A Slice of My Life – Week 4

January 29, 2012

This week started with a vomiting child, a husband out of town, and a to-do list a mile long for three cooking classes and a yoga retreat lunch.  There were times when I questioned whether I would be able to get it all done.  Never underestimate the power of hard work and determination.  Here are some scenes from this week.

I took advantage of a few quiet hours on Sunday to sort through my cookbooks.  The favorites got to stay in the kitchen and the rest went down to the basement.  This only about one third of my collection.  I counted 156.  Then I got two more.  (By the way, this is the light in my kitchen.  This is why I don’t take more pictures in there.)

After seriously tweaking my neck in yoga a couple of weeks ago, I have been spending a lot of time on this thing.  My physical therapist is amazing and I am getting better slowly.  She said I had the tightest neck she has ever worked on.  So I have that going for me.

I played parking space roulette and lost.  Doh!

Whenever Spencer and I are walking together, I instinctively put my hand by my side and he always takes it.  His hand is always warm, sometimes slightly sticky, and I will sob on the day that he says he doesn’t want to hold my hand anymore.

Lots and lots of tofu just waiting to get pan-fried and mixed together with shallots, ginger, garlic, and tomatoes for vegetarian Bahn Mi sandwiches for the yoga retreat.  I had three pans going to do the work and between a non-stick, stainless steel, and cast iron, the cast iron did the best job.

The makings of Spice Crispies – a new favorite snack.

The Bainbridge ferry pulling into the Seattle waterfront.  So beautiful and ghostly.  More on the retreat in my next post.


  1. Dana, these were wonderful… thanks for sharing. I remember how I loved holding hands with my boys, who are all men now!

    Comment by Cathy — January 29, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  2. Lovely photos of your day! I have to ask about the bolster pillow and regular pillow arrangement as I also have beck/shoulder/neck issues…how do use that configuration??


    Comment by bettye rainwater — January 29, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

  3. That photo of your hand entwined with Spencer’s is a keeper. Print it out and frame it. Seriously.

    Comment by cheryl — January 29, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  4. YOu kinda had a shitty week. Sorry your kiddo is sick. The stomach virus is going around here too :(

    Comment by leslie — January 30, 2012 @ 12:36 am

  5. the last time i saw a massage therapist she said my neck was the wrost she’d ever seen.
    if or when we finally meet we should compare & contrast. LOL

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — January 30, 2012 @ 12:43 am

  6. Hi!
    I found you through your amazing recipes on WebMD and have been following you here for a short while now.
    I just wanted to say, I really enjoyed this post, it made me chuckle a couple times and was a nice light in my day. The photo of yours and your child’s hand is wonderful. Your work is also truly inspiring, and the fact that you’re so close seems more ‘real world’ & is neat! (I’m in northern California.)
    Keep on writin’! :)

    Comment by Natasha — January 30, 2012 @ 3:01 am

  7. Loved this post…..don’t know why, but I particularly liked the parking ticket…..(basically, I love that you share the good and the bad) Here’s to a healthier and better week ~ xo

    Comment by Kathy Fishman — January 30, 2012 @ 3:06 am

  8. You are a wonder woman. I’m convinced.

    And now I’m craving banh mi. And tofu.

    Comment by Joanne — January 30, 2012 @ 3:33 am

  9. That last photo is breathtaking – and you have just ignited an obscene craving for Ban Min sandwiches!!! Ive never had a tofu one, but I think I may need to change that ASAP!!!

    Comment by Em (Wine and Butter) — January 30, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  10. i love seeing slices of your life!

    hope the neck tension goes away, love the picture of the ferry and hot dang woman, you’re a busy lady!


    Comment by tracy — January 31, 2012 @ 4:58 am

  11. I love these posts – and I love the description of Spencer’s hand in yours – sometimes sticky. I too, will cry when my boy doesn’t take my hand.

    Comment by Charlotte — February 1, 2012 @ 5:00 am

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