6.20.2012

new places, new traditions.

(experimenting with a hint-of-honey pizza crust. it was delicious.)

In the past, dinner for us was takeout in a hotel room or a quick meal at the coffee table in my small apartment. We'd press "play" on our favorite TV show and unwind.  It was a time to disconnect from the world.

But we've started something new here. It involves my making stuffed peppers or homemade pizza or creamy pasta in our cramped kitchen.

It's usually dark by the time my husband gets home at 7pm. I light the three candles we own. I set the table with the blue floral dishes our apartment provides, lay out the flatware that clashes so badly. I pull the chilled glasses from the freezer and pop the tops off glass-bottled sodas from the tiny market next door.

The lights and TV stay off.

And we talk.
We talk about his day.
Laugh about the kittens and their silly tricks.

I cry about missing home.
Or share the latest funny cultural clash.
Dream up where we want to go next.
Or scheme about fixing broken things.

It is humble, but it's real. It's the peanut butter that keeps our sandwich together.

And it's the part of my day that feels most like home.

19 comments:

  1. awww true love :) love this!! i'm so happy for you bethany!

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  2. This makes me smile! Simple, humble times seem to work best to get to the"heart" of things!

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  3. Beautiful!! I moved away with my boyfriend also. only two states away, but being friendless and with no familarities.... It is so hard but so worth it when your love is true!

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  4. Bethany, thanks for sharing. You have a way of making the most of things. Something I need to learn, especially now that we're going to be living more of a nomadic lifestyle with my husband going into active military life.

    I love how you two use food & the kitchen to reconnect. Very special.

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  5. It sounds wonderful! The best part of my day is the long talk and funny stories shared with my hubby too!

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  6. i love this!
    that sounds magical

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  7. Yes, we do a similar form of that before watching tv or reading our books. I think it's so important to have that connection each day. I wish I had more time these days to try out more new recipes! I haven't posted one on my blog in a long time :(
    Hopefully soon :)
    xo
    Kayla

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  8. Bethany,
    I love this. Living in the moment and putting effort towards making a connection. Lovely. And I love your nail polish choices! After reading, I quickly looked through my colors and chose what four I would take if I moved away or just got the itch to purge. I think of you often and wish you well.

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  9. awwww this is sweet. From one girl who made the move with her Beau {not to Kuwait I know!} but he's what I have here, dinner together is a cherished time. ...and the honey crust pizza sounds delis!

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  10. You are building some amazing traditions, the things that make life worth living.

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  11. Sounds just about perfect. Well, except the crying. But that too will pass and you will have a lovely tradition to keep going.

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  12. I love that you're able to bring at least a little of home wherever you go. I imagine it's hard in a place that is so different, but holding on to the things that make you happy will get you through it!

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  13. a good, quality, crunchy peanut butter is always excellent "glue"--for a sandwich or a marriage :)

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  14. Thanks for sharing. It is really inspiring. :)
    Congratulations for being creative in things where most people just stay "¬_¬ hmph". :)

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  15. that sounds so so perfect.

    and you're a beautiful writer. i love posts of yours like this!

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  16. I love this post!! :) I know change is never easy, and have been keeping you in my thoughts. This whole post made me smile

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  17. Hi, Bethany!

    You and Gabe:
    Together.
    Wherever.
    Whatever.

    Enjoy your candlelight.

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  18. Hi, Bethany!

    You and Gabe:
    Together.
    Wherever.
    Whatever.

    Enjoy your candlelight.

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  19. As usual, you make me smile. I just love who you are.

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