The first day of August started off so great. I was inordinately happy that morning, for reasons I won't get into on the blog. Won a bet against Gourmet Pigs so she treated me to a very nice brunch at Taste. Crab cakes eggs Benedict! Stopped off at Scoops - Los Angeles for a couple of pints of gelato to-go (jasmine pistachio, brown bread, Guinness coffee, corn) for sister-in-law's birthday and to visit with Tiberia, who giggled uproariously when I played "Peek-a-Boo" with her.
After working late one night, I didn't want to deal with dinner. Luckily, I had a free coupon for Buitoni's fancy new pasta, courtesy of Foodbuzz. As I gathered up some other things I needed from the grocery store, stupidly without a basket, I dropped my coupon! It was good for $6 pasta! :( I quickly backtracked, but somebody already picked up my coupon. Because it was for free pasta! I was sooo bummed.
Allll day, I was anticipating getting the ravioli and a light pasta sauce. I generally do not buy $6 pasta. I guess I could have still gotten it, even without the coupon, but it was the idea of trying a new expensive pasta for free. Gah! I know I sound ridiculous. It was just one of those things, you know? Stupid stuff piled on top of other stupid stuff.
The next day my doggy died. :(
Then I also found out adopted uncle in Vietnam died. :(
The day after, one of my students, who came from Qingdao, China a year ago, gave me a bag of frozen wontons his mother had made. There were 30 frozen dumplings along with a small bag with sliced egg omelet. Oh man! I was sooo happy. Wontons are totally Chinese ravioli for me. Perhaps better than ravioli even. His mother told me to boil the dumplings separately so the starch won't get into the soup. Then add the wontons to some broth with the sliced eggs.
So that's what I did.
I boiled some bones from leftover rotisserie chicken for a quick broth. In a separate pot, I boiled the wontons. Sliced some napa cabbage for some greenery. And had the comforting dinner you see above. While Googling "Qingdao wonton soup" to see if I did it right, I turned up Kirk of Mmm-yoso's post about that very soup from his recent visit in Qingdao, China.
Then, for the same reasons I won't get into on the blog, the rest of the month became ever more anxious and stressful. Throbbing, twitching left eye. It is impossible for my eyeball to fall out, says optometrist cousin, who told me that my twitchy eye meant I was stressed, anxious, lacked sleep, or had too much coffee. Eliminate those factors and I'll be fine again.
Yesterday, oldest uncle went in for surgery. Thankfully, he is now at home and resting.
But, can this month just end already?
So of course, when looking for distractions, I started organizing my massive inbox. I whittled down 3,703 messages to 94. Whoohee! That means if I haven't replied to you,
a) I will get to you soon or
b) you were just too creepy and went into my "WTF" box or
c) I never got your email at all, so please send again.
Once my inbox is under control, maybe I'll be able to organize my photos, or catch up on blogging, or continue in my usual haphazard manner. Ha!
So please, tell me happy things! I could sure use some lightening up around here. What's up with you?
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1 year ago today, Tom Nuong Hanh Ngo (Vietnamese Grilled Shrimp with Scallion Cilantro Sauce).
2 years ago today, part six of my "How to Start a Food Blog" series - Giving Credit: The Right Way to Link, Copyright, and "By," "Inspired," and "Adapted."
3 years ago today, Squash Blossom Quesadilla.