Hello, kind readers. (long sigh) Much like children and puppies, blogs grow up too fast. If Weekly Greens was a child, it would be a backpack-carrying kindergartener now. I know it would be confident, self-assured and independent. No tears, no looking back. Yep, we’re five. And I know what you’re thinking – where they h&#$ have you been lately, anyway? Good question.
There are three answers.
One: I’ve been deep in the trenches of opening my own barre3 studio. barre3 14th Street is under construction and we hope to be open in early 2016! I’m learning so much every day that my head may explode. But it’s good. I never thought I’d be a business owner – not even when I was in business school! – but here I am and it feels incredible to be learning in this way and building something I believe in with my whole heart. I feel lucky to have the support of Andy, my darling husband, who has jumped in right with me (okay, I may have had to do some pulling and prodding…but he is on this train and it has left the station!). If you’re in DC, please come find me. I’m teaching a ton of fun, free classes in the community leading up to my grand opening. They’re in coffee shops and dance studios and parks and rooftops. You can see a list of events here. If you don’t live in DC and there is no barre3 anywhere nearby, I have something special for you. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “barre3 me!” for a special promo code to barre3 online, where you’ll find more than 100 videos (as short as 10 minutes!) you can do from anywhere. You can follow my studio’s progress on Facebook and Instagram.
Two: I’ve been testing out my “five meals” theory on Andy. He’s been responsible for dinner – and let’s be honest, lunches! – a lot more lately, as I’ve had travel, evening events and other activities that pull me away from the kitchen in this crazy pre-opening time. My theory? If you can make just five easily adaptable meals, you can make anything. I recently taught him to make salad dressing from scratch. He’s also made Tuesdays our regular taco night. He’s got some pasta variations, eggs and a few other tricks up his sleeve. The kids say he’s the best at making avocado. (smile) When I’m here, I still love to work in variations of my own five: a pantry soup, a pantry pasta, crisper drawer salad (usually with a side of lean protein), a roast chicken or frittata.
Three: I’ve been trying to live this life in the present, just like you. I’m trying not to blink for fear of missing my boys’ childhoods completely. I’m finding time to connect in person and face-to-face as much as I can. But the reality is that, for better and worse, we’re an increasingly technology-driven society. I’m fully embracing the better (shopping from my phone! a ride in 4 seconds flat! what a pretty baby my friend just had!) and turn a blind eye to the “worse” (why wasn’t I invited to that party? what did I just miss because I was looking down when I should have been looking up and participating?).
So, dear readers, very much like a brave, bold kindergartener, Weekly Greens is going to fly independently on its own for a bit. It’s here for you! Let’s be honest – it’s here for me. I cook from these pages often when Andy isn’t at the stove. But my fresh blog posts will be fewer and farther between. I’ll be back again before too long. And I hope you will be, too. Thank YOU for five amazing years. You’ve inspired me, trusted me with the bellies of your family and friends and shown me more support than I could have ever imagined. I love you for that! Keep cooking, keep living and we’ll meet again once my newest “baby” is sleeping through the night, so to speak.