If keeping up with a blog sometimes feels like an uphill battle, then creating an entire website is more like mountaineering on a never-summitted peak in the Andes. During a blizzard. On one leg. Surrounded by dangerous icy crevasses.
Maybe I’ve read too many adventure books. Or maybe the non-profit organization I work for is redeveloping our website and I’m not only managing the project, but also creating about 75% of the copy and content… with deadlines soon approaching. Or maybe both A and B are correct.
Over the past few days I’ve been thinking a lot about adventures. My whole life I’ve been on the go. It’s who I am: someone who likes to twirl faster, climb higher, travel farther. I keep a constant ongoing list (organized by season, lame I know) of backpacking trips I want to take, hikes I want to accomplish, places I want to visit, and things in the city I want to do. Lately though, I’ve also been feeling a deep desire to nurture roots. Hence the backyard planting experiment with Garden J’Espere. Maybe it’s just that I travel a lot for work and get tired. But I think it’s also that now more than ever, I need balance in my life to feel healthy. Last month I passed up the chance to summit two 14’ers in favor of going to church with friends and tending the garden. There was an opportunity to learn to scuba dive and I said no, looking instead towards graduate school plans.
It’s not that I’ve lost the wanderlost, not by a long shot. I still dream of going back to New Zealand for a year, working on organic farms throughout Europe, or moving to Alaska for a season. Or particularly lately, volunteering in Haiti (since the grad school is for public health). I want the exotic adventures! But I also want to know the people around me and to know them more than just in passing, to nurture roots that grow and flourish and produce good, lasting things. That’s me, too. Contradictions and all.
So in honor of all that, tonight I made a very simple dinner full of rather exotic ingredients. It was easy, pretty, homey, and oh-so delicious. A salmon and sunny-side up egg sandwich: crusty and thick toasted multi-grain bread, duck eggs, spinach, and spreadable chevre from last weekend’s farmers market; wild caught salmon; Italian basil; roasted asparagus; and Spanish tempranillo wine. The perfect balance between adventure and comfort.