The past few months have been nothing short of wonderful… stressful and busy, but wonderful. Work has been pretty steady, and I’ve been in rehearsals for two concert sets with SVGMC as well as two musicals. Design stuff has been piling up, and I’ve started to stall out again. Fortunately, I was able to realize that I was stretched too thin. Instead of trying to do everything and not being able to do the best job possible, I figured it was time to re-evaluate my priorities. In the end, I figured that it was a great opportunity to take a (temporary) step back from singing with SVGMC and focus on work, theatre, and design in order to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Lately, I’ve found myself inspired to cook more. I’ve always loved cooking, but when life gets crazy busy cooking means you need to set aside time to plan. Nowadays, I generally set some time aside on Saturday evening/Sunday morning to come up with an idea of what my weekly food plan looks like. I try to keep it pretty flexible, because I’ve noticed that what I cook on Sunday may or may not be what I want for lunch at work on Thursday. This week, its all about this Salsa Verde Chicken that I made in my Instant Pot. With only 4 ingredients I was able to put together an amazing pot of chicken that is incredibly versatile in how you can use it (tacos, enchiladas, salads, etc.)
Salsa Verde Chicken
- 3 Medium Chicken Breasts
- 1 12oz jar of Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tsp paprika (I substituted Harissa for this)
- Place all ingredients in Instant Pot
- Close lid, and press the Poultry button
- When cooking time is completed, quick release pressure.
- Shred chicken using two forks
As I said earlier, the past few months have been crazy with SVGMC rehearsals and also a few musical theatre endeavors. My most recent adventure into the world of musical theatre is a local production of Mame. For those not familiar with the show, here is a synopsis, courtesy of Wikipedia: Mame is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Originally titled My Best Girl, it is based on the 1955 novel Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis and a 1956 Broadway play, by Lawrence and Lee, that starred Rosalind Russell. Set in New York City and spanning the Great Depression and World War II, it focuses on eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis, whose famous motto is “Life is a banquet and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death.” Her fabulous life withher wealthy friends is interrupted when the young son of her late brother arrives to live with her. They cope with the Depression in a series of adventures.
As far as knitting has been concerned, the past few months have resulted in minimal knitting time. However, I have managed to finish my Bah Humbug Socks, my Dragonfly’s Path Shawl, and cast on (and finish) my Golden Gate Castra Shawl. Currently, I’m working on two different socks using the Vanilla Is The New Black sock pattern. Both socks are using self striping sock yarn from Berry Colorful Yarnings, one in Slytherin and the other in Lotus.
We’re officially in the test-knitting stage of my shawl design (pictured below). Its been about two years in coming, and I’ve hit just about every hurdle between there and here. Now that it is in the test knit phase, I can actually start looking at other design projects, which has me excited!
A super lengthy update, but definitely overdue.