This week, I am thankful for:
1. Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market
Embarrassingly enough, though I’ve lived in Atlanta for over 10 years, and have worked in Decatur for almost 3, I was just introduced to the Dekalb farmer’s market this past weekend, when Andrew’s mom came to visit. It was part of our showing her around, and it was great fun. Overwhelmingly so.
2. Asian pears
As a result of our trip to the market, I got to try an Asian pear for the first time. Its crunchy, sweet, refreshing deliciousness changed my life. Move over, Bosc, there’s a new pear in town!
3. Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele wrote and directed a movie called Get Out. It’s technically classified as a psychological horror thriller, which I don’t normally do.
However, in this, his first foray into writing and directing, Peele brings viewers face to face with the more subtly nuanced manifestations of systemic racism.
It’s a bananas movie, interspersed with comedy and creepiness; but it’s an incredibly well-done look at the importance of validating the experience of minorities (particularly the black experience in America), and checking and recognizing your own privilege.
4. A gift for my baking supply stash
Andrew’s mom, when she was here, asked if she could buy me a silicon baking mat we found at the farmer’s market.
Silicon bakes everything more evenly; I can’t wait to try it on my brownie batter cookies, to see how much better they turn out. Thanks, Ramona!
5. Veggie spiralizers
Evidently, my roomie has a spiralizer, which I discovered last week. I’m really excited about it.
Now I can make pasta dishes with veggie noodles instead of pasta noodles. I mean, let’s be honest, pasta is just a vehicle for sauce anyway. 🙂
6. A surprising and exciting phone call and a wonderful opportunity
The pastor of my home church where I grew up invited me to be part of an initiative in racial reconciliation among church workers through The King Center and Ebenezer Baptist Church;
clergy from around Atlanta will spend a year meeting together one a month to learn from each other – kicking off on the 49th anniversary of King’s death and culminating on the 50th anniversary next year.
7. Babysitting my niece
NieceyBear and I got to spend some time together last night and we had all the fun. We played in her kitchen, sent her 2 babies on a road trip to Costa Rica in their purple car, and I watched her ride her horse.
And, even though I am evidently not supposed to sing along with the horse, and I do the horse sound incorrectly (“it’s not a elephant, Tia, it’s a horse”), I was allowed to have some cereal from her kitchen.
So that made up for me getting in trouble for singing when I wasn’t supposed to. She taught me all about the fish in her aquarium: the striped ones are “dumpees” (guppies) and all the rest of them are fish.
We finished the evening with pop up books and Jesus Loves Me. I couldn’t be more in love with that little pumpkin.
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