100% Chocolate

Loving Husband & Older Daughter love dark chocolate, even the very bitter 100%. Younger Daughter and I prefer ours much sweeter and perhaps, milkier.

In considering where bitter fits in my life, I think our taste buds have it right: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and for the new gourmand, umami.  It all contributes to our experience of food, and in a larger sense, of the world around us.  It is about finding the right balance, the right combination, the right amount.

Some of us spend a great deal of time on our culinary pursuits, maybe because we like to eat, maybe because it is a metaphor for our lives.  Whatever the reason, bitter is part of the experience and one which we embrace because it is an integral part of the whole.

As Marc David reminds us in his article “The Brilliance of Bitter”, “Remember to take your bitter herbs to stimulate your metabolism and activate your nutritional-genetic potential. And remember the bitter times, just a little, so we can better appreciate the blessings that surround us each day.”

 

Egg-citing Eggs-periences: The Joy of Easter

I don’t make resolutions; simply because I have such a terrible time keeping them.  And the guilt, oh, the guilt!  A long time ago, I decided that it is too traumatic, psychologically & emotionally, to deliver ultimatums to myself.   Continue reading “Egg-citing Eggs-periences: The Joy of Easter”

Green? or Blue?

As I look at these cranes Older Daughter has folded & decorated her room with, I think of a conversation she and I have rather often: are they green? or are they blue?  When we see a blue (or green) building/car/dress/book, I would see blue and she green, or vice versa. Continue reading “Green? or Blue?”

Stay at Home Moms: Best tightrope walkers ever!

I am not a big fan of labels; they are often limiting and don’t always convey the whole picture.  Having said this, we live in a world where we depend on labels to communicate complex ideas, so I accept that we cannot do without them.

Stay at Home Mom (SAHM) is one of these labels – we all know what the phrase means, but it can refer to such varied persons, with extremely different lifestyles.  One thing we SAHMs all have in common though is that we are tightrope walkers.   This is a precarious balancing act because we have chosen a different path from many women; trying to balance what we feel is best for our children, our families, with what society is demanding from us. Continue reading “Stay at Home Moms: Best tightrope walkers ever!”

What will you choose to celebrate?

Loving Husband and I are not big on Valentine’s Day.  We would have let Feb 14 slide by this year as we do most years; after all, we have 364 other days in which to express our love & appreciation for each other. Continue reading “What will you choose to celebrate?”

The Joys of Jetlag

Jetlag is a state of mind, a friend quipped when I related to him my ills.

Indeed, it might be for some, but I have been so dopey & tired these past few days despite a very relaxed schedule.  It has been a mental and physical struggle since returning from our 7-week stay in London. Continue reading “The Joys of Jetlag”