Fresh Start

Not often that you see posts titled "Fresh Start" almost three months into the New Year.

Can you even CALL it a "new year" when you're almost three months in?

I do. I mean, seriously, how is it even POSSIBLE that it's 2014? That makes me...well...it makes me older than I was last year. And a lot older than I was in 1991, the year I graduated from college. You can do the math.

I've decided to start blogging again, so if you're here for the first time, welcome! If you've given up all hope that I would ever blog again (or simply didn't care but were intrigued enough to come back), then welcome back! I'm looking forward to writing more regularly and chatting (a bit one-sided, I'll admit) with you, sharing some great ideas on life, the universe, and everything (give yourself a gold star if you can name that literary reference).

Hope you'll enjoy my future musings!



Staffing Issues

My maternity leave is rapidly coming to an end. For the past three months, I've been working one day a week, a combination of in the office and from home. Little Darth, being fairly portable, came with me to the office. Today, I'll do a "dry run". I'll get up in time to shower, get myself ready, feed the baby, get him ready, and try to leave the house by 8 am.

I may have to get up at 3 am.

It's not really "back to work" yet. I'll be in the office a few hours today with Little Darth at my side, then "officially" back three days this week and three days next week, returning full-time after the MLK holiday.

All in an attempt to ease DH into having both The Manimal and Little Darth home all day. I'm not worried, though. He's a great dad, and will have the little guy on a great schedule in no time. The Tweenager returns to school today and preschool for The Manimal starts in two weeks.

I'm not really sad to be returning to work. I love what I do and the folks at Diva University are fabulous. But seriously? Who wouldn't miss this little coworker?


Reality Bites

I love to cook. I love to read cookbooks and go to places like Whole Foods and Dorothy Lane Market just to wander and dream about the delicious dishes I could make. I like to try new foods and count Ethiopian and Thai among my favorite cuisines.

Unfortunately I married a Mexican whose taste runs more to Taco Bell than authentic Mexican. When he finds something he likes, he really doesn't like to stray too far from it. He doesn't care too much for variety and doesn't like it when I "screw" with my recipes.

That being said, after eleven years of marriage, I can make a pretty mean taco dinner. So last night, in honor of the New Year, I made a "Mexican Feast", which really means I made a sort of Americanized version of traditional Mexican food.

It's pretty simple, really, once you figure out the rice. When Diva Husband and I first got married, I used Minute Rice to make red rice. Nearly gave my Mexican MIL a coronary. She taught me how to make red rice and I get it right about 60% of the time. Perfect rice is sticky business, hence the abundance of automatic rice cookers and minute rice.

Another bit I learned from DH was the deliciousness that is the corn tortilla. I grew up with hard shell tacos. Never saw a soft corn tortilla in my life. Now The Tweenager is taken with hard shells because he has grown up with soft tacos. Crazy how that works.

Our Mexican Feast turned out quite well, if I do say so myself. It's something the kiddos and the DH really enjoy. And though I may not be able to experiment as much as I'd like, the Mexican Feast is my little bite of reality.