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Shit’s busy, yo!

19 Apr

Hey party people!

Just checking in on this gorgeous spring Friday to give y’all a bit of a life update. Not a riveting one, but a quick ass one because I’m really freaking busy…which brings me to the point at hand. I’m really freaking busy. You too, huh? Crazy shit!

So I, like you, am paring down. This month I’ve got a hell of a lot of catching up to do plus a couple new painting commissions (eep!) and a new teacher to train. Oh, and that whole mom thing. And Pinterest. Damn it to hell.

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It’s spring, which is exciting for a baseball whore like me. Go Angels!

But guess what? I really like you too. So I’ll keep up with the Top 10 lists you love, the recipes you adore, and the potty mouth you’ve come to depend on.

Count on me about once a week or at least a couple times a month. I know, I’ll miss you too, but at the end of it all I’ll have some sweet new paintings to share with ya!

Smooches and let’s talk soon!

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In conclusion

15 Apr

Consciousness is a bitch. No two ways about it.

When the grass I thought looked greener fades in comparison to the side I just came from, well, I’m smart enough to turn the hell around and haul ass back. First he’ll take me in his big bear arms, then I’ll remember the day on the Pier, and after that it’s always okay.

This time I think that now is better even, because there are more rooms in the house with long warm limbs and tousled hair that smells like puppies. Four of us in all that make this place the home I always call plenty, enough, and mine.

I promise him that’s not what I was running from. He knows. That itch, it moves me, sometimes to wild places. He loves me for it, and I can’t live without it.

Mostly I find more good. More life. More to love.

Other days I find the green dream I’ve been combing my fingers through has turned brittle in my hands, weightless and vacant. Washed out in contrast to the cool floorboards that creak under the weight of my feet in the morning, at midnight, and every splendid hour in this place. The space that’s ours, that’s safe and home and only for us.

This last shit storm, if I’m being honest, was partly okay. The other part, well, you’ve gotta’ know what you don’t want to know what you want. No two ways about that. The thing about me – I always think I know.

But there are times when I can feel my youth. When I have to turn the hell around and head back to where I came from. When what I thought I wanted turns dry and dangerous under the sharp light of day, and the instinct pinching at the back of my arm makes me snap, fast, back to myself, then fall into him, and snuggle down with the others who make it all okay.

Still, in the back of my mind I hold tight to the thrill, the energy, even the hurt. Maybe I’d take it all on again, someday. A wiser me would do well there, I think. Grace, poise, valor. Maybe it’s in the cards for me. We’ll see.

But that’s not the point here. Not now, or even ever, I might say someday when I’m old and what’s done is done.

The point today is all chickens and fresh baked bread. All bare feet and laughter. All here and now and ours to live, as long as we choose to notice it.

What exactly is it about absence that makes the heart grow fonder? Maybe it’s consciousness.

That sneaky little bitch.

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Kickin’ corn chowder

7 Mar

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Printable recipe: FreeTheMom-Kickin-Corn-Chowder

It’s supposed to rain this week, so it’s soup time. After posting the Spinach Salad recipe last week, I got all nostalgic about my recipes from yesteryear, and decided to whip up a batch of this creamy soul soup. Plus, it’s got bacon. Anyone who liked the bacon in the last recipe is sure to like the bacon in this one, yo!

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Mmmmmm, corn, cilantro, veggies, and turkey bacon. Love in a bowl, right there.

While it’s true that I’m a bit of a health food fanatic, I also love a rich and creamy bisque or chowder here and there. And guess what, the two are no longer mutually exclusive, yayyyy! The lean turkey bacon, scant 2T olive oil, and cream provide the fat for the recipe. If you are cooking for flavor I recommend using heavy cream, and if you’re after a healthier option then feel free to substitute any milk of your choice, 1%, 2%, or whole.

What’s a fact is that this soup is a serious crowd pleaser, so if you’ve got a slew of heathens invading your kitchen anytime soon this is the perfect recipe to have in your arsenal. The ingredients look something like this: Continue reading

Top 10: Most awesome things to see in America

28 Feb

By the time you finish reading this you will be a) sending me flowers, and b) trolling the internet desperate to buy/rent/steal an RV/airstream/Vespa so that you too can experience the joys of cross country driving. If you’d rather not live in the teetering world of wanting something so badly you’re willing to walk out on your job, your dog, and your fridge full of Pabst then I suggest you either stop reading now or call your boss with a warning. Because I am pretty freaking convincing. Commence story:

When I was 20 and innocent (baahahah) I lived in New York City for a summer with my then boyfriend of 2 years, now husband of ouch my head hurts numbers suck. Once we tired of our “adorable” 600 square foot apartment and the “efficiency” of public transportation we loaded our dog and overpriced mattress into a U-Haul and hit the pavement back to LA.

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Along the way we learned almost everything anyone would ever want to know about America from the window of our love-truck. And now I bestow these gifts upon you, because you’re my friend. With no further ado, a list.

Top  10: Most awesome things to see in America: Continue reading

Top 10: (last minute) Valentine’s Day gifts

14 Feb

Ladies, we can be forgetful spontaneous too, am I right? Here are some jazzy ideas for those of you who need a gift that’s a game changer, and also the kind you can get your hands on within the next five minutes. Boyfriend on his way over? Husband in the next room with a blindfold on? It’s like I’m talking only to you right now. Here are 10 winners.

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1) E-mail a naked photo. This one’s great and super versatile. Snap a boobie pic with your phone in the grocery store bathroom or from the webcam in your cubicle. Be sure to send it to his work e-mail with a cryptic subject line like, “Skunks in the barnyard”, or “Grab the defibrillator”. HR will never suspect a thing with a quirky cover-up like that.

2) Get it written in ink. Nothing says true love like your new boyfriend’s name across your chest. No time to dash out to the tattoo shop? Go with Sharpie and an IOU. He’ll appreciate the opportunity to accompany you this weekend and most likely be grateful for the chance to reciprocate with your initials on his ring finger. Most guys are sentimental like that. Continue reading