The moment my oldest daughter was born, my father woke from a deep sleep (two time zones away), and "knew" she was here. When my sister went into labor with her youngest (I am one time zone away), I "knew" it. My life is peppered with stories like this, as are the lives of many other people. So the more I think about this latest event, the more logical it really seems.
For my birthday about eight or nine years ago, my parents bought me a set of spices from The Spice House in Milwaukee. They were custom blends of different spices designed for any number of dishes, and they didn't last too long (what can I say....I cook...a lot!). About 3-4 weeks ago, I started thinking about those spices, and how much I'd love to get my hands on some again - that I haven't found any place here in VA that is like this place back home. I haven't thought about that place in YEARS, but as my cooking of more "exotic" foods have ramped up and the way I'm burning through spices, they popped into my head. About a week or so ago, while on the phone with my Dad, I mentioned it - wanting to know the name of the place so I could look them up online. He tells me that he just got a catalogue from them, and he'll stick it in the box of Christmas presents he was shipping to me. Cool, how's that for timing?!
So imagine my initial shock when I open what for Christmas? A big ole box of mixed spice blends (mostly Mediterranean and Asian - some of my favorite foods to cook!) from The Spice House! Even more shocking, is when I found out that the very day I called my Dad to ask about that place...he had just gotten home from there WITH my gift (and the catalogue!). At first I thought, "WOW, what a crazy coincidence". Then I started thinking about it. Not so strange after all, really. Because I'm psychic like that! :)
It's hard to believe that its already the weekend. The time off really flew by, and I'm not sure how up I feel to getting back to regular life! Part of me is looking forward to it...but a bigger part has loved being off, sleeping in, cooking all day, and spending a larger percentage of time in jammies than real clothes. Alas....I'm grateful for the job I have, so I shouldn't complain (but I do think I need to pick up a lottery ticket...just in case).
Yesterday was all about shopping! Grocery shopping. A and M came with me, and we went to a few different places. The first stop was the Italian bakery, Bella's in Virginia Beach to pick up some canoli. Then it was off to Heritage, an alternative grocery in VB, then to the Asian Market, Trader Joe's and Sam's Club. If only we'd get a Whole Foods around here, I wouldn't have to go to so many places!
The Asian Market was the most fun probably. It's like entering a whole different world, and the kids were pretty amazed by it. Much of the food wasn't in English, so we had no idea what it was. Some of the food seemed strange, some exotic, and some just baffling. But it was fun, and I got a big bottle of Sake! My picture taking made A nervous - afraid I'd draw attention to us, so I only took a few.
|Kids trying to figure out which is candy and which is dried squid. Trust me - they were right next to each other.|
|Think we found the candy!|
|I REALLY want to know what these are...|