Thai Lentil Salad

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I had this idea that I would get home from the Summit, take a break from all the planning, and dive back into my blogging and editorial calendar. Ha!  Apparently, I completely forgot about all the wrap-up emails and expense tracking that we’d need to do.  No matter, though. It has given me a ton of opportunities to chat with Heather, though we of course keep getting off track and jumping into HLS’14 planning.

It has been tough getting back into the swing of things. I didn’t cook anything until Wednesday evening, my only workouts have been long walks around town, and all of my writing has been Summit-related.  So I don’t actually have a ton to say about this salad, other than telling you that it is the perfect I-don’t-really-feel-like-cooking-but-I-need-to-get-myself-going-in-the-kitchen-again entree.  Plus, it gives me one more chance to use the Thai basil from the garden, before it succumbs completely to the chillier fall temperatures.

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“Pizza” Lentils

Pizza Lentils

2013 has been a rough year so far.  One filled with doctor’s appointments and medical procedures, as we try to figure out why I feel so sick all the time. One with anxious waiting for test results and calls from doctors and next steps. New medicines that do nothing but give me terrible insomnia, and end up getting ditched.

But I’m fine. That is, they’ve found nothing serious so far, in the first nine appointments and two outpatient procedures. What is clear is that my thyroid is not the only source of my problems, that something else is going on, too. We just don’t know what yet. As one of my doctors put it, “sometimes you just have to throw everything at a dart board and see what sticks.” Which isn’t exactly encouraging, but at least he’s doing his best.

So I’ve been leaning heavily on the things that keep me relaxed and cheer me up: hot baths and bright nail polishes and good books. Nights cuddling on the couch with Dan and Max and our favorite half-hour comedies. Sewing while singing along to Broadway musicals. Craft and movie nights with local friends, and email chains with far-away ones. And healthified comfort food: hearty vegetable stews and the turnip-potato purée from Ripe. And roasted chicken on a bed of winter vegetables, satisfying stir-fries and “pizza” lentils.

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