well, I still have the reoccurring nightmare of walking down the schools of high school and not being able to find my locker. After searching and searching I finally find it and can’t remember my locker combination. It’s utter chaos! Why am I still having this at the ripe age of 39? : ) Crazy!

    Comment by Lori H — September 22, 2010 @ 10:01 am

  53. The one anxiety dream I have had as a child is haunting me still – 20 years later.

    I walk hand in hand with my mother along a path in a forest, stay behind for some reason, call out to her to wait for me and she just keeps on walking.
    Super weird as my childhood was quite protected and my mother is very loving and attentive.

    I am still wondering why you want to know about our dreams…

    Congratulations on 400posts!
    I’ll be an avid follower of the next 400 to come!

    Comment by Annika — September 22, 2010 @ 10:18 am

  54. I usually don’t remember my dreams… but when I do, I pay attention because it usually coincides with my stress level… Years ago, I was a manager at Target (long hours, high stress)… I had a dream that I was closing and I couldn’t get up the the front to get the doors locked so people kept coming in and I had to chase them all over the store and shoo them out. It seems like such a stupid dream to have, but at them time, I am pretty sure it reflected my stressful, not-in-control-of-my-life feeling that I was having at work. Definitely one of those “knock-knock puddin’ head”, why are you doing this to yourself moments!

    Comment by Jenny — September 22, 2010 @ 10:55 am

  55. I’m 5 months pregnant. Recently, I’ve been soaking the bedsheets with a dream about giving birth where the midwife asks me about all the preparations I *should* have made, and still haven’t. It doesn’t take Frued to read into that one.
    We’re also struggling to find a new house before baby comes, while fixing our current one out to rent-that is my real anxiety dream come true.
    To a certain extent, the sense of normalcy around the crazy time of baby making is reassuring-I know the anxiety is pretty common now.
    This giveaway is incredibly generous of you-a wonderful marker of this milestone. It’s been a pleasure sharing this time with you.

    Comment by Sarah — September 22, 2010 @ 11:44 am

  56. I admit to being a lurker on your website – though I check it frequently. I’m not a vegetarian, but we do eat a lot of meatless meals and when I find blogs where people make food that I can make too (we live in the middle of nowhere.. not a lot of access to special items haha) I cling to it like a two year old hanging off your leg. Seriously. Wherever your cullinary adventures take you, take me with you!

    As far as anxiety dreams go, mine usually consist of me running from some Big Scary Thing I can never later identify and trying to hide in weird places or having to find things. Just this overwhelming panicky need to find ALL of whatever it is I’m looking for – rocks, dolls.. one time it was like.. little monopoly game pieces haha.

    Comment by Kris — September 22, 2010 @ 12:30 pm

  57. I have the same ‘finals’ dream and ‘waitressing’ dream. I have the waitressing one a lot. Generally I’m at the computer, putting in the order and the computer doesn’t work and everything is in slow motion. Then I look up and the entire restaurant is full and I’m the only waitress…always relieved to wake up:)

    In addition to not studying for finals, I often have one where I suddenly remember that I’m enrolled in a class that I haven’t been going to and it’s finals week.

    Congrats on 400!

    Comment by The French — September 22, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  58. If I told you about my dreams you would suggest I go for therapy!
    Happy 400 posts!
    xxoo

    Comment by staceysnacks — September 22, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  59. Congratulations on your blog milestone, Dana!
    My anxiety-dream is: I am driving, push down on the brake and…..the car won’t stop. I always wake up feeling panicky around that time so I’m not sure how it ends in the dream!
    Wonderful giveaway!!!

    Comment by Kathleen P — September 22, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  60. since my husband cooked one of our decorative pillows on the stove top (in his sleep) and made our entire apartment smell like smoke for weeks, i often dream about him lighting something else on fire in our house. i find myself up and out of bed, thinking and smelling smoke and then realize i’ve been dreaming.

    Comment by ansley b — September 22, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

  61. I dream that all my friends turn against me and ostracize me. It can be for stupid reasons like them getting angry at me for eating all the cake….or more serious in which everyone I love just stops talking to me. I always wake up the next morning and call to confirm that my friends/family still love me.

    Comment by Sophie — September 22, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  62. I frequently dream that I have to be at my daughter’s school for an event, but somehow end up under water and unable to breathe. Weird, right?

    Comment by Christy — September 22, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

  63. This is a reoccurring anxiety dream I have had since I was a little girl. I am soaring above a large expanse of ocean in a beautiful rainbow-colored hot air balloon. There is no land in sight, just the deep blue waters below me. There is no one in the basket with me, but I am not lonely. Surprisingly, I seem to know where I am going and I maneuver the balloon deftly throught the clouds. All of the sudden, I realize I really have no idea how to work the hot air balloon, nor do I have any idea where I was going. The balloon starts falling toward the water. I panic and try to keep it afloat. I plunge into the ocean, water surrounding me as I struggle to surface. And then I wake up with a start and gasping for breath.

    Comment by Angie — September 22, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

  64. Congratulations on 400 posts! I have enjoyed them all: Several of them in a single long sitting when I first discovered your blog and then many others awaited eagerly. Here’s to 400 more!

    I am a professor and before each new semester I have a recurring anxiety dream that I come to class unprepared and the class rebels and leaves. I always wake up in a complete panic and double (triple) check my memory key.

    Comment by Yannik — September 22, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  65. I hate these dreams! I always wake up shaking and can’t sleep anymore. The most recent one is me and bf break up. When you know you want to marry this person (and have talked about it), it is a very scary dream to have!

    Happy 400! There are not many good vegetarian blogs out there, so I am looking forward to many more great posts!

    Comment by Angela — September 22, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  66. Congrates on the 400. I have been reading your blog now for 6 months or more and it is one of my regulars. Thanks for taking the time to share your joys.

    I just had an anxiety dream this morning. I have a doctors appointment this morning, a really important one. I also live on an island, so I need to catch a ferry to get to my appointment. In my dream I was surrounded by my family, not just my husband and son, but my brothers and sisters, and mother. We were sitting around the kitchen table and just shooting the breeze (just how I love to spend my time). I was singing a little made up song to my son ( which I do a lot) and then glance up at the clock and it is 9:15. I had to catch the 9 am ferry to make it to my appointment, and I panic. I rush upstairs to get dressed, (we don’t have an upstairs) pass a bedroom where my MawMaw sits up in bed and says something to me (she has been dead for over 10 years) and then I am rifling through drawers of sexy under ware which can’t be mine; trying to find something to put on. Nothing fits, time is ticking. . .I wake up. I don’t have these very often, so it is amazing that this is what you wanted to hear about.

    Cheers.
    Nita D.

    Comment by Nita Dickerson — September 22, 2010 @ 1:46 pm

  67. What a wonderful milestone! Congratulations, Dana! Looking forward to the next 400:)

    Comment by tiina { sparkling ink } — September 22, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

  68. Congrats on 400! Exciting.
    I have had a recurring dream since I was a little girl. I’m running (as though stuck in molasses) down the hallway of the house that I was born in…away from a stereotypical native american indian with bow/arrow, headdress and all. I know that if I can get to the kitchen and hid behind my mom’s legs at the sink, I’ll be fine (I used to do that when my brother would chase me). As I turn the corner into the kitchen, I trip over the threshold and the last thing I see is the bow and arrow being aimed and shot towards me as I wake up.

    I don’t think I’m a very anxious person, but I find it amusing that “safety” is in the kitchen with my mother. I think that’s still true for me (at age 30) in real life. :)

    Comment by Esther — September 22, 2010 @ 2:09 pm

  69. I admit that I haven’t had this dream since I was a child, but I used to have a recurring dream where I was leaping from one long “platform” to another, trying to get to a family member of mine who was falling down in one of the holes between platforms further along. Interestingly the platforms were always either red or yellow.

    Comment by Joni — September 22, 2010 @ 2:11 pm

  70. I don’t really have anxiety dreams, but I think that’s probably because I can be quite anxious in waking life…so thankfully I sleep peacefully?!

    Anyway, congratulations on 400 posts and here’s to 400 more!

    Comment by Angharad — September 22, 2010 @ 2:50 pm

  71. I’ve had dreamed for as long as I can remember that someone is chasing me and I cannot run fast enough to get away. Its always different, but the central theme remains the same. I’ve looked it up in one of those dream books & it says I am “running away from something”. Hmmm

    Comment by fresh365 — September 22, 2010 @ 2:55 pm

  72. Congrats on your 400th post! I love your blog and have tried and enjoyed many of your recipes.

    My nightmare is that I bite into something, like a hamburger, and my two front teeth break off! My anxiety wakes me up and I am so relieved that my teeth are still intact. Dreadful!

    My other nightmare is that I realize I have signed up for a class that I have never attended. It’s too late to drop and the final is only hours away! I graduated college 17 years ago and still have this nightmare!

    Comment by Shawnee F — September 22, 2010 @ 3:01 pm

  73. Those are awesome give away items. Thank you so much for doing this. I just found your blog and have really enjoyed it. As for my dreams, I dream that my teeth are falling out or that I can’t remember my locker combination in High School even though I have been out of school for over 20 years. :)

    Comment by Sheena Searls — September 22, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

  74. Congrats on 400 post! I can’t recall how I found your blog recently but I am sure glad I did! I love your posts and we live in the PNW so that’s fun. Anxiety dream? Wow… I have lots! This week I had two one that was each of my kids! Yikes! They were so real that I actually remembered them!

    Comment by Deborah — September 22, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

  75. Congratulations on your 400th post! That’s quite a milestone, and you should be proud! And thanks for hosting the great give-away.

    My anxiety dreams almost always involve running from the “bad guys” trying to kill loved ones and me. And we always get caught! I’ve got to figure out another ending to that dream.

    Comment by Nicole — September 22, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

  76. Doors. It always starts with doors. Almost reminds me of the Monsters movie but it’s not cute or fun. I always open the wrong door and fall….and keep falling….and keep falling. Yikes.

    Way to go on 400.

    Comment by Nancy C — September 22, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

  77. What a great question! And I like your blog! And the gift bag ROCKS!!
    When I was a child I’d have anxiety dreams about my younger brothers needing to go to the hospital & driving them there only to hurt them worse by crashing the car.
    As an adult, I will often have an anxiety dream that mid-semester I discover I’ve forgotten to attend a class and therefore forgotten to do the work. In the dream, I spend a lot of time composing ways to pass. I also dream that I somehow didn’t graduate high school, so all my course work since then is null & I have to return to high school to finish the work.

    Comment by Susie — September 22, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

  78. Congratulations on 400 great posts, although to be honest, I’ve only been following since about the last 60 or so. Always great ideas though, so good work! It sounds like people have similar anxiety dreams. What was it about remembering your locker combination that caused us so much permanent damage? Another one I often have involves waitressing (though I’ve never been a waitress in real life) and being unable to remember people’s orders or being slammed with busy crowds of rude customers.

    Comment by Shannon H. — September 22, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

  79. I have two:/ The first is that all my teeth are falling out or breaking and I have to walk around and live my normal life without teeth.

    The second is that I have managed to complete my entire college/high school coursework save for math. It is the eve of graduation and I realized that I have not attended a single math class that I was enrolled in. Weird huh? I actually like math in real life.

    Comment by Megan B — September 22, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  80. 400 is something to be proud of! I love reading your blog, and look forward to the next 400+. My recurring anxiety dreams involve rodents (yes, I have a major mouse phobia). I dream I’m in a huge house overrun by mice and rats, and I go from room to room and down long hallways, with hundreds of rodents scurrying around me, but I can never find a door to the outside. The dream usually ends with me waking up in a cold sweat. And then having to go back to sleep with the lights on, because I swear there’s a mouse running along my bedroom wall.

    Comment by Stephanie — September 22, 2010 @ 5:54 pm

  81. i don’t have many anxiety dreams any more, but i used to have a distinct recurring one. in my old house, i had a bedroom right at the top of the stairs with french doors. in my dream, the doors would fly open and i would fly (literally) out of bed, ride the long stair bannister down, out the front door and into the middle of our cul de sac. then a bunch of guys on motorcycles would ride around me in circles so i couldn’t leave. years and years later, i remember this dream vividly. the mind is a crazy thing, huh?

    i just moved and have a nearly empty kitchen, so i could really use this stuff. thanks so much for this giveaway!

    Comment by Ellen — September 22, 2010 @ 6:01 pm

  82. I have two reoccuring ones.
    1). I’m driving a car but I don’t know how to drive or I know the breaks are out.
    2). I’m going on stage and I don’t know my lines. But not like I forgot them, more like I don’t even know what play I’m doing and I’ve never met the other actors before.
    That one, more than the car one, makes me seriously queasy.

    Comment by Alix — September 22, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

  83. Well, I have not been in college for over 25 years BUT I very often have a reoccuring dream of either not being able to find my class, or going to the class and realizing I have not gone for 2 months and the final exams are soon.

    Comment by Nancy — September 22, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

  84. My main anxiety dream is that I’m running away from someone or something and no matter how hard I try to run, I’m going in slow motion. Every muscle is burning and I’m pushing as hard as I can go but I’m barely moving.

    The second one is that my teeth are loose or are going to fall out. No lie. When I wake up I check to make sure they’re all there and not wiggling!

    Comment by Erica — September 22, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

  85. This will sound silly, I know, but a recurrent dream I have is being unable to dial a phone number, messing it up every single time.

    The dream usually starts as a normal, non-scary type of situation, but I NEED to make the phone call for one reason or another – then, I think about the number and try to dial it – one number gets mis-typed, I erase it, or have to hang up… do it again, same thing happens. It starts to slowly turn into a nightmare, either a life-and-death situation, or having to talk to someone to avert some major tragedy about to happen, and it’s all downhill from there.

    I wake up stressed, afraid, anxious…

    So there… you’ve got my comment! ;-)

    Congrats on #400!!!!

    Comment by SallyBR — September 22, 2010 @ 6:48 pm

  86. I think the most anxiety-ridden dream I have comes before Thanksgiving every year. I dream my refrigerator and stove both break down on Thanksgiving morning when 16 people are coming for a 3:00 Dinner.

    Comment by Jan — September 22, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  87. Woohoo, congrats on 400 posts, Dana! That is so awesome- maybe one day I’ll get there, too.

    My (recurring) anxiety dream has been the same for as long as I can remember: I’m in university, it’s more than halfway through the semester, and I remember a course I’m enrolled in that I haven’t been going to. The drop-class date is passed, and I start to panic about having to take the final exam with no knowledge. To make matters worse, the class is always some ridiculous, confusing one that I’d never take in real life- calculus or human biology or something.

    I’ve been having this dream for AGES (I assume at one point it was set in high school, not university) but it’s less frequent now and my school days get further away!

    Comment by Ele — September 22, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  88. The only anxiety dreams I can think of are usually about me traveling from one destination to another, but never getting where I’m supposed to go.

    Comment by Ren — September 22, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

  89. I work as a Behavioural Interventionist with Autistic children. My recurring nightmare is that I’ve taught them something I shouldn’t have and then can’t get them to unlearn it. The ultimate waste of their intervention time and dollars!
    Stresses me out every time I have it.

    Comment by Lynne — September 22, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  90. Generally something to do with needing to run away from something and not being able to move. Not fun!

    Comment by Jen — September 22, 2010 @ 7:30 pm

  91. I’ve had a few dreams where I can’t get up. It’s freaky, I’ll be laying there as if I had just woken up but then I can’t move. :P That and falling, I always seem to wake up feeling like I’m falling. Love your blog, btw!!

    Comment by Carolyn Mackley — September 22, 2010 @ 8:10 pm

  92. First, congratulations on your 400th post. You should be very proud that you’ve created 400 thoughtful, interesting, heart-felt, beautifully-written and always entertaining posts. I believe I don’t qualify for the drawing under the unspoken friends-and-family rule, but I thought I’d add that my anxiety dreams always seem to involve water. Often times I’m trying to get somewhere and have to drive through too-deep water. Or I’m in a boat or on a raft with really huge waves. Often I have my kids or nieces/nephews in the car. I have even had jungle-waterfall dreams a la Romancing the Stone! Strange, I know!

    Comment by Deb — September 22, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

  93. It has to be the dream that you are late to a test you didn’t study for!

    Comment by Jennie — September 22, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  94. I also have the dream where I have to take a final for a class I forgot to drop. And I have been out of school for a long while!

    Comment by Karen — September 22, 2010 @ 10:03 pm

  95. I attended a school with a dresscode requiring girls to wear skirts. Even though I am now nearly 30 I continue to periodically have a terrible dream where I discover I have worn jeans to school and am hiding in the bathroom trying to get someone to loan me a skirt before the dreadful “ladies dean” finds me. It causes a cold sweat every time.

    Comment by Annasrobbie — September 22, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

  96. LOVE, love, love your blog…and your recipes, thank you for sharing a bit of your world with us. Such a ‘treat’ to see your emails pop up in my inbox!

    My worst anxiety dream is losing one of my children in a crowded place and not being able to find them. Terrifying, thank goodness it has never happened in real life!

    Here’s to the next 400! xo

    Comment by Liz — September 22, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

  97. Holy blogosphere, Batman, that’s a lot of comments.

    I just wanted to pop in and say happy fourhundredpostaversary!

    (And don’t pick me, Spencer & Graham, because I would seriously plotz if I had to see some of that swag again.)

    Comment by Cheryl — September 22, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

  98. Hi Dana…
    I’ve popped in from time to time to check out your blog after meeting you (briefly) at the IFBC in Seattle, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time reading your posts. Seeing your curious query, I thought I’d chime in. Though I can’t always recall what I dream (unlike most everyone else in our family who can!), I DO know that the ones I remember (and usually wake from quite agitated) have to do with protecting our girls. Strangely, they are dreams that I eventually find myself almost awake finishing… just to be sure that I’d saved them from whatever danger that lurked (I think this would be called a “controlling” dreamer?!!?) . When they were little (and home), I could simply check their beds and calm my quick-beating heart… now I have to just trust they’ll be safe and free from danger. Fortunately, these late-night imaginations don’t occur too often now…phew!
    (ps… I also was a lucky benefactor of one of these goodie bags, so no need to include me in your drawing:) Happy 400!

    Comment by Lorie — September 22, 2010 @ 11:08 pm

  99. I will admit to having those stuck-back-in-high-school nightmares. Especially about class trips. I am either stuck in a hotel room with mean girls or lost or get left behind. :( Yikes!

    Comment by Evee M — September 22, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  100. Congrats on your 400th post! I love and follow your blog religiously!

    So, hmmmm… Anxiety dreams. I assume you mean while asleep? Because I certain have an anxious mind and tend to (for some ungodly reason) imagine worst case scenarios while awake as well. The only upside to this morbid habit is that damn, I am prepared if something bad is about to happen! ;-)

    While asleep, however, the brain has a way of cooking up stuff that can be a bit more disturbing. Since becoming a mom, first with our dog Austin and more recently with our human son Oliver, I tend to have dreams where I’ve left them somewhere and have forgotten to: a) feed; b) water; c) give them enough oxygen to continue living! These dreams have included Ollie left in a drawer, Ollie left in the car, Ollie left by the side of the road, Ollie left in a random apartment with no food for a week…and just the other day was another dog anxiety dream. I was going to some FABULOUS party (??!!) and had to find just THE dress. Wha? (Not at all like me.) I was flitting around from shop to shop and then going back to my car in a parking garage, when I opened the hatchback and there was Austin the dog, my “first born”, overheated and near death. Panic ensued and what I remember was screaming, shaking him and gradually, so gradually, he came back to life. What a horrible dream! Luckily, real life is nothing like this and I’m actually a good mama!

    Comment by Kelly — September 22, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

  101. Mine is always about drowning !!

    Thanks for a great giveaway !

    Comment by Chris — September 22, 2010 @ 11:16 pm

  102. Congrats on 400 posts! Hurrah!

    My most frequent anxiety dream involves me losing control of my car and driving off a bridge. I believe it’s directly related to the time when my tire blew just after I had crossed the Delaware Bridge on my way to NYC. I was terrified, completely out of control… When I have this dream I typically wake up just after my car has cleared the guardrail and is headed for the abyss below. And this is not a good abyss, ala “Garden State” and “good luck exploring the infinite abyss.” This is definitely a bad abyss. Bad.

    Thanks for doing the blog, Dana. It’s great to read.

    Comment by Mary — September 22, 2010 @ 11:24 pm

  103. Congrats on your 400th!
    I usually don’t remember my dreams, but every now and then I have a dream where I am being chased and can’t move my legs.

    Comment by Bebe — September 22, 2010 @ 11:51 pm

  104. My anxiety filled dreams will feature some event that is unresolved for some reason or another. If I left a voicemail regarding a job interview and it went less smoothly than I was hoping, I will dream about the future going haywire and said action back firing. If I have a stress filled event coming up, say moving to a foreign country, I will dream about things like lost luggage, missed flights, etc.

    The funny thing about anxiety riddled dreams is more the ones that didn’t cause it. For several years both my sister and I had dreams where people were trying to attack us (not sure where this came from or why we both had it…preparing for such a possibility?) This never caused anxiety in my dreams. I merely would fight them back and come out on top. She, on the other hand, ran away and was never caught once. So I’m guessing we can predict what would happen regarding the whole fight or flight phenomenon…

    Congrats on 400 posts!

    Comment by Jessica — September 23, 2010 @ 12:02 am

  105. I think you got 400 comments too. Congrats, my dear! I have that dream where I forgot to go to one college class and I do not get to graduate–unfinished business, or something like that is the meaning. Thanks for sharing 400 wonderful recipes and your life with us!!

    Comment by julie — September 23, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  106. My anxious dream is falling behind in a math class and not being able to catch up! totally nerdy.

    Comment by Lisa — September 23, 2010 @ 2:23 am

  107. I dream of driving off of a bridge in the van. Which child do I save? Scary.

    Comment by Jackie — September 23, 2010 @ 2:43 am

  108. My main anxiety dream is where I’m talking to someone and all of a sudden all my teeth start falling out into my hands.

    Comment by Lisa — September 23, 2010 @ 5:13 am

  109. Sometimes I dream that I’m walking in a crowd a people and my legs suddenly give way, as if I my muscles have dissolved. I collapse to the ground and no matter how much I try to get up or even crawl away, I can’t move. I also have dreams about being a college senior again and not being able to graduate as a result of forgetting that I had some long final paper due/forgetting to study for a final. HATE that one because it makes me wake up feeling nervous!

    Comment by Vivian — September 23, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  110. mine is that all my teeth are getting loose and falling out! (i heard it’s a pretty common one, so sorry if it’s lame but it’s the only one i’ve got!)

    Comment by Meredith — September 23, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  111. Hi Dana,

    I stumbled upon your blog a couple of weeks ago after reading a post on A Sweet Spoonful. Just thought I would let you know: it’s wonderful! You have a knack for creating unique chickpea dishes.

    I’m a student, so one of my main anxiety dreams is the one where you find out there’s a test you didn’t know about, or it’s the night before and you notice an assignment you didn’t realize you had is due the next day. That kind of thing. I’ve also had some about all of my teeth falling out for no reason or someone breaking into my apartment and me waking up to a gun pointed at my face. One of the scariest ones I’ve had was that my apartment building caught fire and I arrived home from work to find everything burnt to a crisp. I think this comes from the fact that I’ve been meaning to get renter’s insurance for the past four months after moving in, but haven’t got to it for whatever reason… Better get on that.

    By the way congratulations on 400 posts!

    Comment by Rachel — September 23, 2010 @ 5:45 am

  112. Congratulations on your 400th post! You are absolutely correct about this time of year. Love the leaves turning and all the great fall festivals.

    Comment by Sandra — September 23, 2010 @ 12:13 pm

  113. It has subsided a bit in the last couple of years, but almost monthly I hada dream that I’m in towards the end of my last semester at college or high school and I’ve discovered that I’ve missed a class all semester (forgot about it or something has made me not attend) and I’m not going to graduate. I usually start scrambling around, trying to find a solution to the problem…inevitably I wake up prior to it being solved.

    Comment by christina — September 23, 2010 @ 1:20 pm

  114. How funny is this — I just woke up from one! In it, my daughter’s teacher thought it would be funny to make the parents all take one of the kids’ quizzes and make it count for the students’ grades. It was Algebra and I couldn’t even answer one question.

    Congrats to you! Love your blog. I’ve made lots of the recipes but have never commented.

    Comment by Tracey — September 23, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

  115. this is my recurring anxiety dream: i have to dress up as attila the hun and sing the words to some song i haven’t memorized. i have to get up on stage…with an orchestra! and then the orchestra breaks down, but i have to sing anyway. typical getting on stage and not knowing your lines kind of thing…with a twist!!

    -claire

    Comment by claire — September 23, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

  116. congrats on the big 400! my recent anxiety dreams have to do with running because i’m training for my first marathon. i’ve basically given up trying to get a good night sleep the night before a long run! :)

    Comment by natalie (the sweets life) — September 23, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

  117. Congrats on 400 posts! I love your blog, and though we’re not officially vegetarians, we’re pretty darn close thanks to your influence and fabulous recipes!

    My most recurrent anxiety dream is about my former classroom. I was a kindergarten teacher before I had my own kids, so even though I’ve been out of the classroom for many years, I still have a dream where I show up for the first day of school and there are 50 5-year-olds in my class. OR, I show up for the first day and my Kindergarten class is filled with 11-year-olds (truly a nightmare for this early childhood teacher!)

    Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Megan — September 23, 2010 @ 7:22 pm

  118. Congratulations on 400 posts, that’s amazing! I love your blog and have made many things from it. We have gone from a family that ate meat several times a day to just a few times a week and your recipes and blog are partly to thank for that.

    I have so many anxiety dreams that I’ve lost track (which is weird because I’m not really an anxious person), but the main recurrent ones are teeth crumbling, not being able to find my children (I have a baby, 2 and 4 year old), not being able to physically dial 911 in an emergency and the most frequent, not being able to work my camera (it’s broken, no batteries, won’t turn on). The last one’s funny because I’m not a photographer…but I guess it’s on my mind a lot!

    Thanks and here’s to another 400 posts!

    Comment by Corey — September 23, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

  119. i also have several in various forms – the most frequent seem to involve me in a situation surrounded by people who i know & i am really trying to communicate with them but they don’t seem to get what i am saying. they hear me…..they just don’t get it. ick.

    Comment by mandy — September 23, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  120. I’m really enjoying browsing thru your recipe archives and can’t wait to try a few.

    Hmm my anxiety mightmare, usually involves being chased thru a dark/closed store. I never see this scary person that I’m running away from. What do you suppose that means???

    Comment by Leticia — September 23, 2010 @ 8:53 pm

  121. Tanti Auguri, Quattro Cento!

    When I was a little girl, I constantly dreamt that Kiss (yes, the big scary make-up band) was chasing me through the streets. They were merely walking, their pace slowed by enormous black platform boots, and I would be running, but somehow I still couldn’t get away from them. I’d turn a corner: they were coming toward me, even tho they were also behind me. Oops.

    Thankfully, I don’t feel nearly as panicked about my past or my future that there’s no safe road to turn onto. Now as for recent anxiety dreams…

    Comment by Dame Dacia — September 23, 2010 @ 9:06 pm

  122. Congratulations Dana!! I love your blog and your philosophy for cooking, eating, and your views on life. I love fall for all the same reasons you do… plus one more: college football. Go Huskies!

    I waited tables in college and often have what we used to call “waitmares”. All my food is up in the window, I have more tables full of impatient and angry customers than I can count, and I’m running all over the restaurant trying to make things happen. I’ve usually forgotten everyone’s order and can’t seem to get anything right. Luckily this wasn’t my usual experience on the job… it’s funny how almost 15 years later I still dream about this!

    Comment by Erin — September 23, 2010 @ 9:09 pm

  123. The zombiepocalypse. Every time I go to bed with something on my mind I need to work out, I have the zombie apocalypse dream. In it, I’m generally calmly working out exactly what supplies my family needs to survive, and/or figuring out how to raid/raiding the local sporting goods store/Wal*Mart for the loot. Strangely, I’m not all that freaked out the first time the dream hits. Generally, if I don’t then act to resolve whatever issue caused the dream in the first place, I get the running from zombies-as-they-overrun-my-stronghold dream. That one is tense to say the least, and if I’m really worried, dogs can become zombies and sometimes mine do.

    Comment by Carolyn — September 23, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  124. I usually can’t remember much about my anxiety dreams except that they involve running . . . running to something that I am too slow to catch, running from something or someone that is right on my heels, running with the anxious feeling of not being fast enough. Ironically, I think the last time I ran was the 12 minute mile races in high school but in my dreams I am a resistant Flo Jo.

    Comment by Joy — September 23, 2010 @ 10:00 pm

  125. Congrats on your 400th post. I love your writing and your recipes!

    As for anxiety dreams- I used to have the exam one but haven’t had it lately. Occasionally I’ll have the almost falling asleep dream where I’m falling into some abyss but I’m better at realizing that is a dream these days so can usually deal with it. I think the scariest one for me is a dream I’ve had (luckily only a few times) about not being able to get to my baby – people passing him around the room and me not being able to get to him. (He’s not even a baby now – he’s 4 1/2 now). Wierd.

    Comment by Charlotte — September 24, 2010 @ 5:27 am

  126. I love reading your writing..congratulations on your 400th post – an incredible milestone! I had a reoccurring anxiety dream since I was young – I am running hard to get away from someone/something (I can never see what I am running from), but when I look down, I see that my feet are not touching the ground – as if I am running in air – so I am not going anywhere. I have always woken up before whatever is following me actually grabs me. Ironically – since my real anxieties began about 6 months ago..(cancer diagnosis in my youngest daughter)- I haven’t had a dream such as this. My brain must realize I have enough anxiety throughout the day, and not need any additional anxious thoughts at night time!

    Comment by Tara — September 24, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

  127. Congratulations! 400 is great

    Have lucked out lately, no bad dreams, but every once in a while I have one where something awful happens to one of my dogs. Uggg.

    Comment by Pam — September 24, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

  128. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has crazy recurring dreams. I have 3 that shuffle on repeat constantly:

    1) I am waitressing and the entire restaurant fills up and I’m the only one working (I haven’t waited tables in over 7 years)

    2) I’m in an elevator that’s falling

    3) It’s the first day of the quarter in college and I can’t find my class and show up late.

    Maybe somebody could analyze all of these crazy dreams for us??

    Comment by Jenny — September 24, 2010 @ 8:38 pm

  129. Congrats on #400!!!! Keep writing as I love reading your posts!

    I am a pretty vivid person and have dreamt my whole life – awake (Tracy, if you are reading, that is the fish in me) and asleep. Yes, I do dream in color as well. I have two anxiety dreams and have had them for my entire life. A funny thing, my mom, has one that is similar. Not sure which one I should tell, so I will tell the one that remotely has something to do with food. I am standing in a grocery store line getting ready to pay for my groceries (only a couple items). I put them on the counter, the checker (no face, my partners in my dreams rarely have faces), looks up at me, so I can pay and my teeth just start crumbling. I put my hands up to my mouth and my teeth just start falling into my cupped hands … crumbly white teeth and blood pouring into my hands. Then I wake up and my teeth actually hurt. I usually make an appointment to get my teeth cleaned shortly after!

    Is someone going to analyze all of these dreams???

    Comment by Chez Us — September 24, 2010 @ 10:31 pm

  130. I love this! Don’t pick me, because I have all the stuff–but I wanted to share this dream with you.

    My anxiety dream is this:

    My daughter is a baby. I’ve randomly decided to register for some really hard classes that are totally out of my field (like biochemistry) at a local university. Then I forget to go. Now it’s time for the finals and I don’t know anything and I will fail. And failing means that they take away my Ph.D. (I really have a Ph.D.). I have this dream so often, in so many forms, and for so many years, that I actually thought it was real for awhile. Not too long ago,a part of me was totally stressing out that I was going to lose my Ph.D. because I was an idiot and decided to sign up for those stupid classes.

    Nowadays, the dream has evolved into a situation where not only have I registered for the classes, I can’t find the building they’re located in and I can’t find the adviser who will help me with the fact that I haven’t attended the class because I can’t find it. Also, I can’t find the bathroom. Gah!

    Comment by Jeanne — September 24, 2010 @ 11:17 pm

  131. This is fun!
    I don’t dream about my teeth falling out, because I broke off most of my front teeth riding down a gravel hill on my 3-speed bike when I was 9 years old! Now I have dreams that the numbers on the cell phone are scrambled, I’m in a strange and scary place and have to make an emergency call. When I do get through to the wrong person I can’t tell them where I am because the street signs are also jumbled and there are no house numbers. When my husband is out of town I frequently dream that someone is furiously ringing my doorbell. I wake up at 3:30 or so, convinced the sound was real. If I answer it will I get murdered? If I ignore it will I find someone dead on my doorstep in the morning? Hard to get back to sleep.

    Comment by Lynn D — September 24, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  132. Recently, I’ve been having a lot of dreams where I’m in an enormous car at night in Paris, and I realize I don’t know how to drive or at least can’t remember what to do to slow the car down and steer it properly. Scary – but at least I’m back in Paris!

    I also sometimes have a dream where I’m being followed by a green-ish mist – the only sound I can hear is my heavy breathing as I try to get away. Soon I realize I can’t walk any faster or my legs become rooted to the ground altogether and the thing following me is getting closer and closer, until suddenly my legs begin to move as if I were on a bicycle, and then I’m suddenly flying away. On an invisible bicycle.

    Comment by Maggie — September 25, 2010 @ 8:05 am

  133. My husband works in Iraq and I have recurring dreams that he has been hurt, or that someone there who wants to hurt him is waiting outside my house to grab me. It doesn’t help that the phone lines often get crossed so sometimes when I try to call him, I hear a random Iraqi guy on the other end. Yikes! Truth be told, I read food blogs, yours included, to relax.

    Comment by Kristen — September 25, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  134. Happy 400!
    Ya know, I don’t really seem to have anxiety dreams at all. Which I guess in a way is good.

    Comment by peabody — September 25, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

  135. I know I missed the comment deadline here…but…I have had the dream where a tooth falls out and crumbles a few times over the past couple of weeks. It’s so creepy. I read that it was a sign of anxiety so it’s interesting to see that others have the same dream! I just had a big work event so I’m hoping that was the subconscious root of my stress!

    Comment by Maris (In Good Taste) — September 25, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

  136. Congratulations on 400 posts!! Can’t wait to see many more. :) That’s so cool that they held IFBC at Theo Chocolates!

    Comment by Ashley — October 18, 2010 @ 2:01 pm



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