Although I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could have used another workday or two in this week. It was one of those weeks where I worked my tail off, but somehow only seemed to check off half the things on my to-do list. Especially when it came to the joy of all joys of self-employment – taxes. Wouldn’t you know, there were just so many other things on my list that sounded more fun than receipts and 1099s and check-writing galore? :)
So, ahem, I might just procrastinate those one more week. But after a week of working hard, I’ve been looking forward to a weekend of playing hard — although in a nerdy, literal, music-geek sense. You guys, I bought myself a set of harmonicas!! And I am ridiculously excited to try and start learning how to play them. I even got the awkward little harmonica holder that goes around your neck, so that I can multitask while playing guitar. They are definitely a bit more complicated to play than I imagined (didn’t realize how much of harmonica is actually sucking air in). If I get decent though, maybe I’ll serenade you over Instagram.
Speaking of playing instruments, I found this gem of a photo in an old scrapbook last night. I have to admit that I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately about my old career working in music 40+ hours a week. Don’t get me wrong, I was totally burned out on the specific job I had when I left, and blogging has turned into the most incredible second career ever since. But still, it’s a strange thing to invest literally years and years of your life learning a craft and a career field, and then transition into something completely different. Sure, there are tons of things that overlap between career fields. But then there are other specific skills (say, the years I spent getting lightening-fast at Sibelius, or learning how to rehearse a band) or networks I formed that completely don’t relate to my new career. So I’m trying to sort through if there are any of those past skills that are worth continuing to grow, of if their season has just come and gone (which is ok).
I don’t know — have any of you made that sort of total career change before? How did you handle it?
Would love to hear any thoughts. I may process through more of that on my life page soon since it’s on my mind. If nothing else, though, it has made me remember how much I used to adore cooking and blogging when they were my hobbies and music was my career. So now that the roles have been reversed, I’m re-learning how to really make music a hobby again, and kind of excited about what that might look like. Who knows, 2014, who knows…
I do know, though, that I had a fun time pulling together this week’s version of The Friday Five. We’ve got everything ahead from grown-up school supplies, to happy hour drinks, to some talented kids who are bound to make your day. As you can tell from this intro, my train of thought is all over the map this week. But I hope you enjoy.
Actually, I made my mom’s easy lemon chicken potato casserole. Partly because, you guessed it, I had leftover condensed cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup sitting in the fridge waiting to be used. But partly because I realized it had been years since I had made an actual factual casserole, which seems absolutely crazy since I grew up on casseroles. Must remedy that.
The only thing was that I couldn’t decide what sort of photo to post for the cover. So I thought I’d let my Facebook crew make the call. You all know how much I love my little rut, ahem, tradition of keeping my cover photos simple and portion-sized and bright. But the overwhelming response on this one was in favor of the full dish above. You all just can’t resist a photo of a good ol’ casserole. ;)
Still, other readers brought up some persuasive points about featuring a “reasonably-sized” portion though. So for the best of both casserole-loving worlds, you get cover photos of both. I know — livin’ on the wild side with blogging formatting today.
Alright, I couldn’t post about how to make homemade condensed cream of chicken soup without featuring its famous counterpart as well — condensed homemade cream of mushroom soup.
I have to be honest though. As a kid, I detested mushrooms. Like, absolutely hated them. My mom loved them and occasionally tried to sneak some cream of mushroom soup into casseroles, but I would hunt down those pesky little fungi and push my plate away in protest. Me and mushrooms did not mix.
That’s right. I know most people equate condensed soups with casseroles and the like. But if you ask me, it doesn’t get much better than a good bowl of comforting cream of chicken soup. Especially when it’s made from a homemade condensed cream of chicken soup recipe, and not the ol’ can full of…well…not much cream or chicken.
Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! (Or as Leslie Knope would say, Happy Galentine’s Day to you ladies out there!)
I hope all of your days are all off to a lovely start, and that you get to spend some quality time this weekend surrounded by people you love. I’m home wrapping up the week of work today, but am looking forward to kicking off a weekend of random events and coffees and concerts and super-secret-spyish-adventures (true) with friends this evening. I may be flying solo for Valentine’s Day this year in the relationship department, but my friends seem determined that solo will not mean “alone”. One of the many reasons I love ‘em.