He is Risen!
I bought those daffodils at the farmer’s market yesterday and was lucky to find an empty jam jar that fit them perfectly and some blue ribbon that complimented their color well. I normally wouldn’t buy flowers just for myself, but it’s Easter, and I thought the occasion merited something special – after all, what’s Easter without spring flowers?
I’m being kept busy today by food prep. One of my roommates and I have invited a few friends over for a finger-food style dinner, and I still have several dishes left to prepare before they arrive. I have about half an hour to kill before I need to turn on the oven, so I thought I’d take a break to have a light bite to eat and blog a little. The ladies at my church put out a big brunch spread after the morning service (which kept me full until about half an hour ago), and I have guests coming for more nibbles in a few hours, so I just needed a quick bite to keep me going. 🙂
(my quick mid-afternoon snack: soupy noodles with cilantro and egg – cooking makes you hungry; it’s hard work!)
I’m quite excited about this dinner, though at the moment I’m not 100% sure how many guests I’m expecting (somewhere between 4 and 6). The others will all have eaten a big meal at the grad student Easter brunch (I skipped out to prepare food for tonight, and anyway, I had lunch at church), so I’ve tried to kept the offerings small, light, and bite-sized. It’s Easter, so even though we have vegetarians, I’m making baked lamb skewers (as well as eggplant ones for the non-carnivorous ones among us), egg salad and cress on mini toasts, fresh mint iced tea, and Nigella Lawson’s Union Square Cafe nuts. My roommate is going to cut up some fresh veggies to have with dip, a friend is bringing pita and hummus, and I’m also serving Easter candy (jellybeans and dark chocolate eggs), some goat’s cheese and smoked salmon on crackers and storebought mini apple strudels. I was originally worried that we might not have enough food, but now I’m starting to wonder if we’ll have too much. Oh, well. Better to have excessive amounts than not enough (that’s how my mother always rationalizes her own entertaining style…how very Chinese of me, for once in my life…)
It’s been a really good Lenten season and Holy Week, and after my partial fast from blogging, I’m feeling relatively weaned from the “need” to compulsively check my stats every few minutes. It was nice not feeling the pressure to update or lose hits. When you think about it, counting hits is sort of silly anyway, since I really only blog for myself. I’ll be trying to get back on a semi-regular schedule of posting now, maybe once a week – twice if something special comes up. It’ll be nice to take things slowly, and gradually ease back in.