How on earth is it August already!! Seems a very long time since April, when we started all of this. Sometimes, it feels like we have made the transition to this new way of life, and sometimes, it hits me all over again… all that we have lost (jobs, lifestyles, loved ones, a sense of identity). Some days are just damn tough. And then there are moments of clarity, moments when I can see the benefits and hidden blessings in this time. The people that I am getting to meet, connect with, learn from.
Willi and I are figuring out a lot. How to build and maintain a relatively new relationship, how to be good roommates to each other and part-time with my son, Calum, . We are working on figuring out how to communicate better about the business as well as the relationship, and to remember that our love for each other and our community is why we started this whole culinary adventure in the first place. We are stumbling and fumbling along, but we are still in the ring, working it out. As often as we frustrate each other, there are double times when we lift each other up and figure it out for another day.
This last week was a doozy in many ways, but today feels calm and relatively restful. We are testing a few recipes this weekend for further collaborations with Oasis. Looks like it will continue through August and beyond, with one week off (August 28th) when they are collaborating with Don Ramones (which is across the street from Oasis). We have some new deliciousness in store for August! This next Friday is a “Mom’s Diner” Menu of Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans, Chicken Pot Pie, “Not So Classic” Wedge Salad, Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Icing and a Sheetcake-Strawberry-Shortcake with Cream. www.toasttab.com/oasis/v3
I hope you all are finding ways to appreciate the small good things coming from this time. It’s so easy to focus on the huge losses, crappy politics, social upheaval (both positive and negative) and the difficulties of maneuvering through this time of our lives. But there are nuggets of good in this time too. I am grateful for the connections I have made, the neighbors who I now know by name, the sweet gifts left by customers, the notes of appreciation, the satisfaction of creating something good in the world that is making a difference for people, the chance to work on my own ‘crap’ with a loving, open-hearted, vulnerable, humanly flawed-but-truly-good man. May your weekend be peaceful, your week full of moments of joy and gratitude, and your hearts and bellies be full of good things. Let us know if we can help with the latter. 😉
Hug yourselves for me! xoxo