Thankful

Read last year’s post.

I have so much to be thankful for this year. I always have a lot to be thankful for but for some reason I feel extra thankful this year.

I am so thankful for the people in my life. I am thankful that they are safe and healthy.

I am thankful for my parents. They do so much to make my life comfortable. I am also thankful for my little brother. This is a kid who doesn’t really run but hammered out the last 7 miles of a marathon with me, staying with me as long as I wanted him to. He’s in the red shorts in the above photo.

I am thankful for my friends. My law school friends keep me grounded when things get crazy. My Simmons friends are like my roots. I don’t get to see my oldest friends very frequently but when I do they do amazing things. Sometimes they even yell at you at mile 25 not to stop. I am so thankful for them. I have LA friends who provide a distraction from law school when I need it.

I’m thankful to be studying in the field that I’m studying. I just found out that I get to take another class with another famous critical race theorist. I have been endowed with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have to pinch myself sometimes, I feel so fortunate.

I am thankful for my body. It carried me 26.2 miles in one sitting this year. Seriously, a moment I will cherish forever.

I am thankful for all the things that make my life easier on a daily basis: having plenty of food, health insurance, basic transportation, financial comfort, safety, and water.

I am thankful for being able to share special moments with my friends.

I am thankful for the ocean air and waterfront. For everything I love about LA. For all the food in San Francisco include and especially Tartine, Bi Rite, and everything in the Ferry Building.

I have a pretty sweet life. I’m thankful that I have several things to smile about on a daily basis. Whether it be finishing a marathon, getting a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks, reading the New York Times, or laughing with a good friend who gets it.

What are you thankful for this year?

Seasonal Eats

Another week and I’ve been MIA. I know, I know. It was the last full week of class this week and finals are impending as I mentioned earlier this week.

4 exams, 1 35-page paper before December 16th. What was I thinking? I am way too easily swept up in the excitement of classes that sound interesting and/or are with great professors. The good news is that only 2 of my exams utilize “black letter law” which is good for this theory loving girl.

But for the record, I feel a bit like this right now:

Alert, anxious and rifling through paper.

So, as I mentioned it was a busy week but I did manage to cook a delicious dinner this week. Unfortunately, I did not come up with the recipe myself. Can’t win them all.

I made Pumpkin Mac and Cheese and it was everything I wanted and more. I love those dinners that you can make in a casserole dish and then eat out of for meals. Yes, this means I ate pumpkin mac and cheese three times this week. Don’t judge. I foresee this happening more than once in the next few weeks.

This was also my first time using pumpkin, rather than just laying on them. I KNOW, I KNOW. All healthy living bloggers, whatever that is, are OMGSOOBSESSED with pumpkin. I have decided that I like pumpkin in certain contexts. For example, I for sure like pumpkin topped with whipped cream or with carbs and cheese. I still have 3/4 of a can chilling in my fridge so I need to figure out what to do with that. If you have any suggestions for a 3/4 can of pumpkin let me know by dropping a comment!

In other news, Thanksgiving is next week and Kaitlin is hosting! I am so excited to have thanksgiving with Kaitlin. She’s a food blogger so I know it’s going to be good eating plus lots of wine and I’m clearly going to need a break at that point. I’ve decided to make Eat, Live, Run’s caramelized Brussels sprouts because, as we know, I love Brussels sprouts. I also plan to make my eggplant dip. Any by “my” I mean “my mother’s” and by “my mother’s” I really mean “Barefoot’s”. I’ve never blogged the recipe so you can look forward to that next week!

Finally, I have Tavern news!

My favorite restaurant has opened another outpost in Beverly Hills. I haven’t been yet since I live walking distance from the original but if you’re in that hood make sure to check it out!

Go get yourself a treat. You earned it.

Also, I found Suzanna Goin’s (the chef/owner of Tavern) Brussels sprouts recipe which is on the Tavern Thanksgiving menu: Braised Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta, Balsamic, and Breadcrumbs. Oh yes. I debated making it for Thursday but there are going to be many veggies at Kaitlin’s thanksgiving and I want to be accommodating. I debated bastardizing the recipe by switching out the veal stock and pancetta but doing that just didn’t sit right with me.

But! I encourage you to make it and let’s face it. It has pancetta and Brussels sprouts so I will be making it eventually!

And finally, Congrats to everyone who passed the bar today! I cannot believe that a year from now I’ll be finding out my bar results.

So, since I have no free time to cook my own things, link me a great, easy, quick recipe for me to try.