What I Love This Week

This week kind of knocked us—me—sideways. Nothing catastrophic happened, it was just one of those hard weeks physically and emotionally. James, sweet, happy guy that he is, came down with a fever and a nasty cold, which Daniel and I both caught, but our comfort is so secondary to me that I almost forget that my ears are blocked and I can’t breathe through my nose. I wish I could take all the sickness on myself, I do, because it’s hard seeing my baby so uncomfortable, coughing, nose dripping down his chin, trying to sleep only to wake himself because he can’t breathe. And beyond the challenge of the colds (or I guess, to add to it), I was a wreck with anxiety every day this week. I don’t experience anxiety often, thankfully, and the feeling is starting to dissipate now, also very thankfully, but from Sunday night straight on through, you would have been hard-pressed to convince my mind I wasn’t in a high speed chase. I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t think. The only relief was physically being with James and Daniel—just looking at either of them, hugging them, smelling them (this is spiraling). Any moment alone, I felt this buzzing panic and dread swarming all around me. Because of this, I don’t really have any great finds for you this week. I’m sorry. It’s hard to complain about a spell of anxiety or coming down with colds (what’s the difference between a cold and the flu again?) when I’m certain there’s someone reading this right now who’s going through actual hell. And there were good things that happened, too! My mom turned 63 on Saturday! James went to White’s Bakery for the first time! My best friend is going to have a baby any day now! See it’s already getting better over here. Let’s have a good week this week if we can, ok? OK.


The CDC urges us to stop washing our chicken!

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Lemon, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Almond Quinoa Salad
Whole Grilled Beer Can Chicken
Everyday Side Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Baked Avocados with Fresh Salsa
Grilled Chicken with Asian Soy Ginger Marinade



10 thoughts on “What I Love This Week

  1. Kate

    Glad things are looking up for you & your family. That anxiety certainly can be overwhelming! Personally, I’m so relieved to have gotten a couple warm sunny days. Have a good week!

  2. Kalah Talancy

    I remember how sad it was when my girls got sick. But then I adopted the mind set that each cold they got was giving them antibodies to protect them in the future. Like little super humans. That thought still makes me feel better. And girls are now 8 and 10!

  3. Sue

    Can totally relate to the anxiety, as our house is sold and we’re moving. But before we move, we have lots to do and I have a cranky boss to deal with! I keep reminding myself how fortunate we are to be moving to such a special place! Glad James is feeling better – he certainly is a cutie! Take care, Andie!

  4. Susan

    Welcome to motherhood! The rewards outweigh all the strife you’ll feel. And, the worry and concern doesn’t end when they’re grown. Just remember to count your blessing everyday!

  5. Naomi Mimnaugh

    Thanks for honestly sharing your feelings with all of us. When your baby is sick, anxiety is perfectly normal, so don’t be too hard on yourself. And then there are times when anxiety strikes with no rhyme or reason, also perfectly normal. Here’s hoping the week ahead is a more tranquil one for you.


  6. Diane Renter

    I remember well when our children were babies and would get a cold. It’s very hard when you know that there’s nothing you can do but be there for love and support. I feel your pain but it will soon get better.
    By the way we tried your Beet Slaw and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  7. Aishling

    Your honesty is absolutely beautiful. I adore how much your family is your priority and that your heart is whole when you are with them. All of us mama’s need to respect the beauty and power of honesty. Hope you are all on the mend soon.

  8. Brenda

    I hope you’re feeling better all-around. Those anxiety days are not fun, and I feel for you. Happy Birthday to your mom! And thank you so much for featuring my grilled chicken recipe.


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