1. Tomato Sauce
On Sunday, I made a big pot of tomato sauce. This, of course, was an attempt to use up a large number of tomatoes from my garden. The sauce was super easy to make. Started off by simply sautéing garlic (also “Betsy Grown”) and onions in olive oil. Then added like 4 pounds of roughly chopped fresh tomatoes and one can of tomato puree. I let this simmer for almost an hour. Then added fresh basil and organo and also salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. That is it!
I love everything about this sauce. I love that it was made from tomatoes that I spent like the three months tending to. I also love the smell; it smells like summer. We ate it both Sunday and Monday. Sadly I ate the last little bit for lunch on Tuesday.
I served this sauce over angel hair pasta. However, I’m not sure this was the best choice. I think I need to learn how to pick the proper noodle for a specific sauce. I’m officially adding that to my great life to-do list
2. Recovery Week
This week is a recovery week, and I’m pretty happy about that. Obviously, I love running. Yet, I love the bonus time I get during a recovery week. Since my long run is only 12 miles, my entire day is not consumed by my long run. Which is excellent, because I need to get my eyebrow done!
3. Garage Door Opener
On Friday last week, I took down our old garage door opener. Since we moved into the house, it has never really functioned properly. It was 13 years old. It really only went up when it wanted. You pushing the button was more of a suggestion. Then on Saturday, I put up a new fancy belt-operated (i.e. very quiet) model.
As I have said in the past, I really love the satisfaction of doing a project myself. It’s not even really the new garage door opener. It’s the fact that I did it, and that thing that I did adds utility to our home. I think this might be due to my mid-western roots.
4. Running in the Rain
Monday I did an easy five miles in the rain. If it’s not too crazy out, I actually enjoy running in the rain. First, I don’t take music. So the run already feels different and more peaceful. Also, I find it rewarding that I don’t let a little rain stop me.
5. When Breath Becomes Air
This week, I finished reading “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. It was a wonderful book and, of course, made me cry. If you don’t already know, this is the author’s memoir about his life that he writes after he is diagnosed with lung cancer. He was an amazingly accomplished person and would have had a remarkable life. He has way of presenting his story in a manner that is almost without emotion. Meaning he doesn’t use this platform to vent his anger about his circumstances; beautifully and simply presents it as is.
One of theme that resounded deeply with me was what if the life that you have been waiting and planning for never happens. Are you missing today because you’re planning for an unpromised tomorrow?