Driving home from work I had three things on my mind. The first was: Why, no matter what lane I drive in, is it always right behind a car going less than the speed limit? Doesn’t everyone know that you should go at least 5 miles faster than what the sign says?! Geesh! Luckily, I survived it by inhaling and laughing at myself. Breathing and laughing…. the keys to dealing with stress. The second thing was the bathroom tile. We are in the middle of a bathroom remodel and today… after a custom tile choice mishap and rush to Home Depot at 7 AM to pick out something different, getting it back to my house for George the tile guy, and turning around and getting to work exactly in time for a meeting at 8:30…. I was excited to see how it all looked. I hoped that at least the shower would be done, with the accent tiles from Home Depot. The third thing on my mind, and really the most important of all, was dinner. My schedule has been so maxed out these last few weeks, I’ve hardly been food shopping, not cooking, and maybe tossing a salad together at night. I knew all I had in the fridge were some odds and ends; by the time I got to Highway 99 I’d made a complete inventory in my mind and planned the menu.
What was in the fridge? 1/3 of a romaine heart, a cup of fresh English peas, 15 heirloom cherry tomatoes, 1/3 red onion, a little bit of Trader Joes mixed chopped veggies, a heel of 3-day old ciabatta, an ear of roasted corn leftover from a couple nights ago, the meager harvest from my garden yesterday (3 very small Japanese eggplant and an assortment of little peppers), and almost a half of a perfectly ripe Haas avocado.
Chop up that little bit of lettuce and add everything else, along with a handful of sliced Kalamata olives , the roasted veggies, and some balsamic vinaigrette.
I pulled into my driveway at 6:10 and headed straight to the hall bathroom. The tile looks fabulous!!!! George was still there, finishing up with some of the floor tile. I have been planning this remodel for a long time, watching altogether too much HGTV, ordering everything, and watching my budget almost double in size in the process….
So it is a truly great feeling to see it coming together and loving it. No, my bathroom is not sideways. If this looks sideways to you, thank WordPress! It’s vertical in the real world!
Then, straight to the kitchen to slice up those eggplants and get them on the grill. Mmmmm.
This wonderful salad took all of 10 minutes to make; while the veggies were grilling I chopped everything else and tossed them together. I’m just saying… you can make a delicious and satiating meal in a flash with whole ingredients and a little bit of trusting the Force. That dried out ciabatta heartied it up and was a simply perfect addition. Sooo good.
So signing off, with love and peace. Life is such a gift, yes?? Enjoy every breath and bite!