43. Fundraiser Fatigue

I set my alarm for an ungodly hour for a Saturday. I had to make a last minute trip to the grocery store and tie up any other loose ends for Brenda’s fundraiser. My experience from the previous year’s fundraiser proved that anything that I needed to take care of that day would take me…

42. Humbling Hummus

Humbling Hummus The mental energy it took to plan for the following two weeks was almost as exhausting as physical energy it would take to carry out my upcoming tasks. Preparing for the fundraiser consumed almost all of my free time and what was leftover was reserved for marathon training. I had to come up…

37. Hangover Breakfast, Minus the Hangover

Finding ways to be social without booze felt…. impossible. I tried meeting friends for coffee before they went out drinking, but that left me with the hours of 8 to 11pm to hang out on my couch indiscriminately watching television. It was embarrassing how caught up I was on all my TV-watching. It was sad….

22. Crestfallen Queso

I was whisking a roux for my Wednesday Alfredo sauce when I received an distressingly long text from Burton. “I went to the dermatologist today because I had a rash on my back and thighs that I was concerned about. I have insurance, so I don’t take any chances. Anyway, the doctor doesn’t know what it…

21. Self-Conscious Sauce

Winter break was set to begin Thursday so we scrambled to use up all the produce we had left in the refrigerator. Tomatoes were on my hit list for the day and I planned to make my special pasta sauce. I didn’t normally make it because it could only be done with fresh tomatoes, and…

20. Plastered Pierogies

I left Burton at his door while he waited for a cab to take him to the bus station. I walked home quickly, frustrated that I was drunk and still had to make pierogies by six o’clock even though I’d never made pierogis before. It was difficult. I mixed the flour, egg and sour cream together,…

19. Precarious Pizza

The work week began again and, with the second job and spending boozy late nights with Burton, I was not well-rested. But I couldn’t resist the invitations to go out with him — even on school nights. I finished work in the early afternoon. By the time Burton was done with work, I was already…