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Well This is Awkward

So you may remember when I slunk (slank? slinked?) off the internet last year, ’cause I was busy! we moved! and so much family time! and cats! and pictures to take! parks to explore!

Well, yeah, that totally did happen.  But almost a year later, I’m all settled in to Rochester.  My glorious job lets me leave the house around 9:00 or 10:00, and come back around 3:30 or 4:30 almost every day.  The cats are keeping themselves busy burrowing through their automatic feeders to China.  I’m working out a few times a week at a gym just down the street, and trying (mostly failing) to do it before I see my first client for the day.  And my hardworking hubby is feverishly finishing his first (oh glory hallelujah, the alliteration) year of his prosthodontics residency, and spending basically every free minute in the dental lab or studying/making case presentations.

Frankly, my dear, we don't give a damn.

Frankly, my dear, we don’t give a damn.

Suddenly I’m left with all this free time.  And frankly, bingewatching Netflix stops being satisfying after a while (thank you Parenthood and Breaking Bad for sponsoring the first half of this year).

(Unless you have some new shows to suggest?).

I’m not entirely committed to going back to blogging the way it was when I first started out (full-blown recipes posted almost every day), but I definitely miss cooking with more of a purpose.  And, though this is probably weird, I miss food photography.  And writing nonsensically with horrendous grammar (the on-purpose sentence fragment kind, not the your/you’re kind).

I actually might need a parenthetical intervention.

And because this triumphant return to blogging can’t end with something more substantial than a photo dump, here’s a few pictures from my recent adventures–and by recent, I mean from the collection of photos that I just downloaded from the memory card:

  • best friends from our old Stony Brook days who surprised us with a visit.
this baby now walks and talks

this baby now walks and talks

  • Fritz, man.
He was allowed out from the lab on a day pass with familial supervision.

He was allowed out from the lab on a day pass under strict familial supervision.

  • Fritz and I drove down to LI and NYC for his birthday to visit friends and family for the first time in almost a year.
This sums up Fritz's reaction to my return to blogging.

This sums up Fritz’s reaction to my return to blogging.

  • But really, aren’t these two just the cutest?  Also, fabulous hosts.  They’ll take care of you if you are ever on the island.

Kathleen and Freddy

  • my sister-in-law and her boyfriend, Jake, being cooler than cool.  It just comes naturally to some people.
I try really hard, actually. (…anyone?)

I try really hard, actually. (…anyone?)

  • Oh, Eber just serenely visiting with a butterfly in the American Museum of Natural History (which, incidentally, is the place that Fritz and I fell deeply in love–with vertebrate zoology! and each other!).


Jake's perfectly timed photo bomb

Jake’s perfectly timed photo bomb

It feels good to be back.

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  1. Jamie

    Woohoo! I’m glad your back, I miss your writing and wit!

  2. tharrie

    Yippeeee !!!!

  3. Shauna

    Yay! Welcome

    1. Shauna

      Sorry, pressed “comment” by accident there, too soon!
      I’m really looking forward to more posts and recipes coming home up from you!

  4. Hannah

    I second Tharrie’s comment!! Moms are your biggest fans :-)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      that’s the one thing I’ve always known for sure… :)

  5. Leah

    This is so weird–I checked your blog today on a whim, just to see if there was a chance you’d taken it up again. Wohooo! I’ve so missed your voice. Glad to have you back. :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Good timing! :)

  6. Hannah

    yay food! also this is your little sister not mom

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Jordi…you are adorable.

  7. Pete Ramos

    Glad that all is going well and to see you back.

  8. Maria nielsen

    Soon glad your back!!! Yeah!!!

  9. Kathleen

    Seriously could not be happier that you are back in blog land!!!! Love seeing all your updates and flattered by your kind words.

  10. Tara

    Glad to see that you are back! I also just finished Breaking Bad (finally!) thanks to an 11hr plane ride back home from Italy. If you haven’t yet watched House of Cards or Orange is the New Black…. do it. And that’s all for now. Off to read all your other posts since you’ve been back.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Can’t wait to see season two of OITNB!:) several people have told me House of Cards and Scandal, so those might have to be next.

  11. Cara

    So glad to see you are blogging again! TV shows/Netflix-highly recommend The Killing. I stayed up too many nights far past my bed time for “just one more episode.”

  12. Megan

    So glad you are back! I have always enjoyed your recipes and writing (and the cats!). Your Green Monster smoothies got me inspired to be a ‘smoothies-for-breakfast-everyday’ person and I regularly make your Honey Sesame Chicken for my husband. :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      glad to have you back reading! :)

  13. Nuts about food

    Was so excited to discover you were back on Instagram and super ready to write you a big, fat comment and then had the busiest two weeks ever and still haven’t gotten to it. But I really missed your voice out here in the blogosphere, glad you are back!!!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      glad to be back, and have you reading! hope your busy weeks are slowing down :)

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