Wow, what a response to my news last week about Doug’s taking a year off from work. Your questions and comments made me feel very cared for. I’ll try to answer them all, but to touch on the most common questions, we’ll be paying bills with our cash savings (leaving our retirement savings untouched), and we don’t have a guaranteed job for Doug to return to later, but he routinely gets job offers, so I’m not too worried about that.
I think I’ve adjusted to the decision, and I’m ready for it. My hair, however, is not. For some reason, big life changes call for a new haircut, and in an adventurous move while I was sitting in the stylist’s chair last week, I decided to cut about six inches off my hair. Wavy/curly hair always takes a while to adjust. It wasn’t until I got home and looked in the mirror that I remembered having my hair at this length kind of makes me look like Jennifer Gray in Dirty Dancing, which really wasn’t the look I was going for.
On a positive side, every time I look in the bathroom mirror I get to say my favorite movie quote of all time: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner!” Doug let me try the famous lift from the movie a few times, which was hilarious and fun and probably really bothersome for my downstairs neighbor. I would make a video for you except I know the internet never forgets, so you’ll just have to imagine it.
The tension from having one foot out the door while working out the last few days at his job necessitated some home cooking, specifically soup. What could be better than red lentil soup to help us feel simultaneously well-fed and budget-savvy?
I followed the red lentil soup recipe from Orangette, and it was exactly what we needed that night. We topped it with some crushed-up Kettle chips, because that’s as fancy as I get with soup. We listened to “Time to Say Goodbye” by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. (Have you heard it? It’s magnificent.)
It feels like such a relief to be able to talk about his leaving work, and I have some more news for you: remember I talked about writing that book, the one about blogging and managing the time it takes? It’s ready, and I can’t wait to release it. Wednesday’s the big day, and you won’t want to miss it.