Did you ever just get in one of the moods where you feel void of all emotion? When nothing seems to spark a smile or inspire an idea? They don't come often but when they do I have to shake them off. The day seemed to start off okay. I spent most of it correcting exams but because we do it as a team and my colleagues are incredibly fun people to be around, that went well. Then I took a power walk and a quick dip in 50 degree lake water. That, too, was delightful to a cold water creature like me. It was not until I was on my way home that it enveloped me. I turned on the radio. That didn't help. I tried an upbeat CD. But no luck. I even opened all the car windows for fresh air. That too didn't work. But as I traveled over the mountain I saw the sun setting. The colors and clouds caught my complete attention. I stopped the car and grabbed a picture. I wanted to just sit but my stomach said no. Instead, I raced home ( only 1/2 mile away) and whipped up a quick meal. Fortunately I had planned on shrimp that night. In fifteen minutes I prepared dinner and returned to the hilltop before the sun disappeared. I sat in the field eating as the sun dropped beneath the horizon. I took a deep breath grateful I had found the way to lift my mood. I felt like me again ready for a new day. Oh and by the way....... the shrimp was ever so tasty.
Tip: I cut up my pineapple very small and I used white wine instead of rum. I also added a bit of maple syrup. You will also notice I did gluten free noodles with spinach and mushrooms for my veggies. Next time I am trying rice but that would have taken too long this time.
Shrimp and pineapple stir fry