I charged up my old phone last night, an LG Razor Edge. It was the phone I used when Hubby and I were dating and when we were first married. I retrieved the text messages and looked at the photos. I still have the first text and photo we took together. Like many new couples, we often said we loved and missed each other. We were mushy and flirtatious.
When I first got engaged, a few women (married women) told me not to get married. They seemed sure I would be miserable and unfulfilled a few years later. It’s true–things did get harder. We have faced medical issues that have scared me and adjusting to living together, merging our lives and finances has not always been what I dreamed it would be.
But there are times when I look at him and know I couldn’t be anywhere else and there is really no grass that is greener.
What’s better is we still flirt, hold hands and say I love you. Six years of marriage and we look forward to seeing each other at the end of the day.
I have told some friends I (almost) wish more couples could go through trials where they fear they could lose the other person. Even for a moment. More people wouldn’t be so quick to throw it all away. Happy doesn’t always look and feel the way you think it will and no version of perfection actually exists.
I certainly don’t have all the answers to anyone’s relationship problems but I would ask anyone to not take the love they have at home for granted.
It may turn out to be the love you were supposed to fight for and the love you may never have again.
I decided to do something simple this time around and try the Easy Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli from brandnewvegan.com. I was particularly excited about it because I had never tried to make an Alfredo sauce and my curiosity was piqued because the recipe called for potatoes, onion, spices and cashews to make the creamy sauce.
Here is the recipe:
2 Potatoes, quartered. (I recommend Yukon Golds)
¼ onion (or the white part of 1 Leek), chopped
½ cup cashews
1 cup potato water used to boil potatoes
1 Tbls Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Lemon Juice (I like 2 personaly)
2-4 cloves Garlic (again, more is better for me)
Salt and Pepper to Taste
1-2 Tbls Nutritional Yeast (optional if you don’t like Nooch)
Soak cashews in 1 cup hot water while preparing sauce
Peel potatoes if desired and quarter them
Add potatoes and onion to a large pot and cover with cold water
Once the water is boiling, cook for 10 minutes
Remove veggies with a slotted spoon and add to blender
Add 1 cup of the potato water
Drain cashews and add to blender
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
Add more water to get the consistency you desire
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Prepare Fettuccini according to package instructions
Add 1 bag frozen Broccoli during last 5 minutes of boil
Drain thoroughly and stir in Alfredo Sauce
I can’t wait to make this again! Jeff and I both loved it. Speaking as someone who used to be a cheese addict, I was thoroughly impressed with this recipe.
It included a lot of walking, work and trying to stave off coughing fits. I even went shopping, trying on a few things that made me feel pretty. I am not one for shopping. Any one of my friends, family or husband can attest to that. I like fashion but I just like to buy what I need and hightail it out of there. It is completely different shopping for books. I enjoy settling in and burying my face in several books before deciding which ones get to take the trip home with me.
This evening it’s just been cooking. I am trying something new, a quinoa and sweet potato chili from Whole Foods along with vegan mac and cheese and green beans. Later, I am going to outline post-challenge goals. My birthday is November 16th and I return from the Summit of Greatness on September 16th. I am thinking my writing and wellness goals will have something to do with those 60 days. Off to eat dinner but excited to share more of my takeaways and the next leg of my journey tomorrow.