Monday, August 17, 2009

what i did this summer

swiss ch@rd
Was it only a few brief months ago that I was visited by an ineffable frisson of dread upon learning, via its blog, that our CSA has planted ten-freaking-thousand swiss chard plants?

But, thanks to your encouragement and, after learning the secret of How To Cook Swiss Chard (chop off the stems and sauté them with garlic for a few minutes before you add the leaves), I soon began looking forward to our weekly swiss chard deliveries.

In fact, yesterday, I was so disappointed to find our fridge wholly barren of swiss chard, that I pushed the stroller all the way to the farmers' market down by the river, stopping only for an iced latte, and purchased two bunches (at $2 a piece, in case you're wondering).

What I did this summer:



So, in one sentence, what did you do this summer?


*writing paper background image from First School

33 comments:

Hennifer said...

I learned what is really important in life.

by Hennifer

Julia said...

I bit the bullet and went to see a shrink, which is allegedly good for the head, and I got to play with my shiny new macro lens, which is definitely good for the soul.

by Julia


P.S. What? You didn't say it couldn't be a compound sentence. :)

Magpie said...

I got my child to eat fried clams by telling her they were chicken nuggets.

by Magpie

PS - another chard recipe: http://www.magpiemusing.com/2007/08/csa-week-9-plethora-of-swiss-chard.html

Cate said...

I got off Zoloft, finished two college classes, and started working on making my marriage better.
By Cate

Patti said...

I am helping my mother learn to let go.

by Patti

painted maypole said...

This summer I did too much.

by Painted Maypole

Aurelia said...

I haven't got a clue, it's gone by so fast, I feel like I've missed it.

erica said...

I learned all about landlord-tenant law.

Glad the summer is almost over, actually.

Sarah said...

Decided not to leave, partly because he really is doing the best he can, and partly because humility is something I'm being given in spades.

blueeyedtawni said...

I went back to college for the 2nd time for my 2nd degree :D

Kristin said...

I taught my kids how to do chores (hehehehe) and I learned to invest time and effort in me.

mcpolish said...

I learned to be more financially responsible and pay down a chunk of motherf-ing credit card debt.

By McPolish

Eva said...

Your asking this questions makes me freak out about summer's ending. I want summer to go on forever! But then I live at the beach.

areyoukiddingme said...

I learned to live with my husband again after he was gone half of the past two years.

Sue said...

This summer I got back a little of myself when I fell in love with my newborn niece.

niobe said...

Eva: You live at the beach??? I never would have guessed. Never, ever Ever. /snark

; )

Lindsay said...

I learned to get my heart off of my sleeve and hide it in a better place.
Lindsay

Kami said...

I got pregnant and am still pinching myself.

I love swiss chard and haven't seen a bit of it at our local market. I often just nuke it for a bit a sprinkle with a bit of vinegar. The garlic sounds better.

My Reality said...

I learned finishing your basement can jeopardize your sanity.

Hannah said...

I went to therapy, learned how to send a text message, and watched my son swim for the very first time.

Panamahat said...

I learned that I am ok with moving on to donor egg and surrogacy.

Thanks so much for your visits and your tips. I didn't know about those boards and will spend the morning tooling around in there to see if there is anything I can use.

Oh, and I might look into learning how to love Swiss chard myself!

Molly said...

I made it this far.

That's all I know for certain at this point.

So tell us more about the swiss chard. I've always thought it was a bit bitter but I'm open to trying again.

Amelie said...

I got married.

by Amelie

Virginia said...

I spent 3 days alone with my husband in Venice.

And it was awesome.

niobe said...

Molly: It's true, swiss chard *is* kinda bitter. But, then again, so am I.

Kymberli said...

I learned how *not* to burn cookies by burning many cookies this summer.

Cara said...

I (she says quite proudly) made my first strawberry rhubarb pie and managed not to muck it up, too much!

- by Cara

Smiling said...

Having 2 summers in a row (via hemisphere swapping) is lovely but not the escape from reality I was hoping for.

Smiling said...

Oh and I am so glad you have learned to love swiss chard... and for reminding me to go eat the CSA chard in my parents fridge!!! And do not fear, it can readily be grown in the winter, well it can where I live which is a frosty but sans snow kind of place. It is a strong hopeful food in my head - long story - and after today I could use a bit of hope and strength.

Emily said...

I gardened.

Tash said...

I probably already sent this (or someone else did) but in case not, it's awesome: Smitten Kitchen's Leek and Swiss Chard Tart.

kate said...

I sold a house.

by kate

Anonymous said...

I calculated the circumference of the earth by measuring shadows.
Really.
-Shamela