• Jodythinks

    What I’m grateful for, week 19/52

    1. Song of the week: Grow As We Go by Ben Platt. I have wanted to watch him onstage since Dear Evan Hansen, but for now, last year’s The Politician binge will have to do. Recently dug into his albums, and found that song. Maybe it’s a little codependent, but I like seeing my loved ones succeed. See how they begin and talk through challenges. Celebrating wins. There’s a lot there to grow with them on. 2. Speaking of challenges that you want to see through, was in an 8 hour meeting just hashing out things with a room of men with so much more power in the system than…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 17/52

    Honestly, it’s been a weird week. I have an ominous feeling and I can’t make it go away. Here’s hoping food band aids can help make that sinking feeling fade. I do realize that: But give me these next six minutes to enjoy the bright spots in my unsettling week: 1. I bought a super adorable corgi butt mug that I can just yell “you butthole!” When I’m frustrated, and also say “you cute butt” when I need something cute to look at. 2. Cooking a full Korean inspired lunch of army stew, bean sprout salad, and steamed egg. I need to do the steam egg better but it was…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 16 of 52

    1. Being able to make my first banoffee pie. It wasn’t super great, could be more balanced, but enough to make me want to make it again. One of my favorite desserts (of which there are many to be honest), made better when put in the freezer and eaten like ice cream. 2. Connecting with a colleague over musicals. Made me miss the theater, and watching talented people act and sing and dance. Reiterated the need to watch The Book of Mormon, and now adding Hedwig and the Angry Inch to the list. Who knows when theater will be back, but I will be filling the seats. 3. Butter Bakery’s…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 15/52

    I only went to work 3 days this week, but it felt like an insanely packed three days nonetheless. So here’s what I’m grateful for: 1. Another trip around the sun. Since this is my second quarantine birthday, I will count them as both a non-entity and have also 10x aged me more than it should. I am immature, I didn’t say aging has helped me on that end. 2. Birthday surprises. It is no secret that I love birthdays. Not even mine, but everyone I love. I think, as a middle child, and the third one in a month’s time, and fourth in 2 month sequences, people lose momentum…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 14/52

    1. I ordered handmade resin and acacia wood coasters for my new work desk and they arrived exactly like they were advertised. Beautifully done, they remind me of the salty air, the sound of the waves, and fresh seafood. Well not really, but since they’re the closest I’m getting to the actual ocean for a while, they’ll do. 2. Posole I made and ate over the course of a week. Hominy nixtamalization worked and I have enought for about three batches of posole and that makes me happy. 3. Working through something I was stuck for a bit, and finally have something that I don’t feel sounds idiotic (so far.…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 13/52

    1. I got a new workdesk last week as a gift. It was so mindblowing to me, that it’s still sinking in. I’ll write about it in a separate post because I am so flabbergasted by the whole thing. 2. I bought a nixtamalization kit, which is step one of having my own hominy, which is also the key to making myself happy. Posole is one of my favorite comforting things, and it’s really not the same without hominy. If I get this right, I’m going to keep making posole rojo and hopefully attempt posole verde. 3. Midweek catch up with a few friends that also surprised me, like so…

  • Jodythinks

    What I’m grateful for, week 12 of 52

    Older sister had a birthday, we all got a ton of food. Surprise drive bys to drop off food are amazing even with no contact. A wave and remembering this person still exists and made the effort to drive through, great. Reconnecting with a teammate that’s been quiet and busy. It really reminded me that people mean different things to different people, and for me, people that can choose to be just them and still be good are great people. Our favorite donut place letting us custom order a dozen of their donuts off menu. Try Needtletail Coffee for amazing sourdough donuts, keep transacting with the amazing people that make…

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    Jodythinks

    What I’m grateful for, week 11/52

    Honestly, it’s been a horrid week. But I have really tried to see the bright spots. Here are the four I found: 1. Catching up facetime wise with the wife who had a birthday last week. She is a ray of sunshine full of the good stuff. I miss her. Facetime will have to do for now, but soon. 2. And speaking of being able to catch up, an almost 2 hour phone call this week because I was having a “venting crisis”. Thank the stars for a person who will listen to you when you can’t almost explain because you’re shaking in rage and grief. 3. Mom’s birthday spread.…

  • Jodythinks

    What I’m grateful for, week 10/52

    1. Even if it was tiring two days in a row, getting the car registered and renewing my passport are two things that will keep me mobile. Even if I really can’t use one and only use the other for very essential errands, I know how lucky I still am for access. 2. The best lassi I’ve ever had for 30 pesos from Assad mart. 3. First client interactions being pleasant and being able to close the loop. There’s still a lot to learn, but getting hands on experience is a thrill. 4. Mango rum punches from mangoes straight from the tree and Captain Morgan stock. What are you grateful…

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    What I’m grateful for, week 9/52

    1. The above spread. Market bought, cooked and served in the same few hours. Cooked with love. Soup made specifically because I was coming in with no sleep. 14/10. 2. Getting salesforce set up at work. I am all for getting this beast set up and making it work for us. 3. Getting herb mix from a friend for the buns. I can’t grow a thing, and have killed a dill plant and almost killing the replacement dill. Being able to properly nourish the buns and not spending thousands just on greens a month is a win. 4. Tamales. From my favorite Mexican place. A dozen. If I could eat…