The first strawberries of the year are sitting on my kitchen drainboard waiting for a wash and hulling.
Rolf and Freyja picked them yesterday, on the island, in the sun, after feasting on a cupcake AND a cinnamon roll.
I told Freyja that she is the luckiest little girl in the world, to have such an indulgent Onkel, and she told me that I didn't know that they also went to The Skyline, after wading in the river, for french fries and a shared chocolate shake for dinner AND he let her stay up and drive to the airport to pick Mark up.
I was working.
My assistant was on vacation this week and what a week it was.
I went to Zoom Care on my way home.
They have this bright and shiny office on Hawthorne.
They are open until midnight, in case you need them LATE.
I was informed of this three times.
Zoom Care is Furnished with modern plastic chairs and a bamboo floor.
They have cobalt walls.
The don't have magazines.
They do have tea.
I do enjoy a complimentary beverage, when I can get one.
They have a receptionist named Jeffery, who has perfectly trimmed fingernails, square and strong.
Jeffery asked me if I had weekend plans and there was a sort of awkward pause.
"I can't breath through my nose, and my head hurts, my plan is to not bludgeon myself."
It seems I have a sinus and ear infection.
I was given antibiotics for possibly the first time in a decade, and I feel remarkably better already.
I hid the antibiotics from Rolf.
He had been pestering me to try oil pulling and some kind of black pepper preparation, for my stuffed up nose, for two weeks.
"It's not going to get better, if you don't do the TREATMENT!"
I let the tea he brewed me grow cold in the cup.
I watched episodes of Chopped on the IPAD.
I behaved in a manner, that made him think I was not serious about feeling better.
I told Rolf I would process the berries.
Don't worry about it.
But I lied.
I left them on the counter and they look a little worse for it, this morning.
I may make a pastry cream to pay for my sins.
I may use it to fill a genoise cake, and cover the whole mess with the berries, as an act of contrition.
I have been the iron lady my whole life.
A woman of steel.
The anemia of the past few years has worn me down to a nub.
My naturopath looked at my blood-work and said
"your body is in a state of fighting, or exhaustion, you are functioning like someone in a coma. Adrenaline! Adrenaline! You are just running on Adrenaline"
Which made me feel remarkable for everything I do, do.
I know her intention is for me to rest.
"Can't you go on a yoga retreat? Just GET AWAY for a couple of weeks, a month."
She doesn't know I have never rested in my entire life.
One of my employees was very insolent this week.
Mark said "FIRE HER."
Instead, I scrubbed her classroom floor on my hands and knees and changed five diapers in a row, and then went back to my work, to show her how it's done.
To demonstrate that my standards are exactly high enough.
I am quite frequently the biggest fool in the world.
My mother used to joke, that I was like the little pig in the story, the one that would outsmart the wicked wolf, by beating him to the punch. By having already been to the fair, and back, before the wolf had risen for the day.
I did walk into work every morning this week at 6:30am, just to prove I can't be wilted by something as silly as a long day and a stuffed up nose, and no assistant.