Hello friends, I am so glad to see you today. This past week has been a long one and I can’t tell you how nice it has been to just relax at home this weekend. Work was a bit hectic, the weather was rough, and there was no fun to be had at all. Add to that every thing that has been going on in the news since Friday and I hardly want to leave my bed. I’ll get up for you though, and maybe after talking it all out I might feel a bit better.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that things got a lot more winter-y this week. A storm moved in last Wednesday but it wasn’t too bad, more slush than snow, but I still hated it. I hated how cold it was, I hated that I had to wear layers of clothing and coats, and I hated that I had to wear big clunky snow boots. The worst part was the shoveling though. The slush had frozen over by evening and was very heavy, and very hard, to remove from the driveway, especially while trying not to slip and fall and bust your head open. Things warmed up again though, typical Denver weather, and today the temps are back in the mid 60s.
We are looking at more of the white stuff this week. I don’t know how bad it’s going to be but I’m hoping not too bad. I have to work, and I have plans, and I just don’t feel like being miserable during it all. I really need to move to a warmer state.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that things at work are getting back on track. I have another new boss, again, and I am trying to learn the way she would like things done, again. Since I have been training new employees I have had about 5 different bosses. The position is seen as just a stopping point on the way to higher promotions, it’s used to puff up their résumé and gain experience in the training department.
The new one says she is staying, but I doubt it. I am not going to work harder to make this department into what she wants just for her to leave like the other ones. I’ll wait it out, if she stays awhile I might try to get on board with her ideas. In the meantime I am trying to do my best to get my job done. Last month I slacked a little and fell behind. There’s a bunch of to-do items I let go thinking I had more time than I did. Now I am panicking a bit. My bosses still seem to think I am doing a great job though so it’s not all bad.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I didn’t get to get out much last week but I have a few date nights with my lady planned for the next couple of weeks. This Tuesday we get to see Gangs of New York at The Alamo Drafthouse! Besides getting to see this amazing movie on the big screen we get to enjoy an impressive menu of food inspired by the film:
I. “Dead Rabbits”- Guinness-braised rabbit, bacon, leeks – Paired with “The Big Apple Punch”- Leopold Bros. Apple Whiskey, Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur, Domaine de Canton, lemon, ginger ale, soda
II. “Five Points”- Butter lettuce, English cucumbers, Dubliners cheese, fresh tarragon, white wine vinaigrette – Paired with “Sea of Glory”- Leopold’s Navy Strength Gin, ginger, lime
III. “Into the Mirror“- Boxty potato pancakes with kale, crème fraiche – Paired with “The Pilgrim” – Leopold Bros. New England Cranberry Liqueur, Leopold’s American Small Batch Gin, lemon
IV. “Bill the Butcher”- Seared ribeye, mushrooms, grilled onions – Paired with “Cherry Manhattan” – Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur
V. “The Blood Stays on the Blade”- New York Apple Whisky Upside-Down Cake, hazelnuts, whisky caramel – Paired with “Colorado Cider” – Leopold Bros. Three Pins Alpine Herbal Liqueur, hot apple cider
Looks good right? I am so excited about this that I don’t even care that somehow I am supposed to get through a work day after this. I expect that on Wednesday morning I will need plenty of ibuprofen, water, and coffee. The following week we are seeing the action-packed and hilarious Starship Troopers, one of my favorite films of all time!
If we were having coffee I would ask you if you had heard of the attacks on Paris this past Friday. I would tell you that my thoughts are still with those people. I feel for the victims, I feel for their families, and I feel for the innocent people who are now going to be the target of surveillance and further discrimination and suspicion not only in France but here in America too. I am still learning about what happened over there and why it happened but I can’t ignore the fact that there are Muslims all over this world who had nothing to do with this but will be punished anyway.
I am afraid of what is coming next. I am afraid of more attacks but more than that I am scared of how the world will react. With every attack the tensions rise and I see no end in the near future. People all over are afraid and with fear comes irrationality, jumping to conclusions, and the loss of rights in order to prevent further violence but only leads to further violence.
So I would take a moment to remind you to make sure not to let your fear overtake your humanity. Remember that we should never punish a person for the actions of another and we should never assume guilt or involvement based on skin color or religious affiliation. I know you would never do those things but I must say them and ask you to please pass along the reminder to those you know. Thank you so much.
If we were having coffee I would tell you that I had better get going. I have so much to do around the house and I want start preparing for the upcoming week. Winter wear needs washing, groceries need restocking, and more posts need drafting. I appreciate you stopping by to chat, I do hope you had a good week and I hope the next one will be even better.
Do let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments, I’d love to hear from you :)
Featured image via Helen.Yang