Ethiopian food - mild split pea stew and red lentil stew (this one doesn't fit in with the others, I just happened to buy some injera yesterday)...
Voluptuous pumpkin pie with coconut whipped cream...
...and eggnog! Not pictured are dinner rolls (they got a little too dark and need to be re-done) and devilled tofu because I haven't made 'em yet.
Mike and I did a lot of trial and error with the eggnog, so I'm eager to share the recipe we came up with. But not today! Today I have to polish everything up for the class I'm teaching on Saturday, which is all about veganizing holiday food. Alas, since the library doesn't have a stove or anything, the only things I can feed people will be of the cold variety. But there are lots of good cold things - like pumpkin pie!
In other news, I will soon be going from this...
In January, I'm going to be moving to Austin, Texas for 6 months. To go to school! This means:
-Saying goodbye to all my piano students and coworkers, since once I'm done in Texas, Mike and I are moving to Toronto for good.
-Saying goodbye to Michael for 6 months. ?!?! This is the crazy difficult one.
-Saying goodbye to my band. With the whole moving to Toronto thing, we've been anticipating this for a while. But there are plenty of musicians in Toronto and we intend to carry on!
-Gaining EXP in food (experience points). No, I haven't been playing video games lately, the accumulative hours spent playing RPGs as a child has forever altered my perspective on reality.
-Escaping winter! Not bad, not bad at all. :)
-Saying hello to thunderstorms, my arch-nemesis...es.
-Inevitable terror. It's scary moving to a different country where things are all weird and different and you don't know anybody! I'm sure I'll get over it after sleeping with the light on for a few nights. ;)
-Getting to live in a frakkin' awesome city that I wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to live in.
There's probably a lot more where that came from, but that's the gist of it. I've spent a long-ass time deliberating this, weighing the pros and cons, and in the end it came down to this: I could spend the next 6 months being safe and comfortable, or I could do something totally outside my comfort zone, something exciting and once-in-a-lifetime. Sure it'll be hard leaving everyone behind, and there's always risks involved with big jumps, but when it comes down to it, it's my life. And who knows what comes after life, right? So it's best to make it count.
Take care, guys, and I'll catch up with you for Sunday brunch - in the meantime, there's oodles of work to be done.