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Yesterday, I realized that I only have ten more days of work and only ten more days of summer here, at one of the most incredible universities in the world. Just ten more days.
Where did my summer go?
I don’t have much to show for my ten weeks of summer vacation. I had a number of anxiety issues, so I wasn’t able to read as much as I normally do. In fact, I wasn’t able to read a book at all. I checked out several from the library, but they are all still sitting on my desk with bookmarks marking where I stopped, a few pages beyond the introductions.
For whatever reason, not reading any books over the course of my summer bothered me as I biked back from yoga. I guess I did not focus enough on the present moment at yoga yesterday. As I passed the bookstore, I decided to stop inside and hopefully find inspiration to finish at least one of my books before I go home for the remainder of my summer. Browsing the shelves of bookstores and sensing the potential of new, unopened books usually provokes me to finish whatever book I have already started. It’s a part of the “there are so many books to read and so little time” mentality.
As I wandered through the quaint bookstore, musing on titles, I started to feel a long-dormant, yet familiar rush of excitement, a sensation similar to the anticipation before an airplane departs or a road trip begins. All these books have a story to tell, a message to send me, a journey to take me on. I could have picked up any book and bought it; but, any book ran the risk of joining my pile of literary excursions cut short. I needed a book to really captivate me. I needed a long, meandering story with developing characters, drama, love, misery, happiness, war, and peace.
War and Peace.
There it was, a fat, daunting volume. I picked it up, felt its weight, flipped through a few pages, and hugged it to my chest. Tobias Wolff told me it was his favorite book, and not just because he was proud to say he read the whole thing. He said it was a story that really took him away and surprised him each time he read it. (He has read War and Peace multiple times).
I should have put it down. Plenty of stories are diverting and less challenging. I just couldn’t. I miss reading too much and it had been too long since I felt a real desire to engross myself in a story. So, I handed the cashier twenty dollars and sat myself down by the fountain to start at Chapter One. Because that is what people with anxiety-driven focus issues do; they read War and Peace.
Wish me luck!
What are you reading currently?
Have you read ‘War and Peace?’
What should I write about today?
Watching the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games?
The meteor shower I saw with my friends last night?
The fact that I
ran moved my body faster than a walk for 30 minutes yesterday?
Dealing with the break-up of my two friends?
Being scared that someone may want to be more than friends?
So much has happened lately and I’m not sure where to begin or what to make of it all.
Does anyone else eat dinner at 9:30? Besides Europeans?
I typically don’t get off work until 8:00. By the time my coworkers and I gather our ingredients and go up to the apartment we borrow to cook in, it is around 8:15. As anyone who has ever cooked knows, prepping ingredients and cooking takes at least an hour, if not more. When we finally turn on the Olympics and sit down for dinner, it is usually 9:30. Eating so late doesn’t bother me, as long as dinner is a modest meal.
Last night, my friends and I made a delicious, satisfying, and light frittata. We modeled it after Bon Appetit’s “Tomato Frittata.” The original recipe is very simple, consisting of mostly eggs, tomatoes, and cheese. However, neither my coworker nor I can eat dairy (she is allergic; I am intolerant), so, we decided to omit the cheese and up the flavor profile with more vegetables and some leftover sausage from another night of pita pizzas.
Placing the tomatoes as a layer on top of the eggs in the skillet makes this frittata unique and visually appealing.
Served alongside a bed of butter lettuce with endive and homemade mustard dressing and green beans sautéed with shallots, our Tomato Frittata with Spinach, Sausage, and Onion was one of my favorite meals of the summer.
Tomato Frittata with Spinach, Sausage, and Onion
Preheat oven to 350°. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee garlic, onion, spinach, and sausage. When onion is just done, transfer mixture to a bowl. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl. Stir in spinach mixture and season with salt and pepper. When oil is shimmering, pour egg mixture into pan and cook until eggs begin to turn golden brown around the edges. Arrange tomato slices on top of egg mixture. (Some slices may sink.)
Transfer skillet to oven and bake frittata until eggs are just set in the center, approximately 20 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, loosen frittata from pan and slide onto a warm plate. Slice and serve warm.
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