Because there's no possible way for me to wrap up a month's worth of activities in a few paragraphs -- but mostly because I didn't remember much last night beyond the rather obvious updates -- I offer this amendment to the previously mentioned condiment.
Housing: I get to stay at Casa del Mar! The landlord was able to re-work his loan and is keeping the house and keeping me in it. Over the last several months, I've lived in a delicious state of denial, pretending I wouldn't need to leave, and it worked out fabulously. To not face a big move smack in the middle of school/internship is a huge burden lifted.
Goodbyes: No one told me that when I fell for Mark, I'd fall for his family too. His eldest moved out last week -- to Vanderbilt University -- and I kinda miss the kid. While Mark was surprised by his own strong reaction to the goodbye, I found myself reflecting on my [first] exit to college as well as looking forward to letting each of my Three Little Diggs fly the coop. I hope my kids will let me be involved in their secondary educational choices. And I hope they let me see them off. (I packed up the Maverick and moved away one day with almost no notice. Steve Norman had dumped me a few hours earlier, after all).
Sharing: Though Mom referred to me as "Share Girl" when I was little, that doesn't necessarily apply anymore -- most certainly not in the kitchen. But one day in an angry fit, I told the kids they were going to have to start contributing more to the management of the household. And the only thing I could think of at the time was to tell them they had to help with food prep. That temporary loss of sanity (bite your tongues) has resulted in some spectacular meals, as well as an exercise in stepping far outside my comfort zone. On weekends that the kids are with me, they each are charged with the planning and cooking of one meal. The other two have to take over clean-up for said meal. Empanadas, Chicken Tikka Masala and Pad Thai were our first big successes. Look for more fab food in the future.
Okay...now I'll get to work on that "History of Food Service" paper. Woo hoo?