Beautiful! I apologize for letting ten whole days of complete silence from my part of the universe elapse. Somehow almost a month of bar review has gone by. If you know someone who has gone through or is currently going through bar study, give that person a hug. It’s rough, people.
Fortunately, I am lucky enough to be surrounded by loving, caring individuals who help keep the wind in my sails. Or at least a pleasant breeze.
Last weekend I went to New Jersey with the combined purpose of attending graduation parties, shopping for a wedding dress, and celebrating Father’s Day with my family. It was nice to be with my loved ones, and to push my constant and extreme anxiety and exhaustion to the side to do “normal” things for a day or two. Plus, I got to see this little bugaboo:
What I wouldn’t give to sleep on a sunny patch of carpet all day.
As a bonus, on the drive home on Sunday, H and I pulled off of Route 95 and followed signs to Georgie’s Diner in West Haven, CT. They have billboards on the highway advertising the fact that they have vegan and gluten-free food, so of course every time we make the drive between Boston and NJ I think about eating there. Well, I finally did it. And it was awesome. I got the Tempeh Reuben sandwich with a side of vegetarian chili:
Let me tell you, this place is a legit diner.
And yet, it has an explicitly vegan section of the menu!!! It makes me SO HAPPY that places like this exist and are starting to pop up more and more frequently. H and I had a long discussion about it over our meal, contemplating how easy and enjoyable it would be for everyone if more restaurants would just step up and create vegan menu items. It’s hard to imagine that an omnivore restaurant would lose customers simply because they kept all of their standard fare but added a vegan section, as Georgie’s has done. However, it’s pretty easy to imagine how making such a move would actually garner anywhere from a modest to substantial increase in customers, depending of course on the restaurant’s location and extensiveness of veg selection. I’m just saying, it’s time to get with the twenty-first century, restauranteurs!
After returning from my NJ trip though, I stumbled into a really rough week. My travels caused me to fall a little behind on my bar review, and honestly, I struggled with it and got really stressed out. But an incredible act of kindness undertaken by my soon-to-be mother-in-law (A) put the wind back in my sails.
On Thursday afternoon, I got a call from A saying she was outside my apartment building. I came down, all gross and frazzled in sweatpants and glasses, to accept this delivery:
This was one hell of a care package. Here it is unpacked:
The contents included Strangozzi pasta, farmstand strawberries, cherries (my FAVE!), a huge salad (mixed greens, craisins, apples, and pecans) complete with a (separately packed) delicious tangy vinaigrette, olive foccacia, a bottle of Sangiovese wine, three bell peppers, polenta, white bean and kale soup, a jar of A’s homemade strawberry jam, two containers of homemade ratatouille, a large container of amazing homemade marinara sauce, two fun girly movies, and cheerful flowers. And even a vase to put the flowers in!
AND she went out of her way to make sure all the food was vegan! If something like this didn’t make me smile, nothing would. Thanks again, A!!
Having healthy, delicious food readily available is such a blessing. I really did initially think that bar studying would be scheduled enough that I would have the chance to prep and cook food regularly. What I didn’t count on was that during the scarce time each day when I’m not studying, I do not want to do anything. So having this food around is huge. Thursday night I had some of the pasta with sauce and ratatouille (sorry, no pic), and a piggishly large hunk of this incredible concoction:
For lunch both today and yesterday, I enjoyed a hearty helping of salad, a bowl of the white bean and kale soup, and a slice of olive foccacia.
Great-tasting, healthy, satiating food that helps me power through studying!
Starting to see how lucky I am? If not, then consider this: my beautiful fiance surprised me with something extremely thoughtful last night. He is away for the weekend on the Cape having a grand old bachelor party time, while I am home studying for this miserable exam. And yet, last night at 7 p.m., my phone rang, and it was the delivery man from my heartsong, Peace O’ Pie (which I’ve posted about before)! H had ordered me a Buffalo Chik’n calzone to be delivered while I studied.
Holy doughy pocket of awesomeness.
I ate half of it last night, and half tonight. Seriously delicious comfort food! It really is a good way to kick the blues. And knowing that I have such wonderful, thoughtful people in my life really helps too. One day, after this bar thing is over and done with, I will look back at this period of my life and have a recollection of general suckiness. I will not remember what the abysmal problem set score was that sent me into tears, nor how many hours I studied each day. I will, however, specifically remember the positive things–an unexpected care package or dinner delivery, a daily email of encouragement from my mom, a funny link from my sister–and that is what keeps me smoothly sailing. 🙂
Off now to relax with a chick flick and a glass of sangiovese!