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Priorities and Produce

4 Sep

As it turns out, moving from Minnesota to Oklahoma then back to Minnesota and finally to South Dakota is an all-consuming endeavor. Something was bound to fall by the wayside while I kept our lives in order so L could concentrate on training, and as it turns out, this blogging thing was pretty far down on my list of priorities.

We’re here now though, on the prairies of South Dakota and it feels great. Our new townhouse is pretty fantastic with a beautiful kitchen (photos to come, I am sure of it!) and plenty of space for three.

Did I say three?

No, I’m not pg– we just have a roommate for a month. He’s a coworker of L’s and a friend now too, and we’re putting him up while he finds a place to live so he can move his family westward, ho.

SoDak (or more specifically, Sioux Falls) is a pretty neato place to live and raise a fan-damily. The cost of living is reasonable and with no state income tax it’s a truly affordable place to set up camp. This week I have been out and about (make that: oot and aboot) and found two places to shop for food that are downright decent: Pomegranate Market  and HyVee. Pomegranate is exactly what you’d expect of a natural foods shop: great for picking up specialty items and organic produce that can’t be found in the bigger chain supermarkets but far too expensive for regular grocery trips. HyVee is new to me and is pretty much your run of the mill grocery store (think Safeway or a much cleaner, classier, friendlier Cub Foods) with a kick ass natural and organic food section. Their produce selection is very good which is a welcomed change for me after Oklahoma City where it is virtually impossible to obtain high quality fruits and veggies. (OKC, why is that???)

To celebrate that we have a true “home base” once again, L and I purchased an outdoor grill (our first!) and I’m crazy for it. Last week’s menu included

  • grilled chicken (veggie fed, organic, hormone freeeeeee & hopefully happy, marinated in olive oil + Penzeys BBQ seasoning) and lots of farmer’s market veggies (roasted red potatoes with onions and green peppers, sweet corn on the cob, and grilled zucchini)
  • grilled honey garlic porkchops (locally raised, fantastically delicious), mashed sweet potatoes, and steamed broccoli
  • egg bake with spinach, shallots, chicken-apple sausage & feta cheese.
I am so happy to have a home again, the opportunity to make healthy food, and quality cooking utensils of my very own to use. I’m also on the job hunt, looking for any job in either of the two hospitals that I can get. I have so many plans for how to spend the money I have yet to make.

Times, They Are a’Changing

21 Mar

Ye olde (abandoned) blogue.

Truth be told, it’s not just the blog that has been abandoned but also my quest for healthful food that I make on my own… and babies. No matter, though. I have stayed busy.

No news on the baby front, which is actually good news. I believe everything happens for a reason, and right now that reason is… transition. Because one day I woke up and the snow was gone and, hello! It’s springtime in Minnesota! The sun emerged and all we Great Lakes folks got a triple dose of vitamin D. (Open the windows and throw on a pair of shorts because it’s 45 degrees outside!) Sunshine brings out the best in people up here, wakes us with feelings of pure elation. Like anything is possible.

I have but eight short weeks left until I have completed my program! And life has been eventful. I took a trip to my home state of California to meet my bestie’s babe and rekindled my romance with the Bay Area, started feeling the agonizing pangs of home sickness, only to be greeted once home with news that we might be relocated. We’ll likely move sometime this summer.

I am no stranger to moving across the States. In my lifetime I have lived in Oklahoma, New Mexico, West Texas, California and Minnesota. Leaving everything behind and looking for a new place to call home is definitely one of my greatest fantasies. I drive my husband crazy with these ideas, he who has lived in Minneapolis all his life.

I can say with much conviction that living on the great plains of South Dakota has never been a particular fantasy of mine. But! There’s something dreamy about moving westward (ho!), the way of the settlers- inching toward our goals, moving on and getting lost out in the world. On our own.

I’ve been there, to our future home, on mini-holidays and visiting our friends. The place is lovely; it’s the largest city in the state but still a blank slate really, a budding metropolis. My U of MN bestie lives there and if she can dig it, so can I. As if I were ripping off a band-aid, I am looking forward to this- just to get on with it.

We’ll call it a grand new adventure, living in middle America. Salt of the earth and shit.

And isn’t it perfect that things should change and we should grow in such a way? I turn 30 (THIRTY) later this summer and I am so looking forward to reaching that milestone. It might be the springtime high but I am choosing to feel incredibly optimistic about the future. South Dakota has no idea what it’s in for.