Doing vs Sharing:
When I’m not blogging, I’m doing other things that feel good for my soul. Not having to spend hours photographing recipes and writing about food science and history has allowed the clouds in my brain to part. Instead, I feel I am making a larger difference in myself, my family and my community by turning outward instead of inward.
Things I’m doing right now:
1. My good friend Jenn and I have been elected as co-presidents of the Indiana State Museum’s 1816 Advisory Board, a group of young professional who aim to increase awareness of the great cultural institution. Our main priority is to coordinate Indiana Spirits, an October event that raises money for the museum while people have a great time learning about how prohibition shaped our great state.
2. Things are moving fast with the Keystone-Monon Community Garden. We had our first organizing meeting this month and it was a huge success! The proposal is out to Arsenal Park on 46th for a potential location, and we will meet with them soon to discuss the details. A website and Facebook page exist to spread the word, and Christie and I have both been floored with the amount of community support we have received. Wish us luck!
3. Rahul and I are going back to Jungle Jims in Cincinnati on Sunday the 29th with my mother, who has never been to the giant international food store before. Bring on the out of state beer, meats and cheeses, and all the unique foods our hearts desire.
4. Indianapolis Indians April 9 opening day tickets have been purchased! Hooray for hot dogs, popcorn, Sun King Brewery Indians lager, and sun sun sun!
5. Tonight we will attend our first ever Indiana Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. You read that right, we’ve never been before, so we add a Hoosier notch to our belt.
6. Catching up on my goal of reading 36 books in 2015, I finished Amy Poehler’s inspiring Yes Please and started Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano, a book that’s sat on my shelf for far too long without being cracked open. As a BuzzFeed recommendation I have loaned The Bees by Laline Paull from the library. It is a personified story of a bee who betrays the trust of the Queen and shakes things up in the hive.
7. All of the tools and supplies have been purchased to start our seeds indoors: tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, pole beans, jalapenos, and lettuce varieties. We just need to get our butts in gear and get them going. In addition to the seeds, we are working on building a compost bin and creating a third raised bed for more plants. The patio furniture is out, too!
8. My third Cuisinart recipe is coming soon using their convection steam oven. But I can’t spoil the secret, sorry!
9. Starting April 6, Rahul and I will spend three weeks at the City Gardener classes offered through Purdue Extension at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For $5 a class, we will join other interested city folk in understanding the ins and outs of gardening for two hours a night. Master Gardeners teach these classes, and I couldn’t be more excited.
10. Planning for the Paramount School of Excellence TURN Festival on Saturday, September 12 is gearing up. Committee meetings are underway and I am assisting with promotion and volunteer logistics for the family festival we hope brings 10,000 people of the 46201 community together. Check out my Edible Indy article in the Spring issue to learn more!
11. My IndyStar recipes are still going strong – check out my page that lists each recipeI’ve ever created for them. It’s a warm day so get out the grill and whip up my hot dog relish!
12. Our friends Kyle and Lindsey are begging us to go to Colorado with them in August, and we are considering the trip. It’s been two years since we cancelled our vacation to Yellowstone due to Brandy’s leg surgery, and Rahul and I both know we really need to take time for ourselves and get away. I just need to be prodded a bit to actually schedule and plan for it.
13. Next Saturday, March 28, I and my fellow Sertomans will spend a few hours cleaning the Cultural Trail along Capitol Avenue downtown. It’s just another one of the ways I choose to celebrate the warm weather that is headed our way.
14. This week I sat in on a committee meeting for the Indianapolis Greenways group and learned about the advances our great city plans to make to ensure Indianapolis is an accessible, versatile city for all. I am reminded at how long it takes to get things done, yet how much progress I have seen in my short 5 years here.
15. Daily dog walks are in order now that the snow has melted and we ache to be outside more often. Getting up off the couch and away from the computer feels better than I could ever describe in words.
No more words are needed to describe what is happening now. Just trying to live in the moment wherever possible. Bon appetit