What I Ate This Weekend

1. Four apricots, or actually three since one fell after a single bite, just bought from Haymarket while walking home. So sweet, they tasted like the gummy rings, and made even sweeter and more satisfying by hunger, sweat and exhaustion.

2. A frozen pizza while sitting on the couch and watching t.v. and playing laughing and feeding each other the crust. I’m not sure what was more comforting-that pizza, that couch, that show, or that boy. I’ve spent more nights like this than I have fingers on my hands, and I’ll spend even more nights like that in the future. And they’ll all include frozen pizza.

3. Scallops wrapped in bacon, just as greasy and delicious as it sounds.

4. Stuffed clams. Hors o’oeuvers at yacht clubs includes lots of of sea food, and its all good.

5. Mini pizzas, because even comfort food is fancy if chopped into bite sized bits and served on a silver tray. Some of the pizzas had pepperoni on them, and some were not in fact pizzas, but actually beef wellingtons.

6. Peanut butter, caramel goodies. I’m not sure what they were, but they were certainly delicious. Bite size of course, like everything else.

7. Toast, made for me before the sun was up by my boyfriend’s mother, who takes care of me as if I were her own child and wanted to make sure I had food before a long day.

8. Chocolate chip cookies made by the boy’s mom. They may or may not have drugs in them, they’re so delicious.

9. A hamburger, grilled to perfection, surrounded by new friends

My First Love

Writing my about page earlier reminded me of my first favorite book-The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was a birthday gift; a week after my birthday it came in mail from a distant aunt, and I remember touching it lightly in awe as my mother held it out for me to see. The book is beautiful, covered in velvet with gold detailing. As I opened it and read it, that awe I first felt never really went away.

To me, it was exotic, taking place in India, a place known to me at the age of nine only because elephants lived there, and the Yorkshire, a weird place in England I had never heard of before. And the big house! With the secret rooms! And the secret garden! It was all so mysterious and exotic to me. But it was still so relate-able. Friendship and play were the key components of the story, and what kid can’t relate to those? That wonderful mix of exotic and relate-able created a sort of magic that can never be diminished.

I’ve ruined the binding having read the book so much, maybe ten or twelve times. Each time I open it I still feel the magic I felt the first time I read it, ready to be taken to the Yorkshire marshes full of hidden surprises. The Secret Garden was my first “favorite book,” and it is the book that caused me to fall in love with reading, a love I still have today. No matter how many other books I read, and no matter how fantastic and inspiring they are, The Secret Garden will always maintain a special place in my heart.

“The Handmaid’s Tale”-Margaret Atwood

Have you ever read The Handmaid’s Tale? You absolutely should. In the two days I’ve almost finished it; this book is absolutely mesmerizing and impossible to put down. The story is about Offred, who is a handmaid, or a girl given to a family to give them children. Through Offred we not only learn about her life as a handmaid, but also about how Western society (the story seems to take place somewhere in New England-Boston is mentioned as not being too far away, and they are less than a day’s drive to Canada) came to become the ultra-conservative society it is in the book, and Offred’s life beforehand.

Women in this society are completely controlled. They have no power, cannot work, own property or have money; they are not even allowed to read or write. Women are either daughters, wives, handmaids or “Marthas” (servants), and their roles are completely within the house. Eyes watch their every move, and disobedience is threatened with becoming an “Unwoman.” Suicide is so rampant that anything that could creatively be used to kill yourself is kept away from women, especially handmaids.

Right now I’m at the part where she meets up with Moira, her long lost best friend. I like Moira; from what we’ve learned about her so far she seems pretty awesome. I’m curious to see how this meeting goes.

Have you ever  read The Handmaid’s Tale? What did you think of it? Any other good books to suggest? Let me know in the comments below!

Mommy-Food

Schnitzel is my favorite dinner. My mom always makes it with it rice pilaf and salad, and while I’ve learned a few different simply meals my mother makes, this is one meal I don’t want to learn how to cook.

By all accounts I should, its delicious and my mom says it’s easy to make, and those tend to be my two main criteria for what to make.

But wouldn’t that ruin the magic? Making schnitzel for myself on a random Tuesday night after coming home from work without any fanfare sort of ruins it; schnitzel is too good to be mundane.

No, schnitzel is meant to be eaten at home, cooked by my mom just as its always been. It’s a treat. Surrounded by family who I don’t see often enough, eating a meal specifically made for me, is a rare delight. It’s family, it’s love, and its delicious.

One day I’ll learn how to make it, but not now. One day when I have children I’ll make it for them and tell them my mom used to make it for me, and hopefully they’ll love it as much as I do. And sharing it with them will make it special, helping to keep the magic of it alive. But for now, I’ll wait on learning to make. For now it’s mommy-food.

Why, Hello There!

Hi Folks!

My name is Tayla, and I’ve decided to give blog thing a try.

After having talked myself out of starting a blog numerous times (I’ll get bored with it, no one will read it but my mom, maybe), I realized my reasons for not starting one were a little silly. So what if only my mom reads this (hi Mom!), and I have the stick-to-itiveness to not give up after a few weeks, so I’m gonna do it!

I’m a college student in Boston who loves tea, exploring, reading and writing, and this blog will be about all those things.

Thanks for reading, and please share with any and all great blogging advice you have!