Confession: I like being by myself. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like being lonely, which is sometimes the danger of too much time alone. But I can appreciate having the freedom to go where I want and do what I want, when I want. An important step in learning to be happy is not letting it depend on anyone else. And that’s how you know when you’ve found a good friend – they’re worth the compromise of your time. Still, sometimes it’s nice to revel in that empty room for now.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day. This is not usually one of my favorite holidays. However, I’ve been oddly in the Valentine’s spirit. Looking forward to dinner with some friends all week. I had no other expectations, but I found a package at my doorstep. My first thought was, “Oh no! They delivered something to the wrong place.” No secret admirer, just a really thoughtful gift from my mom. These are so beautiful and fragrant, I had to put them in my bedroom in order to admire them frequently.
One of my recent goals has been to cook more new things. While I cook on a regular basis, I feel like I make the same things over and over. One thing I’m trying to learn how to cook is vegetables. If it’s not frozen or in a can, I feel out of my element.
I took a chance and bought some asparagus last week. I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, nor did I follow one specific recipe. I was afraid it wouldn’t be cooked enough, but I actually did a good job for my first try. It wasn’t super flavorful, so I would try adding salt and pepper and using less oil next time.
I’m already planning to cook sweet potato and carrots next, so stay tuned!