I can’t stop watching the news. I am a strange mishmash of shock and guilt and fascination as I sit comfortably at home with full power and internet, sipping a cup of coffee, fresh from a hot shower after a nice long run. I’m shocked mostly because I was the number one skeptic of this storm and places I’ve considered my second home at times, like Atlantic City, will never be the same. I am guilty because my sole inconvenience is that I didn’t bring enough clothes for this extra 3 days of vacation I’ve enjoyed in DC while millions of people have lost all sense of a normal life. I am fascinated and moved by how much more connected, selfless, and utterly human we become during disasters. I haven’t spent so much time or energy checking in on family and friends since I’ve owned a cell phone. It’s amazing how simple, positive and productive life becomes when we revert to our instincts.
Anyway, this post really wasn’t going to be about Sandy. I was going to catch up on life in Baltimore and the things I’ve been baking and seeing and doing. So the last thing I will say is that I would much prefer to be standing in the NY subway scooping water out one bucket at a time then resuming my normal life while so many others have had theirs totally upended.
Oh, and that despite being directly in Sandy’s path, it wasn’t much worse than other recent storms we’ve had in DC.
And lastly that this is my favorite Sandy photo… sharks swimming in the streets of Brigantine!!!
Baltimore has been… Baltimore. I (half-jokingly) assimilate it with living in jail. I don’t feel free to walk places, wear what I want to wear or be outside after dark. The fifth iphone assault, aka Apple picking, on a female student just happened on my block so I’m considering getting something a little more painful than pepper spray to carry. There was a failed attempt to steal my bike recently:
You go, cheap little bike cord! And I think my roommate’s cat is actually a demon:
I was at least able to get away to Philly for a night to attend the FNCE Chobani RD dinner.
Chobani is really dedicated to promoting dietitians in addition to the nutrition in their yogurt. Placing priority on dietitians and holding free and delicious promotional events makes a fan out of me! For this event, Chobani closed the restaurant Supper in Philly and tasked the chef with creating a full menu inspired by Chobani yogurt:
It was brilliant.
No trip to Philly is complete without a visit to fellow RD Renee and baby DeAngelo! I cannot believe this baby is nearly TWO.
I also took my first trip back to DC! Jimmy’s family was visiting from Vegas and we gave them the full tourist experience, including Obama’s motorcade. I was glad to see the reflecting pool finally filled!
Then, for two weeks I didn’t leave Baltimore while I studied for finals.
I tried to ease the pain during this dreadful finals period by eating a ridiculous amount of pumpkin. Also, despite the stress of exam week and a campus plagued with illness, I did not get sick! I’m pretty sure the pumpkin was my mental and physical protector.
Pumpkin whoopie pies from Martha!
Pumpkin oats with almond butter and leftover whoopie frosting!
Pumpkin swirl bread from Great Harvest:
And when finals were finally over this past Friday, I booked it to DC and filled my belly with pumpkin Schlafly ON TAP!!!
The timing of this storm, while not actually good for anyone in the world, was perfect for me. I got “stuck” in DC for 3 extra days with no work to do. Therefore, there were arts and crafts with friends:
Ventures to the store for supplies:
I threw spinach into the recipe for color and nutrients. It took about 45 minutes to cook but was well worth the effort.
Tonight, there is pizza and pumpkin carving. Part of me wants to thank Sandy for giving me more time for glorious fun with friends, but that doesn’t feel appropriate. :/
Happy repair and recovery, East coast!