Posts Tagged 'family'

Love Where You Came From

…I’m not going to say, “Happy Mothers Day,” because it’s a silly holiday that reinforces the idea of nuclear families and maternal instincts in women. Sorry to be a downer!

I’m taking today to appreciate what a positive, inspirational force my mother is, and how much I respect her as a woman, not as a mother.

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Also, reading suggestion for today: In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, by Alice Walker.

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Reading Spots, Nooks, and Spaces

My family is… how do you say… Chronically Chaotic, and it’s made me a better person. When my WASP-y friends come to visit, they find my family a refreshing change from their ubiquitous (read: boring) Quiet Clean Household. They exhale. They spill. When I visit their families, I savor the silence.

It seems that everything I do is in response to having grown up in chaos. I love quiet places; I am always searching for peace. I especially love nooks– little places to curl up and hide from responsibility (or from messes, crying/fighting children, and so on). I’ve always kept my dorm room clean, probably because it was impossible to keep a clean room at home.

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I’m spending a week at my parents’ house, so lately this has been my favorite place to work/read. It’s a sitting room that I painted and redecorated for them over Spring Break. Whenever I visit, I take this room on as my responsibility– to keep clean, to curl up and read in the sunlight.

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I spent the last few days at my cousins’ farm– which meant, any time indoors was spent on this day bed. For good reading spots, windows are a must. A good green view makes daydreaming easier, and sunlight is easier on the eyes if I’m reading a book. Also required: squishy pillows and a harmonious color scheme.

Comfort Food

The last half of my spring break was spent job searching– always a stressful task in this economy, especially as a person in the arts. To comfort myself, and to thank my parents for letting me stay at their place, I baked bread and made some macaroni and cheese with cauliflower for a family dinner. I decided to bake a wheat loaf, which uses yeast and was much easier than the sourdough I tried in this entry. For the macaroni and cheese, I used this recipe from the latest issue of Real Simple magazine (don’t judge! it’s guilty pleasure). 

The Process

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The (Delicious) Results

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Mmm. Comforting.


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