Your highs and lows for the month
Let's start with the lows, shall we? Then we can end on a positive note.
1. I remain stubbornly un-knocked-up.
2. Last Wednesday was my dad's birthday, which was tough. It seems to get a little bit more real all the time that he's gone. I know it needs to happen, but it's always hard. I used to bake a blackberry pie for him when we were together on his birthday or Father's Day, so I decided I'd make one this year too. There aren't ever fresh blackberries here, so I used frozen ones that I didn't properly thaw first. The result was the by far ugliest pie I've ever made. Here's the thing though: no one could have possibly cared less about the appearance of a pie (or any dessert) than my dad did. As long as it tasted good, that was all that mattered. And my ugly pie was delicious. I think he'd have been pleased.
1. We went to Taipei with our friends James and Shilpa.
They are also enthusiastic eaters and we spent the bulk of the four days eating. Taipei is perfect for this. Soup dumplings! Street food! So many steamed buns! And all of our favorite...crablets. They are tiny crabs, fried whole and eaten like popcorn. They are perfect with beer. If I ever open a bar, these will be the bar snack.
While the food and sightseeing were great, mostly it was really nice to get out of Okinawa and spend some time together and with friends.
2. We went to the Marine Corps Birthday Ball and a Halloween party. Getting all dressed up was kind of the highlight of both.
(Raj is the Iron Chef. That's an apron that the Fe sign is pinned to.)
3. Except for his final research project, Raj is finished with grad school, meaning he's had more free time to hang out. For his birthday back in March, I made him an Okinawa To Do List with all of the things to do and see on the island. (I refuse to call it a bucket list. A bucket list is things to do before you kick the bucket. I intend to outlive our departure from Okinawa.) This way when we have a free day on a weekend, we can consult the list rather than engage in a game of "I dunno, what do you want to do?" We'd started checking things off right away, but then got busy and hadn't gotten around to anything in months. This Sunday, we went to the Cape Zanpa lighthouse and Zakimi Castle. It's good to be back to local adventuring.
4. I tried three new recipes all in one week that all went straight to my Favorite Recipes board on Pinterest. They are...
Grilled Ginger Sesame Chicken Chopped Salad - Except I didn't so much grill the chicken as leave it in the marinade in the fridge for 24 hours, then dump it (with the marinade) in the crock pot for four hours on high. Then I shredded it and tossed it with the salad.
Pork Tenderloin with Pan Sauce - We kind of couldn't get over how good this was.
Baked General Tso's Chicken - Because we're still palee-ish, we had this with steamed broccoli instead of rice. It was nicely spicy as written.
You should try them!