COVID-19: A Food Diary

Hi all -- I know it has been forever and ever, but I figured with all the time I might as well do something productive on my dear old blog. Moxie and I are decamped in CT with a well-stocked larder, and we wanted to share everything we're eating while we're social distancing including recipes. The pantry and freezer are stocked to the brim, but we are being mindful of eating things that will go bad first, then attacking the rest. We got here Saturday and after a snack of cheese and crackers, we had some barbecued ribs (frozen with sauce; thawed and heated in the oven) and a salad for dinner.  Sunday brunch was bacon and a broccoli, mushroom and onion egg scramble, snack was hummus and pita chips, and dinner was a hangar steak, roasted potatoes and a salad. I made some chocolate chip brownies for dessert, which we served with ice cream.

Today is a normal work day, so we each did breakfast on our own (I had a toasted english muffin with butter and jam), and I am now making a pot of lentil soup -- some to eat sooner and some to freeze for later. Stay tuned for more and I'll start to take pictures as we go. Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

End of an Era

I know. I'm ridiculous. I still have a "land line." It's not even a real land line -- it's a VOIP phone number. The only reason I haven't given it up is because it's really the best phone number ever. I also still think that it's much easier to hear on a land line than on a cell phone unless you use headphones. Farewell, 212 number. It has been a good run -- RIP.


I was sick during my pre-Memorial day staycation, and spent a chunk of time watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which I had started and dropped years ago. So glad I did -- some of the songs in seasons 3 & 4 are absolutely phenomenal. For those not familiar with the show, it's a musical. Each song is an homage to a musical theatre or pop genre, many instantly recognizable. Here are my two earworms for the week. First -- new work theme song ;) , a la Bobby Brown. Second -- NSFW, a hat tip to Abba.

My Body, My Choice

Some of you may not know this about me, but I interned and then subsequently worked at Crittenton Hastings House, an organization in Boston that provided women's health services, including abortions, and was also a shelter and alternative high school for pregnant and parenting teens. One of the many takeaways from that experience is that there is no one particular "type" of woman or teen that utilizes abortion services. I saw teens who had to get judicial bypass permission for their procedures and teens who came in with their parents or partners. I saw women across the reproductive age spectrum. I did phone intake and saw statistics about income (for insurance purposes), with an outstanding range. I saw women come in alone, with a partner, or with a friend or other family member. I saw women of all races and ethnicities. Sometimes I heard their stories -- failed birth control, rape, financial stress, or other factors/experiences -- that went into their decisions. And the decisions were not easy. Anyone who thinks that people approach an abortion as a cavalier alternative to contraception is seriously misguided (to put it mildly).
These women are you, me, our co-workers, sisters, neighbors, mothers, daughters, and friends. One in four women has had an abortion. It is healthcare, it is a constitutional right, and it is truly needed for too many reasons to articulate here. I decided to go to law school when Planned Parenthood v. Casey came down because I was so distraught about the future of reproductive rights, even back then. I originally was planning to get a double degree in law and public health in order to focus on those issues for my career. Although my path didn't eventually lead in that direction, I still feel incredibly strongly about widespread access to contraception, sex education, and women's health services, including abortion. I am horrified at our country right now.
I used to have a bumper sticker that said "if you don't like abortions, don't have one." I still firmly believe this. #keepyourlawsoffmybody