It’s been a bittersweet past few days. No, not because I’m sad to see the football season end (I don’t follow football)- but because I go back to work this Monday.
It’s Monday. Everyone goes back to work then, you say.
But for me, over the past weeks, that wasn’t the case. Since being laid off in early January I haven’t had an office I’ve had to go in to. Instead I’ve been exceptionally spoiled by all the Daddy and Baby Boy time I’ve been able to get. So you see, this Monday in particular is bittersweet for me.
I’m very excited to be starting this new job, it is a wonderful opportunity to further my career and make a difference in my little corner of the internet marketing world.
But I’ll miss seeing my Baby Boy as much as I have.
I’ll miss feeding him breakfast and lunch – we’ve gotten quite good, he and I, at making only a small mess together at meal time (should have seen us before!)
I’ll miss going for him when he wakes from his nap, when he snuggles over my shoulder, his head resting in the crook of my neck, and we just rock enjoying each other’s company for a few minutes before continuing our day.
I’ll miss taking 5 minute breaks from my computer – though I was laid off, I was still very much busy with freelance project work – to play with him, or just turn in my chair to watch him play and laugh.
I’ll miss him crying in protest when I walk away from him because I have to go back to my work but he wants me to stay and play.
And I’ll miss his big gummy smiles – now smiles with two tiny little front teeth – when he’d be carried into the room I am working in, upon seeing his Daddy and realizing I was still there.
I’ll miss him.
To be sure, I’m grateful to have a new job and very happy to be going back to work. Besides it being nice having a steady paycheck again, I truly like what I do. And I’m excited to face the new challenges this opportunity will present. And it’s not like I won’t get to see Baby Boy again. It will just be back to “normal” after our month of soaking up every precious minute of Baby and Daddy time.
Anyway…Let’s talk about food.
The Secret Recipe Club is back in session and this month I was assigned the food blog Sin-A-Mon Tales, written by Monika. Along with many mouth watering recipes, Monika shares some useful cooking tips and tricks on her site- everything from how to measure out honey without it sticking to the spoon (now I know!) to how to speed the softening of cold butter. There were so many tasty looking recipes to choose from, but we ultimately settled on garlic pull apart bread. The thing that drew me to this particular recipe, besides the garlic, is that Monika said she once feared yeast but now loves bread baking; a sentiment I fully share.
If you still haven’t baked your own bread yet (even after my attempts to lure you to do so with delicious tomato basil bread, cinnamon raisin bread, or pumpkin yeast bread), I highly encourage you to bake this garlic bread. It’s perfect just by itself, hot out of the oven, or accompanying a plate of pasta with some marinara sauce for dipping. Yum!
Recipe from: Sin-A-Mon Tales