Weekly Menu, move-in edition

The good news: we made it all the way across the country with no major incidents, including the kind involving animal bodily fluids.

The better news: there’s a kid who lives across the street who goes to the same school Isaiah will be going to (the public school around the corner) and his parents rave about the community there.

On to the food plan for the week, aka the “restock the pantry plan.” Hysterically, I am leaving tomorrow afternoon for a gathering in Portland I’ll be attending for work. Hello, Eugene! Bye, Eugene!

Sunday: let’s just resign ourselves to eat out every meal today. I’ll embrace it if you will.

Monday: home-made yumm bowls (brown rice, black beans, black olives, salsa, avocado, and yumm sauce – here’s a recipe for you folks not in driving distance of a Cafe Yumm)

Tuesday: almond butter tofu stir fry

Wednesday: pasta, sauce, and vegan meatballs of some sort

Thursday: vegan sloppy joes with cheesy cauliflower rice bake

Friday: vegan waffles and sausage

p.s. We had a pretty good week of eating while we were on the road. Here are some of the highlights!

  • Cheyenne, WY: Anong Thai. With three locations in WY, this place is a goldmine. The panang curry was among the best I’ve ever had.
  • Ogden, UT: Sonora Grill. They have a vegan menu, and I ordered the crispy avocado tacos. It was a HUGE amount of food that I absolutely could not finish. Whoever thought to fry an avocado was a mad genius, though.
  • Twin Falls, ID: 4 Roots Juice Bar and Cafe. I had a taco salad with this walnut-mushroom taco “meat” that was outstanding, and a vegan chocolate chip cookie for later.
  • Boise, ID: Thai Cuisine. My dad’s favorite place in Boise, and one we visit every time we’re in town. Amazing people, amazing food.
  • Mitchell, OR: Tiger Town Brewing Company. VEGAN WINGS in a town of 130 in the middle of Oregon. Hands down my favorite find this trip.

 

 

 

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a prayer for tonight

dear god,

thank you for five years in Philadelphia

thank you for Bradley and Friendly, who joined our family in Philadelphia and thank you for Max and Emma, who left us during our time here (please tell them we love them and miss them still)

thank you for the friends we made in Philadelphia. thank you especially for that one special family who stopped in Fernhill Park one of our first weeks in town to chat with us. out of that one act of kindness and warmth, a deep love grew

thank you for our church community, for running and hiking friends, for friends at the shop and amazing colleagues at ESA, for vegan friends, and for neighbors who know our names, love our family through their generous actions, and always say hello

thank you for the beautiful wissahickon, where we were able to breathe deeply, sweat profusely, and sometimes just sit in awe

thank you for the opportunity to be closer to some of our family and old friends in Eugene and help us honor that new possibility by prioritizing relationship over productivity

god, we feel sad. we also feel joy and possibility

god, please help us to feel our sad feelings well, to not push them away but to embrace and work through them; to not dwell on them but to remember that you are preparing friends and community for us in Eugene even while we grieve the pain of uprooting from Philadelphia.

help us to see these new friends the way that you do. help us find our place there, and help us know if it’s ever time for us to leave again

help us to remember that you love us dearly

help us to remember that we love one another

help us to live the reality of both of those truths, and this one, too: grief and praise are sisters

and remind us in this huge and scary and welcomed and fortunate transition, god, that some things will be better, some things will be worse, some things may just be different, but that everything will be okay

we love you, we praise you, please help us hear you

amen