A rustic hand-cut pasta dish with creamy butternut squash and asaparagus
What a week! It started normally enough, but about half-way through it got kicked into high gear. After a long and unexpected day in the field, I had to scramble to redirect my attention to my dissertation proposal. This was followed by a not-so-excellent dissertation committee meeting, then a long day of errands and doing a ridiculous amount of laundry, and now (finally, the good part) hosting a couple of friends from South Carolina this evening. Over the past month or two, I've been maintaining a better balance in how I invest my time and energy. This week was not chaotic by any means, but adding a few unexpected long days and extra task to my to-do list just really threw me off for some reason. I found myself feeling anxious on Friday and started to fall into that "I have so much to do", "that deadline is going to be here before I know it", "how is time moving so fast right now?"- spiral. Moments like that feel as though there's this massive wave swelling in front of me and I'm just standing there watching- waiting for it to hit me. In reality all I need to do is snap out of it and get moving. Sometimes it's hard to recognize that in the moment but I'm glad I didn't let it overtake me. I spent the bulk of yesterday a tad more stressed than I'd like to have, but I've managed to have a pretty nice weekend. And the best part is still yet to come.
Hi there! I'm Cara- plant ecologist, gardening addict, and whole foods enthusiast. My whole life revolves around plants, including my kitchen. Join me here at LWM each week as I post local, seasonal, plant-based recipes and write about my never ending quest to find balance and tranquility in this crazy little world.