State parks re-opened this week, and we had more adventures to celebrate (the word “adventure” not to be taken lightly).
After 2 miles on a rough, rocky dirt road in the car (we have a Subaru which is generally adventurous, but the road was such that everyone else was using four-wheelers), a sick dog, and 3 miles left to go, we turned around and chose a new destination.
But it paid off:
Speaking of breaking the social distancing barrier, do you want to know the funniest thing?
We’ve lived in our new (and first!) house for a year come July and just now made our first play-date friends – all thanks to quarantine.
“How?”, you ask.
My sweet little four-year-old has sat in the front yard chatting with the neighbor kids across the street for the last month and a half. We pulled out the hose when they pulled out the hose, the frisbee when they pulled out the frisbee, and the basketball when they pulled out the basketball.
She adores them.
I think the feeling might be mutual.
And I made a friend, too! Their mom is wonderful (from 6-feet away).
I entreated her for meal ideas (because we tend to use the same staples every week), and she suggested ceviche, as her and her husband are both chefs. I want to mix things up, but I must admit I am a little skeptical. She says it’s easy, can you vouch?
In the Furse home, we eat a lot of spaghetti, salmon (cooked), shepherd’s pie, stir fry, soup, and taco salad.
Tonight, however, we’ve planned a traditional Polynesian meal with some corned beef we received as a gift from my brother:
The meal is similar to a stir fry, but with heavier flavors (corned beef is heavy and rich). You saute an onion, bok choy or spinach to taste, and a green pepper, then add tomatoes (diced, sliced, or cherry) and the corned beef, heat through, and serve over rice. We call it Pisupo (in Samoan).
My kids love anything with rice. They say, when trying new foods, it’s important to include something familiar. Maybe I will do the same if I ever brave ceviche.
Here’s to new experiences!
P.S. – How is everyone else feeling about social distancing these days? We are still being careful, working from home, and staying outdoors or with family when we leave the house, but dine-in restaurants opened up this week in our area and I’m on the fence about braving it. I hope everyone is doing well.