Our most profound joy is often experienced during ordinary moments. What was one of your most joyful ordinary moments this year?
Walking in snow with N. Just the two of us back in January, during our second big snowstorm. Watching other parents bring out their kids and wondering how life will change for us in the coming years.
December 26 – Soul Food
What did you eat this year that you will never forget? What went into your mouth & touched your soul? (Author: Elise Marie Collins)
I was one of the few women who didn't have cravings during pregnancy. I felt deprived and bummed out. I was thinking this would make a great ruse to pig out on all kinds of food, that I probably really wouldn't need. And my husband lucked out and didn't need to make any midnight runs to satisfy my cravings. However, this didn't mean that I didn't enjoy good food. My husband travelled to India sometime around February this year, leaving me alone to fend the cold weather. So, he brought back with him all the ingredients that go to make some good pani puri. Oh yum. Yes, I still remember. I got the pani from our favourite store in Mumbai and the puris too. yum yum yum. Of course, nothing beats standing at the street side with a bunch of strangers awaiting your turn to get the freshly assembled pani puri. Back in 2009, when I was in Mumbai, I still remember vividly getting pani puri with my mother-in-law. What fun. The stall was just opening and we got to see the fellow set everything up! Amazing how much time and effort was spent cleaning up even with the "street side stall" thing going. Great....now I have to wait till next year to get me some pani puri. Good thing time flies.
The other food that I truly enjoyed was pizza - who could go wrong with pizza you say? Try almost any Americanised pizza parlour. But there is this one place in Washington DC that a friend introduced me to that I just fell in love with. Almost paper thin crust, toppings that melt in your mouth. oh yum..nothing to replace a wood oven*. mmmmm... now I won't mind a slice of it and at least this is attainable but it's not a stroller friendly restaurant. yay for the ergo carrier!
*The restaurant's called Matchbox, found in Chinatown, Washington DC.