Saturday, 5 September 2009
Dear readers, it is good to be back with you again. I am adjusting to the new quarters and and enjoying the extra space. However, I do not want to go through the process of moving again for a long time. The issues we have had are numerous, and I have been quite stressed out over the past couple of weeks. There are always things you don’t know about a place until you are already moved in. Such as a high-tech modern washer-dryer combo that is basically non-functional to dry clothes, a leaky refrigerator door, a kitchen faucet that doesn’t fit any known adapter for our water filtration unit, a tight curve to get through the minuscule garage door (on which I have already scraped the car), a back stairway to our upstairs neighbor’s unit that runs along our bedroom wall and sounds like a herd of buffalo running by at an ungodly hour every morning when they leave for work, and major problems with AT&T getting our phone and internet transferred to the new address. It’s amazing how comfortable our old cubby-hole of a space seemed when everything there worked!
So far I’ve managed to jury-rig the water filter to the faucet with minimal leakage, bought some clothes-drying racks to ease the laundry load on the dryer, and finally after being on the phone with tech support for 2 hours both last night and this morning got the internet going again, after being without for nearly two weeks. The rest of the issues we are either getting fixed or learning to live with. I am trying to focus on feeling grateful for the benefits of living here – LOTS of space, air-tight windows that keep it cool in the summer (and hopefully warm in the winter), a beautiful large tub/shower, built-in display cabinets in the dining room for all of our glassware and china, a garbage disposal, and a fabulous location. I was feeling pretty well until last night when I came home to deal with installing the internet and discovered that someone (who shall remain nameless) had clogged up the garbage disposal and the kitchen sink is now backed up. Since it is Labor Day weekend, it is unknown how soon we can get a plumber in here to fix it. So I am doing minimal cooking this weekend, and trying to cope without pulling my hair out.
Here is a simple breakfast of quinoa flakes. I love quinoa – it is high in protein, gluten-free, and is more alkaline than a lot of other grains. Ancient Harvest quinoa flakes are easy to make, they cook on the stove top in under 2 minutes. It’s like making instant oatmeal. You just bring a cup of water per serving to a boil, add a pinch of salt and 1/3 cup quinoa flakes, and stir for about 90 seconds until it thickens. Then pour it into a bowl. I usually add a little ground flaxseed, some fresh or dried fruit (berries, raisins, figs, etc), a handful of chopped pecans or walnuts, and drizzle it with agave nectar. It’s the perfect wholesome breakfast when you’re short on time in the morning (or needing minimal clean-up). Here’s hoping for a nice, lazy relaxing Labor Day weekend. Have fun!