The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.
— from Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell

I’m cheating a little again, because it’s 9:30, and I’m in the middle of making dinner, and I’m still exhausted from yesterday.

I’m making chicken and dumplings for the first time ever, which is taking longer than I expected, and I’m nervous David won’t like it.  He’s a good sport and tries anything I make, but I can always tell when he doesn’t like something (and he always answers truthfully if I ask him).  And although I know it’s not personal, it makes me feel bad when he doesn’t like it, because I only want to take care of him, and food is one way I do that.  I’m working on this – I know he won’t starve if he doesn’t eat what I make, and we don’t always have to like the same things, and it’s not a reflection on my skills as a cook.  I’m a work in progress.

Anyway, back to the cheating.  Please enjoy the following pictures of me and some of my favorite people:

IMG_0516Me and Karen last summer – she’s thinner now and I’m heavier!

Sister Hazel concertMe and Aimee somewhere in the neighborhood of 9 years ago at a Sister Hazel show.  This is still one of my favorite pictures of us.

IMG_1620Me and Nate in Atlantic City, before our dad’s band played at House of Blues (he’s wearing orange because it’s my dad’s favorite color).

My Pictures0036This was the Princess’s third birthday.  Now that I look at it again, they both looking like they might be squirming to get away from me, but I promise, they are actually laughing!

IMG_1032Me and David in September at my friend’s wedding on Long Island (I was a bridesmaid).

I saved this in the middle while we ate dinner – success!  David liked it quite a bit, and though I thought the seasoning needs some work, it’s definitely a keeper (but probably more for fall and winter)!


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