It’s been quite a stretch since I’ve posted. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to write. And that’s ok, because I’ve been spending the last few weeks enjoying the glorious weather. It is my favorite season and I wait 9 months for it come around again. I wish I lived in perpetual Fall. I think there is no more splendid place to live than New England in autumn.
In the intervening days since my last post I :
- went to Denver for a conference and am really grateful for that experience, it was incredibly rewarding
- spent Columbus Day weekend with E and S visiting our fav places in the valley, made a pit stop at Frontier, went to the top of Sugarloaf, and we finished the weekend sitting on the sofa enjoying bowls of chili and cornbread, while watching comedy (though I didn’t find any of it funny, because I apparently have no sense of humor, or so I was told. But I wholeheartedly agree. I’m frakkin hilarious damnit!)
- saw a bald eagle flying over the CT River
- went on a few walks in the woods (into the woods, into the woods, yes I’m singing in my head)
- roamed around Noho for Arts Night with my college BFF
- had some Delhi papri chaat and I want more, always
- worked on the farm shucking stalks of brussel sprouts. Let me tell you, it was 27 degrees on Saturday morning, so my hands were FREEZING! But it turned into a beautiful day, so I….
- spent the perfect Saturday with Z doing typical leaf-peeping activities: visiting a maple sugar shack, eating maple soft serve and some maple cotton candy, visiting the forever awesome Bookmill, and getting the best Mexican & margaritas around
- saw the last morning glories of the season bloom
- watched a swarm of ladybugs hover around the hummingbird feeder that has been abandoned til spring
Finally, I played with my dog and spent hours laughing at his antics. He joined our family 4 years ago this week. I love my dog! I’m sharing a picture of Hunter and his cuteness from his first days with the family. Wasn’t he the cutest??! So damn cute!
Hunter- Cuttest Puppy in the World!
Dear blog- I do love you and I’m sorry for cheating on you with books, fiber, leaves, and farming. I apologize. And with email being down this morning I can finally tell you what I’ve been grateful for this week. I’ve been keeping a list hoping we’d see each other again soon.
Day 114- for friends who can pull me out of the blues.
Day 115-Books! Piles of books brought to the library for donation.
Day 116-for the end of an emotional week and a weekend to myself at home, alone.
Day 117- crockpots + bushel of apples & spices =applesauce
Day 118- the last crop of tomatoes, that also ended up in the crockpots for tomato sauce.
Day 119- I’ve said it before, but I’m grateful for Z introducing me to Delhi Papri Chaat. It’s always a special day when we go to NoHo for some seriously good food.
Day 120- for my goofy damn dog, Hunter, who always makes me smile. Even/especially when he’s being a dumbass.
Day 121- for the lovely sunshine filtering through the leaves during my walk.
Tomorrow I’m going to be grateful I get to reconnect with an author I met in a remote Alaskan Native village in the Arctic when I was doing my graduate research and he was working on his first book.
On Friday I’m going to be grateful that I have the DAY OFF! So I’ll be out exploring WMass during my favorite season! I FALL in love with WMass every year 🙂
I’m grateful for my local, independent bookstore for bringing Chris Bohjalian to discuss “The Sandcastle Girls”. It was a lovely evening, topped with some Delhi Papri Chaat 🙂
I had a transcendental experience last night and I can’t stop thinking about it. I went to an Indian restaurant with Z. and her brother, who are Indian themselves and have an intimate knowledge of the food. Z. ordered Delhi Papri Chaat, which I’d never had before. Let me tell you- this dish has changed my life! It was insanely good. The first bite took my breath away. *sigh* My mouth tingled and my tongue danced with joy. The hair on the back of my neck stood up, I got shivers and goosebumps. No joke. One of the best things I’ve eaten in all my gastronomic adventures!
From the menu: “Famous street food from Delhi. A tongue tingling liaison of crispy papri wafers, course potato mash and chickpeas embroidered with cool yogurt and tart tamarind chutney with a light sprinkling of roasted spices”. It also had a delicate drizzle of cilantro-mint chutney and pomegranate seeds on top. The flavors just explode. This is not a photo from dinner, but it’s the closest I could find: